Thursday, January 23, 2020

Remembering Wiener King

In 1977, a guy named Don Schooler opened a franchise of the fast-food Wiener King, in Bartlesville.  I was one of the first crewmembers.  I found out about the job because Don's parents shared a back fence with us.
Their tagline was "King of Hot dogs, USA."

They had paper crowns for the kids, just like the crowns at Burger King.  Here, print your own!
My work name tag.
The building is still there, now being used as Jaron Leach's Shelter Insurance office.
I found this photo of a Wiener King in Mansfield, OH, which is a good match to what the place looked like when it opened.

For me, the most disgusting thing on the menu was a dog with cole slaw, onions, pickle relish, and CHILI also!  Yuck!  But I remember seeing Mr Schooler eat one.

And that's the summer job I had the year before we got married.

See you on Monday!

Monday, January 20, 2020

Kaleidocope Video in OKC

I'm not the only one who fondly remembers Kaleidoscope Video Stores.

The Lost Ogle from 2019.

A 2001 newspaper mention.

Don Pierce, who founded the OKC chain, only died a month or so ago.  I wish I had known, I would have gone to the funeral.

The Kaleidoscope in south OKC was originally at SW 44th and Penn, and then moved to SW 59th & Agnew.  It had two locations in the strip mall before succumbing to the internet era.  If I recall correctly, the south store's manager was Mike Reed.

One of the things I loved about the south store was its selection of offerings from Something Weird Video.
And here's my own customer card (with personal info whited out, of course!).

Ah, what sunny memories!

See you back on Thursday for who-knows-what?!? 

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