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President Orders Six Gallons of Ice Cream, to Go

October 17, 1995

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Fill this order and make it snappy _ Air Force One will be waiting: 6 gallons of mango ice cream for President Clinton.

The president placed the special take-out order before coming to town today to speak to workers at Kelly Air Force Base and meet with the executive committee of the initial Base Adjustment Strategy Committee.

The dessert, which has been on the menu of the Menger Hotel’s Colonial Room for more than a century, is made from mangoes from the hotel garden, hotel spokesman Arthur Cavazos said.

The 6 gallons would cost the average consumer $128.98, tax included, but the hotel is picking up the tab.

Clinton has said he got mango mania while in Texas working for George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign. Since then, he’s been hooked.

``He (once) described it as one of the great treasures of American life,″ Cavazos said in today’s editions of The San Antonio Express-News.

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