For years, Dave has been searching for Quisp.
I’m leafing thru a flyer for a high-end grocery store called Fresh Market. They’re known for their produce, deli section, and incredible baked goods. Apparently, they are now also known for selling Quisp, because there it is.
Quisp Cereal, originally released in 1965, is a sugar-sweetened, saucer-shaped cereal with a similar taste to Cap’n Crunch but with a softer texture. Quisp was frequently advertised alongside another cereal by Quaker Oats—Quake—in successful cartoon ads.
Holy Quap! I left the flyer out for Dave to burst a blood vessel over and went to bed.
Now, I’m not sure Dave fully understands the nature of physics and time and quantum mechanics, because the next morning he asked, “Will there be Quisp for breakfast?”
“Uh, no. I can get you some. When do you want it?”
“How about tomorrow.”
Later I received a forwarded e-mail from Dave titled: “Making a Quisp Run,” asking if I could also pick up a box for his friend Scott. OK, do you want one for your other little friends? What about Mikey and Robbie?
I read Dave’s e-mail to Scott:
I loved it back in 1975. I might give myself the whole nostalgia treatment when I take the first bite, maybe try to find an old Bugs Bunny cartoon. I wonder if I have any old jammies from back then. The comforter from my bed? An old song? Maybe “Seasons in the Sun” by Terry Jacks.
When did I marry a five-year-old?
QUISP: THEN AND NOW
QUAKE V. QUISP
Do you remember the infamous Quake vs. Quisp contest? It was . . . well, let’s let “crazy amy” from In the 70s explain it:
Quisp and Quake cereals had a contest: whichever kind sold the most boxes in a period of time would be the champion and the other would be taken off the market. Quisp won. I loved them both—it was worse than your parents getting divorced—at least you still got to see your dad. I never saw Quake again. If only I had eaten more Quake or spent more time with it—maybe it was my fault! Please come back Quake—I love you—please write.
Quisp Day. I found the Bugs Bunny intro on YouTube and played it while Dave prepared his Quisp. No, he was not wearing his jammies from the 70s, but he did have a Gilligan’s Island episode queued up.
I watched him nervously.
It was . . . good.
It was really good!
It was AS good as he remembered!!!
A few days later, I asked Dave if he was still basking in the Quisp glow. “Nah,” he said. “It’s really just like Cap’n Crunch.”
On with the show, this was it.