CHICAGO, July 29 – On a Sun-day
morning at a Roman Catholic
church here, Mary Hallan Fiorito
glanced at a nearby pew to see a
woman drinking a can of Coke at
At a musical in a Broadway
theater, Alex Wang turned to the row
behind him to discover people eating
corn on the cob.
In schools that once forbade
chewing gum, students now bring
doughnuts and candy to class –
along with chewing gum.
Americans seem to be eating all
the time, and wherever they please.
"Consumers now see eating as
something to be done while you do
something else," said Bobby Cal-der,
a marketing professor at
Northwestern University. "Every-body
wants to save time by multi-tasking.
So you don’t just sit down
and eat. You eat while you work,
while you’re watching TV, while
The automobile, among the fa-vorite
places for people to snack, is
well on its way to becoming a rolling
dining room. A car is scarcely
considered worth driving now
without cup holders in the front and
back. Some cars now have
refrigerated glove-boxes. And within
the next six months, the Samsung
Corporation plans to market the
first microwave for cars and mini-vans.
The micro-wave will plug into
the cigarette lighter.
THE NEW YORK TIMES NATIONAL FRIDAY, JULY 30, 1999According to the passage, Mary Hallan