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The Doclopedia #1,260
The Alphabet: L is for…
Loyd The Lucky…AKA Sir Loyd of Blankenship AKA The Scarlet Highwayman. As you can no doubt deduce, Loyd was a man of noble descent who also had a secret identity as a red garbed highwayman in England (and sometimes Wales and even Scotland) during the years 1755 to 1765. He and his three associates (nobles all) would pick off coaches and wagons carrying wealthy nobles, clergymen or just cargo that could be quickly sold. They once even robbed a line of wagons carrying prisoners to prison.
Loyd was not so much lucky as a genius planner. He even arranged for himself to be robbed twice, to throw anyone off the scent. Another time, he and his mates lead a detachment of 15 soldiers into a bog, then rescued them once they had given up their weapons. Tales of his daring and cunning were popular with the common folk, many of whom also benefited from his habit of redistributing half of his ill gotten gain.
In 1766, Loyd married and took his new bride to the colonies in North America. Eventually, he fought in the Revolutionary War before retiring to his upstate New York farm. Back in England, his mates kept the legend of the Scarlet Highwayman going until 1783.
The Doclopedia #1,261
The Alphabet: L is for…
Love Sauce…which is NOT what you are thinking, you dirty minded perverts. In fact, Love Sauce was a tasty sweet and hot sauce created in 1952 by Mr. Ed Love in El Reno, Oklahoma. The sauce, which used prunes, chile peppers, mint and bourbon, among many other ingredients, was initially made for family & friends, but soon caught on in Oklahoma City and beyond. By 1958, it was being sold in grocery stores throughout the Midwest from Texas to North Dakota. By 1960, the Love Sauce Company was selling 9 million dollars worth of sauce per year.
In 1971, Love sold his company to U.S. Foods and Love Sauce went national. Sales peaked in 1977 at 25 million dollars a year. Rumors that the sauce could perk up low libidos probably helped sales.
Sadly, in 1985 U.S. Foods reworked the recipe and Love Sauce sales nosedived. That and several other missteps put the company out of business in 1990. However, in 1997, Jake Love, son of Ed, managed to buy the rights to Love Sauce and once again began manufacturing it for regional sale and mail order sale. Love Sauce fans rejoiced.