The Journal Gazette
Thursday, December 31, 2020 1:00 am

July 30, 1959: Sitting on a mountain of melons

COREY MCMAKEN | The Journal Gazette

Readers were asked to share fun captions for photos in this month's History Journal column.

What kid doesn't want to climb up on a pile of a favorite treat and start eating?

Heck, what adult doesn't want to do that from time to time? I'll tell you right now, if I come across a mountain of french fries, I'm going to stay there a while. You can join me if you bring the ketchup.

This young guy has a lot of work to do if he's going to put a dent in that mountain of melons. But as Emily Schwartz Keirns of Fort Wayne says, "How do you eat a pile of watermelons? One bite at a time."

Some other captions:

• "Young Joey Chestnut: 'This is really hard, I think I'll switch to hot dogs.'" – Dan Kelker

• "I'll be a while, Ma, I'm just getting started!" – Shelia Berning, New Haven

• "I'm glad I had a light lunch," – David Driscoll, Uniondale

• "Little Tommy only has 199 more to go." – Herm Abbott, Auburn

• "I didn't bring enough for everyone." – William Krebs, Fort Wayne

• "You think they will miss just one?" – Greg Racine, Fort Wayne

• "It's a start." – Art Hill, Decatur

• "Think I'll take a break." – Sandy Rebman, Columbia City

• "I only wanted one!" – Joan Morgan, Fort Wayne

• "Champion of last year's Allen County Seed Spitting Competition." – Amy Beatty, Fort Wayne

• "This is going to take a while..." – Thom Obergfell

• "World Champion seed spitter!" – Dicia Barnhouse, Churubusco

The real story: Jackie Newberry, 6, samples one of the 400 watermelons and 200 cantaloupes provided as a starter for Harlan Days.

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