FORBES — In the summer of 1978 I was a vendor at Wrigley Field and Soldier Field in Chicago. Since it was entirely a commission job and I was too young to sell beer, the next best thing was selling hot dogs. Back then they were $1 and I made 20¢ with each sale. On a good day I might make $60 which was great money for a teenager. I’ll never forget, however, how crappy the hot dogs were.
I would walk around with a metal box that had a Sterno in the bottom to keep the hot dogs, and my abdomen, warm. I was a walking chafing dish. On a cold day by the time I got around to selling the last of the hot dogs, they were cold, stale and all around awful. The concessionaire reused the unsold hot dogs at the next game. It was stomach turning to watch as I had the misfortune of doing on several occasions. If you had a hot dog at Soldier Field in 1978, please accept this belated apology. If you agree that things are better now, you have Larry and Mark Levy to thank.