It's a delicacy in Hawaii and Guam since WW2. I've read that cans of Spam are coveted stoking stuffers during Christmas. As far as Spam being sent to the Rooskies, I've read that they called it "Roosevelt Sausage" as well. I keep some at the house too. Mostly for breakfast (thin cut, fried w/eggs) or thin cut and fried Spam Sammiches. Haven't tried it in gumbo yet, but it's pretty good in pastalaya though.