A Double-Double Moment of Silence Please

Esther L. Snyder, who founded the In-N-Out Burger restaurant chain with her husband, died Friday, her family said. She was 86.

…The Snyders’ business plan was simple: Serve fresh burgers in a “two-way speaker” drive-through concept. While her husband ran the day-to-day operations, Snyder was in charge of the books and occasionally helped out in the kitchen by molding meat patties by hand and slicing tomatoes and onions.

As major dad says (through his drool after seeing this picture), “the Rolls Royce of burgers.” And she kept the integrity of the chain pure. I remember reading where the biggest change in decades had been the agonizing decision about whether to add Dr. Pepper to the menu. I’m a ‘double-double with cheese, grilled onions, fries and a chocolate shake’ girl. Always have been
And, sadly, we’ve lost another incredible woman pioneer in the same weekend: a veritable legend.

Four-time Iditarod champion Susan Butcher died Saturday in a Seattle hospital of a reoccurrence of leukemia after a recent stem-cell transplant, her doctor said. She was 51.

Butcher dominated the 1,100-mile sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome in the late 1980s. In 1986, she became the second woman to win the grueling race. She added victories in 1987, ’88 and ’90 and finished in the top four through 1993.

Bless her heart. I used to be glued to race reports when she was in it.

6 Responses to “A Double-Double Moment of Silence Please”

  1. Susanna says:

    (“Animal style,” THS? You mentioned one of the “animal style” ingredients, so I wondered… do you think the others know about it?)
    We got a FatBurger here last month. Not the same, of course, but better than the golden arches.

  2. Susanna says:

    P.S. We like a restaurant with the stones and self-respect to limit its menu options to three sandwich choices, one side, and beverages. They’re all good, just pick one.

  3. Rob says:

    Very sad about Susan Butcher. Had a wonderful life ahead of her in the fabulous White Mountains. My sledding fave was Libby Riddles. She won the award for the treatment of her team the same year she won the race.

  4. I love INO. My only complaint is that they really need to cook their fries a little crispier.

  5. In loving memory of Esther L. Snyder, I have just obtained, and am currently chowing down on, a Double Double with cheese.

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