I was about to write about "Zotz" candy, one of my favorite candies from my childhood, but after looking at today's date, August 8th, I chose another memory. Today is the anniversary of a birthday of a teenage childhood friend of mine, Ben. (He would have been 50 today, but died in a crash in '05.) When my brother Bruce and I used to go up to Delaware on vacation with our grandparents, we'd stay at our Aunt Anne and Uncle Max's house. Our cousin Brett used to play in the Little League games with one of Ben's brothers. I remember eating grape shoestring licorice at the games and hanging out with Ben. Those were good times.