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Morning Star, June 12, 2016, pg. 9

There was stiff competition between the three supermarkets in Albion in the 1950s & 1960s: A & P, IGA Foodliner, and Felpausch. To entice shoppers into their establishments, they offered promotional such as bingo games, scratch-off cards to win cans of food or cash, green stamps, yellow stamps, and even gave away automobiles and bicycles.

The worst one I remember the most was "Letís Go to the Races" where you would get a card from the IGA supermarket with a horseís number on it and then watch TV Channel 6 on Saturday afternoon to see if your horse won the race. The scenario was the same each week: "your horse" was ahead the entire race until the last three seconds when you saw this horse with a different number pull up from nowhere and overtake your horse at the finish line. That didnít go over very well. Another one (at the A & P) featured what would be a lottery card today, which you had to match three dollar amounts. Unfortunately you didnít necessarily get that dollar amount. There was another scratch rectangle on the top which gave the amount you actually won if you had three matching amounts below. I saw this happen: A gentlemen had three $1,000 scratch offs. But the top rectangle showed he won $5.00 by having three matching scratch offs below that stated $1,000. That promotion didnít go over very well, either. It was very confusing and people werenít happy with it.

Back in June, 1967 the IGA Foodliner on N. Clinton St. offered a Boys contest. Sorry girls, you could do that back then. There were two grand prize winners, who won an all expense paid (airfare included) week of fun in California including a trip to Disneyland. Two second prize winners received new bicycles.

From our Historical Notebook this week we present a photograph of the winning boys. In front are the grand prize winners (l-r) Nick Fuentes and Tony Buscaino. Just behind them are the second prize winners with their new bicycles, Tim Paugh and Stanley DeVoir. Other contest winners with lesser prizes such as baseball bats and balls are pictured in the back. They are (not in order): Tim Kurtz, Sam Manino, Mike Andreas, Jim Pewsey, Paul Bates, Tom Evans, Dennis Tautkus, Charles Yates, Denny White, Stanley Margraves, Aaron Aalbregtse, David Currie, Kent Transue, Mike Spaan, Terry Mills, Philip DeVoir, Robert Wisley, Larry Union, Marion Green, George Williamson, Scott McKay, Tim Gibbs, Dan Swathwood, Doug Huffman, Joe Prigun, Joe Calvaruso, Dennis Bartell, and Robert Burns. How many of our readers remember this Boyís contest at IGA?

IGA Bicycle give-away on June 10, 1967


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