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Family’s ice cream binge to be retold

May 23, 2008

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Karen Roberts

Karen Roberts and her family had an ice cream-eating contest when the dessert went on sale. She will share her story on a radio show this weekend.

Karen Roberts and her family had an ice cream-eating contest when the dessert went on sale. She will share her story on a radio show this weekend.

Since Karen Roberts shared her tale with the Lawrence Journal-World of a family ice-cream eating contest, she has become notorious around town as "that ice-cream lady."

After this weekend, Roberts' fame for competing in a feat most of us only fantasize about will surely spread like a scoop of ice cream on a hot summer sidewalk.

Producers at Weekend America came across Roberts' tale of ice cream gluttony shortly after it was published last fall. It was set aside for warmer weather.

"The piece just jumped out," Weekend America editor Jim Gates said. "It really captures the spirit of summer," he said.

Editors at the show - a Minnesota Public Radio program that is distributed to about a 160 stations across the country - asked Roberts if she would be willing to tell her story on air and share it with the rest of the country.

Like a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream, it was an offer the self-described ham couldn't resist.

The piece will air this weekend alongside other stories that focus on the coming summer season.

No National Public Radio stations in Kansas carry Weekend America (the closest stations are in Nebraska and Columbia, Mo.). But by Saturday afternoon, Roberts' tale can be found on Weekend America's Web site.

While the story lives on, Roberts said the feat - inspired by a Breyers 2-for-1 sale - has yet to be repeated.

"This was a once-in-a-lifetime thing," she said.

Comments

c_dubya 5 years, 11 months ago

Way to go LJW! You managed to make the Bottom Stories of the Day on the Best of the Web with this gem of an article!http://online.wsj.com/article/best_of_the_web_today.html

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madam_hillarys_pantsuits 5 years, 11 months ago

For me, it's a toss-up between chocolate chip....and cookies-and-cream!

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TheEleventhStephanie 5 years, 11 months ago

You should learn to be more tolerant.

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snazzo 5 years, 11 months ago

As a girl who has been forlorn in love many times, I must say that downing a 1/2 gallon of breyer's ice cream in one sitting is nothing. Seriously, what girl out there hasn't eaten her emotions at one time or another? ;p

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BigPrune 5 years, 11 months ago

This story means even more if you're lactose intolerant.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 11 months ago

Mint Chocolate Chip yummm. I got hooked on it when I babysat for family as a young teen. The mom would come home from work, and mix up a blender of the drink "Grasshopper", and hand me one.Then I found the ice cream, a delight.What are your favorite flavors?

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