After seeing the front page of The New York Times this morning, you had to wonder if the decision to call out the death of Ruth M. Siems in the news summaries below the fold was an outgrowth of Seasonal Editorial Disorder. Seims, who was 74, was a home economist best known for inventing Stove Top stuffing, thus making the Thanksgiving holiday somewhat less arduous for the cook of the house. In making it to the front page of the Times, she beat out the obit of Hugh Sidey, the Time journalist who covered every U.S. presidency since Eisenhower. According to a Kraft Foods rep, which commented for the Siems obit, the company expects to sell 60 million boxes of the stuffing this Thanksgiving. The secret to Stove Top stuffing, the obit says, was revealed in the patent, which said: “The nature of the cell structure and overall texture of the dried bread crumb employed in this invention is of great importance.” Couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
—Posted by Catharine P. Taylor