Passing on a legacy

Monday, April 29, 2019

“I wanted it to be a happy place. It’s the same Dash Inn, it’s just had a facelift.” - Chris Rickett

In 1987, “The Simpsons” first aired on television, the first criminal conviction by the use of DNA evidence took place, President Ronald Reagan gave his historic speech at the Berlin Wall urging Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall,” and Paul Rickett began working at The Dash Inn.

Back then, he was 4 foot 10 inches tall, weighing in at 100 pounds. He doesn’t remember his first day, but he remembers that he was an instant fit. He not only got along with owners Larry and Pati Bettinger, but they accepted him like family. During slow hours, Larry threw a football with Paul.

“It was a lot of fun back in those days,” Paul said. “Larry and Pati were always easy to talk to. We just did our job and hung out. We even talked to them about personal issues that we had That meant a lot to everybody.”

Thirty-two years later, Paul and his wife Chris have purchased The Dash Inn.

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