I wonder how she is going to feel this time when she loses the White House! Will she secretly commit suicide? Will she sail off into the sunset with all the Clinton foundation’s money? Or will she slip on a banana peel and hit her head again? Who knows what kind of shenanigans she will get into! What difference at this point does it make? She will never see the inside of the Oval Office again in her life! I can’t wait for the debates! Go Trump!!!
Great Story about taking chances and hard work – The Varsity in Atlanta
This famous phrase has been yelled to customers at Varsity Restaurants thousands of times since the first Varsity opened 84 years ago. You have probably eaten there at least once, maybe many times, it is an Atlanta landmark. Daily around 15,000 people eat at one of the five Varsity restaurants in and around Atlanta and when there is a Georgia Tech home game, 30,000 usually eat just at the downtown location.
Do you know the history of the Varsity Restaurants, the myths, the facts, and the food?
Founder, Frank Gordy graduated from Reinhardt University in 1925, then continued his studies at Georgia Tech. Unfortunately, he didn’t do So well. One day his professor told him that he was not passing, and “maybe you should give up and open a hot dog stand.” He told him “I think I’ll do just that and get rich right under your nose!”
For the next two years, Gordy, who always liked challenges, saved his money and in 1927, he opened that hot dog stand with his nest egg of $2,000. He knew that cheap food and students go together and Georgia Tech students Swarmed his restaurant, then named The Yellow Jacket Inn. The first day he made $49.50. Soon Gordy outgrew the Hemphill and Luckie Street location and opened a new restaurant at the present location of 61 North Avenue. It was now 1928.
Gordy dreamed of opening hot dog stands at college campuses all over Georgia, but he had a problem with the original name,The Yellow Jacket Inn which was highly associated with Georgia Tech. There was a popular song at the time, The Varsity Drag and he decided that would be a great name for his future chain of restaurants. The Varsity was born.
It is now 1932, the Great Depression, not many businesses were opening or expanding, but the self-made entrepreneur, Gordy, decides to gamble on his dream and open another Varsity, near the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens. Eighty years later it is still thriving. Today there are five locations, downtown Atlanta, Athens, Alpharetta, Gwinnett Town Center, and Dawsonville.
In all of its 84 years, the Varsity restaurants have only been closed one day and it was in June, 1983, the day Frank Gordy was buried. He managed his restaurants for 55 years.
Several of the famous employees of the Varsity are Erby Walker with his signature phrase, “Have your money out and your food in mind And I’ll get you to the game on time.” Walker worked seven days a week Up to 100 hours a week to support his large family. He retired in 2003, and three weeks later he came back to work. He also worked at the Varsity for 55 years. He started when he was 15 years old. Another employee was Flossie Mae, their most famous curbman who would sing the menu and dance along the line of cars. He worked into his 80’s and was equally famous for his headgear that changed almost daily. Nipsey Russell also began as a Varsity curbman where he honed his future comedic skills. He was simply known as curbman #46.
Coca-Cola and the Varsity have had a long history. You can see the Coke headquarters building from the parking lot of the Varsity. There Is a rumor that a pipe underneath the street brings Coca-Cola directly from the Coke headquarters to the Varsity counter. Gordy’s grandson, the manager of the downtown restaurant, said that once the Varsity was almost out of Coke and they called the headquarters. Coke employees went to their own cafeteria, got Cokes and brought them to the Varsity. When Coke’s number one stockholder, Warren Buffett, visited Atlanta, the first place that Coke executives took him was the Varsity for lunch. The Varsity sells more Coke products than any other place on earth with more than 2,000,000 cups sold annually.
The first Varsity on North Avenue occupied a 70 X 190 foot lot with a white picket fence surrounding their cinder parking lot. Originally it was a drive-in only, but soon business demanded a sit-down restaurant. Today, the building, drive-in and parking lots occupy two acres. When the I-75/85 connector was built, construction took the entire west parking lot. Gordy had a multi-level parking lot built to hold up to 600 cars. The restaurant can seat 800 customers. The downtown Varsity holds the record as the largest drive-in in the world.
Here are some amazing facts about the Varsity: Each day 2 miles of hot dogs are served, just at the downtown location. The hot dogs are especially made just for the Varsity. Every day they cook two tons of onion , 15,000 hamburgers, two and a half tons of potatoes. Delivery trucks deliver 3-6 times a day and that is just for meat and buns, the last fresh buns are delivered at 1 a.m. Around 300 gallons of chili are prepared daily, 50 gallons at a timeAll this food is cooked and served by 200 employees at the downtown’s 145 foot counter. It is one of Atlanta’s top grossing restaurants with almost ten million in sales annually and that is made with hotdogs, hamburgers, onion rings and french fries costing less than $2 each. The piece-de-resistance at the Varsity is their marriage of peaches or apples and sugar, placed in round pieces of dough and fried to a golden brown. 5,000 of these pies are made daily.
The most popular meal ordered is the #1 which consists of two chili dogs, an order of french fries or onion rings and a regular drink. The Varsity only sells sweet tea. A unique Varsity drink is the FO, frosted orange, a orange-flavored milkshake and tastes similar to a Dreamsicle.
The Varsity Lingo is also famous, the naked dog, a hotdog on a bun, the heavyweight, a hotdog with extra chili, and if you order a hot dog, it will have chili and mustard on the bun, a bag of rags is potato chips and on and on.
According to Frank Gordy’s grandson, his grandfather loved technology and bought a television for the restaurant dining room as soon as they were available to the public. Some Atlantians say the first time they ever saw a television was at the Varsity. There are five dining rooms at the Varsity with television sets on different channels. Each election, TV camera crews arrive to interview diners as they watch election coverage. Presidents to local politicians make a path to the Varsity to eat and meet voters.
Once, founder, Frank Gordy was asked what happened to the leftovers, he responded, “What leftovers?”
This is an amazing story of remembrance. In the Czech Republic , the school children of the equivalent of fifth grade are each assigned one of the American and Canadian liberators buried there. Their grave is the student’s responsibility for the year and they learn all there is to know of their own hero. Their surviving family is sent letters and they respond to the annual child who tends their loved one’s grave.
No apology needed here!
Have you ever wondered if anyone in Europe remembers America ‘s sacrifice in World War II? There is an answer in a small town in the Czech Republic . The town called Pilsen ( Plzen ).
Every 5 years, Pilsen conducts the Liberation Celebration of the City of Pilsen in the Czech Republic . May 6th, 2010, marked the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Pilsen by General George Patton’s 3rd Army. Pilsen is the town that every American should visit. Because they love America and the American Soldier.
Even 65 years later… by the thousands,
The citizens of Pilsen came to say thank you.
Lining the streets of Pilsen for miles
From the large crowds,
to quiet reflective moments,
including this American family’s private time to honor and remember their American hero.
This is the crash site of Lt. Virgil P. Kirkham, the last recorded American USAAF pilot killed in Europe during WWII. It was Lt. Kirkham’s 82nd mission and one that he volunteered to go on.
At the time, this 20-year-old pilot’s P-47 Thunderbolt plane was shot down, a young 14-year-old Czech girl, Zdenka Sladkova, was so moved by his sacrifice she made a vow to care for him and his memory. For 65 straight years, Zdenka, now 79-years-old, took on the responsibility to care for Virgil’s crash site and memorial near her home.
On May 4th, she was recognized by the Mayor of Zdenka’s home town of Trhanova , Czech Republic , for her sacrifice and extraordinary effort to honor this American hero.
Another chapter in this important story… the Czech people are teaching their children about America ‘s sacrifice for their freedom.
American Soldiers, young and old, are the Rock Stars these children and their parents want autographs from.
Yes, Rock Stars! As they patiently waited for his autograph, the respect this little Czech boy and his father have for our troops serving today was heartwarming and inspirational.
The Brian LaViolette Foundation established The Scholarship of Honor in tribute to General George S. Patton and the American Soldier, past and present.
Each year, a different military hero will be honored in tribute to General Patton’s memory and their mission to liberate Europe . This award will be presented to a graduating senior who will be entering the military or a form of community service such as fireman, policeman, teaching or nursing — a cause greater than self. The student will be from 1 of the 5 high schools in Pilsen, Czech Republic.
The first award will be presented in May 2011 in honor of Lt. Virgil Kirkham, that young 20-year-old P-47 pilot killed 65 years ago in the final days of WWII.
Presenting Virgil’s award will be someone who knows the true meaning of service and sacrifice… someone who looks a lot like Virgil. Marion Kirkham, Virgil’s brother, who himself served during WWII in the United States Army Air Corps!!!
In closing… Here is what the city of Pilsen thinks of General Patton’s grandson. George Patton Waters (another Rock Star!) we’re proud to say, serves on Brian’s Foundation board.
And it’s front page news over there not buried in the middle of the social section.
Brigadier General Miroslav Zizka, 1st Deputy Chief of Staff, Ministry of Defense, Czech Armed Forces.
Notice the flags? Share this webpage with your family and friends … every American should hear this story.
I thought this was so interesting, I had to pass it along. Is the Bible the Inspired Word of God? By Jason Carlson and Ron Carlson, May 25, 2011
During a question and answer session at a recent speaking engagement, a university student asked me, “Why do you believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God?”
Now this is a very interesting question, and probably one of the most important questions any Christian could ask themselves. What is so special, so unique about the Bible that Christians believe it is literally the inspired word of God?
In answering this student’s question, I encouraged him to consider the following facts about the Bible. First, the Bible is not just one single book. This is a more common misconception than many people ealize, especially with people who do not come from a Judeo-Christian background. Rather than being a single book, the Bible is actually a collection of 66 books, which is called the canon of scriptures. These 66 books contain a variety of genres: history, poetry, prophecy, wisdom literature, letters, and apocalyptic, just to name a few.
Second, these 66 books were written by 40 different authors. These authors came from a variety of backgrounds: shepherds, fishermen, doctors, kings, prophets, and others. And most of these authors never knew one another personally.
Third, these 66 books were written over a period of 1,500 years. Yet again, this is another reminder that many of these authors never knew or collaborated with one another in writing these books.
Fourth, the 66 books of the Bible were written in 3 different languages.
In the Bible we have books that were written in the ancient languages of Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic; a reflection of the historical and cultural circumstances in which each of these books were written.
And finally, these 66 books were written on 3 different continents: Africa , Asia , and Europe . Once again, this is a testament to the varied historical and cultural circumstances of God’s people.
Think about the above realities: 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over 1,500 years, in 3 different languages, on 3 different continents. What’s more, this collection of books shares a common storyline – the creation, fall, and redemption of God’s people; a common theme – God’s universal love for all of humanity; and a common message – salvation is available to all who repent of their sins and commit to following God with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength.
In addition to sharing these commonalities, these 66 books contain no historical errors or contradictions. God’s word truly is an amazing collection of writings!
After I had shared the above facts with this student, I offered him the following challenge. “If you do not believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, if you do not believe that the Bible is of a supernatural origin, then I challenge you to a test, I challenge you to go to any library in the world, you can choose any library you like, and find 66 books which match the characteristics of the 66 books in the Bible. You must choose 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over 1,500 years, in 3 different languages, written on 3 different continents. However, they must share a common storyline, a common theme, and a common message, with no historical errors or contradictions.” I went on to say, “If you can produce such a collection of books, I will admit that the Bible is not the inspired word of God.”
The student’s reply was almost instantaneous, he emphatically stated, “But that’s impossible!”
It truly is impossible, for any collection of human writings. However, the Bible passes this test. The Bible contains 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over 1,500 years, in 3 different languages, on 3 different continents, with no historical errors or contradictions. The entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, bears the mark of Divine inspiration.
The next time you encounter someone who asks you why you believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, try sharing this challenge with them. Better yet, don’t wait until you’re asked, just go ahead and share this challenge with a friend today. You don’t even have to mention the Bible up front, just ask them if they think it would be realistic to assemble such a collection of books. After they say, “But that’s impossible!” you’ve got a ready-made opportunity for sharing the truth of God’s word with somebody!
In God We Trust.
Please take the time and watch this video…. you will be glad you did! Until Death do us part!!!! This is quite a story about ‘’another generation’’ which will be missed for all time, and the term ‘’till death do us part’’ is not always applicable. What a gentle soul.