Once a Cowboy
The ground rules for the brokers are fairly straightforward: You get one point for listing. Two points for a sale. Three points for a renewal. Four points for a price reduction. “How long have you been here? Where are you on the scoreboard? Oh, you’re number three. What are you gonna do to be better?” Then you’d get a listing and it would start all over again. “We’ll never sell this. Can we get the price reduced?” Then you went out and got that listing reduced…
Sam’s saloon was established as soon as possible, before the crack of dawn on December 5, 1933, the day Prohibition ended. When you walk in and dust the snow off your shoes you’re greeted by ebullient bootleggers and Baptists who see right through you. You find wary smiles of farmers and factory workers who stare a thousand yards past you onto Armitage and Kilbourn, where gangsters are born to kill. You smile to see Sam and Gladys, partners in life and crime.