You’re on the road and stop to grab a burger at McDonalds or Burger King. You know what you’re getting no matter what city you’re in. But have you ever stopped to think about how and when these fast food chains started?
One Penn alum did and wrote a compelling book about it.
More about this Penn alum author and his new book after the jump.
Last we reported about Stephen Fried (C’79 34th Street co-editor, BF Scholar), he had a tell all book about sex, love, and dirty laundry. His new book is now out and it deals with drama of a different sort as it documents one of the earliest innovators of the American hospitality industry.
How did Stephen get his start as an a author? At Penn of course.
Stephen’s start as an author began when he wrote nonfiction at 34th Street as a sophomore. He was also mentored by Nora Magid, then Penn’s “one-woman journalism school”. Stephen told me that he always said “if anyone would pay me to do what we did at 34th Street, that would be my career. So far so good”.
Speaking of Penn, Stephen had help with research on the book from former Penn undergrads who were his interns. These (now) alumni include: Jason Schwartz (C’07) and Andy Hines (C’09), Dan Kaplan (C’03), Jennifer Machiaverna (C’03), Maria Popova, Nick Barr, Jess Feurst, Elizabeth Slavitt, Matt Rosenbauym, Anthony Campisi, Jessica Haralson, Tali Yahalom, Maggie McGrath, Khan-anh Le, and Jon Wroble.
"Because of Penntertainment, I got scouted for Nickelodeon. I had such a great time talking with them. I may be a resource for a show on science, travel, geography, gender etc. Thanks for all you do. It really makes a difference." -Lisa Niver Rajna C’89