961 Winter 2020 Gee-Gee and Speedee: The Historical Saga of McDonald’s in Fairfax County
Wednesday, 2:15–3:40, Feb. 5
Instructor: Chris Barbuschak
Coordinator: Bob Coffin
In July 1957, Oscar Goldstein and John Gibson, owners of the Gee-Gee Food Corporation, opened the first McDonald’s in Fairfax County. Virginia Room archivist Chris Barbuschak will talk about how the pair went on to build the largest single franchise operation of the McDonald’s chain in the nation until Ray Kroc bought them out in 1967.
Chris Barbuschak, a native of Burke, Virginia, is an archivist/librarian in Fairfax County Public Library’s Virginia Room. Ever since his mother brought him to a Hot Shoppes restaurant as a young child, he has had a passion for diners, drive-ins, and long-defunct restaurant chains. He received a BA in history from Loyola University Chicago and a master’s in library and information science from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. He previously worked for the Chicago Tribune as a photo archivist and for the Chicago Public Library system.