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Saturday, January 12. 2013
A freshened-up re-post:
You haven't heard of Peter Buck, PhD, but it's a story. Buck was an nuclear engineer, I believe for GE in Bridgeport, CT, and teaching an engineering class at the University of Bridgeport when he loaned a bright and hard-studying local student in one of his classes named Fred DeLuca $1000 to open a submarine sandwich shop to help him pay his way through college after the kid's family ran short of cash. That was 1965.
(I remember that first shop. I think it said "Submarines" on the sign, and I wondered what that was. I had had "grinders," but never a submarine. Just a 12" deli sandwich with lots of good stuff in it, as it turns out.)
A couple of years later Buck lent DeLuca a little bit more to open a second shop in Bridgeport, even though the first was not too profitable.
The privately-owned Subway now has 30,000 franchised restaurants worldwide. I don't believe that Dr. Buck ever worked for Subway or made any substantial further investments in the business but, based on their original deal, DeLuca and Buck have shared the profits ever since, 50-50. No lawsuits.
If you ever wondered why the Subway bags say "Doctor's Associates Inc" on them, it refers to Dr. Buck and his young engineering student Fred DeLuca, who remains the President of the Subway chain's corporation, Doctor's Associates.
The Buck and DeLuca families both still live in Fairfield County, each in fairly modest and quiet ways despite their unexpected wealth. Yes, I do like those Subway sandwiches, especially the Italian combo with Swiss cheese and some jalapenos on it. Oil and vinegar on top.
Their bread is too mushy for my taste, though. As Dr. Merc suggests, experiment with their different bread varieties. Still, compared to the burger chains, Subways are a treat when on the road, and they really do use prime and fresh ingredients.
I cannot eat a whole one. Just a half at most, and save the rest for later. My skinny daughter eats the whole thing.
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In grade school I had an orthodontist named Dr. Buck. He made a lot of money off of teeth and overbites and was always tan. Used to think it was a made-up name.
This DeLuca-Subway story is one of risk-taking, investment and faith in another, follow-through, trust and reciprocity. All wise, lucky, and satisfying, in this case. But generosity doesn't always yield serendipity results like these, which makes the practice of it all the more precious.
That is one neat story. Nifty story? Cool Story?
Losing touch with popular culture...can't even spell gnarly,narly??? and how long ago was that ...that was before Penn married Hugo, I think.
Phoebe Cates WOW, double WOW ..but now think...she's 44 years old now ..Fast Times at Geriatric High
Mo Phoebe ..just a face shot...no not THAT
with music ....
I wonder if Hollywood lefties like Penn haven't been 'groomed' and promoted deliberately.
Opinion makers, as has been pointed out nearby, are critical in political movements --and what easier way to create an opinion-maker than thru the star-making process/apparatus?
I mean, give a ham sandwich a few good roles, and it will be a Star.
I don't agree about Sean Penn. I despise his politics, but in every role I've ever seen him tackle, he was compelling for every single second he was on the screen -- even roles in movies that made me cringe in every other way.
The Hunt for Red Onion, starring Seanwich Connery, Alec Baldwich, Samwich Neill, James Earl of Sandwich Jones.
LOL --"Red Donut" starring Powers Buffet and Jennifer Grey-Poupon
"On the Beach" --Gregory Pickle, Ava Garden, and the sand which is there
(good god --i've got to get help)
(attempt to salvage ounce of dignity, via an actual joke)
A Catholic, a Jew, a Baptist, a lawyer, a psychiatrist, a farmer and his two daughters, a traveling salesman, two old maids, and a parrot all walk into a bar. The bartender says "Hey --what is this, some kind of joke?"
But what's this "dignity" you speak of? And how could we have forgotten the submarine classic, "The Russian Dressing's Coming, The Russian Dressing's Coming!"
LOLOL --the winner, and new champeen.....
Oh, I think top prize goes to your "sand which is there--" Unexpected fun, that one.
get out! that's one of my go-to jokes. always tickles my funny bone, although i use the punchline "the bartender looks at them and says, 'what's this supposed to be, a joke?'"
re: the subway story--i love the smell of capitaliam in the morning!
and by capitaliam i mean capitalism. the heat is getting to me...
ok, traveling salesman, the heat:
A traveling salesman is driving down a lonely county road one summer and his car breaks down. He gets out of his car and starts walking.
It's hot. He gets thirsty and tired. He walks 10 miles and night falls before he finds a house. He walks up to the house, exhausted, knocks on the door and asks the farmer for help.
"Sure, son," the farmer chuckles, "I can put you up for the night. But, heh heh, sorry, I don't have any daughters like in those traveling salesman jokes".
"Well," gasps the traveling salesman, "how far to the next house?"
Grasshopper walks into a bar, sits down. Bartender says "Hey we got a drink named after you!" Grasshopper says "You have a drink named Steve?"
Heh. I've met Jared (yes, he's real, and yes, he lost over a hundred pounds, though I don't know if he ate Subway the whole time). We had the same barber.
Ate at Subway once. Not so good, reminds me of how I make them, which isn't a treat, so never been back. Liked the history lesson of Doctor Buck though.
Subway's subs aren't bad, but I much prefer the crunch of of the bread in an oven-toasted grinder- 1-2 min @ 400-500 degrees, IIRC. Unfortunately, it's been years since I had one.
So the improved subway was Quizno's ... but I quit going there when they dropped my favorite sandwich for the "prime rib" version. That was the Black Angus sandwich which was sirloin steak; dropped for prime rib which is just roast beef.... and tastes like it. Not as much flavor to my palate.
Subway does offer "toasted" which helps improve it somewhat, but I agree with joe luke (above), they're too much like what every other sandwich shop makes.... and since they are a franchise operation, they have lost control of their quality. I still eat there (as a preference to McDonald's) when I travel, but all that has done is emphasize the disparity between operations... and a lot of that is not good.
So anyway, a triumph of capitalism... and now others are coming along to eat their profits (like Jimmy John's).
if you want to open a fast food jernt --Subway, with no 'hot-prep' regulations, falls under a different and much less-costly regulatory purview. At least it do hyar in Texas.
Yup, BD, same smmich I like, but with a little of their atrocious oregano and a spritz of oil and vinegar. I used to keep a menu from there to teach folks about proper nutrition; diabetics and people who need a lowered sodium intake can find something to eat there.
I ordered a Subway in Hyde Park, Chicago once, and the staff were impressed that I lived near the World Headquarters! Even been inside once for biznizz in the ole engineering days.
Fred is a marvel, but I didn't know his original benefactor's name, Dr. Buck.
As I noted in the post, the real trick to their bread is to ask for it to be toasted. I didn't even know they did such a thing until the person in front of me one day requested it. Really cements the whole thing together.