July 28, 1998 |
Imagine anew the moment in "The Graduate" when a man whispers into Dustin Hoffman's ear the magic word, the stuff of the future: not "plastics," but instead, "butterflies." The butterfly business, a raise-and-release trade, is--forgive the wordplay--taking off in California as a new tradition for weddings, funerals and memorials. Hurling rice at nuptials has fallen rather out of favor; dry rice can seriously hurt birds who eat it. Popcorn lends the festivities the air of a movie premiere.