A cooking show on KDKA TV ran a contest for Sunmaid raisins about 1954. Whoever wrote the best short essay about their raisins won.
Mom wrote on a postcard “I like Sunmaid raisins because they don’t bake out”. Mom, Dad and I appeared on the show to accept first prize. The chef that day made sweet potato pie and watched me eat it. I thought it was terrible.
Mom won a fox stole, a year’s supply of laundry detergent, a set of luggage, an all expense paid weekend trip to NYC for two, etc. Since Mom was eight months pregnant Dad and I flew to NYC, stayed at the New Yorker Hotel, took various sight-seeing tours and had a grand time.