I was editor of a grocery magazine, Convenience Store Merchandiser, up to Boston from my home and office in NYC with my new wife. She was eager to see the city. I also had an appointment to interview the prez of the Li'l Peach chain 45 minutes north of town.
Overnight, snow buried buildings and the highway, phones were out (pre-cell phone), as was power. I was a Boy Scout and raised as a good little boy. So, I headed north on a single lane of a four-lane highway in the ice and snow in case Louis Hannaford was in Billerica anyway..
Hours later, I pulled into the L'il Peach parking lot and saw a single car. Sure enough, Lou was there, inside, wearing an Arctic-worthy parka (he was from Maine as were the other Hannafords) in his unheated building.
We went to the gigantic dinner in the middle of town. It had its own generator, as power often failed there. I got the interview and pix. I found that he had also been a Scout and it never entered his mind to blow off the meeting just because of a May blizzard.
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