Thursday, February 02, 2006

Hey Sandy's Logo Girl! I'm Waaaatching You!

One of the great things about the internet is that it allows anyone to pursue their own slightly (or thoroughly) crazed obsessive interests.

Case in point -- this site devoted to all things Sandy's.

Sandy's was basically a Midwest (mostly Central Illinois) version of that staple of the '60s -- the McDonald's wannabe.

Before McDonald's became truly gargantuan (i.e., when they were still just counting the millions sold), every area had some sort of regional franchised drive-in hamburger joint competition.

In Illinois it was Sandy's. We had one in Kankakee -- and we went there a hell of a lot more than we went to McDonald's, mainly because it was a lot closer. Eventually the chain merged with Hardees and was lost to the dim mists of history.

Until some unknown dude, overwhelmed by his passion for the "Big Sandy," put together this tribute.

On it you can learn how Sandy's was born when Ray Kroc pissed off four guys from Kewanee. You can learn who the store manager was for the Sandy's in Champaign (in case you didn't know, it was Lyle Olson).

Most importantly, though, you can learn what it looked like when a trio of hot Moline H.S. cheerleaders made a break to Sandy's for fishwiches after the game. (Just so you know, it looked something like this):


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