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Potato chip exhibit to open Saturday
BALLSTON SPA — “In the Saratoga Style: Potato Chips and Their Regional Folklore” opens Saturday at Brookside Museum, Saratoga County History Center, 6 Charlton St. The exhibit, which will be on display through Dec. 31, explores the many stories that have claimed to explain the story behind the snack, from disgruntled customers to kitchen mishaps.
The use of the “Saratoga” name to nationally market potato chips is seen through the expansive collection of famed local expert Alan Richer, known as “The Toga Chip Guy.”
The exhibit is open to the public 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. For more information,
go to https://brooksidemuseum.org.
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
Please read the article in Saratoga Today that features, your's truly, The Toga Chip Guy!
Listen to my recent interview on Heart Radio.
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.
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!
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
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"
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.
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.
An incredible organization to which I am happy to both volunteer and support!
In previous posts I have told the story about how my Mom, Ethel, planned on marrying her childhood boyfriend, Clifford Siegel (to whom she referred to as "Cliffie") before she met my Dad. Pvt. Siegel was killed in action on November 20, 1943 in the Battle of Tarawa, before my Mom met my Dad.
My research into Private Siegel brought me in contact with the Chief Rick Stone Family Foundation, the purpose of which is to identify living relatives of those lost in combat action whose remains have never been identified so that they can finally have a proper burial. I was so moved by Chief Rick and the work of the Foundation that I am now volunteering and have had success in locating living relatives including an almost 98 year sister of one of the heroes who resides in St. Petersburg, Fl. Her son is providing his Mom's DNA to hopefully lead to a positive identification. In another case, a nephew had never seen any adult photos of his hero Uncle until those I was able to provide based on my research.
With respect to Private Siegel, I made contact with a niece and nephew who provided DNA of their Mom and Aunt, two of Private Siegel's sisters.
Please listen to this just made podcast by Chief Rick Stone to learn more about Private Siegel. It would be wonderful if his remains can be identified so that he can be buried next to his parents. The Foundation is truly doing G-d's work and I hope you consider joining me in supporting this most worthwhile cause. As a reminder there are over 1,100 boxes of unidentified remains in a warehouse in Honolulu with an eleven year backlog.
Episode 57 of NO HOME FOR HEROES - History's Military Mysteries: Missing In Action is now available at your favorite podcast site and featured on TuneIn Radio. The episode is titled "Come Home To Me, Cliff" and is hosted by Chief Rick Stone. But be warned, it's a real "tear jerker" of a story. It is now posted at:
This episode of NO HOME FOR HEROES and many more episodes are available FOR FREE on Apple podcasts or any other popular platform where you like to listen to podcasts or on the web site at ChiefRickStone.com Enjoy!
Thanks to the various librarians and genealogists who have assisted me in my research. Guess which Singer is included in the podcast? As my Dad used to say, "I'll give you three guesses and the first two don't count."
Abbott and Costello To Meet The Toga Chip Guy
Here is the Toga Chip Guy, Alan Richer, performing standup at Albany’s “The Comedy Works”.
On Stage With Martin Short & Steve Martin At Proctors
(I’m in the center, when Steve Martin asked me about my occupation, I told him “Potato Chip Historian”, he was pretty amused!
|BRING ON THE SNACKS!|
Me with Yankee GM Brian Cashman
Visiting The Chicago Sky Deck!
Checking Out Some Chip Memorabilia!
The Pub Scout Blog
My next-door neighbor Bennett Liebman and I with Yankee Legend Phil Rizzuto
Here I am With My Family alongside “Stan The Man” Musial, Cardinal Great!
Here I am With Syracuse Men’s Head Basketball Coach
Here I am With Tony Bennett
Here I am With Linda Elder
My Last Trip To Syracuse University (My Alma Mater)
A Great Restaurant In Italy We Enjoyed On A Recent Family Trip (Along With The Chef)
Here I am With Michael Feinstein
Here I am with Famed Watergate Reporter, Bob Woodward.
We actually had a discussion about the Saratoga Chip.
Here I am with Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton
Here I am with Carol Liefer, writer for Seinfeld & Modern Family
Here I am with Former Notre Dame & Washington Redskins Quarterback, Joe Theisman