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June 6, 2012
For many years the most memorable piece of Presidential confectionery on public view has been a slab of Grover Cleveland’s wedding cake, a brick-like bit of eye candy for those who visited his birthplace in Caldwell, New Jersey.
King cake? Not any longer.
Wayne Lensing, who’s amassed an enviable collection of one-of-a-kind items at his Historic Auto Attractions museum in Roscoe, Illinois, has just put on display his latest prize: the edible Presidential Seal that topped John F. Kennedy’s 45th birthday cake. This was the cake that was given to JFK while Marilyn Monroe breathlessly sang, “Happy birthday, Mr. President,” for the newsreel cameras.
Wayne posed for the cameras himself, eating a piece of the 50-year-old cake for a local news broadcast. “Mmmm,” he said, smiling. “It’s still good!”
FYI when you visit: the spot under the eagle’s tail is where Wayne took his bite.
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Historic Auto Attractions
- 13825 Metric Drive, Roscoe, IL
- I-39/I-90 exit 3. West on Rockton Rd, then after one mile look for the small oval Historic Auto Attractions sign on the right. Turn right onto Metric Drive. At the end of the street, on the right.
- Summer Tu-Sa 10 am - 5pm, Su 11 am - 4 pm (Call to verify)
- Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students (ages 6-15) $7, Under 6 free
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