Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Today, someone told me the following story:
A legendary, local, wealthy farmer and businessman went to New York City; he was dressed in bib overalls, flannel shirt, and work boots. He went into a chichi restaurant and was declined service. The man then proceeded to tell the maitre d' that he was going to fire him. When the maitre d' asked how he was going to do that the man answered that he was going to buy the restaurant that same day with cash!
I burst out laughing and said, "That's apocryphal." The person kept insisting that he knew it was true. I asked, "Were you there?" He answered, "No, but so-and-so told me." (He mentioned another prominent local person) I asked, "Was that person there?" He answered, "Well, I've heard it from more than one person."
I said, "I've heard that same story attributed to Bob Evans, Dave Thomas, and the owner of the King Ranch!"
Les said, "It sounds like a B-movie plot line!"
[I wrote the original BLOG article in 2012 but I am repeating it because I heard the story repeated AGAIN, but this time it was about a different local person. When I told Les he drolly asked, "I wonder just how many local, wealthy, businessmen-farmers there are who go to New York CITY to fancy restaurants?"]