East Oregonian Sunday Q&A

From the East Oregonian
Sunday, December 19th, 2010
by Kathryn B. Brown

Bernard Lind with Linds ConcessionsThis week: Bernard Lind | The Corn Dog Man

Where did you go to school?

In Umatilla and Irrigon from elementary through high school.

What do you do?

I started a chicken hatchery in Umatilla when I was in high school. I ran that for 10 years. I've also been a radio disc jockey and a concessionaire (which is what I do now) for the past 17 years.

What's the best thing about your work?

Being able to travel and see lots of different parts of the country. Also making so many happy with my corn dogs from the very young to seniors. I have a 94-year-old senior who waits for me to come to Pendleton every year.

Who is the historical figure you most admire?

George McGovern, back in 1972 when he ran against Richard Nixon for the presidency. I think he was ahead of his time, and if you look at the issues today we're still talking about the same things, only people now can understand more clearly his point of view.

The living person you most admire?

My mother and late father, who taught me to be responsible and a hard worker and made me be the person I am.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Having one of the largest chicken hatcheries in the Northwest. I started with one incubator sitting outside with no building. Then I had 26 incubators weighing to tons each, with egg capacity of 330,000 hatching two million chicks each spring, going all over the United States.

What is the most difficult challenge in your life these days?

Trying to stay in business. People think you make a lot of money, but you don't.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to watch major league baseball. The San Francisco Giants won the World Series this year. I also spend time with my three Italian Greyhounds.

What type of electronic equipment do you carry around with you?

Cell phone and weather radio

What do your friends call you?

Bernie, even though they pronounce my first name wrong 90 percent of the time.

How old are you?

49 years old

Where do you live?

In Cowiche, Wash., and Umatilla, Ore.

If you had to live in another country for a year, where would you go?

Canada. I like open spaces and unpolluted rivers and streams, and wildlife.

If you could change one thing in your community, what would that be?

I would like everyone to try my special recipe corn dog (which no one has but me) and see what all the fuss is about. It's a unique recipe, something like Colonel Sanders, only mine is different.

What did you eat for breakfast this morning?

Beef bacon, orange cocoa, Product 19 cereal.

Your favorite beverage?

Throwback Mountain Dew.

Tell us about the best book you've read lately.

"World of Dogs."

Your most prized possessions?

My 1970 split bumper Camaro, hugger orange color. Also, the largest wasp ever caught in the world: it was caught in 1958 in Peru, and is the size of a person's head.

What's the funniest thing that ever happened to you?

I was vending in Ocean Shores at a sand castle festival. I had to park my concession trailer by the beach in the sand. I asked not to park it there, but they made me do it anyway. My ton trailer got stuck in the sand, and we barely made it out before the tide came in and would have taken us all out to the ocean.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Chocolate covered cherries and lemon pepper candy bars.

What's the one question we didn't ask that you'd like to answer?

Why wasn't I inside the rodeo grounds for the Pendleton Round-Up this year with my corn dog stand? It's really upsetting to me after being there for 12 years with my corn dog stand. And, between me and my dad, we've been bringing corn dogs to Pendleton at Christmastime for 44 years. I was not invited back this year because my payments came late. Everyone knows what happened to me in Pendleton last year. I was robbed of all my money and this made me send payments late. I wish the Board of Directors would please give me the opportunity to explain myself.

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