Nation: Dreamsicle

He gives the kids free samples

Because he knows full well.

That today's young innocent faces

Will be tomorrow's clientele.

—Tom Lehrer

The ice cream man is part of pop Americana—jingling down suburban streets on summer afternoons or just after dinnertime, dispensing Tutti-Frutti and Frostee Shakes to flocks of neighborhood children.

Vendor Thomas George, 44, was accustomed to sell such sweet delights at a neighborhood park in The Bronx. But the New York City police suspected him of peddling an illegal variation of the dreamsicle. Last week a patrolman staked out George's truck and arrested him for allegedly selling heroin to a teen-aged customer. Police...

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