He spent more years in the Army than he did out of it. Richard Weik was just 17-years-old when he enlisted. He served his country for 29 years and nine months, retiring a command sergeant major, the highest rank an enlisted soldier can achieve.
By now, you have probably heard about the surprise homecoming of an army soldier in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Antonio Rodriguez of the 82nd Airborne Division returned home early from a deployment in Afghanistan and decided to surprise his family, including his pregnant wife, at their local Chick-fil-A.
Service: It’s the tie that binds Zach Thomas and Daniel LeMay. While the two men are years apart in their careers and come from different backgrounds, they have both served their country as graduates from two of the nation’s top military academies – West Point and the United States Naval Academy.
Tradition says that the gift for a first wedding anniversary should be paper. The 15th anniversary is crystal, and the 25th is silver. Well, some traditions are made to be broken -- or reimagined -- when you’re a busy family with two kids and a budget.
Whether blitzing or dropping back into pass coverage, it’s that versatility and teamwork that former All-American Dat Tan Nguyen longed for after retiring with 516 tackles from the Dallas Cowboys. For Lynnae Schneller, living more than 2,000 miles from the Dallas plains in Seattle, the reality-TV contestant found she was in a pickle—spending more time behind the desk than with the customers she loved. She too was looking for something more.
Surrounded by glass on the fifth floor of Chick-fil-A’s Atlanta-based headquarters is “The Pulse,” the company’s social media control center.
A wall-size monitor displays real-time comments from Facebook, Twitter and other social channels about the company’s food, restaurants and customer service. In the aggregate, these tell Chick-fil-A’s employees whether the brand and its food is being showered with praise, criticized, or worse — ignored.
Truett Cathy surprised everyone in 1964 by putting fried chicken on a buttered bun when everyone else was making burgers. Three years later he surprised them again by putting his first Chick-fil-A restaurant in a shopping mall.
It was 1965 when Truett Cathy came home with his restaurant’s latest menu offering: a piece of fried chicken breast tucked between two buttered buns. His son, Dan Cathy, remembers the moment well as a 12-year-old boy. Though he didn’t realize it at the time, his father’s new sandwich would change not only Dan’s life but the trajectory of his family’s business and the fast-food industry as a whole.