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Tab & Fresca, Coke's Redheaded Stepchildren

I checked out the graphic novel rendition of Babysitters Club Book 3: The Truth About Stacey today. Oh, how the time changes!

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(original edition, 1988)
(Stacey orders some food at a theater)
"A small Tab, and a small popcorn, no butter please."



(graphic novel version, 2006)
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"A small Diet Coke, and a small popcorn, no butter please."


I WAS DRINKING A TAB WHILE READING THE BOOK THIS AFTERNOON.
I'm OLD.

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glitterberrys
May. 10th, 2007 04:32 am (UTC)
And hadn't the price gone from, like, two dollars to ten?
superpana
May. 10th, 2007 06:04 am (UTC)
Yes! I remember Stacey had something ridiculous like seventy five cents and is all up in arms because she forgot in New York movie theater concessions could ad up to A DOLLAR TWENTY FIVE OK THNX!

That would be seriously awesome. I wonder how much the ticket cost?
pigeonrat
May. 10th, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC)
In Stoneybrook, the cost was ninety-five cents I'm pretty sure. I can't even fathom paying so little for a drink AND for popcorn at a movie theater, unless it was like 1960 or something. I wonder what the average cost of movie concessions was when the book was published.
beatlewifetobe
May. 11th, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
When I was in college, four years ago, we had a dollar theater. And they got new movies, not old ones! But it was an eensy weensy town. I went there ALL the time (who wouldn't?!). They only had two screens, but it was awesome. The nearest big, eight dollar theaters were over twenty minutes away.
kyosh
May. 11th, 2007 01:28 am (UTC)
A dollar theatre? Holy crap, if we had one of those, I'd never leave. It'd sure beat the mega-expensive theatre that doesn't offer student discounts on the weekends :(
deathbytamarind
May. 10th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
I remember having a similiar reaction to the Tab/Diet Coke switch between the book and the graphic novel. I didn't know what Tab was, and to this day haven't seen it anywhere in Northern California where I've lived my entire life. Haven't seen it anywhere else, come to think of it.
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kristenjarrod
May. 10th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
>>As long as the Tab wasn't old... <<

Naaah it was still in date. At my old house though I found a can that had expired a few months prior that I had never drank and I put it on my shelf. But now that can is in storage.
bcsmurfettegirl
May. 10th, 2007 05:02 am (UTC)
what is a tab? lol
bcsmurfettegirl
May. 10th, 2007 06:35 am (UTC)
hope stacey didnt drink a lot of that, she might have gotten cancer lol
nellswell
May. 10th, 2007 07:30 am (UTC)
I haven't had Tab in awhile, but I pretty much grew up drinking it (and I DO have cancer, lol...though I don't think it was really caused by aspartame). Anyway my dad loves Tab. I kind of like it, too. I still see it in some stores here in the NW. It must still be considered rare, though, because I remember drinking it in college a few times and people wondering if I had an "antique can."
kdlawler27
May. 10th, 2007 11:16 am (UTC)
...wait, you can still get Tab? That stuff pretty much ruled.
thepastperfect
May. 10th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
I can get it at the grocery in southeastern Pennsylvania. I've never had any desire to drink it, though (after reading the BSC, I thought it was a special drink for diabetics, since Diet Coke was around too).
kristenjarrod
May. 10th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
My friend Brian sells it at sodafinder.com, although its a bit pricey.

There is also a website called ilovetab.com that has a short list of places where you can find it.
cpennylane
May. 10th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
They sell it at Target in Michigan, too.
shop4peace
May. 10th, 2007 01:17 pm (UTC)
You can still get Tab at most grocery stores around the Baltimore, MD area... I see it a lot, and it always surprises me that it still exists lol
wanderingfrog
May. 10th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
They have a new Tab Energy drink, by the way. It is supposed to be cherry-flavoured. I've had it before, and it was decent.
guitarstrings
May. 10th, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
the cherry is definitely in question, but it tastes good none the less!
yourlivewire
May. 21st, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
agreed.
raisingirl99
May. 12th, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
I'm drinking a Tab right now. It's sitting in front of me. Seriously.
kristenjarrod
May. 12th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)
So am I. So am I. I need to go to Food Lion tomorrow and pick up some more.
xbexuniquex
May. 6th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
In the UK edition, which was released in 1998, it also says "Diet Coke" and not "Tab." But then again, I don't think Tab is available in the UK, hence the change in the name.

Oh, and she just says "A small diet coke and a small popcorn, please," no mention of butter as over here we usually have sugar or salt on our popcorn.

It's interesting how books change depending on the time and place that they were published.
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