From today's Indianapolis Star
By Rob Schneider firstname.lastname@example.org
Morris May grew up poor and had to deal with a hearing problem that led him to drop out of school in the 11th grade.
But he had drive and determination too, Carolyn May said of her husband, who died Sept. 15.
For nearly 40 years, Mr. May, 72, was the owner of the Mug 'N Bun, a drive-in restaurant on West 10th Street. On busy summer nights, he would start his day there at 6 a.m. and not call it quits until after midnight and repeated it all the next day.
The drive-in restaurant has fed the need of generation after generation of customers for hand-cut onion rings, hamburgers made to order and homemade root beer. Mr. May's version of curbside service was simple. He expected his waitresses to approach cars by the time their wheels stopped turning.
Mr. May, who lived in Brownsburg in recent years, attended George Washington High School until the 11th grade, when a hearing problem convinced him he should quit school and get a job. After all, he had been working since he was a boy, his wife noted. He worked on an uncle's farm, as a caddy and at a bowling alley.
Mr. May's family was poor, and as a boy he learned to keep his feet flat on the ground so his classmates wouldn't see the cardboard plugging the holes in his shoes. He became determined that he would make something of himself.
He took a chance in 1960 and bought the Frostop Root Beer Drive-In and changed the name to Mug 'N Bun. He ruled the staff with an iron fist and worked harder than anyone else, teaching scores of teenagers the importance of working hard.
Sometimes, Carolyn May said, she would wonder how they could keep up with all the orders during a busy day, but her husband would remind her to keep working, and that closing time would eventually come. In the summertime, though, they didn't have set closing hours, but closed when customers stopped showing up.
In 1998, they were both tired and decided to sell the restaurant.
IMO one of the best BPT when he owned it, after he sold it - forget it.