Great Story about taking chances and hard work – The Varsity in Atlanta

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?”

Judge Jeanine Pirro Slams Jihadi Mom: “Lady, You Shouldn’t Be Allowed Here”

If you haven’t seen this Video yet, you should watch this Brave Newscaster for Fox News. I’m Proud of Her!

The White House will put so much pressure on Fox News to force Them to ‘Fire her’, It will be unreal. She has Violated ‘All’ the ‘New Political Correctness’ words for Terrorist, Jihads, Muslims, Islam, etc. etc.

This is the way the President should actually speak, while sending A message to Radical Islam Terrorists, Hamas, Al Qaeda, Iran, Iraq, Syria and the so called ‘Muslim Brotherhood!

“We should not be required to breathe the same air as you, we should not be required to share the indignity of your presence” says Judge Jeanine Pirro in her opening statement to the Jihadi mother of the Boston bomber, as she exposes the facts that are being brought to light behind the terrorist attack in the Boston Marathon.

White House Partners with Muslim Brotherhood Front

ISNAlogoThe Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a group with Muslim Brotherhood origins and an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror-financing trial, recently toured the White House and met with multiple officials. According to the group, Paul Monteiro, Associate Director of the Office of Public Engagement, “cited ISNA as his primary means of outreach to the American Muslim community.”

The Obama administration’s close relationship with ISNA is about more than photo ops and press releases. It is about policy formulation. The input of ISNA is so treasured that the officials coached the organization on how to engage the White House.

On March 8, ISNA President Mohamed Magid joined 10 other religious leaders in a 90-minute conversation with President Obama about immigration reform. Also present was senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, who spoke at ISNA’s 2009 convention. Three days later, Magid took part in a meeting with President Obama where he got “recommendations” in preparation for his Middle East trip, including some from groups with a history of defending Hezbollah.

“Over the past two years, I-along with my White House colleagues-have benefited from the advice of many of your [Magid’s] organizations through our Office of Public Engagement,” said Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough on March 6, 2011 during a speech at the mosque that Magid leads.

ISNA’s White House tour included spending time with George Selim, the White House Director for Community Partnerships, who is an annual speaker at ISNA’s conventions. Selim previously admitted that “hundreds” of meetings have taken place between government officials and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, another group with Brotherhood origins that was designated an unindicted co-conspirator.

The U.S. government stated that ISNA is a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity when it designated it as an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation. A federal judge upheld the designation in 2009 because of “ample” evidence linking ISNA to Hamas. A 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood memo lists ISNA and several of its components among “our organizations and the organizations of our friends,” and a 1988 document says it is part of the Brotherhood “apparatus.”

The FBI had sources inside the U.S. Brotherhood network reporting that ISNA was a front as early as 1987. The source traveled on behalf of ISNA and allied groups and he told the FBI that he is “convinced that this organization has a secret agenda which includes the spread of the Islamic Revolution to all non-Islamic governments in the world which does include the United States.”

The source provided a secret ISNA document in 1988 that “clearly states that ISNA has a political goal to exert influence on political decision making and legislation in North America that is contrary to their certification in their not-for-profit tax returns,” says a declassified FBI memo.

ISNA’s White House tour was part of its Founders Committee meeting. Even if it were true that newer moderate leaders have made ISNA evolve, this event wasn’t about them. It was about those who established it as a Muslim Brotherhood front and it still was warmly received by the White House.

A 2009 Hudson Institute study concluded that “All but one of the individuals on the ISNA founding documents remain active either in ISNA or one of its affiliated organizations,” undermining the position that the ISNA of today is different than the original ISNA.

A good example is Sayyid Syeed. He is an ISNA founder and served as its secretary-general from 1994 to 2006. He was recorded in 2006 stating “our job is to change the constitution of America,” as seen in the Grand Deception documentary. Now, he is ISNA’s point man for interfaith engagement, efforts it often showcases as proof of its moderation. He even spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in front of 100 evangelical leaders.

As the declassified FBI memos from the 1980s warned, ISNA is using its position as a representative of the Muslim-American community to influence policies and that includes those related to national security.

ISNA President Magid was chosen to serve on the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Violent Extremism Working Group. Even though he accused elements of the U.S. government of being “intent on dismantling Muslim organizations and bringing them down” in 2004, the Obama administration saw him as a suitable adviser to the Department of Homeland Security.

The outcry over the content of counter-terrorism training materials offered ISNA another opportunity. On February 8, 2012, ISNA and its allies met with the director of the FBI to discuss the review of the training. Afterwards, the FBI said it would consider forming an advisory panel with the meeting participants to help cleanse the training.

Instead of working with anti-Islamist Muslim groups like the American Islamic Leadership Coalition or the LibForAll Foundation, the Obama administration is embracing the larger Muslim Brotherhood legacy groups. The way to engage in the Muslim-American community is by discrediting the Islamist theme, not by giving a platform to those broadcasting it.

This article was sponsored by the Institute on Religion and Democracy.

Racial Entitlement

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Justice Antonin Scalia

A suggestion by Supreme CourtJustice Antonin Scalia that a key 1960s-era voting rights law aimed at ending Jim Crow-era voter discrimination against blacks perpetuates “racial entitlement” has drawn outrage from civil rights leaders and others.

Justice Antonin Scalia suggested Congress voted to reauthorize the law because they had nothing to gain politically by opposing it. He then suggested that preclearance represented a “perpetuation of racial entitlement” and that the Supreme Court has a duty to stop an ineffective or harmful law that Congress is unwilling to kill.

“Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes,” he said.

Obamaville Song for 2013

A funny song sung to the tune of Margaritaville and inspired by Rush Limbaugh. This parody has original lyrics by Rick White and sung by Jack Anderson. Both of Charleston, West Virginia. When the most under qualified person to be nominated for the office in modern history wins election and the most manifestly inept person to hold the office gets reelected then yes, the world (or at least the country) seems to have gone insane.

This song is more than true…for millions of sucker Americans…who will soon loose any & all assistance from the government. While they wait for you to beg for their fema camp imprisonments. Along with an ID chip with all your info and a single dose of cyanide poison they can activate to kill you at their will! … Things are not good in America… most are asleep to what is going on around us. Stand up for your country, we need to put the breaks on this out of control strange evil government!

Only In America

TOP-11 “ONLY IN AMERICA” OBSERVATIONS — BY A CANADIAN*

1) Only in America could the rich people – who pay 86% of all income taxes – be accused of not paying their “fair share” by people who don’t pay any income taxes at all.

2) Only in America could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when they have a black President, a black Attorney General, and roughly 18% of the federal workforce is black while only 12% of the population is black

3) Only in America could they have had the two people most responsible for our tax code, Timothy Geithner, the head of the Treasury Department and Charles Rangel who once ran the Ways and Means Committee, BOTH turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher taxes.

4) Only in America can they have terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and have the media primarily react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash.

5) Only in America would they make people who want to legally become American citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege while we discuss letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just ‘magically’ become American citizens.

6) Only in America could the people who believe in balancing the budget and sticking by the country’s Constitution be thought of as “extremists.”

7) Only in America could you need to present a driver’s license to cash a check or buy alcohol, but not to vote.

8) Only in America could people demand the government investigate whether oil companies are gouging the public because the price of gas went up when the return on equity invested in a major U.S. oil company (Marathon Oil) is less than half of a company making tennis shoes (Nike).

9) Only in America could the government collect more tax dollars from the people than any nation in recorded history, still spend a Trillion dollars more than it has per year – for total spending of $7-Million PER MINUTE, and complain that it doesn’t have nearly enough money.

10) Only in America could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000.00 a plate campaign fund-raising event.

11) Only in America can a man with no background, no qualifications and no experience … and a complete failure at his job … be reelected.

Interesting and Scary

Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota points out some interesting facts concerning the Presidential election:

  •  Number of States won by: Democrats: 19 Republicans: 29 
  • Square miles of land won by: Democrats: 580,000 Republicans: 2,427,000
  • Population of counties won by: Democrats: 127 Million Republicans: 143 million
  • Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Democrats: 13.2 Republicans: 2.1 

Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of the territory Republicans won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.

Democrat territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare….”

Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the “complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached the “governmental dependency” phase. If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegals and they vote, then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.

Imported Foods We Eat and the Junk We Buy

Imported Foods We Eat and the Junk We Buy….A REAL EYE OPENER !!!!

‘Green Giant’ frozen vegetables are from China and so are most of ‘Europe’s Best’. ‘Arctic Gardens’ are OK.

Never buy the grocery store garlic unless it is clearly marked from USA or Canada, the other stuff is grown in people poop (even worse than chicken poop).

Buy only local honey, much honey is shipped in huge containers from China and re-packed here. Cold-FX is grown and packed in China and is full of fecal bacteria. Doesn’t work anyway, big scam. If the country of origin is not clearly marked beware…if fresh produce, ask an employee. Watch out for packages which state “prepared for”, “packed by” or “imported by”.

I don’t understand the lack of mandatory labeling in B.C. especially the produce! In Ontario, the country of origin has to be clearly shown on the item in the store. Not sure about other provinces. I go to the local farmers markets in season but I even ask vendors if it is actually local. Worth reading the following, although I’m sure you already know at least some of this . . .

I was surprised by “NO NAME BRAND” and “PRESIDENT’S CHOICE” I thought they would be both the same. Please read this very carefully, to the very bottom. It’s important for all of us.

How is it possible to ship food from China cheaper than having it produced in Canada or the U.S.? FOR EXAMPLE THE “OUR FAMILY” BRAND OF MANDARIN ORANGES SAYS RIGHT ON THE CAN FROM CHINA … SO FOR A FEW MORE CENTS BUY THE ‘LIBERTY GOLD BRAND’ OR ‘DOLE’ which is from California. BEWARE, Costco sells canned peaches & pears, in a plastic jar, that come from China.

ALL “HIGH LINER” BRAND AND MOST OTHER FROZEN FISH PRODUCTS COME FROM CHINA OR INDONESIA. THE PACKAGE MAY SAY “PACIFIC SALMON” ON THE FRONT, BUT LOOK FOR THE SMALL PRINT. MOST OF THESE PRODUCTS COME FROM FISH FARMS IN THE ORIENT AND THERE ARE NO REGULATIONS ON WHAT IS FED TO THESE FISH.

Recently a Montreal Gazette had an article by the Canadian Gov’t how Chinese feed the fish… they suspend the chicken wire crates over the fish ponds, and the fish actually feed on chicken poop. Canadian Government recommended and stressed NOT to buy any type of fish imported from China. If you search the Internet what the Chinese feed their fish you’ll be alarmed, e.g. growth hormones, expired anti-biotics from humans, and never buy any type of fish or shellfish that comes from these countries… Vietnam, China, Philippines.

‘BICK’S’ HAVE RECENTLY CEASED OPERATIONS IN CANADA — DON’T BUY THEIR PICKLES. Stienfelds Pickles are made in India….just as bad!!! Many ‘No Name’ pickles are made in Canada. Canned Mushrooms. ‘No-Name’ brand came from Indonesia. Next to them were ‘President Choice’ brand. Produce of Canada! The P. C. went into my grocery bag.

Check those little fruit cups we use to give our children. They use to be made in Canada in the Niagara region until about 2 years ago….Now packaged in China.

While the Chinese, export inferior and even toxic products, dangerous toys and goods to be sold in North American markets, the media wrings its hands and criticizes the Obama Administration and the Harper Government for perceived errors. Yet 70% of North Americans believe that the trading privileges afforded to the Chinese should be suspended! Well, duh. Why do you need the government to suspend trading privileges?

SIMPLY DO IT YOURSELF Citizens of CANADA & the USA!! Simply look on the bottom of every product you buy. If it says ‘Made in China ‘ or ‘PRC’ (Product of Republic of China) – and that now includes Hong Kong, simply choose another product; or none at all. You will be amazed at how dependent you are on Chinese products, and you will be equally amazed at what you can do without.

Who needs plastic eggs to celebrate Easter? If you must have eggs, use real ones and benefit some North American farmer. Easter is just an example; the point is not waiting for the government to act. Just go ahead and assume control on your own. Never buy Chocolate either – unless you are very careful to check out where it comes from. There are good treats that are healthy and local!

Canadian ‘Thermos’ brand bottles were made in Canada for many years. Thermos sold out in the 1990’s and those that keep our food warm or cold, are now made in CHINA & Canada lost 200 jobs.

THINK ABOUT THIS: If 200 million North Americans refuse to buy just $20 each of Chinese goods, that’s a billion dollar trade imbalance resolved in our favour…fast!! The downside? Some Canadian/American businesses will feel a temporary pinch from having foreign stockpiles of inventory. Then those business executives should learn too.

Just one month of trading losses, will hit the Chinese for 8%, of their North American exports. Then they will at least have to ask themselves if the benefits of their arrogance and lawlessness were worth it. Please START NOW in any small or large way that you can…..and don’t stop. Send this to everybody you know. Let’s show them that we are intelligent Canadians/Americans, and NOBODY can take us for granted. If we can’t live without cheap Chinese goods for one month out of our lives. WE DESERVE WHAT WE GET!

New Obamacare Tax

This is just the beginning of the effects of Obamacare! You can still hear the ringing in your ear of Obama saying, “No New Taxes”. ~~~ *M*

Check your receipts – New Obamacare Tax – explanation by Snopes – be sure to read the last two paragraphs.

I did check this out on snopes.com and it is true. Going to get a flat tax for Obamacare whether we like it or not on some purchases.

CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS.????

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