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Vick Chambers posted a message. New comment added.
May
19
May 19, 2018 at 8:26 AM

Posted on: May 15, 2018 at 5:06 PM

The LOTA BURGER, “Square meal on a round bun” was a routine event in my life. When we were in a hurry to be somewhere early in the evening, my mom would swing by on her way home from work and bring us hamburgers. The French fries were as bad as the hamburgers were good. No crispness or texture, just a cardiologist delight, a limp, lard infused, soggy, ‘tater sliver.
The “Big Spring Hwy” location opened as “The Clown Drive-In” it had a large double-faced sign (on the same center pole that held the Lota’ Burger Arrow) showing the image of a clown with both arms extended upward, one hand with a burger and the other with a milk shake. My first hamburger from the Clown was served on a sesame’ seed bun. These “seeds” reminded me of the food my grandmother fed to her parakeet. I was not sure whether to eat them or flick them into a bag and take them to “Peeteie”. My parents were eating them without question so, I followed their lead. Other than the novelty, I have yet to realize the impact on nutrition, taste, or health benefits of those little seeds.
The Clown may have been an upstart chain restaurant, the fast food chain restaurant was an unproven business model in those days. After a short time, the Clown closed. Don purchased the facility and operated both locations for a brief period. With the major customer base centered around the Big Spring Hwy, the store north of the square was closed.
Speaking of restaurant chains, some of you may not know that the “Lota’ Burger” was part of a regional chain. In the mid-eighties Don served on the City Council. I was in Albuquerque on business and had called back to Snyder. Don happened to be in the room on the Snyder end of the phone call. When he discovered that the other end of the phone conversation was in Albuquerque, I heard him say, “Ask Vick if he has seen any Lota’ Burgers in Albuquerque”. I responded, “I’ve seen at least two.” I think Don’s brother had several in New Mexico.
Don’s operation wasn’t much for change, he expected his customers to phone in or order directly at the window, and pick up at the window. This method served the customers without change until the Sonic Drive in opened. After several years, Don relented and installed a drive-up window on the south side of the building for call in orders. He commented “My customers are getting too lazy to get out of their car and walk to the window”. The Sonic may have offered customer convenience but the Sonic Burger could never equal the flavor of fresh ground hamburger from Lota’ Burger.

It's Janis Parker Barton's birthday today. New comment added.
May
10
May 10, 2018 at 10:02 AM

Posted on: May 10, 2018 at 3:34 AM

May
05
May 05, 2018 at 10:14 AM
It's Cheryl Rutledge Konvicka's birthday today. New comment added.
May
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May 01, 2018 at 5:29 PM

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Apr 26, 2018 at 2:18 PM

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Vick Chambers posted a message.
Apr
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Apr 23, 2018 at 4:45 PM

Ahh, I remember hearing about that. The most notorious "cheeks" in West Texas high school baseball. That incident prompts several questions; Did the cheerleaders identify you in a police line up? Did you and some teammates have to re-pose in order for them to identify you as the culprit?

Vick Chambers posted a message.
Apr 23, 2018 at 9:41 AM

I think I have seen your realty signs in Snyder, perhaps when Janeen had her house up for sale. I fell in love with San Angelo when we first went to marching band contest in Jr. High. My cousin, Anita (SHS '69) graduated Angelo State and has lived there since. My daughter worked for TCEQ and moved to San Angelo. Since that time, she married Chad McMillan (Laddie and Lou McMillan's second son) and they combined forces and recently bought a house with a larger yard for their two dogs. Needless to say we visit San Angelo often.

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Apr
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Apr 19, 2018 at 3:10 PM

Hey Ken, glad to see you registered on the Reunion Site. How can you still look like your class photo? I know you must have a secret.

Apr
08
Apr 08, 2018 at 10:22 PM

I am planning on making the reunion, just going through some major illness. Hopefully, I will be well enough to make it. Also Jackie Greene and I talked the other day and he is planning on going, but his wife is having surgery and he is dealing with some medical problems, but still hopes to attend.

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Mar 28, 2018 at 5:27 PM
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Mar 11, 2018 at 8:53 PM

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Mar 10, 2018 at 9:29 PM

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