HOLIDAY INN – JOPLIN, MISSOURI – 1962
This is not just any old Holiday Inn, this is the Mickey Mantle Holiday Inn. The baseball hero to millions was part owner. “See the Dugout and Mickey’s Trophies” is what it says on the marquee. The Dugout was the name of the cocktail lounge. Besides lending his name to the monumental motel sign, and receiving a share of the profits, Mantle also contributed to the business by coming up with the slogan for the fried chicken served there in the restaurant: “To get a better piece of chicken, you’d have to be a rooster.” Hard to believe but they actually used that slogan.
Besides Elvis, the Holiday Inn is the most famous name to ever come out of Memphis, Tennessee. The now world-wide chain began there in 1952. The movie, Holiday Inn, starring Bing Crosby inspired the name. It has a nice ring to it and sounds much better than Holiday Motel.
GOD BLESS AMERICANA and the Holiday Inn!