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The Birth of the Ice Cream Cone

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Doumar's Cones & Barbecue, circa 1955

NORFOLK, Va.--It is a scoop of an unseasonably warm spring day in Norfolk, Va.
Young people are boating on the Elizabeth River. Old timers speak of native son Gene Vincent and there is a be-bop-a-lula in their stroll down Granby Street. The middle-aged dude at the metal record store gets crabby when you ask about calypso vinyl.

This is no time for such sweet nothings.
Something is always sweet at Doumar's, 1919 Monticello Ave.

Doumar's is a drive-in diner that serves North Carolina style barbecue, shakes and fresh-squeezed limeades.
But it is best known for creating the waffle cone at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair......

The meaning of Aretha Franklin

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DETROIT, Mich.--The ground floor of the New Bethel Baptist Church has a place that will take you to a higher ground.
A small history room traces the career of C.L. Franklin, the riveting pastor of New Bethel between 1946 and 1984. He is the late father of soul queen Aretha Franklin.

The rich space on the poor west side of Detroit has black and white photos of Rev. Franklin with baseball great Jackie Robinson, Motown's Berry Gordy and Dr. Martin Luther King.

Conderidge Smith is the dignified pastor and son of present day pastor Robert Smith, Jr. Conderidge proudly looked at the photo of Dr. King before a recent Sunday morning service. "He and pastor Franklin were very good friends," said Conderidge, 34. "His first 'I Had a Dream' speech was in Detroit and we're proud of that. This was a major fund raising source for him.........."

Dave Hoekstra

Dave Hoekstra has been a Chicago Sun-Times staff writer since 1985. His collection of Sun-Times travel columns, "Ticket To Everywhere," was published in 2000 by Lake Claremont Press. He was lead writer for "Farm Aid: Song for America" (Rodale Press, 2005) which commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Willie Nelson inspired effort.
He won a 1987 Chicago Newspaper Guild Stick O-Type Award for Column Writing. Hoekstra wrote and co-proudced the WTTW-Channel 11 PBS special: "The Staple Singers and the Civil Rights Movement," nominated for a 2001-02 Chicago Emmy for a documentary program/cultural significance.
He lives in Chicago.


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