If Only

On this day in 1886 John Pemberton brewed his first batch of Coca Cola in his Atlanta backyard.  On May 8 it was for sale at Jacob’s pharmacy sold as a patent medicine.

As the story was told by Becky’s grandmother Ethel Silsby, when she, Ethel, was 4 years old her family visited Atlanta and toured the Coca cola facility. This would have been before the turn of the century.   Her father had an opportunity to invest in this new drink.  He was hesitant and said, “Give some to Ethel.  If she likes it, I’ll be interested.”  Ethel took a drink and didn’t like it. End of story.

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