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I have recently been featured in twi Times Union Articles
Please read the articles by clicking the links below!

Article 1 - Vanderbilt helped invent the chip in Saratoga?
Likely a salty myth

Article 2 - Toga Chip Guy makes a second showing on History Channel

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Please read the article in Saratoga Today that features, your's truly, The Toga Chip Guy!

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Current Events!

Please watch the latest episode of The History Channel's The Food That Built America, "When The Chips Are Down", season 2, episode 3, where I am prominently featured.

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Read my feature article in "Shorelines" The Saratoga Lake Association News Letter.

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Listen to my recent interview on Heart Radio.

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Listen To The New History Channel Podcast

After appearing in several episodes of The History Channel's Series "The Food That Built America", I have now been prominently featured in an associated podcast.

Please visit The ACast Site to listen!

Please read my recent interview with Julia Dunn on CBS 6.

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Read The Article About Me In Saratoga Today Entitled "Who: Alan Richer, The Toga Chip Guy"

This article was just published today, April 2nd, It starts on Page 3.

Click here to read!

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Watch the latest episode of the History Channel's "The FoodThat Built America "that aired on Natational Potato Chip Day, March 14. Featuring the history of Herman Lay and then rival Fritos!

Click here to watch

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John Karolefski, author of the blog Grocery Stories at: 

has written a book about grocery shopping. He had requested a quote from me about about chips -- their place in snack history, their popularity, etc.

I had provided him with a quote that I will disclose once his book is published.

Here is that quote!

"Potato chips are more American than apple pie. Compare the shelf space allotted to potato chips and apple pie in your local grocery store"

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Recent Events

On Novemeber 19th 2019, I spoke to the New York Capital Region Elfuns Club at the Hilton Garden Inn in Clifton Park NY, on the History of the Potato Chip.
The club consists of mostly retired General Electric employees.

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The Toga Chip Guy Is On The Air!

I have been interviewed about the history of the potato chip by a California based radio station, Yesterday USA  Radio Networks,  at 10:30pm New York time on Saturday, September 14th.  
Listen here!

Schedule a presentation With The Chip Guy!

Featuring the “Toga Chip Guy,” local historian/collector who has appeared on NBC and been featured in newspaper articles.
He will discuss the origins and chronology including the mythology surrounding the invention and share presentation of his extensive collection of memorabilia and collectibles.

Topics covered:
∞ Alternative Origins ∞
- Players, Facts, Mystery & Myths
∞ Saratoga Chips Collection ∞
- Timeline
- Geographic Expansion
- Tins, Bags & Machinery
- Company Slogans
- Anthropological Changes in Clothing etc.
- Delivery Transportation, Plants &
- Companies that Began by Selling Saratoga
- Non-Potato “Saratoga Chip” Products
- Inspiration for the Collection
- Travels & People I have Met
- Museums, Libraries, Historical Societies,
Manufacturers, Trade Associations &

On November 19th, I addressed the Schenectady Chapter of the General Electric Company Elfuns, a not for profit group comprised mostly of retirees.  Immediately below are the comments I received:

Delightful and colorful presentation with lots of colorful data.  C. B.  

Very Interesting.  Enjoyed the Presentation.  Loved learnings about local Saratoga

It was a very revealing and interesting presentation.  Thank you so much
Chuck Knowles, Program Chair, Schenectady Chapter of GE Elfuns 

Enjoy the photos,

The Toga Chip Guy

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