Datebook: July 5 - Spam Turns 75

Jul 5, 2012

"Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, lovely Spam! Wonderful Spam!" ...Some of the best lyrics ever written (Monty Python). Spam is a canned precooked meat product by Hormel Foods, introduced on this day in 1937. 

Though some might consider it mystery meat, the ingredients are: pork shoulder, ham meat, salt, water, potato starch, sodium nitrate, and an aspic glaze. As of 2007, seven billion cans had been sold. An average of 3.8 cans are consumed every second in the United States.  In recent years, Spam has been introduced to international markets. In the UK, you might enjoy a battered and deep-fried "Spam fritter." In Japan, you could get a Spam, rice, seaweed, and egg dish. Or in Israel, a kosher Spam meatloaf might be on the menu. If you ventured up to the Spam Museum in Austin, Minnesota this week, you may find yourself at the annual "Spam Jam" festival.

It’s Thursday, July 5

Angels Attic Thrift Shop seeks donations of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing; furniture; appliances; household items; and toys.  Sales of these items help fund the Angels Healthcare Clinic, helping Calloway County residents with no medical insurance.  Drop off items at 972 Chestnut Street in Murray Monday through Saturday from 8 to 5.

The McCracken County Public Library hosts a Basic Computer Class tomorrow afternoon at 1.  Another session of the same class will be held on July 20th.  See the library’s summer calendar of events

The Murray Art Guild holds a Summer Art Party tomorrow evening at 6.  See charcoal drawings and watercolors by Kathryn Harper, watch a dozen artists participate in a Monster Draw Rally, and enjoy live music and refreshments.  For more information, contact the Guild at 753-4059 or visit

Add your community events to the calendar at  Thanks for listening.