Happy 89th Birthday Dick Spady!

CONTACT: Carrie Shaw
(425) 344-1787
Monday, October 15, 2012

In honor of Dick’s Drive-Ins’ President and co-founder, Dick Spady’s 89th birthday, people shared special memories that spanned over 45 years and six decades! We treasure every one of them, but here are a few of our favorites…enjoy a fun run down memory lane!

Bob Blackburn
My dad was the broadcaster for the Seattle Super Sonics, and I graduated from Newport High in 1969. In the early 1970’s I needed a job, and theDick’s in Bellevue was hiring, I had long hair and had to wear a wig at work. It was the year they launched the “Dick’s Special.”
When I moved to Seattle in the mid 1980’s and lived on First Ave. North, my kitchen window faced the back door of the Dick’s on Lower Queen Anne. I still have a Dick’s t-shirt I found in a thrift store in the Seattle area years ago that I wear from time to time.
My dad would have been 88 years old yesterday and my mom turned 85 on Saturday. I live in California now and will be up in a few months to take mom out for a Dick’s Special. Happy 89th Birthday, Dick!

Ashley Tato
Oct. 20, 2011 I stood in line for three hours with Larry and Sheri Yohn, and Jaimie Power at the Edmonds Grand Opening. Little did I know, I would meet an amazing man that night. I thought this boy (Brock M. Gudgeon) that I bumped in to was cute and Jaimie dared me to give him my phone number.
I don’t do things like that, but I did that night, and Brock and I have been inseparable ever since. We now live together, have two dogs, and are one happy family!
We will be back at the Edmonds Dick’s on Oct. 20th, 2012 to celebrate our one-year anniversary together by having a candlelight dinner in the back of the Edge eating Dick’s burgers. I think this will be a tradition for us every year!!! If it were not for your Grand Opening, we would never have met.

Kimberly Yockey
Dick’s has always been and always will be the best place to eat and to work. I had the honor of running the 45th store for many years, and while it was not always easy, I had the time of my life! I want to wish Dick a Happy Birthday and than him for all the support he provided me during my tenure at Dick’s.

Pam Hartman Jussel
I’ve been married for 43 years to a wonderful man whom I met in the parking lot at the Lake City Dick’s in November of 1968! Thank you,Dick’s Drive-In! I don’t know what my life would have been without you!

Jeesup Bangham
The first time I had ever heard of Dick’s was on the Sir-Mix-A-Lot song “My Posse’s on Broadway,” while living in Alaska.
After moving to Seattle in the late 1990’s, I was more formally introduced to the magnificent creation that is a Dick’s Deluxe. Dick’s was there when it was all I could afford for a meal, and Dick’s is still there now when I want to have a great burger, or the best fries and shakes in the city!
I absolutely adore Dick’s and always will.
Signed by a loving fan of a truly great Seattle institution.

Julie D. McQuiston
We go swing dancing just down the way at Century Ballroom, and a night is never complete without a trip to Dick’s!
In fact, I was with a friend at the Pacific Northwest Ballet for the first time last week and I said that we couldn’t go home without a milkshake and fries! She said that the fries were some of the BEST she’s ever had! Thank you Dick’s for helping to start new traditions and to grow friendships!

Many thanks to everyone who shared their special Dick’s memories and who wished Dick a very happy birthday.