I rarely eat hot dogs and I never visited Pet’s Famous Hot Dogs in downtown Birmingham. But the story of Gus Koutroulakis and the life he devoted to serving up some of the most popular hot dogs in the country is legendary. And touching. I admire anyone who cares enough about their work to do it for 63 years.
I ran across this short film on The Dish, Andrew Sullivan’s blog. The film, by Joe York, is a tribute to Gus Koutroulakis who died April 5, 2011.
For more about Gus Koutroulakis and Pete’s Famous Hot Dogs check out:
- Birmingham architect Jeremy Erdreich’s tribute.
- Wright Thompson’s Eulogy posted to Grantland, the ESPN sports and pop culture site.
- “He Took His Recipe to the Grave” on The Dish, Andrew Sullivan’s Blog