Friday January 31, 2014
and from that picture, former Albany artist, Jean Weiner painted our PIG
September 12, 2009
Burgess, Class of 1966:
Hi, I sent in the picture of
Pig ‘N Whistle in 2007. My mother worked there for several years.
I am a '66 grad, so my memories are different than a lot of you.
If I remember right, the Pig was the first "car hop in Albany. My
mother worked there for about 3 years and I had plenty of hamburgers and
French fries. I remember then the "Pig" was part of the Slappey
Drive loop when we were making the rounds, beginning at Shoney's, ending
at the Quicke - which was at the upper end of Slappey on the right
before the bridge. It was Shoney's (60's), Arctic Bear, Brazier,
Burger Chef ('60s), and the Quickie.
and the Quickie was where the “older” crowd would hang out. I met
all my heart throbs from Turner Air Force Base with the fancy cars
at the Pig. I can remember the guys in their muscle cars lined up
in the parking spaces next to Slappey to show off their “wares.”
When my sister came home to visit, my brother-in-law would hand me
the keys to his candy apple red Chevy II and I got to strut my stuff
for about a week!
I had my
first car “accident” at the Pig. Remember the wooden signs that
were on either side of the entrance? Well, I cut it a little too
fast and a little too close. Put a huge dent in the driver’s side
of my mother’s car. Oops!
the Chamber about making an ornament for the Pig. The lady I spoke
with wasn’t a native and didn’t remember it but said she would give
it to the committee.
forward this to my Sisters who are older than I. They probably can
share some of their memories.
and at night ... click to
This sign, like the one in Albany GA
was the sign at the first Pig 'n Whistle in Macon, GA
Please send your memories (and more pictures if
you have them!)!!
Charles Hill, Class of 1960:
Hi this is Charles
Hill, class of 60. I wonder if anyone remembers the MULE that we found
and kept for about 2 weeks. I remember riding the mule (with Pat Vinson)
down Slappey Drive to "the Pig" and asking for curb service. Yes we got it.
Paul Henry, Class of 1961:
Yes, I remember the Pig &
Whistle, but as for colors, etc., that was a long time ago. Someone that
had an old photo would be a great help for her. Sorry I can't be of more
Bill Cody, Class of 1962:
been getting all kinds of emails
from different people trying to figure out the "colors" of the old Pig and
Whistle....maybe you have too...by the time I would have been old enough to
frequent the "Whistle", we were in Texas....In high school (Orlando) we had a
place called the Steak & Shake and every school was represented nightly with
"cruising" the parking lot....didn't spend any money - just rode around and
around the parking lot...now why did we do that?...showing off our "wheels"...my
dad let me use his car...a 1951 Studebaker...no wonder I couldn't get a
Lindall Palardy, Class of 1959:
Though I suffer from the C.R.S.
Syndrome, it is my belief that the roof in question was merely an overhang to
protect waitresses and/or customers from the elements and the late afternoon hot
sun burning brightly from the western direction. Furthermore, I believe it
was metal in nature in order to withstand the elements. If I'm not mistaken the
color was an alternate white/red. The squat building to the right was the
cooking pit. Not shown in the photo was a stand alone building to the right of
the pit where customers could use the tables and not eat with the flies and
mosquitoes and the cold weather, because of the partially opened car windows
that held the serving trays. I can not testify as to the pig emblem
because I never got out of my car to order, because I always enjoyed my barbecue
with beer and since I was a minor, I always took great care in hiding my liquid
Herrington, Class of 1956:
found this Resolution in the Georgia
General Assembly Archives. Does anyone know this
"There is much pleasure to be gained from useless
knowledge" - Bertrand Russell
Call me crazy, but I
think the roof of "The Pig" was red and white...
Boesch, Class of 1957:
05 LC 33 0997
Senate Resolution 38 EX
By: Senators Johnson of the
1st, Williams of the 19th and Brown of the 26th
Honoring Gene and Lucia
Brantley on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary;
and for other purposes.
WHEREAS, on the fateful day of
June 10, 1954, Gene and Lucia Brantley met at the Pig and
Whistle in Albany, Georgia; and
WHEREAS, exactly one year
later, on June 10, 1955, Gene and Lucia became engaged and
then began their happy union in marriage on October 15,
1955, in Leesburg, Georgia;
Click here: Georgia General Assembly
to read the
rest of the Resolution!
Harriet Ort Cornelius,
Class of 1955:
Had dinner with brother
Harry (Ort - '59) and wife
Shani tonight. Bobby Erkhart ('58) was visiting
for a couple of days. I posed the question of
"The Pig and Whistle" colors and so forth. They
both had some great tales to tell (NOTE: send
them in boys, send them in!). The little
building in the middle of the two larger
buildings was the bar-b-que pit and the one on
the left was the dining room. There was a big
neon sign on the highway that simulated a pig
walking. I had forgotten that. Anyway, Bobby
said there was another Pig and Whistle owned by
the same owner, in Macon and he thinks that it
is still there. Thought maybe someone could
check it out and see what the colors are.
If my memory is correct (which is not a sure thing these
days), the stripes were red & white............but not a
bright Georgia Bulldog red, I think closer to a darker shade
such as a Crimson Tide red or Oklahoma red.
Anyway, I find it interesting, and I want it to be as
authentic as possible. It will truly be
we'll all want!
~ Beverly Smith
Class of 1955:
Wasn't Tommy Webb's (55) father the owner of both places?
It's time for Tommy (Herrington '56) and me to go to Macon
Crowley, Class of 1955:
I think the strips were
either pink and white and a screw tail pink pig was the emblem
Pierce, Class of 1960:
I believe it is a pig standing on its' hind feet holding a
Hazen, Class of 1955:
Sorry, but I can't help at all with Pig research. I had 'stars'
in my eyes during those times and never saw a 'pig'.
Herrington, Class of 1955:
Me either - don't even remember eating a thing there ... I did enjoy
Ben Swilley, Class of
I feel certain the colors were red and white. If you could see over
the counter and had a quarter you could buy a beer in a goose neck
bottle and two sips would make you see red and white. This would be
shortly before you became temporarily blind. Fortunately, sometime
the next day you would regain your sight.
Bob Mock, Class of 1969:
I sent your request to
my old friend Bee McCormick of "Bob's Candy". Perhaps she will shed
some "color" on this. On another note for the Pig & Whistle
request, has anyone looked
at the GA Archives? Just a thought. Best Wishes!
Milt Robinson, Class of 1959:
The Pig & Whistle
sign (the pig itself) is at Satterfield's
Macon near downtown, just off Riverside Drive. It has been several years
since I've been there but I had always understood that was the original
pig sign from Albany.
Back in the 50s, my aunt, Eva Gregorie Collins and her friend,
Sister Farkas Wigzell, would take me with them to the Pig to
cruise the place. Since I was five years younger than they were,
I was made to sit on the back floor of the big old Desoto
automobile so as not to spoil their chances. Apparently it
worked - they both landed lifetime partners. Was I the lucky
charm or was it the Pig? All I know is I enjoyed whatever they
handed me on the floor of the back seat to keep my mouth full
and my mouth shut.
~ Leon Perrett, Class of 1956:
The Pig' was on my paper route. The
manager would see me coming on Saturday AM and put on two big hamburgers
and an order of fries. All the trimmings and a big, big slice of
onion. He would let me sit in the kitchen area and eat, especially n
the winter. Saturday A.M. was collection day so I had the money to pay
him. When I came back to Albany in the 60's we would eat there and get
a good, good, very good corn beef sandwich with chips and beer. The
beer was after we got off from work. Lunch
time was a coke and after hours was an occasional beer. This
was in the 60's and I was of legal age. But, haven't had a beer in over
October 2, 2009
Bob Milligan, husband of Marilyn Hout, Class of 1953:
My wife, the former
Marilyn Hout and I have enjoyed reading your web pages and keeping up
with so many of her former classmates. I see that you are possibly
going to have some articles about "the Pig." I met Marilyn when I was
stationed at Turner AFB, and we just celebrated out 55th
wedding anniversary. My first glimpse of her was at "the Pig", and I
still remember the image. I have a couple menus from around 1952 and
have scanned one which I am attaching (see below - click to enlarge).
I am an old Ohio farm
boy who served in the USAF from January 1951 to January 1955. Marilyn
is an AHS graduate in 1953.
Harry Helton (’52):
What about the "Pig and Whistle"? That
was in my time. That was the center of the World. We had all kinds of
meetings there. When we went off to college or the army and come home on
the weekends or any time you could go there and find many of your buddies.
After a movie, we would go there with our dates for a hamburger and coke
(Coca-Cola). After we took our dates home so the father would not come
out looking for us, we (the boys) would have another meeting at the
"PIG". When they took that place away in the name of progress, they
took away a life long monument! With tears in my eyes I thank you.
~ Eva Gregorie Collins, Class of '54:
I remember Harry Helton, and
his letter was so poignant. It brought tears to my eyes also to
remember the "Pig and Whistle". That is where I met the love of my
life 55 years ago. Now that Jim is gone, a painting of the "Pig" would
mean so much to me. PLEASE Ms. Weiner ... paint The Pig?
There is no doubt that the "Pig and Whistle"
was the place where all the AHS'ers would hang out with their
dates and the guys sometimes returned after taking their dates home.
I remember returning to the PIG after taking my date home one summer
evening in '51 that I ran into football teammate Bubber Whitaker (54).
We starting talking about Daytona Beach and by midnight we had
convinced ourselves that we had no choice but to leave immediately for
Daytona after going home to get a blanket to sleep on the beach. A
couple of other guys went with us, memory fails who, joined us and off
we went. We arrived early the next morning in Daytona with about $20
between us. We spent nothing on food, only liquids for ourselves and the
car, a 1938 Lafayette. After a couple of days with only gas money for
trip back, we were starting to get real hungry. From out of nowhere
appeared Jeanne Baumgartel (Harvey) '52 with her relatives.
Jeanne was always a sight for anyone's' eyes but she was a real angel
that day as she and her relatives took us to lunch before we started
home that evening in a gale storm that that did not let up till we hit
the state line. The good old days.
is right "THE PIG
WAS THE PLACE".
Perry Eugene Crosson (PeeWee), Class of 1952:
for the picture. I believe the 49/50 Ford, the second car pictured from
left to right was mine.
~ Ralph Calhoun, Class of 1948:
An Incident at the Pig “n Whistle ... one time all of us, my brother,
Jim Calhoun ’50, and his family and me and my family had been to the Pig
and Whistle for Bar-B-Que. Jim/James backed out of the parking space and
backed between the guy wire and the telephone pole which he did not see
and he did not scrape the car with either the guy wire or telephone
pole. I bet that if he had known that the wire and pole were behind the
van that we were in he could not have backed out without a scrape from
one or the other.
Since I went to high school in the 1940’s, I remember
getting Bar-B-Que at the drive-in out Jefferson near the big tree
(The Friendship Oak) in the
middle of the road. It was named The Black Cat.
Since we lived in the
400 block of Second Avenue, I went to high school by going out the gate
in the back yard and going down the alley or going up the driveway by
Coach Kidd’s apartment to Third Avenue and walking on down to AHS. When
I went down Third Avenue, I walked by the hospital where I was born. I
have always thought that Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital had one of the
most distinctive names of any hospital in the USA.
~ Linda Anderson Weinberg, Class of 1966:
you might like to know that I suggested the Pig N Whistle for next
year’s ornament. My sister has some pics but I forgot to bring them
when I was in NC so that I could scan them in. My Mother worked there
as a waitress in the early 60s.
~ Walter Dees, Class of 1955:
The Pig & Whistle was THE PLACE TO SEE & BE
SEEN in 1954-55. I enjoyed seeing who came & went & who was dating who!
A GREAT Place to remember!
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