Floyd memorized every beverage at Heid’s

— One of the most popular songs of 1942 was “Jukebox Saturday Night,” as performed by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, vocalized by Marion Hutton and the Modernaires.

Teenagers across the country danced to Al Stillman’s lyrics:

Moppin’ up soda pop rickies

To our hearts’ delight,

Dancing to a swingeroo quickie,

Jukebox Saturday night...

One of those teenagers was Floyd Tillotson who lived in Liverpool where he worked at Heid’s.

Ever resourceful and quick-witted, Floyd made a game of his tasks selling hot dogs and cold drinks to the long lines of customers. He memorized the names of each and every soft drink for sale at the landmark drive-in eatery.

There was Boylan’s and Barq’s, Hire’s root beer and birch beer, Shasta and Seven-Up, Moxie and Mission, Nesbitt’s and Nehi.

Not only did Floyd commit all the beverages to memory, he continued to recite the alphabetical list to family and friends for his entire life. Tillotson died July 11, at his daughter’s home in Brownsville, Kentucky. He was 87.

Memorial service Friday

Floyd rose from his humble origin as grillman at Heid’s to establish a successful heating and air conditioning business called G&T Supply located on Salina Street in the village. Before long, he entered public service and was eventually elected mayor of Liverpool in 1977.

A memorial service for the late Floyd Tillotson will take place on Friday, Aug. 24, at Maurer Funeral Home at the corner of Tulip and Second streets. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. and will be concluded by a brief service at 6 p.m.

Menu memorization was only one of Floyd’s creative pursuits. Here’s something else you might not have known about the mayor who served here from 1977 to 1981: He was a talented stained-glass craftsman and he created a series of small replicas of village landmarks such as the Gleason Mansion.

Vote on this Story by clicking on the Icon


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Sign in to comment