Yesterday, I got to take a bus trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee to give a presentation on the history of
The highlight of my day came when I met Robert, who is pictured below with me at a great shop called The Ice Cream Show in Chattanooga. Robert told me that he had a Coke every afternoon between 3-4 PM, and loves ice cream at night. He is an 80 year-old Alabama native, and even has a case of the
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I wrote an article for
Part of my inspiration for writing it was learning over the past year that the first job that my grandmother, Lydia Booker Kimber, had was at a soda fountain (of all places!) when she was sixteen years old. She described to me how she learned to take orders and serve soft drinks at the lunch counter of the Southside Drug Store in Farmville, Virginia in the 1950s in such detail that she virtually put me there. I imagine the visual she painted looking similar to the image above of “Women behind lunch counter with soda fountain”, taken in 1950s Baltimore, Maryland by photographer Paul S. Henderson .
She lived during an awkward time in which she played with white children in her community and had a wonderful relationship with the white soda fountain owner she was hired and trained by, yet could not sit down at the very counter with them because she was African-American, and Farmville soda fountains were segregated. So it is very interesting that soda fountains just like these played a key role in the fight for Civil Rights in the U.S. During the course of my research, I heard first-hand stories from Marilyn Pryce Hoytt, who participated along with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in an Atlanta sit-in, and my own mother-in-law, Amy Thompson, who participated in a sit-in as a college student in Savannah, Georgia. I’m thankful today that because of the work of Dr. King and so many others who fought for civil rights, and I look forward to visiting the spot of the Southside Drug Store and soda fountain the next time I visit my grandmother in Virginia.
I had an early morning today as a production crew from the Discovery Channel was in town to film a segment for the program How Do They Do It. All filming at the World of
As a thank you for sharing our 125th Anniversary Year with us here on the blog, we close out one last time from the voice of someone who knew life before
In this last week of our 125th Anniversary, it is only right that we close it out with the final two letters in our "125 Years Ago... Life Without
Coca-Colais now the most popular drink sold in this vicinity, every body wants it. Have sold sixty [gallons] in two months.
H.C. Grom, Proprietor
The next letter in our "125 Years Ago... Life without
The third letter in our "125 Years Ago... Life without