Letter to the editor | Owner’s legacy overlooked

January 27, 2014 

Regarding “Autoport eatery shifts gears with Clem’s Grill” (CDT, Saturday), I began waitressing at the Autoport in 1984 when I came to Penn State to attend graduate school. I remained there for almost 22 years, eventually becoming the manager of banquets and special events.

While the article successfully describes the next evolution of the business and mentions the original founder, Marion Meyer, there was no reference to the man who truly deserves the credit for building the business over about 50 years, Don C. Meyer.

Meyer learned from his father during the 1940s and ’50s and took over operations completely in the late ’60s. He dedicated his life to the family business, expanding motel operations and food service for decades, during a time when the Autoport was “the place to go” in State College.

Meyer was from the old school. He cleaned rooms, planted flowers, baked pies and greeted customers personally. I learned a lot from him: Work hard, strive for excellence, don’t settle and don’t ask anyone to do something that you wouldn’t do yourself.

As the Autoport celebrates its 78th year, many in our community will remember holiday dinners, football Saturday nights, family celebrations and the wonderful Sunday brunch with great fondness.

I hope many of them will recognize that Don Meyer’s dedication and love of the business made all those memories possible.

Cynthia L. Hahn, State College

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