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By Susie Kelly Flatau, Mark Dean

It is a booklet of memories-the heritage of small-town Texas written in counter tops and chrome stools. Susie Kelly Flatau has interviewed the proprietors of many amazing previous eating places and bars and has woven a desirable net of news approximately those fast-disappearing areas. Mark Dean's lovely black-and-white images catch the heat and personality of those cherished landmarks and are absolute to convey again fond memories for somebody who has ever sat at a counter and ordered a hamburger and a chocolate soda or chilly beer.

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Forman of Tyler and at that time was housed in a site across the street from the present location. In the early 1920s, Mr. Forman moved the business to the present site and ran the business for twenty-eight years. Upon his retirement in 1940, he sold the place to four of his employees. They ran the pharmacy as a joint venture until 1973 when Thell Bowlin, who has continued to preserve the pharmacy's long-standing character, became the sole owner. I then turned my attention back to the fountain when Sarah slid my order onto the counter.

Once inside the restaurant, I became a mere minnow in a pond of Friday night diners waiting for a table. Looking around, I noticed that no one appeared edgy and no one complained. A few people held closet conversations, some checked out the framed pictures and articles on the walls, and others sat with their noses to the newspapers. I placed my name on the wait list then sidled over to the counter. No luck. Patrons had staked claim to all thirteen barstools. Luckily, ten minutes later I was being led across the black-and-red tiled floor, past black-and-red tables and booths, and over to the raised dining area at the back of the restaurant.

Then when age cracks began to show up in the old marble, the slab's beauty became marred, thus the Formica top. Dee leaned over the counter and pointed out that the barstools were still bolted to the turn-of-the-century, flowered tile floor. He expressed his hopes to restore the place as close to its earliest condition as possible. First, he wants to remove the low ceiling that was installed in the 1950s because it obscures the old tin ceiling. After that he wants to remove the punch boards, also from the fifties, because they hide the antique mirrors.

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