Date: Tue, 21 Mar 1995 08:19:57 -0500

From: Heilan Yvette Grimes HEP2[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM

Subject: TONICS

Larry Horn wrote:

Actually, speaking not of chuckholes but of frappes, which David also was,

I was just in South Station in Boston and was delighted to observe that the

soft drinks (including iced tea!) for sale at the main snack bar are all

listed under the general capitalized heading "TONICS". (And cabinets are

still alive and well in Westerly, R. I., at least as of a few years ago.)

I wonder what out-of-towners make of it. --Larry

When I first moved to New England I told someone I was going to the store to

buy a bottle of pop. They had no idea what I was talking about. I explained

and they said what I really wanted to do was go to the store and buy a bottle

of tonic. Somehow, it didn't have the same ring--sounded so medicinal. But,

then, this is where Moxie was invented, and still sold. (Moxie, in case you

don't know, is a chocolate milklike substance that tastes like medicine that

people up here swear is a soft drink.) I went to the store and addition to my

previous elusive search for a thick shake I added an even more elusive search

for a bottle of Barq's Creme Soda.--Yvette