A Journey Through Life with Don Hamacher, Cofounder of Dog N Suds

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iUniverse, Jun 28, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 180 pages

Don Hamachers life story can almost be a handbook for a happy existence.

After graduating from college, he dreams of becoming a US Marine band director, but his poor eyesight results in an honorable discharge. Luckily, he still sees well enough to keep his eyes on Maggie, his college sweetheart. After he lands a job at a high school in Robinson, Illinois, the two are married in 1944.

Almost seventy years later, they are still married. More than just a family man, however, Don has also been a musician, teacher, traveler, pilot, historian, and risk taker.

A flair for the dramatic led him to team up with his friend and colleague Jim Griggs to form the Dog N Suds franchise. Its evolution from a single hot dog and root beer establishment in Illinois to franchises throughout the United States and Canada shows that, with hard work, dreams really can come true.

In this memoir, you can see how living a life defined by enthusiasm, determination, and love leads to rich rewards.

 

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Contents

Dons Early Life and Fathers Influence
1
All Boys Should be Scouts
5
College Meeting Maggie and Marriage
9
Dons Music Career Robinson Macmurray Champaign
17
Always the Entrepreneur
37
The Dog N Suds Story
41
Big Sister Speaks
61
Highlights of The Dog N Suds Story
65
Have Plane Will Travel
107
Back to Churchill Downs
113
Seeing Our World with Don and Maggie
117
Adventure Anyone?
123
Passage to India
129
Visiting King Tut His Land and His Friends
135
Once Upon a Water Mattress and the Latest Trips
143
The Wise Women of the Hamacher Clan
147

Dons Fondest Business Memories
77
From Illinois to South Carolina for the Fun of It
87
The Many Lives of Margaret Maggie Hamacher
101
The Way I Look at Life
161
The Final ThoughtsAn Epilogue
165
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About the author (2012)

Gail Ritrievi was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She completed her undergraduate work at Lebanon Valley College and earned a master’s degree and doctorate in education from Lehigh University. She and her husband, Frank, and their four children lived in Harrisburg and Levittown, Pennsylvania, where Gail taught in the public school system. She is retired and lives in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.

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