|Next time you cough, think about the poor midgets.|
It was in the back of the store or maybe in the basement where Richardson mixed ingredients that became Vick products, which he named for his brother-in-law, Dr. Joshua Vick of Selma. After Richardson left in 1905 to start Vick Chemical Co., the store remained a drugstore under different owners. For years it was aptly called O. Henry Drug Store. Preyer is proud that VapoRub saved lives during the terrible flu epidemic in 1918. The jellylike stuff has stuck around. It recently received praise from Joe and Terry Graeden of National Public Radio's "The People's Pharmacy" show. citeOf course it's been pointed out, that Vick's doesn't actually save lives, immunizations and antibiotics do. However it may have lessened the symptoms by loosening the mucous during the flu epidemic. Of course we'd hate to steal their thunder.