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Pat McMahon

Mourning the extinction of the domestic Twinkie

Humanity has been responsible for the eradication of species, some now extinct.

All too many, like our whales, are endangered, but let us all point an accusing finger at the one single element of our society personally guilty of the disappearance of a beloved part of our lives: the union responsible for the bancruptcy that has led to a loss that has shaken civilization as we know it — no longer will we or our children have the joy and comfort of — the domestic Twinkie.

The Hostess baking conglomerate is going out of business and with it go Twinkies, Ding Dongs and the universally recognizable Hostess Cupcake. That’s like telling Americans Larry, Moe and Curly never existed.

Arizonans who were lucky enough to grow up here, know that Twinkies were an essential part of a Ladmo Bag, the quintesential childhood prize. You think a kid watching the “Wallace and Ladmo Show” every day would look forward to getting an English muffin or zweiback toast in his bag?

As the last Twinkie sinks slowly over the horizon, please note the only person smiling is Jenny Craig.

I’m Pat McMahon.

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