The Past is Not Just Prologue

By Gordon Hopkins

So, I heard recently that Joe Tess Place is closing. That may not mean much to the folks around here. Although, maybe it does. It is a strangely famous eatery for a place that made its name on fried carp sandwiches. So, it is entirely possible you have heard of it. You may even have eaten there if you happened to make the two-hour journey to Omaha, or at least saw the sign with the happy-looking fish. (What a fish at a seafood restaurant has to be happy about, I’m not sure.)If you have noticed the sign, you may have wondered, as I have many times, why Joe Tess Place? Is Joe Tess the name of the owner? (FYI: It is.) If so...


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