Topic: Ice Cream
Founder of The Ice Screamers in 1976, a national organization of over 800 collectors of the old ice cream parlor and soda fountain memorabilia, Ed Marks was also editor and publisher of the bi-monthly newsletter. Coupled with over fifty years professional executive experience in the industry he has become an avid historian of America's most favorite food. Ed is currently working on a book which focuses on Ice Cream and The American Culture and a video for the elementary schools about ice cream history. He is dedicated to sharing with everyone the amazing and fascinating evolution of America's love affair with ice cream.
As a celebrated speaker on ice cream history, Ed Marks has been featured at the Smithsonian Museum and by the National Association of Ice Cream Retailers, the New England Ice Cream and Restaurant Association, The Keystone Ice Cream Association, The Michigan Dairy Association and The Institute of Food Technologists. Ed has spoken at regional and local service associations such as Rotary and Kiwanis and retirement communities. As historical spokesperson for Turkey Hill Ice Cream, America's 4th largest manufacturer, he has appeared nationally on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, NPR and PBS and on several local network stations in the Northeast.
Ice Cream & The American Culture
From the "still pot" method of freezing ice cream through the invention of the handcranked ice cream freezer, from the days of the first ice cream street vendors to the evolution of the drug store fountain and the American Soda Jerk, from prohibition and the conversion of national beer brewers into national ice cream makers, from the days of ice cream as America's leading source of ptomaine poisoning to its place as a food of purity and health, he will captivate you with the fun and romance of ice cream as America's favorite food.