Originally Posted by impolyt_one
In n Out started in 1948....
You think I was born yesterday, sonny-boy? The 1950s was the decade of my childhood.
You may have done the math, but apparently I read more of the Wikipedia entry. In-N-Out did not really expand outside Southern California until 1992. Although it -- and many other fast food restaurants -- may have started in the late 40s, the 50s, and the 60s (heck White Castle started in 1916) they didn't proliferate immediately. Fast food certainly didn't have the hold it has today.
Even among the 'big boys' ... McDonalds began its expansion in 1955 but had only 100 locations in 1960. A quick google shows that McDonalds now has over 12,000 locations in the United States alone. Burger King had only a few South Florida locations at the beginning of 1960 when it began to expand. By 1967 it had expanded to only 250 locations; they have over 7000 locations in the United States today.
I can remember the first McDonalds (staffed only by older women the age of a grandmother), Burger Chef, and Burger King opening in my home town ... and I don't think I'm that
much older than Rube. Yes, one could find fast food in the 1950s and the early 1960s ... but one had to look for it. This was still the heyday of the drive-in with curb service. In order to find fast food, one might have to drive across town -- or even to another town -- to experience it ... and people often did. And sometimes once was enough to develop the attitude of 'been there, done that' ... although that saying hadn't yet come about.
And yes, our neighbors next door were Fred and Wilma. I used to play fetch with Dino. He could throw pretty well. Edited by RSS - 7/25/11 at 4:54pm