Actor Sam Sheppard (left) & the real Chuck Yeager on the set of ‘The Right Stuff’
(Photo Courtesy of Chuck Yeager & Airport Journals.com)
I found this great website that sells the vintage chewing gum from the 50’s, Beemans.
Beemans gum was developed by Ohio physician Dr. Edward E. Beeman in the late 19th century. Beeman originally marketed the gum, which was made of pepsin powder and chicle, as an aid to digestion. He sold the gum to the Adams Company in 1898.
The gum’s main competitor was Wrigley’s. Unfortunately, the parent company couldn’t keep pace with the more popular Doublemint gum and went belly up in the late 70’s due to lagging sales.
Fortunately, with the help of a hugely successful film, the Beemans gum brand made a successful comeback.
One of my favorite movies of all time was the 1983 Oscar winning film, “The Right Stuff”. Beemans was highlighted by the film in it’s most important scene.
Before leaving on the first flight to break the sound barrier, test pilot Chuck Yeager, played by Sam Sheppard, asked his flight assistant & the film’s narrator, Jack Ridley (played by Levon Helm)…,
Chuck Yeager: Hey, Ridley, ya got any Beeman’s?
Jack Ridley: Yeah, I think I got me a stick.
Chuck Yeager: Loan me some, will ya? I’ll pay ya back later.
Jack Ridley: Fair enough.
And with that, the sound barrier was broken.
Believe it or not, Beemans was considered to be the lucky gum of air force pilots.
Now you can relive those memorable moments of your childhood by purchasing Beemans gum in bulk.
You can also save on shipping, too! All orders over $99 dollars are free for the next 30 days.
Enjoy the memories by chewing Beemans gum.