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The Flashlight Lady
Re: “Ask Julia,” February 2011 issue.

In the February 2011 issue Julia Street column, a reader asked about the: “tall, stately, no-nonsense woman, with a black bee-hive and a huge flashlight” at The Lakeview Theatre.

As memory serves me, as a child I was always at The Popular Theatre, and there were two women there. One, as described above, would put the fear of God in you, and the other, a very sweet woman that took your money in the box office.

The “Flashlight Lady,” was exactly as described and her name was Mrs. Hurst. I remember her well. And God forbid you were caught tossing the black juicy fruit candy at the screen, not only were you kicked out, but “held” until your Mom or Dad came to get you.

She and the box office lady were there until The Popular closed its doors; Mrs. Hurst went to Lakeview and the box office lady was later found at The Joy Theatre in the box office.

I hope this helps.

Harvey Lococo
Meridian, Idaho

Ed. Reply: Thank you. Mrs. Hurst, if that’s who she is, seems to have created memories for many kids of that era. There were two theaters on Harrison Avenue at that time: The Lakeview and The Beacon. The theater with the woman in question was The Beacon.
 
An Easier Cheese Straw
Re: “Cook Me Something: Recipes for the Carnival Season.”
Food column by Dale Curry, February 2014 issue.

Please tell (Dale Curry) who wrote about cheese straws to buy an electric cookie press. You can find used ones on eBay. I have been making cheese straws for 45 years and they’re so much easier with an electric press.

Also, I make the dough in a Cuisinart, which softens it.

Two other recipes using the same dough are: wrap a small amount of dough around a green olive and bake; and make a small ball of dough, flatten and press half a pecan on top and bake.

Karen Smith
New Orleans

Ed. Reply: Any technique that makes cheese straws more plentiful, as long as they maintain the quality, we strongly endorse.
 

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