The History of FRed Lobster

A story of Triumph and Perseverance

     Once upon a time long, long ago there were three brothers, Ted, Fred and Red.  Ted was the oldest and died fairly young. Nobody really knows anything about Ted and since the family moved a lot during the early years, his story was almost lost.(Almost. More about him later)...  Red and Fred however have a well documented and much publicized history. I will do my best to portray it accurately here. Note, where fact is lacking, some embellishing may be inserted to better entertain and provide a more cohesive story line. Enjoy...

 

      Our Story starts out in the once bustling town of Gerbine, Italy. Gerbine is located in northern Italy near the French and Switzerland boarder. Once the largest exporter of port wine and raisins in the country, Gerbine was almost lost during a locust infestation around the turn of the centry. Some of you may recall the great locust infestation of 1903. If not Google it up for yourselves... Anyway, on with the story. If you would have been in the town of Gerbine in the early 30's you might have met the young parents of the brothers of which this story is based. Young and unknowing of the world changing life that will find him in another country, Theodore Gerbine was was just another farmer's son. One of 17 children born into a raisin farming family, his days were filled with work as soon as he was able to carry a raisin sack. Raisin farming was no easy task back in those days, especially since raisin trees produce usable raisins year round, and it was all painstakingly done by hand due to the fact that the raisin picking machinery of the modern world had not yet reached rural Italy. Even if machines were available , it would still be way cheaper to use free child labor to run the farm. So it's here that we find young Theodore toiling away, filling his sack, and dreaming about a better future. 

Meanwhile, one town over the bother's mother Irene Barker was facing another reality altogether. Born into a well off family of restaurant owners, not much was expected from Irene during most of her early years. One of five and the only girl, Irene struggled early on to find her identity in the male dominated world of culinary arts. 

 

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