on December 11, 2010
Some pictures from HonFest over the last few years…
Letter to NPR re recent story of Cafe Ahon owner trademarking “Hon.” Sent to NPR on jan 24th by Stu Mililgan an occasional out of town diner at Cafe hon and fan of the Cafe Hon’s owner’s good intentions.
I am not sure the show this aired but I have taken an out of towner’s point of view on the Hon Cafe and its owner.
i believe her interest in the local community is atleast half and possibly 75% in her wanting to trademark Hey “Hon” or “Hon.” She’s is good to her community.
I once stumblled upon the unique Hon Cafe and after a great meal I wanted to learn more about what the term Hon meant so read the displayed articles regarding it and the owner. I then asked if she would sit with me and share her story. To my surprise she did… I was a complete stranger. She was enthusiastic not about herself but what the term Hon and the Hamden village once meant to the locals.
I added that my current hometown would benefit from someone like her and as I did I thought of a local jewelry shop owner and an art center I once served as a board member for who both showed signs of a similar pride and spirit for the community I live.
She gave me ideas to initiate a community revival in my community which has seen its late 1960′s hey day go by to not return. One was a co-op of artists in a low cost rent situation where I could mark off 15′ x 15′ floor spaces to breathe some cultural life and participation. In doing that she never mentioned the requirement of profits! The benefit was to attract people to a mostly lifeless downtown center.
Like Hamden my current town, New Castle, IN, is a shadow of what it once was in its many hey days or the mid 1920s and then in the 50′s and 60s. Like its east central Indiana neighboris of Muncie, Connersville, Muncie, Anderson and Richmond it had been dependent on the Auto industry. In new Castle Chrysler Corp employed some 3000 employees at the top of the auto industy pay rate for tool and die and foundry work. Other towns had divisions of Ford, Borg Warner, and GM motor their local economies and providing a tern that NPR faitful do not acknowledge… “Triple down effect with several suppliers to the big 3 motor companies and others providing even more jobs and wages.
I would not put up a fight to an enterprising person who wanted to celebrate my community and if not return the community to its past glory atleast clean up the village center and make it a desirable place to live and visit even if only for an out of town salesman’s lunch!
Do you guys have a newsletter??
thanks, and keep up the great work
Do you “cats’ realize that you don’t have ‘Cafe Hon’s’ address posted anywhere???
Y’awl must me from Bawlmer.
Its on the directions page, HON!
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