Bigelow Tea suits 'Jeopardy' contestant to a 'tea'

And the answer is...?

"Bigelow," as in the Fairfield-based, family-owned tea company.

The business' namesake, Ruth Bigelow, was the subject of an "answer" on the Feb. 13 broadcast of the popular television quiz program, "Jeopardy."

"Ruth of this last name began blending tea in 1945," intoned host Alex Trebek, and the contestant correctly posed the "question:" "Who was Bigelow?" Precisely, Ruth Campbell Bigelow, whose formulation of Constant Comment Tea became the foundation brand for R.C. Bigelow Inc., which today produces 120 different teas.

The company, headquartered on lower Black Rock Turnpike, is marking its 70th anniversary this year.

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