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The Highly Unofficial alt.fan.dr-pepper FAQ
compiled by Christopher Flaherty from various sources
version 2.05  April 22, 1999

List of Questions:

a.	What's a FAQ?
b. 	Where can I find the latest version of this FAQ?
c. 	What are the sources for this FAQ?
d.	What changes have been made to this FAQ?
e.	Why did you put this FAQ together?

1.	Who invented Dr Pepper?
2. 	Is Dr Pepper older than Coca-Cola?
3. 	Was there ever really a person called Dr. Pepper?
4.	Is there now a town named Dr Pepper?
5.	What's the connection between the Beatles and Dr Pepper?
6. 	Does Dr Pepper contain prune juice?
7. 	Okay, so what's in Dr Pepper?
8.	What's the recipe for Hot Dr Pepper?
9. 	What Dr Pepper imitations exist, and where can you find them?
10. 	What's the difference between Dr Pepper made with Imperial
Cane Sugar, and Dr Pepper made with high fructose corn syrup?
11. 	How can I get some cane sugar Dr Pepper?
12. 	Why drink Dr Pepper at 10 o'clock, 2 o'clock, and 4 o'clock?
13. 	What happened to the period after "Dr" in Dr Pepper?
14.	Who owns Dr Pepper?  I heard it was owned by
Coke/Pepsi/7-Up/etc.?
15.	Is there a Dr Pepper museum?
16.	Where can I buy Dr Pepper merchandise?
17.	Where can I find this Dr Pepper collectible?  Who can I
contact to have this antique Dr Pepper item looked at?
18.	What books have been written about Dr Pepper?
19.	How can I contact The Dr Pepper Company?
20.	How can I contribute to/make suggestions/submit corrections to
this FAQ?

And now, the questions with the answers:

a.	What's a FAQ?

FAQ stands for Frequently Asked Questions, and there are several of
them that pop up in alt.fan.dr-pepper all the time.

b. 	Where can I find the latest version of this FAQ?

This FAQ is posted to alt.fan.dr-pepper, alt.answers, and news.answers
as often as it may be necessary (at least once every three months).
The latest version can always be found on the World Wide Web at
http://www.pipeline.com/~chrisf/dpfaq.html.  The following mirror
sites (or, more accurately, mirror sites for the newsgroup postings of
the FAQ) also exist:

http://www.cs.uu.nl/wais/html/na-dir/drink/dr-pepper.html
http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/hypertext/faq/usenet-faqs/bygroup/alt/fan/dr-pepper/_drink:dr-pepper..html
http://src.doc.ic.ac.uk/usenet/news.answers/alt.fan.dr-pepper/

And, as of 11/12/98, a link to this FAQ can finally be found on Yahoo!
in the Home : Society and Culture : Food and Drink : Drinks and
Drinking : Dr Pepper category (as opposed to the more corporate Home :
Business and Economy : Companies : Beverages : Soft Drinks : Dr Pepper
category).  It took a while, but hey--what's five months between
friends?  Anyway, there was an additional happy side effect to the
Yahoo! listing besides increased traffic, but I'll elaborate on that
in question 9, so stay tuned.

c. 	What are the sources for this FAQ?

This particular FAQ was first put together in its present form by
Christopher Flaherty (chrisf@pipeline.com).  A smaller FAQ was
previously compiled by Max Arbogast (marbo@erath.net) and can be found
at http://erath.net/marbo/faq.htm.  Major web site sources include
pepper.doc (http://erath.net/marbo/), the corporate Dr Pepper site
(http://www.drpepper.com), Old Doc's Soda Shop (http://www.drpep.com),
and the Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute of Waco, Texas
(http://www.drpeppermuseum.com).  Many old posts to alt.fan.dr-pepper
were retrieved via DejaNews (http://www.dejanews.com), so thanks to
them also.  Other sources are also quoted and attributed throughout
the FAQ.

d.	What changes have been made to this FAQ?

The chronology of this particular FAQ's development is as follows:

11/8/97 -- Version 0.001:  First preliminary version; questions only.
Did not include answers.  Not distributed.

6/2/98 -- Version 0.002:  Included answers to questions as well as a
chart listing 38 DP clones.  Not distributed.

6/15/98 -- Version 0.003:  Eliminated chart/list of DP clones.
Expanded and renumbered questions and answers.  Not distributed.

6/28/98 -- Version 0.004:  Included personal comment about book
availability in my hometown.  Limited distribution through email for
proofreading and corrections.  First HTML version created.

6/30/98 -- Version 0.005:  Corrected number of flavors in answer to
question 7.  HTML publication only.

7/2/98 -- Version 1.00:  First plain-text version created.  First
submission to alt.fan.dr-pepper, alt.answers, and news.answers
newsgroups.

7/7/98 -- Version 1.01:  Added information about Houston Collector's
Club (question 17) and ingredients in UK Dr Pepper (question 7).

8/6/98 -- Version 1.02:  FAQ approved for posting to alt.answers and
news.answers newsgroups.  Specified posting frequency in question b.
Modified question 3 and question 8 to address the "love story" rumor.

9/27/98 -- Version 1.03: Added two more sites to question 9.

9/29/98 -- Version 1.04: Corrected stock symbol for Cadbury Schweppes
(question 14).  Not distributed.

10/2/98 -- Version 1.1: Added new question about the Beatles (question
5) and rearranged the others.

10/12/98 -- Version 1.11: Added another site to question 9 and META
tags to HTML version.

10/28/98 -- Version 1.12: Added ingredients of Australian and Canadian
versions of Dr Pepper (question 7).

11/7/98 -- Version 1.13: Added list of "mirror sites" to question b.
Corrected name and address of source of Canadian ingredients (question
7).  Added information about year of origin and distribution of Mr.
Pibb (question 9).

11/14/98 -- Version 1.14: Added information about Yahoo! link
(question b); updated URL of Mr. Pibb site, updated name of Wouldn't
you like to be a Pepper too... site (formerly known as Impostors,
Pretenders, and Frauds), and added information about new Yahoo!
category (all question 9).

1/31/99 -- Version 2.00: Added ingredients for Diet Dr Pepper to
question 7.  Changed question 8, eliminating the question "Who started
the prune juice rumor?"  Added international distribution information
to question 14.  Added information about eBay to questions 16 and 17.

2/20/99 -- Version 2.01: Added more information about flavors and
changed one email address in question 7.  Added more information about
Hot Dr Pepper to question 8.  HTML publication only.

2/23/99 -- Version 2.02: Added facts about Cooking With Dr Pepper to
question 18.

3/4/99 -- Version 2.03: Added more information about Cooking With Dr
Pepper to question 18.  Added more contact information to question 19.

4/4/99 -- Version 2.04: Added information about catalogue from Dr
Pepper Museum in Waco, Texas (question 16).  Added information about
potentional new clone from Coca-Cola (questions 9 & 14) and corrected
release year of Mr. Pibb (question 9).  Added note about 25-case limit
on sales of cane sugar Dr Pepper (question 11).  Revised book
information and availability in question 18.

4/22/99 -- Version 2.05: Added information about caffeine content to
question 7.  Revised addresses in questions 11 and 15.  Added soda
jerk lingo to question 13.  Added toll-free Museum number to question
16.

e.	Why did you put this FAQ together?

There seemed to be a calling for one, and no one else was posting a Dr
Pepper FAQ in the newsgroups (or at least not in alt.fan.dr-pepper),
so I figured I'd give it a shot.  Let me know if you like it!

Right now I'd like to stress that this FAQ is UNOFFICIAL, meaning that
it is not endorsed or authorized by The Dr Pepper Company, Dr
Pepper/Seven Up, Inc., or any other corporate or business entity
connected with Dr Pepper. Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc. owns all Dr Pepper
copyrights and trademarks.  I just put this together in my spare time
for the purpose of providing quick answers to common questions about
Dr Pepper which appear frequently on alt.fan.dr-pepper.  So, in other
words, please don't sue me.  I'm too broke as it is.

1.	Who invented Dr Pepper?

Dr Pepper was first created in 1885 by Charles Alderton, a pharmacist
who was working at Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, Texas, at
the time.

2. 	Is Dr Pepper older than Coca-Cola?

Yes.  Coca-Cola was not invented until 1886, making Dr Pepper the
oldest of the major-brand soft drinks in the United States.  (For the
record: Pepsi was created in 1898 by Caleb Bradham in New Bern, North
Carolina; 7-Up a.k.a. "Lithiated Lemon" was "introduced" by Charles
Grigg of St. Louis in 1929; and Sprite was created by the Coca-Cola
company in 1961.  For the really curious: Moxie was invented by
Augustin Thompson of Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1886 as well.)

3. 	Was there ever really a person called Dr. Pepper?

Yes.  Before Wade Morrison (the owner of the drug store where Alderton
worked) moved to Texas, he had lived in Virginia, and worked there as
a pharmacist for a drug store in Rural Retreat owned by a Dr. Charles
Pepper.  Dr. Pepper had given Morrison his first job, so Morrison
returned the favor by naming the new drink after him.  

(There is a rather persistent rumor that alleges Morrison invented the
drink and named it after Pepper so that Pepper would approve of his
daughter marrying Morrison; but since all the "official" sources agree
that Alderton was the one who invented the drink, and Dr. Pepper's
daughter was "only about 8 years old" when Morrison moved out of
Virginia, I think that story can safely be classified as an urban
legend.  The Soda Fountain [http://www.sodafountain.com] explains the
matter quite concisely on their Dr Pepper page
[http://www.sodafountain.com/softdrnk/dr_pepper.htm].)

4.	Is there now a town named Dr Pepper?

Yes and No; it depends on the time of the year.  Rita Reed of the
Dublin, Texas, Chamber of Commerce told me on 6/8/98 that every year
for the last 4 or 5 years (she wasn't quite sure) the town has renamed
itself "Dr Pepper, Texas" for one week in June to celebrate the
anniversary of the opening of the Dr Pepper plant there (which, by the
way, is the oldest Dr Pepper bottling plant in the world, having been
in business since 1891).  So, for one week out of the year there is a
town in the US named Dr Pepper.  On the bright side though, for the
rest of the year you still have Dublin.

5.	What's the connection between the Beatles and Dr Pepper?

It sounds pretty obvious once you know it, but I never would have
guessed until someone pointed it out to me: The original title of Sgt.
Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band -- one of the Beatles' most popular
albums (and consequently one of the most popular albums period) -- was
Dr. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band!  Wild, huh?  When I asked the
fine folks at rec.music.beatles for confirmation, Jim Demes
(demes@udel.edu) wrote me on 9/29/98:

According to BEATLESONGS by William J. Dowlding: "The album was
originally titled Dr. Pepper's...until the Beatles realized an
American soft-drink company had rights to that name." Dowlding got his
info from THE BEATLES A TO Z. (1980)

Whether or not the Beatles were fully acquainted with the soft drink
before they began work on Sgt. Pepper is still subject to debate.  But
bottles of Dr Pepper have been spotted in the Let It Be movie, so they
had definitely seen the light by then.  Imagine what else might have
been if only a few letters hadn't changed . . .

6. 	Does Dr Pepper contain prune juice?

In a word: NO!

7. 	Okay, so what's in Dr Pepper?

On the label in the US, the ingredients are: Carbonated Water;
Imperial Pure Cane Sugar [or "High Fructose Corn Syrup and/or Sugar,"
if you're not so lucky]; Caramel Color; Phosphoric Acid; Artificial
and Natural Flavors; Sodium Benzoate (Preservative); Caffeine.

Chris Dunthorne (cjd@tin-god.demon.co.uk) told me on 7/3/98 that the
ingredients on the label in the UK are a little different: "Carbonated
Water, Sugar, Colour (Caramel E150d),
Phosphoric Acid, Flavourings, Preservative (E211), Caffeine."

John Neely (drpepper@cadvision.com), a formerly anonymous Canadian,
submitted "Ingredients from The Great White North" on 10/27/98:
"Carbonated Water, Sugar/Glucose-Fructose, Carmel colour, Artificial
and Natural flavors, Phosphoric acid, sodium benzoate, Caffeine,
monosodium phosphate, lactic acid, polyethelene glycol."

Trace McLean (scarletspider@bigpond.com) also on 10/27/98 posted the
ingredients for Australian Dr Pepper "taken straight from the bottle":
"Carbonated water, sugar, colour (150), flavours, food acids (338,
270), preservative (211), caffeine."

[Just for the hell of it, here's the ingredients for Diet Dr Pepper in
the U.S., as posted by Tom Reed (treed@castor.csustan.edu) on
11/23/98: "Carbonated water, caramel color, aspartame, phosphoric
acid, artificial and natural flavors, sodium benzoate (preservative),
caffeine.  Phenylketonurics: contains phenylalanine."]

The Dr Pepper company had this to say in a pamphlet it published
sometime in either the late 1950's or early 1960's: "Its unique flavor
results from the blending of pure fruit flavors (gathered from
throughout the world) with mystic spices, from far-off Madagascar, and
clean, clear distilled sparkling water."  You don't suppose one of
those spices is vanilla, do you?

Dr Pepper contains 39.6 milligrams of caffeine in every 12 ounce can,
according to the Caffeine FAQ
(http://aomt.netmegs.com/coffee/caffaq.html) maintained by Daniel Owen
(caffeine@aomt.netmegs.com). This is a little more than Pepsi
(37.2mg/12oz), a little less than Coca-Cola (45.6mg/12oz), and nothing
compared to coffee, which could contain anywhere between 111 and 300
mg of caffeine in a 12-ounce serving, depending on how it's prepared.

Brian McElroy (brianm@ductape.net) posted to alt.fan.dr-pepper on
1/19/98 (and emailed me a correction on 6/30/98) about his visit to
the Dublin Dr Pepper plant, which I think definitively answers two
questions at once:

"Just got back today from the Dublin bottling plant and museum.  There
has been a lot of debate on what flavor Dr Pepper really is, so I
asked Mr. Kloster [Bill Kloster], the plant owner, who has worked in
that plant for almost 60 years.  According to him, Dr Pepper is a mix
of 23 different fruit flavors. The original creator wanted to create a
drink that tasted like the smell of a soda shop.  When you walked into
a soda shop in that day, you smelled all the fruit flavors of the
different sodas all mixed into one.  So he basically took a bunch of
flavors and mixed them, and came up with Dr Pepper.  He said Dr Pepper
does not and has never had prune juice in it."

8.	What's the recipe for Hot Dr Pepper?

Hot Dr Pepper?  Yes, indeed.  It's a real drink, and it's been around
for quite a while--at least since the early 1960's (even though
there's no mention of it at all in the 1965 edition of Cookin' With Dr
Pepper--go figure).  However, since Dr Pepper--and the soft drink
industry in the U.S. as a whole--switched from cane sugar to high
fructose corn syrup as a sweetener, many people have complained that
Hot Dr Pepper does not taste nearly as good as it did before the
switch, so the Dr Pepper company has refrained from promoting the
recipe as ardently as it had in the past.  Nevertheless, people still
drink it hot, with the recommendation that Dr Pepper with cane sugar
be used for best results (see question 11 for how to get some cane
sugar Dr Pepper for yourself).

The recipe itself is quite simple:  First, cut a nice, thin, round
slice of lemon for yourself and place it in the bottom of a cup--I
suppose a coffee mug or teacup works best.  Next, heat your Dr Pepper
in a saucepan until it looks like it's boiling (even though it'll only
be about 180° F, the carbonation will make it look hotter).  Then pour
your "steaming" hot Dr Pepper into the cup, over the lemon slice.
That's it!  I haven't tried it yet myself, but people who have swear
it's pretty good.

(There is an official recipe on the www.drpepper.com web site, but
it's not too much different from the one above.  Then again, how many
different ways can you say "Heat Dr Pepper and pour it over lemon"?)

9. 	What Dr Pepper imitations exist, and where can you find them?

The most famous (or is that infamous?) imitation, Mr. Pibb, is
Coca-Cola's unsuccessful effort to drive the good Dr out of the
market.  According to Advertising Age, Mr. Pibb was not let loose upon
the world until 1972 (although "Larry" [granpaw00@centuryinter.net]
posted that he remembers seeing the drink in 1971), and Chris Houser
on his Pibb page (http://bluWeb.com/pibb/  and
http://bluWeb.com/us/chouser/info/pibb/) states the drink was
"originally sugar-free."  Now, how a sugar-free knock-off could
compete with a soda which--in its purest form--is almost synonymous
with cane sugar, I have no idea.  Apparently, neither did Coca-Cola,
since various fructoses and sucroses now come second after carbonated
water on Pibb's ingredient list.  You can find this beverage in most
places in the Southern and Midwestern U.S., and almost nowhere in the
Northeastern U.S.

Interestingly enough, Advertising Age also reported in their December
1, 1997, issue that Coca-Cola is planning to release a brand new
knock-off of Dr Pepper sometime in 1999--probably due in no small part
to sluggish sales of Mr. Pibb, which had only a 0.6% share of the US
soft drink market in 1996, compared to Dr Pepper's 5.8% share.

Originally, I had a table here listing 38 different DP clones, but
then I saw a web site with a table listing over 50 clones, including
pictures and locations where they were all bought, so I decided to
leave well enough alone. Suffice it to say, if all accounts are
accurate, there are close to 60 different past and present Dr Pepper
imitations out there--and none quite as good as the original, of
course.  If you want to know more, these sites stand out:

The Dr Pepper "Clone" Page has a table with links to photos of each
"clone."
http://library.cmsu.edu/kw/pepper/imapep.htm

Wouldn't you like to be a Pepper too . . . has a mega-list of
imitations with a picture next to each name.
http://falcon.cc.ukans.edu/~dschul/drp/dr.html

Kibo's Fake Dr Pepper Roundup has a taste test of several fakes.
http://www.kibo.com/kibofood/dr_pepper.html

Dr Pepper Clones is a no-frills site maintained by Charlie Smith
(bmasmith@stat.ncsu.edu) describing all the Dr Pepper clones he's
tasted.
http://www.stat.ncsu.edu/~bmasmith/drpepper.html

Dr. Beverages Page is a colorful list of the various Pepper-like soda
cans collected by 
Lars Christensen (lars@u.arizona.edu).
http://www.u.arizona.edu/~lars/drs/index.html

Not Quite What The Doctor Ordered takes a while to load, but is still
a very picturesque and organized index of the many DP clones out
there.
http://studentweb.tulane.edu/~mpresto/

In addition, a brand new category was added to Yahoo! on 11/12/98 (the
same date this FAQ was added to Yahoo!): Home : Society and Culture :
Food and Drink : Drinks and Drinking : Dr Pepper : Imitations.  And
all six "New" sites in this category were--drum roll please--the very
same six sites you see listed above you now.  In other words, this FAQ
is now responsible for a new Yahoo! category!  And to think I thought
I wasn't influencing anyone . . .

10. 	What's the difference between Dr Pepper made with Imperial
Cane Sugar, and Dr Pepper made with high fructose corn syrup?

In the opinion of everyone who's tried it and commented on it here on
alt.fan.dr-pepper and to me in person, the cane sugar version tastes
better.  It's also the sweetener which was originally used to make Dr
Pepper in the first place.  Personally, I think the taste of the cane
sugar product is more well-rounded and less fizzy than the one with
high fructose corn syrup.

11. 	How can I get some cane sugar Dr Pepper?

You can either:

a) Visit the plant in Dublin, Texas--the oldest Dr Pepper bottling
plant in the world and the only plant in the U.S. which is allowed by
the Dr Pepper corporation to still manufacture the soda with cane
sugar. The Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling Company is located at 221 South
Patrick, Dublin, Texas 76446, one block south of the intersection of
US377/67 and TX6. The plant is open Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm;
Saturday, 10am-5pm; and Sunday, 1-5pm.

b) Visit most stores within a 50 mile radius of the plant--which is
the territory covered by it.

c) Call up Old Doc's Soda Shop at 1-888-398-10-2-4, or 1-254-445-3939
and they can tell you how much it costs to have "The Real Thing"
shipped to you.

Be forewarned that no matter how you buy it from Dublin, there is a 25
case limit.  Any more than that sold to a single person could violate
franchise agreements (because you could be "dealing" if you have more
than 25 cases in your possession and transport them into another
franchise's territory).

12. 	Why drink Dr Pepper at 10 o'clock, 2 o'clock, and 4 o'clock?

(The www.drpepper.com site credits the book The Legend of Dr
Pepper/Seven Up  [see question 18] for this info.)

"Drink a bite to eat at 10, 2, and 4," was the slogan for an ad
campaign for Dr. Pepper in the late 1920's and early 1930's.  A study
authored by a Dr. Walter H. Eddy in 1927 "found that human energy
dropped to its lowest point at 10:30am, at 2:30pm and again at 4:30pm
daily." J.B. O'Hara of Dr. Pepper asked Tracy-Locke-Dawson Inc. (an ad
agency), to design a campaign around that information. The agency held
a contest, and Earle Racey, one of their copywriters, won with his
"10-2-4" idea--the idea being that drinking the sugary, caffeinated
soda at 10am, 2pm, and 4pm would perk you up and get you through those
impending energy drops a half-hour later.  The slogan has endured in
one form or another ever since.

13. 	What happened to the period after "Dr" in Dr Pepper?

As Max Arbogast explains it on his page ("pepper.doc"):

"The change came about in 1950 when Dr Pepper adopted a new slanted
block-style font. The small lower case "r" consisted of a small
slanted line with a dot at its upper right. To their dismay, they
found that the period and the r's dot combined visually to become a
colon, thus making it Di:Pepper. The easy way out was to simply drop
the period. This also helped move Dr Pepper further away from any
medication association."

(This also didn't stop soda jerks from calling the drink "M.D." in
their jargon--according to Paul Dickson in The Great American Ice
Cream Book--but that's neither here nor there.)

14.	Who owns Dr Pepper?  I heard it was owned by
Coke/Pepsi/7-Up/etc.?

"Awoodbeach"  (awoodbeach@aol.com) put it succinctly when he posted
this answer to alt.fan.dr-pepper on 10/24/97:

"Dr Pepper is owned by Dr Pepper / Seven Up Inc a subsidiary of the
Cadbury PLC trading on the NYSE [as CSG -- Chris F.].  Dr Pepper is
distributed throughout the country by a variety of some very dedicated
bottlers who without them, the Dr Pepper brand would not be where it
is today.  Coke, Pepsi, and RC bottlers sell Dr Pepper; it all depends
on who owns the franchise in a specific geographic area.  The
breakdown is about 30% Coke, 40% Pepsi, 20% and some who just sell Dr
Pepper......like our friends in Dublin."

In December, 1998, Coca-Cola caused a stir by paying Cadbury-Schweppes
$1.85 billion for the right to distribute Cadbury-Schweppes sodas
(including Dr Pepper) in 120 countries, but the United States was not
one of them (neither were France or South Africa).  So, in the U.S.,
Dr Pepper will still be distributed by whoever has the local franchise
rights, meaning that there will still be places where Coke doesn't own
the franchise and will continue to sell Mr. Pibb (and possibly another
brand--see question 9) to compete.  And--just so no one gets
confused--Cadbury Schweppes still owns Dr Pepper.  You'd be surprised
how quickly rumors get started from news like this.

15.	Is there a Dr Pepper museum?

There are two:

The Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute 
300 South 5th Street
Waco, Texas 76701
1-877-DPGIFTS (toll free), 1-254-757-2433
www.drpeppermuseum.com

and:

Old Doc's Soda Shop 
105 E. Elm
Dublin, Texas 76446
1-888-398-1024 (toll free), 1-254-445-3939
www.drpep.com

(Even though Old Doc's museum is located right next to the bottling
plant, and they share the same phone numbers, their street
addresses--or at least their mailing addresses--are slightly
different.)

16.	Where can I buy Dr Pepper merchandise?

The Dr Pepper Museum in Waco has a catalogue section on its web site
(http://www.drpeppermuseum.com/catalog/index.html).  You can also call
the Museum toll-free at 1-877-DPGIFTS (or pay the toll at
1-254-757-2433) and, for $3.00, they will send you a glossy color
catalogue and add your name to their mailing list.  Old Doc's Soda
Shop had a catalogue available at one point, but as of 3/18/99 the
Shop was out of them and its staff didn't know when they were going to
get more.  In the meantime, the Shop still has links to merchandise
within its site at drpep.com.  And, if you want to take a gamble with
online auctions, eBay.com has around 300 different Dr Pepper-related
items up for bids every day on its site, so it's certainly worth a
look.

17.	Where can I find this Dr Pepper collectible?  Who can I
contact to have this antique Dr Pepper item looked at?

The amount of Dr Pepper collectibles in existence (don't forget,
that's over 110 years' worth) is even more numerous than the amount of
DP clones, so I won't even try to list them all here.  You're better
off visiting Max Arbogast's site, which has a lot of information about
DP collectors and collectibles, and is located at
http://erath.net/marbo/.  And, as I said in question 16, eBay.com is a
web auction site which has about 300 (more or less) different Dr
Pepper items up for bids every day--many, if not all of them being
collectibles.  They're both worth checking out.

Also, the 10-2-4 Club is, as they put it, "a national organization of
people dedicated to the study of the history and collecting of
memorabilia of the Dr Pepper Company."  10-2-4 membership information
can currently be found at 3 sites: 

http://www.drpeppermuseum.com/dpcc.html
http://www.drpep.com/clubpage.htm
http://www.erath.net/marbo/10-2-4.htm

Houston, Texas, has its own chapter of the club (in fact, the only
local chapter of the club), named the Houston Peppers.  Jan Wright,
the chapter President, informed me on 7/4/98 that she can be contacted
via email at hpeppers@swbell.net if anyone wants more information
about them.

The Dr Pepper Museum in Waco also does research on DP collectibles for
a fee.  Their rate information for research is at
http://www.drpeppermuseum.com/dpcoll/research.html.  Currently, their
posted fee is $15 per hour of research.

18.	What books have been written about Dr Pepper?

There are at least 3: The Legend of Dr Pepper/Seven-Up, by Jeffrey L.
Rodengen (1995, Write Stuff Syndicate); Dr Pepper, King of Beverages,
by Harry E. Ellis (1979, Dr Pepper Co.; another edition was printed in
1986); and the Dr Pepper Centennial book, also by Harry Ellis.  Of
those three, The Legend of Dr Pepper/Seven-Up is the most widely
available, and I was able to find it for sale on at least 5 different
web sites (if not in person in any physical store near me in New York
City--go figure).  King of Beverages and the Centennial book are
harder to find, in that order.  The Dr Pepper Museum in Waco also
sells all 3 books as a set on its web site (though, strangely, not in
its paper catalogue), as well as separately.

The Dr Pepper company has also published a slim volume titled Cooking
With Dr Pepper in one form or another every so often since 1965.  More
specifically, different editions have been published in 1965, 1977,
1983, and 1993, the last one having a combination of recipes for Dr
Pepper and for 7Up.  The only difference between the 1977 and 1983
editions seems to be typographical, and the 1965 edition has a lot of
recipes which didn't survive in future editions (such as "Bean Dip A
La Dr Pepper," among others).  The 1993 edition lacks the glossy color
photos of the previous three, instead relying on a sparse amount of
clip-art for illustration.  However, the 1993 edition also contains
the greatest number of recipes among the four; essentially because a
whole extra cookbook of 7Up recipes was added to it.  To get a brand
new copy for yourself gratis (additional copies $3.50 each), call up
the Dr Pepper company at 1-800-527-7096 and press "3" for Consumer
Affairs.  Faster than you can say "Dallas, Texas," the kind person who
answers will swiftly take down your name and address and send you a
free booklet just for the asking.  You can also write to the following
address:

Cookbook Editor
Dr Pepper/Seven-Up Companies, Inc.
8411 Walnut Hill Lane
Dallas, Texas 75231-4372

Past editions of Cooking With Dr Pepper also periodically come up for
auction on eBay, but I'll bet you already guessed that.

In addition, there is a book titled Travels with Dr. Pepper, by Pepper
Worthington (1990, Free Will Baptist Press), which is described as
"travel essays."  And the Library of Congress lists a rather
technical-sounding volume named Consumer perspectives on national and
store brands: (1994) "conducted for Food Marketing Institute and Dr
Pepper Company by Marketing Spectrum."  I get the feeling that last
book is a little drier than the previous 4, but I could be wrong.

19.	How can I contact The Dr Pepper Company?

The official corporate offices of Dr Pepper can be reached by phone in
the U.S. at 1-800-527-7096 (toll-free), and 1-972-673-7000.  You can
also write to them at: 

Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc.  
P.O. Box 869077
Plano, Texas 75086-9077

Or:

Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc.
5301 Legacy Drive
Plano, Texas 75024

The editors of Cooking With Dr Pepper can be contacted via the address
mentioned in question 18, above.

20.	How can I contribute/make suggestions/submit corrections to
this FAQ?

Post them to alt.fan.dr-pepper or email me at chrisf@pipeline.com with
"DPFAQ" in the header someplace.  As far as I know, everything here is
accurate, but if it turns out something is incorrect, let me know and
I'll correct it as soon as possible.

Thus endeth the FAQ.

Christopher Flaherty
chrisf@pipeline.com

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