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Inspector Takes Chip Collection On The Road

November 4, 1987

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) _ Watching thousands of potato chips tumble down a conveyor belt might be monotonous, but it’s gotten chip inspector Myrtle Young on ″The Tonight Show″ and ″Late Night With David Letterman.″

About six months ago, Mrs. Young started seeing things during her eight- hour shift at the Seyfert Foods Inc. potato chip plant.

″The first one was a face,″ she said. ″I just started seeing faces. I think the next was a puppy dog.″

Now Mrs. Young scans the conveyor belt in search of misshapen or miscolored chips, with images of everything from dogs to Yogi Bear and Bob Hope.

″Now I have more than 200,″ she said proudly.

Word leaked out about Mrs. Young’s collection and she was featured on television programs in Indiana and Ohio. Then she appeared on national programs. ″It is just so far out it caught on. The audience was just howling over my chips. It was so different,″ said Mrs. Young, 63.

She’s scheduled to be on a Boston television show Thursday and NBC officials say programming representatives in Italy and Japan are interested in talking to her. And officials of the Ripley Believe It or Not Museum, with exhibits in Orlando, Fla., and Myrtle Beach, S.C., have asked Mrs. Young to lend them her chips for an exhibit.

Mrs. Young, a Seyfert employee for 18 years, has been an inspector at the plant only a year and a half. She watches 250,000 pounds of chips pour down the assembly line daily.

″The job is very hot, very monotonous, very tiring,″ she said.

″There are six inspectors and a lot of times they don’t see what I see. I have to tell them,″ she said, but added, ″I go days and not see anything. They’re just bad chips.″

She said transporting her collection is risky.

″I broke Yogi Bear,″ she lamented. ″I glued him back together, but he’s really not valuable now.″

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