Maintaining consistent quality at each location — a hallmark in the era before chains guaranteed predictability for drivers across the country — despite the dizzying scope of the menu was made possible by the enormous Howard Johnson’s commissary system, which produced, froze, and distributed much of the food to individual restaurants, where franchisees strictly adhered to the minutely detailed preparations laid out in the “Howard Johnson Bible.” For nearly a decade, the commissaries were overseen by the famed French chefs Pierre Franey and Jacques Pépin, who were hired by Johnson in 1960 from Le Pavillon, one of the great fine-dining restaurants in New York at the time.
Nice pix and videos from the Mac reunion courtesy of Guy Kawasaki:
On January 24, 1984 Apple introduced Macintosh. Many of us who worked in the Macintosh division are now asking, “Where did the time go?” The Division had a reunion at the home of Alain Rossman (software evangelist) and Joanna Hoffman (the division’s conscience and first marketing person) to celebrate this occasion, and these are pictures from the event.
Today marks my first day as a civilian in 10 months. I guess it’s all in the mind, but the sun seems to be warmer, the air sweeter, and the world more colorful and beautiful. Not as nice as being in love, but good nonetheless.
And although I thought I might feel nostalgic about my experience and the friends I’ve made during NS, the “sad” truth was that I don’t. Sure, it’d be nice to hang out with them in future, but given the differences in age and life experiences, I imagine I’d do just fine.
Real world, here I come.