Tuesday, August 5, 2008


My son, Chris, started his first business over the weekend, PIZZA AND BEYOND (think Buzz Lightyear). It's a small pizza place right here in Midland. Needless to say, I am very proud of him.

He has always been the brilliant child who spent his spare time in high school trying to disprove Einstein's theory of relativity and trisecting angles. He had a hard time in school because he was always one step ahead and unwilling to wait for the people behind him. But he graduated with honors and took a great job working for Microsoft.

But all of his life he had one passion; pizza. Don't ask me why this was so important to him. It's kind of like Willy Wonka and candy. Chris started working at different pizza places when he was in high school. His favorite was Little Caesar's. He experimented on us at home even when he wasn't making pizzas out. He made stuffed crust and dessert pizza before it was popular.

He worked at Microsoft for a year but his heart was never in it, even though he can build a computer from the ground up and has developed software. He's also a poet and a philosopher and . . . a pizza maker. He finally gave up Microsoft and went to work for Pizza Hut. He learned everything they could teach him for the last five years, went to management school, always working toward owning his own pizza place.

So that's where he is now. Here he is making his first pizza. If you ever go through Midland on the way to somewhere else, stop in and he'll make you a pizza you'll never forget. Food made with love and heart is always better!

Jim Lavene
Tuesday, August 5


Lynette Hall Hampton said...

It is always inspiring to read about someone who has the guts to go for their dream, no matter what it is. I'll certainly stop by if I ever get to Midland.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

That's great! I remember your saying he was working at Pizza Hut and I'm so glad he's got his own place now. Best of luck to him...