LOL...............you've nailed that bubble gum in all it's essence here, thank you!! 60's was before my time so the size and thickness of it it then I can't speak to but I trust your memories of it as you were there. My earliest recollections start in 1974 and I don't recall it ever being more then a thin stick and immediately cracked the moment you picked up the gum in your fingers(and most often times was already cracked in pieces before you ever opened up the package) it was just so dried out and brittle by the time you bought the pack, lol. Ah the powder on the gum, how could I ever forget? and yeah...................you nailed it, the taste,like sunlight soap!! you got it!! it was just dreadful stuff, yet if i came across someone that actually had a stick of it today I would pay them 20 bucks just to experience it one more last time. Your descriptive recalling of of this is sublime.