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Picturing the past 173: Burger Chef in '78

Posted Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at 9:38 AM

Shelbyville's old Burger Chef, as it appeared in late January 1978. (T-G file photo)
Almost 35 years ago - on an afternoon in late January 1978, to be exact (date on the negative envelope is 2-1-78, so the photo was probably shot a few days before) - you could walk into Burger Chef and get a decent meal for just a few bucks.

As usual, go here for a larger view.

Recognize anyone in the photo?

Note the briefcase on the table with the kids who I imagine had just gotten out of school. My first thought was "laptop computer." Uh...no. Not for quite a few more years. I'm guessing they were from Harris Middle School since Central High was in its first year in the current building.

Seems like this was in the last days of Burger Chef. I'm thinking that by the early 1980s it had become Burger Ch-i-ef - note the 'i' - and eventually a few other restaurants were in that building, since torn down to make room for the expanded BP store.

Restaurants did a lot of advertising in the Times-Gazette in the late 1970s -- and used photos in the ads, which has left us with quite a few photos of their interiors and exteriors. I've got quite a few of these left to post.

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Bugforever, you are correct. That is Kristi (Orr) Terceira, Mark Brandon and his sister June. I was in band with Kristi and June.

-- Posted by LivingInThe County on Wed, Jan 9, 2013, at 4:29 PM

Is that a cigarette machine in the background?

-- Posted by challenger on Tue, Jan 8, 2013, at 8:50 AM

Mozzel sounds right.

-- Posted by cdmoonchild on Sat, Jan 5, 2013, at 7:30 PM

Was her name Ozelle or Mozzel?

-- Posted by kings11 on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 7:45 PM

Its been a long time kings11 & I'm afraid I can't remember.

-- Posted by cdmoonchild on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 1:50 PM

Cindy who is the woman in the middle? I remember her ,but not her name.

-- Posted by kings11 on Thu, Jan 3, 2013, at 5:13 PM

I just talked to Kristi Terceira and she is the young lady facing forward in the picture. Next to her is Mark Brandon and June Brandon with her back to everyone.

I loved eating at this place. The best hamburgers!!!! Thanks David for another great pic.

-- Posted by bugforever on Thu, Jan 3, 2013, at 4:33 PM

This picture had to be made after March of 1977. That is me on the first register on the left side of the picture. I worked there after school & week-ends. I was 16 at the time. My name was Cindy Burgess then. It was a fun place to work. Lots of muscle cars filled the lot on the week-end.

-- Posted by cdmoonchild on Wed, Jan 2, 2013, at 9:53 PM

David, that's a clarinet case belonging to the freshman girl whose back is facing the camera shot. She is Donna Edwards, former sheriff Don Edwards youngest daughter. She would have been in the same freshmen class as TG employee, Sissy Smith. I know that this photo would had to be dated before 1978, because I graduated in 77 and was a band member.

-- Posted by volunteerorange1 on Wed, Jan 2, 2013, at 11:39 AM

Remember Mrs. Wilma.She would set you straight and tell you what she thought.Ran me off several times and gave me a tongue lashing to boot.LOL

-- Posted by kings11 on Wed, Jan 2, 2013, at 10:53 AM

I sure miss it and the Maniers who owned it...when I first started driving as a teen It was a great place to hang out with friends....we would drive from there around lane parkway down to madison then circle mcdonalds then back maybe up to 10 times a night just cruizin' "O the memories"...and the burgers were great!

-- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Jan 2, 2013, at 10:36 AM

It is not a briefcase; it is an attache case.

-- Posted by Tyger on Wed, Jan 2, 2013, at 9:49 AM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.