Then Is Now Ep. 97 – A History of Howard Johnson’s with author Anthony Sammarco

Howard Johnson’s was a major staple of America’s Pop Culture from the late 1920’s until the early 2010s. When it started, it was a restaurant unlike any other out there and really paved the way for pretty much most of the restaurants we have today including the fast food chains. On today’s episode we have a special guest: author Anthony Sammarco, who is a historian and author of many historical books about Boston and other places, as well as the incredible tome, “A History of Howard Johnson’s: How a Massachusetts Soda Fountain Became an American Icon”! Join us for a fun and informative episode!

History of Howard Johnson's Book
Check out Anthony’s awesome book on the history of Howard Johnson’s!

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Article on New Howard Johnson's 1964
From the Assabet Valley Beacon, Sept. 17, 1964.
Article on Howard Johnson's from 1965
From the Grand Prairie News Texan, September 30, 1965.

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