Have A Coke and A Smile

Coke has been around for a really long time. (See the story below) It’s everywhere including at my house and office. Famous people like Warren Buffet, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and Santa Clause drink it. And their advertising is iconic and has evolved nicely over the years. Those two red background ads under Santa Clause say a lot without saying much. On the left it says Coke goes with food (Yes!!) and on the right they introduce their new tall can. Below those ads, is a clever billboard campaign in Italy using the Coke ribbon morphing into a hand to show us way to recycling bins. At the bottom, Coca-Cola Australia ran a campaign in 2019 using a lady bug and some helpful ants to promote their use of 100% recycled plastic. See their really cute commercial HERE. Bottoms up!!!

Now that the thermometer is rising, nothing for me says “summer’s here” like ice cold Coca Cola (well, ok, plus hot dogs, barbeque chicken, potato salad, ice cream, watermelon, lemonade   helps a bit too).  With all of the different drinks on the market, flavored waters, teas, seltzers, sports drinks and more, sometimes I just love the taste of a Coke with vanilla ice cream for a great float (throw in some Mickey D’s fries and I’m good to go!).  I did some digging online and found out some fun facts (like the guy who invented it started to advertise on this day in 1886).  Enjoy the info and fun trivia and pop open a Coke over the weekend and smile for your friends at KHT!

  1. John Stith Pemberton was an American biochemist and American Civil War veteran who is best known as the inventor of Coca-Cola.
  2.  Pemberton was born on July 8, 1831, in Knoxville, Georgia, and spent most of his childhood in Rome, Georgia. His parents were James C. Pemberton and Martha L. Gant.  The Pembertons were of English lineage, the direct paternal ancestor Phineas Pemberton and his family from Lancashire, traveled aboard the ship Submission about 1682 from Liverpool to the Province of Maryland, eventually settling in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  There he built a mansion in 1687 and had served as William Penn’s chief administrator.
  3. Stith Pemberton entered the Reform Medical College of Georgia in Macon, Georgia, and in 1850, at the age of nineteen, he earned his medical degree.  His main talent was chemistry. After initially practicing some medicine and surgery, Dr. Pemberton opened a drug store in Columbus.
  4. During the American Civil War, Pemberton served in the Third Cavalry Battalion of the Georgia State Guard, which was at that time a component of the Confederate Army. He achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel.
  5. He met Ann Eliza Clifford Lewis of Columbus, Georgia, known to her friends as “Cliff”, who had been a student at the Wesleyan College in Macon. They were married in Columbus in 1853. Their only child, Charles Ney Pemberton, was born in 1854.
  6. In April 1865, Dr. Pemberton sustained a saber wound to the chest during the Battle of Columbus. He soon became addicted to the morphine used to ease his pain and soon began seeking a cure for his addiction.
  7. His first recipe was “Dr. Tuggle’s Compound Syrup of Globe Flower”, in which the active ingredient was derived from the buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), a toxic plant that is common in Alaska.  He next began experimenting with coca and coca wines, eventually creating a recipe that contained extracts of kola nut and damiana, which he called Pemberton’s French Wine Coca.
  8. According to Coca-Cola historian Phil Mooney, Pemberton’s world-famous soda was “created in Columbus, Georgia and carried to Atlanta”.  With public concern about drug addiction, depression, and alcoholism among war veterans, and “neurasthenia” among “highly-strung” Southern women, Pemberton’s “medicine” was advertised as particularly beneficial for “ladies, and all those whose sedentary employment causes nervous prostration”.
  9. In 1886, when Atlanta and Fulton County enacted temperance legislation, Pemberton had to produce a non-alcoholic alternative to his French Wine Coca.  Pemberton relied on Atlanta drugstore owner-proprietor Willis E. Venable to test, and help him perfect, the recipe for the beverage, which he formulated by trial and error. With Venable’s assistance, Pemberton worked out a set of directions for its preparation.
  10. He blended the base syrup with carbonated water by accident when trying to make another glassful of the beverage. Pemberton decided then to sell this as a fountain drink rather than a medicine. Frank Mason Robinson came up with the name “Coca-Cola” for the alliterative sound, which was popular among other wine medicines of the time.
  11. Although the name refers to the two main ingredients, because of controversy over its cocaine content, The Coca-Cola Company later said that the name was “meaningless but fanciful”. Robinson hand wrote the Spencerian script on the bottles and ads.
  12. Pemberton made many health claims for his product, touting it as a “valuable brain tonic” that would cure headaches, relieve exhaustion, and calm nerves, and marketed it as “delicious, refreshing, pure joy, exhilarating”, and “invigorating”.
  13. Pemberton had a hunch that his formula “some day will be a national drink”, so he attempted to retain a share of the ownership to leave to his son. In 1888, Pemberton and his son sold the remaining portion of the patent to a fellow Atlanta pharmacist, Asa Griggs Candler, for US$1,750, which in 2020 purchasing power equals about $50,000.
  14. Due to its status as an iconic brand available all around the world, you might feel like you already know all there is to know about Coca-Cola. Yes, you can drink Coke pretty much anywhere, and yes, it’s sold in more countries than there are in the United Nations. Here’s some fun facts:
  15. One of Coca-Cola’s earliest CEOs, Robert Woodruff, wanted to brand and standardize Coke served from soda fountains, so he came up with the iconic bell-shaped glass. The glasses were originally made with a mark to show exactly how much syrup to pour in for each serving.
  16. In 1923, Coca-Cola also began selling packages of six bottles, setting the precedent for the now-commonplace six-pack of today’s beverage industry.
  17. The Coca-Cola Company has, rather dramatically,hidden its secret formula in a vault since the 1920s. It also has some seriously stringent rules for viewing the document with the recipe: Only two employees can know the recipe at a time, and the company board must approve any employee just to look at the document. In 2011, the company seized on the appeal of its secrecy by making the formula vault into an exhibit at its World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta.
  18. If you’d like to spend the next nine years continually drinking different Coca-Cola beverages, feel free—with it’s 500 brands and more than 3,500 beverages, that’s how long it would take you to get through all the Coke products if you drank one per day.
  19. If every ounce of Coke ever produced was lined up in eight-ounce bottles, it could stretch to the moon and back more than 2,000 times. Now mix in other drinks – as the Coca-Cola Company produces more than just sodas, though—it manufactures everything from energy shots to soy-based drinks.
  20. With $35.1 billion in revenue in 2010, Coca-Cola represents an economy larger than some small countries; in fact, it’s bigger than Costa Rica. And if that factoid isn’t enough to shock you, consider that the Coca-Cola brand also has an estimated worth of $74 billion, which is larger than Pepsi, Starbucks, Red Bull, and Budweiser combined.
  21. In 1985 it became the first soda anyone ever drank on the moon. Coca-Cola even produced a special space can for the astronauts on the Space Shuttle Challenger.
  22. Even though the most popular use for Coke is drinking it, you can also pour it on various surfaces as a cleaning and de-rusting agent. You can even dump it on jellyfish stings to neutralize pain, bath in it to remove skunk smell, or pour it on your clothes to get rid of grease stains.
  23. Clearly, there are some unbelievable (but completely true) facts about Coca-Cola. There are, however, some myths surrounding the iconic brand that you shouldn’t pay any attention to. Some say the original drink was green, but it’s always been the same old brown. The liquid only appeared green from the green-tinted bottles and glasses it was sometimes served in. People have also claimed that Coke can dissolve objects like teeth, coins, and even steak when left in the liquid overnight. (It won’t—it will only leave those objects soggier than their original state.)
  24. In first quarter 2020, Coca Cola sold over a billion cans of sparkling and still beverages – now that’s something to smile about.

Watch Coca Cola’s ‘Have A Coke and a Smile’ 1970’s 60 second Commercial


Me, too.

As you may know the Kowalski Heat Treating logo finds its way
into the visuals of my Friday posts.
I.  Love.  My.  Logo.
One week there could be three logos.
The next week there could be 15 logos.
And sometimes the logo is very small or just a partial logo showing.
But there are always logos in some of the pictures.
So, I challenge you, my beloved readers, to count them and send me a quick
email with the total number of logos in the Friday post.
On the following Tuesday I’ll pick a winner from the correct answers
and send that lucky person some great KHT swag.
So, start counting and good luck!  
Oh, and the logos at the very top header don’t count.
Got it? Good.  :-))))
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Squirrels are so great!!!


Ok, so I have to admit it – I am fascinated watching squirrels run around. The amount of energy they have especially when you watch one chase the other around the yard.  It does make you wonder, are they just playing tag or is one of them really, really ticked!  With all of this “stay at home time”, really any movement in the yard is of interest these days – birds, rabbits, deer – we even have wild turkeys in town. Here in Ohio, most of our squirrels are brown in color, with big bushy tails (for those of you who aren’t from around here, we do have some black squirrels on the west side of Cleveland and in the suburb of Lakewood!)  So, here’s a little trivia and nutty facts about these fun-fulled entertainment creatures.  Special thanks to Wikipedia, gizmodo and National Wildlife Association for the info.

– Squirrels are members of the family Sciuridae, a family that includes small or medium-size rodents. (This certainly explains why many folks call squirrels simply rats with bushy tails!)  The squirrel family includes tree squirrels, ground squirrels, chipmunks, marmots (including groundhogs), flying squirrels, and prairie dogs amongst other rodents.

– The earliest known fossilized squirrels date from the Eocene period and are most closely related to the mountain beaver and to the dormouse among other living rodent families.

– Squirrels are indigenous to the Americas, Eurasia, and Africa, and were introduced by humans to Australia.

– The word “squirrel”, first attested in 1327, comes from the Anglo-Norman esquirel which is from the Old French escurel, the reflex of a Latin word sciurus. This Latin word was borrowed from the Ancient Greek word σκίουρος, skiouros, which means shadow-tailed, referring to the bushy appendage possessed by many of its members.

– The native Old English word for the squirrel, ācweorna, survived only into Middle English (as aquerne) before being replaced

– A group of squirrels is called a “dray” or a “scurry” – (funny how we say “look at that squirrel scurry across the lawn”)

– Squirrels are generally small animals, ranging in size from the African pygmy squirrel and least pygmy squirrel 3.9–5.5 in in total length and just 0.42–0.92 oz in weight to the Bhutan giant flying squirrel at up to 4 ft 2 in in total length, and several marmot species, which can weigh 18 lbs. or more. Not sure what I’d think if I saw a 4’ squirrel in the yard.

– Squirrels typically have slender bodies with bushy tails and large eyes. In general, their fur is soft and silky, though much thicker in some species than others. The coat color of squirrels is highly variable between—and often even within—species.

– In most squirrel species, the hind limbs are longer than the fore limbs, while all species have either four or five toes on each paw. The paws, which include an often poorly developed thumb, have soft pads on the undersides and versatile, sturdy claws for grasping and climbing.

– Tree squirrels, unlike most mammals, can descend a tree head-first. They do so by rotating their ankles 180 degrees, enabling the hind paws to point backward and thus grip the tree bark from the opposite direction. (in my backyard, this helps them feed upside down from my bird feeders).

– As their large eyes indicate, squirrels have an excellent sense of vision, which is especially important for the tree-dwelling species. Many also have a good sense of touch, with vibrissae (wiskers) on their limbs as well as their heads.

– The teeth of squirrels follow the typical rodent pattern, with large incisors (for gnawing) that grow throughout life, and cheek teeth (for grinding) that are set back behind a wide gap, or diastema. Cartoonists love to draw squirrels with giant front teeth.

– Many juvenile squirrels die in the first year of life. Adult squirrels can have a lifespan of 5 to 10 years in the wild (some can survive 10 to 20 years in captivity).

– Squirrels mate either once or twice a year and, following a gestation period of three to six weeks, give birth to a number of offspring that varies by species. The young are altricial, being born naked, toothless, and blind. In most species of squirrel, the female alone looks after the young, which are weaned at six to ten weeks and become sexually mature by the end of their first year. In general, the ground-dwelling squirrel species are social, often living in well-developed colonies, while the tree-dwelling species are more solitary.

– Because squirrels cannot digest cellulose, they must rely on foods rich in protein, carbohydrates, and fats. In temperate regions, early spring is the hardest time of year for squirrels because the nuts they buried are beginning to sprout (and thus are no longer available to eat), while many of the usual food sources have not yet become available. During these times, squirrels rely heavily on the buds of trees.

– The living squirrels are divided into five subfamilies, with about 58 genera and some 285 species.  The oldest squirrel fossil, Hesperopetes, dates back to the Chadronian (late Eocene, about 40–35 million years ago) and is similar to modern flying squirrels.

10 Nutty Facts to Make You Appreciate Squirrels Even More

1. Squirrels can find food buried beneath a foot of snow – Food is important during the cold winter months for squirrels. It makes sense, therefore, that some species are able to smell food under a foot of snow. The squirrel will then dig a tunnel under the snow, following the scent to their (or another squirrel’s) buried treasure.

2. A squirrel’s front teeth never stop growing – This is a common characteristic of other rodents, as well. The word “rodent” actually derives from the Latin “rodere,” which means to gnaw.

3. Squirrels may lose 25 percent of their buried food to thieves – and that’s just from members of their own species! Scatter hoarders (squirrels with multiple caches of food) have a difficult time keeping an eye on all of their hidden food. Fellow squirrels or birds often take advantage of this for a free meal.

4. They zigzag to escape predators – when squirrels feel threatened, they run away in a zigzag pattern. This is an incredibly useful strategy to escape hawks and other predators. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work so well on cars. Consider slowing down and giving squirrels a brake!

5. Squirrels may pretend to bury a nut to throw off potential thieves – Squirrels have been observed engaging in “deceptive caching.” This is where a squirrel digs a hole and vigorously covers it up again, but without depositing the nut. It seems this is done to throw off potential food thieves.

6. A newborn squirrel is about an inch long – if you come across one of these itty-bitty baby squirrels, please consult these resources, which will advise you what to do. That will help give the baby squirrel its best chance at survival.

7. Humans introduced squirrels to most of our major city parks – The story about why U.S. parks are full of squirrels is truly fascinating and worth a read.  HERE

8. Squirrels are acrobatic, intelligent, and adaptable – If you’re not convinced, try to hang a bird feeder without these bandits giving you a challenge.

9. They get bulky to stay warm during the winter – Putting on some extra weight is one strategy squirrels use to stay warm during the cold winter months.

10. Squirrels don’t dig up all of their buried nuts, which results in more trees – they have accidentally contributed countless trees to our nation’s forests. If you ask me, that’s a pretty great reason to appreciate squirrels.


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Okay, kids, time to
sharpen those colored pencils —

It’s Coloring Contest Time!!
Home with nothing to do? Check.
Bored? Check.
Kids Bored? Check.
Well, here’s something that’ll keep you or your kids (or you AND your kids) busy while researchers around the world work day & night to give us a vaccine for the evil COVID-19.

How to win:
1) Download this crazy squirrel drawing HERE
2) Print it out. 
3) Color it the best you can. Kids and adults can play…it’s all the same to me.  🙂
4) Send it to me, Steve Kowalski, with your name, email and address for a chance to win some great Kowalski Heat Treating prizes! Happy coloring!!!



Me, too.

As you may know the Kowalski Heat Treating logo finds its way into the visuals of my Friday posts.
I.  Love.  My.  Logo.
One week there could be three logos. The next week there could be 15 logos. And sometimes the logo is very small or just a partial logo showing. But there are always logos in some of the pictures.
So, I challenge you, my beloved readers, to count them and send me a quick email with the total number of logos in the Friday post. On the following Tuesday I’ll pick a winner from the correct answers and send that lucky person some great KHT swag.
So, start counting and good luck!  Oh, and the logos at the very top header don’t count. Just in the pictures area. Got it? Good.  :-))))  Have fun!!





Can’t Quarantine Love

One thing’s for sure – you can’t quarantine love.  And when it comes to love, the experts rule the day – all of our Moms.  From your buds at KHT, and all of our support team dedicated to solving your PIA (Pain in the @%$) Jobs!, here’s to all the moms out there – (and grandmas and great grandmas), thanks for your patience, and never ending LOVE.  Enjoy your day on Sunday.



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Me, too.

As you may know the Kowalski Heat Treating logo finds its way into the visuals of my Friday posts.
I.  Love.  My.  Logo.
One week there could be three logos. The next week there could be 15 logos. And sometimes the logo is very small or just a partial logo showing. But there are always logos in some of the pictures.
So, I challenge you, my beloved readers, to count them and send me a quick email with the total number of logos in the Friday post. On the following Tuesday I’ll pick a winner from the correct answers and send that lucky person some great KHT swag.
So, start counting and good luck!  Oh, and the logos at the very top header don’t count. Just in the pictures area. Got it? Good.  :-))))  Have fun!!





Saddle Up

I love biking. It’s great exercise and great fun. And I love seeing a kid master that balance thing. It’s so great! Going on a long trek or just tooling around the neighborhood, there’s nothing like it. All you really need is a bike and some motivation to just GO!!

I’m guessing you share the same joy I do when the spring sun comes out.  There’s something special about watching the city come alive – people out, birds chirping, squirrels running, families out for walks, kites on the beachfront and more.  With our quarantine requirements, “getting out” this year has taken on a whole new meaning.  It got me to thinking about short and longer bike rides – some through the neighborhood, some to the lakefront (I’m fortunate to live less than a mile away) and longer trips throughout Northeast Ohio. As I am writing this as my usual early bird time, I can see cyclists with their lights on coming into downtown.   I came across this great website https://www.ohiobikeways.net loaded with great info – regional maps, long list of amazing trails, trail guidelines, “rules of the roads”, parking spots, even trail news and a blog link.  I could not believe how detailed the maps were – hundreds of great trail markings to go and explore.  Regarding what to pack, beyond a phone, money and granola bar and water, (or pack a nice lunch – top of my list of course) it’s a good idea to grab extra bike supplies in event of a flat.  Even for a short ride, make sure you’ve reviewed my handy “pre-trip” checklist below to prepare your bike(s) for safe travels.  Thanks to Ohiobikeways.net, Cleveland.com and Tittle & Perlmuter for the recommendations.  And of course, a little trivia for you … you cyclists have a Lorain County man to thank for saving your butts.

That man, Elyria native Arthur L. Garford, invented the first padded bicycle seat in the world over 100 years ago. When no one bought the patent, Garford decided in 1892 to manufacture the seat –with cushions and springs — himself.  A shrewd businessman.  Historians say Garford knew well the need for a padded seat, as a cyclist who raced and used bikes to get around in his younger years.
After selling his saddle seat company about a decade later, the inventor was involved in a number of industrial ventures, including the emerging automobile business. The Garford Company manufactured the high-quality Studebaker-Garford automobiles from 1904 to 1911. He then sold his interest in that company, too.

Garford was community-minded. He was the first president of the Elyria Chamber of Commerce, president of the YMCA and a trustee for the YWCA, public library and Memorial Hospital.  He also was among the men who conceived the idea of buying lakefront land in nearby Lorain to build a water-pumping station so Elyria residents could have access to drinking water — a resource the community continues to use today.

Garford dabbled in politics as well. He was an Ohio delegate for the Republican National Convention in 1896 and 1908 and had an unsuccessful run for Ohio governor in l912 as a Bull Moose Progressive. Two years later, he lost the race for a U.S. Senate seat to Warren G. Harding.  Today, the Lorain Historical Society calls Garford’s Elyria mansion home.

Here’s 5 Must-Visit Trails:

Cleveland Metroparks
The Cleveland Metroparks system is comprised of eighteen different reservations spanning over 23,000 acres. There are over 100 miles of all-purpose trails used for cycling, walking, running, etc., all available to the public. To learn more about the Cleveland Metroparks and the 18 reservations, visit www.clevelandmetroparks.com.

Emerald Necklace Trail
Linking many of the Cleveland Metroparks reservations is an area called the “Emerald Necklace”. A bike path exists creating a route linking the Rocky River, Mill Stream, and Brecksville reservations spanning over 70 miles. Many Emerald Necklace Trail riders use mountain or hybrid bikes, as the trail can be uneven and bumpy throughout certain parts. If you prefer a normal road bike, it’s recommended that you stick to the Valley Parkway which parallels the trail.

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath
The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath is one of the longest bicycle paths in Ohio. Starting just south of Lake Erie, the trail leads you through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park all the way until you hit New Philadelphia. Following close to the historic Ohio & Erie Canalway, the entire trail is flat terrain, making it perfect for all riders. The towpath is open 24 hours a day and allows hikers or bikers to spend multiple days on the trail.

Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway
The Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway occupies over 17 miles alongside the Lake Erie shoreline. From Lakewood, on the west side, to Euclid, on the east side, the bikeway includes both on-road and off-road paths. The bikeway passes through Bratenahl Village, Collinwood, Edgewater State Park, and more. Some of the most scenic parts of the trail include the Edgewater Park area, historic homes on Lakeshore Blvd., and 2 miles of downtown views.

Harrison-Dillard Bikeway
The Harrison-Dillard Bikeway is geared especially to East-side Clevelanders, running right alongside Martin Luther King Blvd. Enjoy a four-mile scenic ride throughout the city’s Cultural Gardens, Wade Oval, and University Circle, viewing historic stonework and beautiful greenery along the way. University Circle is home to the Botanical Gardens, the Natural History Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and many more attractions that you can visit to take a break from your bike ride!

Handy Pre-Trip Checklist:

1A – Comfortable shorts for a comfortable ride!  SEE Arthur Garford above!
1 – Pump up your tires
Read the PSI markings on the side of the tire to ensure that you are putting the right amount of air in.
2 – Inspect your helmet
Make sure that it is not cracked or impaired in any way, be sure that it fits properly, and tighten the straps as appropriate.
3 – Check your bike
Make sure that your brakes and chain are working properly. It is much easier to make adjustments at home than on the trail. Also, check that your reflectors are clean and that you have a light if you anticipate riding after dark or through a trail tunnel
4 – Pack water
Bring more than enough water, especially on a hot day or if riding in a remote area. Sometimes even that guaranteed water refill spot is not available for one reason or another.
5 – Bring snacks (or lunch, yea!)
Nuts, granola bars, or compact foods that provide a protein punch are the perfect items to take along to keep energy up. As with water, always pack a little more than you think you will need.
6 – Prep your phone
Make sure that your phone is fully charged before heading out.
7 – Plot your route
If you are heading out on a new trail, do not forget to download directions to trailheads and research parking locations. Note where restrooms, water fountains, bike shops, and other services are located within close proximity to the trail. Also determine if your trail requires a fee or permit.
8 – Review your clothing options
Depending on the time of year and conditions on the day that you are riding, consider whether a rain poncho, an extra layer, or gloves are necessary.
9 – Pack a lock
Even if you do not anticipate stopping, a lock is nice to have in the event that plans change.
10 – Bring bike supplies
Be sure to have an extra tube (make sure it is the right one for your bike) or patch kit, as well as tire levers, a cyclist’s multi-tool, and a pump.
11 – Wear sun protection
Do not forget sunscreen and sunglasses, even on an overcast day.
12 – Review other gear
Other items to include in your pack: a band-aid or two, anti-friction chamois cream, lip balm, tissues, cash and a credit card, identification, and your health insurance card (which hopefully you won’t need). If it is a new route, you may also want to consider bringing a map, directions, and a camera.

Enjoy – and share any photos you take on the way – I’d love to see them!

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Me, too.

As you may know the Kowalski Heat Treating logo finds its way into the visuals of my Friday posts.
I.  Love.  My.  Logo.
One week there could be three logos. The next week there could be 15 logos. And sometimes the logo is very small or just a partial logo showing. But there are always logos in some of the pictures.
So, I challenge you, my beloved readers, to count them and send me a quick email with the total number of logos in the Friday post. On the following Tuesday I’ll pick a winner from the correct answers and send that lucky person some great KHT swag.
So, start counting and good luck!  Oh, and the logos at the very top header don’t count. Just in the pictures area. Got it? Good.  :-))))  Have fun!!