Sunday 15 January 2012 – 1135:00 hrs CST Our First B & K Root Beer
I believe the B & K Root Beer stand on Munroe Falls Avenue was built and opened in 1953. One early summer day, my friend Tom and I decided to walk down the B&O tracks from the River Estates toward downtown, which was nothing unusual back in those days. When we were a ways past Bailey Road, we decided to cut across the tracks and go up Russell, a short street that runs from the tracks to Munroe Falls Avenue. What to our surprise did we find sitting on the corner: A brand-new B & K Root Beer stand; the only thing separating us from our first B & K Root Beer and Hot-Dog… was MONEY. We were so broke we were in negative territory. At 13, we were not "zackley" high rollers… and that was back in the days of $0.05 (Where did the cent symbol go on today’s keyboards?) root beer.
It was not long after discovering that treasure, we happened upon another. On the opposite side of the B&O tracks from my house was a Pony League baseball field (long gone). We went there late one summer afternoon when there was no activity at the field. We wandered around for a while goofing off; just as we were getting ready to head home we found something someone had lost. It was a wallet… containing money! Oh boy, we were rich! If I remember correctly, it had about fifteen bucks in it. Seemed like a fortune to us young urchins, more than we had ever had all at once.
We slipped back across the tracks and went into my house. We checked the wallet and found a driver license. Looked up the name in the phone book and found a listing matching the last name and address on the license. Called the number and talked to the young man that had lost it. He was about 16 or 17 years old; when he stopped by to pick up his wallet he offered to take us to B & K for a root beer as a reward. We gladly accepted. He drove us to the new B & K in his cool black Ford hot rod and bought us our first B & K root beers.
We sure were glad we returned the money. The reward was better than the 15 bucks and we had clear consciences; sure made sleeping easier.
Dedicated to the memory of one of us five best friends: Thomas A. Miller Col USA, BS, MS, PhD. Gone too soon but not forgotten by those of us that remain.
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