VANISHED: July 2005
Personal journal entry from May 8, 1996:
Sitting in the Howard Johnson's in Times Square, drinking a vanilla Coke. Outside, the billboard with the Eight O'Clock Bean Coffee cup steams, the Cup O'Noodles cup steams, the giant Coke bottle tips its cap, sticks out its straw, and says ENJOY ENJOY ENJOY. A pair of mounted police clip-clop past the glass, the horses' tails swinging down Broadway. Somebody in here orders the fried clam platter. The sign above me says COCKTAILS and IT'S HAPPY HOUR AT HOWARD JOHNSON'S. The waiter serves two heaping banana splits to a couple of German ladies. "Banana splits?" he says. The ladies' eyes widen, they smile, "Beautiful," they say and dig in.
It had some of the most wonderful signage in town: