It is hard to say when this group of old men first met. When one of Rudy’s employees asked, for a bemused moment they all strained to recall, but then they decided it wasn’t really that important. It was though; it was one of those nagging questions that if not answered supposed that they were too old to remember.
With each new recollection, they positioned the memory as if it were a piece in a puzzle, using their communal timeline to see if the edges fit. They believed that their joint memories would eventually uncover that initial conversation that made Rudy’s 360 what it was today: a breakfast-home away from home and a reenactment of an old Texas settlers’ tradition, a gathering of old men discussing life with all its twists and turns.
Sometimes these discussions could turn faster than a cuttin’ horse, and gore quicker and deeper than an ornery steer.
Today was an example.
Mike asked, “Jim, what do you think of all this hoopla over the definition of marriage?”
Peter E. Greulich
Pete has been studying IBM and early American corporate history since his retirement in 2011. These are his thoughts and musings, and of those whose biographies he has read with links to articles and book reviews on this website.