Tricky Treat

Cott Halloween Orange Cream Soda in glow-in-the-dark cans at Food City The Internet is an amazing thing. You can start looking for one thing and end up finding something else entirely. Yesterday I took a picture of some soda cans at Food City with the idea to use it in a blog post. I wondered about the thought process of putting carbonated beverages into children’s trick-or-treat bags. Did someone realize it would be funny to have orange cream soda spray countless kids’ faces on Halloween, and if so, who?

The brand name on the can is Cott, which makes sodas for dozens of supermarkets and convenience stores. The glow-in-the-dark can was created by Crown Beverage Packaging, which sent me on a mental tangent.

Crown Beverage is part of a company that was once known as Crown Cork & Seal. I used to hear my Baltimore relatives mention the company because several of them worked there. My great-aunt Jenny was married to a higher-up in the company who had died when I was a baby.

The archives of the Red Bank Register are being digitized and posted online. A Google search for my great-uncle turned up the following front-page story, located below a column titled “You Can Survive; Know What to Do in an Atomic Attack.”

Spring Lake Man, 67, Dies Of Injuries
Red Bank Register, Red Bank N.J.
Monday, November 6, 1961

SPRING LAKE — John J. Nagle, 67, of 41 Ludlow Ave., died Saturday night at Fitkin Hospital, Neptune, of head injuries suffered when he was struck by a car four hours earlier, police reported.
Mr. Nagle was retired president and chairman of the board of Crown Cork and Seal Corp., Baltimore, and of subsidiary international interests.
The accident occurred in Ocean Ave., at Ludlow Ave., as Mr. Nagle, after completing a stroll on the Boardwalk, started the half block walk to his home.
The driver was identified as Monte F. Bourjaily, 70, of 2007 Prospect Ave,, Spring Lake, retired head of a West Virginia publishing company.
Police said Mr. Bourjaily was released in his own recognizance pending completion of an investigation. No charges had been preferred by last night.
Mr. Nagle was a Knight of Malta, a trustee of the Fordham University Alumni Association, a member of the Canadian Club of New York, the New York Athletic Club, the Spring Lake Golf and Country Club and the Spring Lake Bath and Tennis Club. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War I.
Mr. Nagle is survived by his wife, Jenny Healy Nagle; a son John J. Jr., of Baltimore; a daughter, Mrs. James R. Regan, of South Orange; two sisters Mrs. Gertrude A. Sands, of Hohokus, and Mrs. Edward A. Sutliff, of New York City, and 10 grandchildren.
A funeral mass will be offered Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Vincent Ferer Catholic Church, New York City. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Valhalla, N. Y., under direction of the Meehan Funeral Home, Spring Lake Heights.

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