Wednesday, November 3, 2010

ON HOME ~ How Natick's Twinkies Saved The World...


Why didn't any of you tell me that Natick was a part of pop culture?! Here I have been prattling on week after week sharing snapshots in photos and words of my adopted hometown and none of you mentioned that Natick saved Family Guy's Griffin family from perishing after the Y2K nuclear crisis. All thanks to a Twinkie factory. You see, I don't watch Family Guy myself (I know, I know - it's really funny). But I do know that Natick was home to a Wonder Bread factory and store where they mostly sold bread - but I'm sure you could get the Twinkies too if you wanted them. And everyone knows that Twinkies never go bad.

So of course it was natural for the starving Griffins to leave RI and make their way across the border to the nearest Twinkie factory in Natick, MA in the "Da Boom" episode from Season 2 which aired over the Christmas holiday in 1999 (see clip below):



If ever we have a real nuclear crisis however, I am afraid we won't have all those Twinkies to carry us through. The Wonder Bread factory was demolished the same year that episode came out. The fancy addition to the old Natick Mall, now known as the Natick Collection (oo-la-la), was built in its place. Somehow I don't think overpriced clothing from Neiman Marcus will be as useful. Perhaps they should demolish the mall and bring back the fragrant smelling factory.

5 comments:

Matty said...

I've never seen Family Guy myself either. And I can't remember the last time I had a Twinkie. But rest assured that if I had known this little tidbit, I would have enlightened you.

boliyou said...

I knew about Natick from the Family Guy episode, and was surprised to actually find someone (you) who was from there. I thought it was fictional, like Quahog, Rhode Island!

I never mentioned it because 1: I thought you would have heard of it and 2: I didn't want to admit that I thought Natick was fictional.

So there it is. You've unearthed my deep, dark secret.

kaye said...

I don't watch family guy either . . . but that's sad that the factory isn't there anymore!

LJ said...

Oh, the unique things that put our towns on the map.

Kaye said...

Like the long defunct Walter Baker Chocolate factory - how I used to love that smell!

Did you know they make Bell's poultry seasoning in Weymouth?