Monday, March 1st, 2004

It was the summer of 1965 when a young 17 year-old-kid started one of the world's greatest restaurant chains. Fred DeLuca of Bridgeport, CT had just graduated from Central High School and was looking for a way to make enough money to go to college. Fred was working at a hardware store, but the pay wasn't sufficient to pay for college. One day that summer, at a backyard barbecue, Fred spoke with a friend of the family named Dr. Peter Buck. Buck told Fred to open up a submarine sandwich shop in his hometown. This would evenetually lead to success. A partnership was formed between the two when Dr. Buck loaned Fred $1000 to open up "Pete's Super Submarines" in August of 1965. Within a few years, they were able to open up more stores in new locations. It was also at this point that they decided to shorten the shop's name to "Subway". In 1974, "Subway" had became an official franchine chain. Thirty years later, in 1995, 11,000 restaurants had been established throughout the US. Fred eventually was able to go to college and received a degree in psychology. Today, "Subway" has become a $5 billion company with over 15000 restaurants in 76 countries around the world, becoming one of the largest food chains on the planet. And to think, the founder of "Subway" is from Bridgeport.

by: Roland Rodriguez (Class of 2004)