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Former classmates’ reunion on the menu at Freddy’s

Betty Taylor and Freddy Simon got to see each other for the first time since 1942 when they were both in high school in Maize. On Tuesday, they met again at Simon’s namesake restaurant, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, at 23rd and Iowa streets.

Betty Taylor and Freddy Simon got to see each other for the first time since 1942 when they were both in high school in Maize. On Tuesday, they met again at Simon’s namesake restaurant, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, at 23rd and Iowa streets.

September 22, 2010

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High school friends meet today for first time in 68 years

Betty Taylor and Freddy Simon, of Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, met today after almost 70 years of not speaking. The two went to Maize High School together. Enlarge video

What do you say to someone you haven’t seen or spoken to in almost 70 years? If you’re Betty Taylor and Freddy Simon, you don’t say anything. A simple hug will do.

On Tuesday the two were reunited at Simon’s namesake restaurant, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers. It was a reunion of former classmates 68 years in the making.

“A good-looking young man said, ‘I got a really big surprise for you,’ and I said, ‘now what’s going to happen?’” Simon said. “He walked me over and there was Betty.”

It took the 85-year-old a few moments to recognize her, but Betty knew exactly who Freddy was.

“I knew you were the Freddy because your picture is on the sack,” she said.

The pair hadn’t seen each other since 1942. They met during their sophomore year at Maize High School northwest of Wichita, but parted ways when Freddy moved to a different school. After graduation he was drafted into the military and served in the Pacific during World War II.

“He was just as patriotic as the rest of the guys,” Betty said.

Freddy was in Lawrence for a ribbon cutting at his restaurant at 23rd and Iowa streets. He and Betty spent some time reminiscing over old photos and remembering friends who have passed away.

It was obvious that their time apart did not affect their friendship.

“We just picked up where we left off, didn’t we?” Betty asked. “Just a few years in between.”

After 68 years, Freddy had a few things to tell Betty. He jokingly complained that Betty wouldn’t help him with homework.

“I’d be in trouble. You’d have the wrong answers,” she said.

Freddy also let Betty know that he had a slight crush on her in high school.

“She was one of the best-looking gals in school,” he said. “I was always flirting, but she wouldn’t pay any attention to me.”

“I was listening to my dad,” Betty answered with a smile.

Both admit that the world has changed a lot since they were in high school, but Freddy said their rare friendship has and will always remain strong.

“There are not too many stories like that around. I’ll guarantee you,” he said.

Comments

bangaranggerg 3 years, 6 months ago

Gonna have to disagree. I had Freddy's patty melt this weekend. Maybe the worst burger I've ever eaten in my life, the fries were definatlely the worst. Got the fries with cheese, the cheese wasn't something I'd have put on kibble for my dog. The custard is real good though. Best burger is definately Burger Stand @ The Casbah, the place Dempsey's is pretending to be.

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justanotherface 3 years, 7 months ago

This is a very cute and touching story. However, Freddys is a nasty place to eat IMHO. I've never tried the Lawrence location because I ate at the Hutchinson location once and it was terrible. Greasy fries and the seasoning on the burgers was so bad I couldn't eat it after a couple of bites so I left the place hungry. Since it's a chain, I'm assuming all of them season their burgers like that. Please correct me, if I'm wrong about the seasoning.

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Defender 3 years, 7 months ago

5 guys is terrible, period. Ate there once, never, ever again. Freddy's is pretty good for a regular burger, but the patty melt is incredible. Had one last night, and got to meet Freddy. Nice guy!

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CLARKKENT 3 years, 7 months ago

REALLY NICE STORY. PROBABLY THE BEST BURGER IN LAWRENCE. FOR SURE THE BEST HOT DOG.

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CheneyHawk 3 years, 7 months ago

Great story and I love Freddy's - FYI - Maize is NW of Wichita rather than south.

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somedude20 3 years, 7 months ago

Looking back on the track for a little blue pill. This touch the cockles of my heart. Nice ad for the burger place too

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Kontum1972 3 years, 7 months ago

that's a cool place too eat...nice ambience.....Freddy thx for serving during WW2 u are an American Hero.

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