Buddy's Open Road
Put A Game Plan Together (1:02)
Vision of Italian Food (1:05)
You Name It, I Think I Did It (1:42)
You Can Only Wear One Pair Of Shoes (0:40)
United States 2008
Public Television: Season 5
being yourself, business, commitment, contribution, digging ditches, driven, entrepreneur, food, Italian, Korea, Korean war, military, Navy, obsessed, odd jobs, Philadelphia, pizza, selling shoes, trying different things, war
- Grew up in a family of entrepreneurs, was used as their “cheap labor” as a kid.
- “You name it, I did it”: drove a cement truck, sold shoes, dug ditches for Cincinnati Gas & Electric, “must’ve had 50 jobs like that.”
- Joined the Navy at 21 when the Korean War started up; stationed in Philadelphia, liked to hang out in South Philly, the Italian section.
- Saw the pizzerias and Italian bakeries, decided he wanted to open up an Italian restaurant.
- Set up a pizza booth at a church function; ended up selling out, being the most successful booth at the festival.
- Started a store with only $400; had no idea how to run a business—took on an accountant, some partners to gain more capital.
- His partners eventually sold their shares, Buddy grew his one restaurant into a tri-state, 60-restaurant operation.
- Encourages young people to take minimum-wage jobs in fields they like, observe the higher-ups and see if they’re happy.