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This is Fred ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.
Many people know the name "Dick Motta." He is the famous basketball coach who was so successful both with college and professional NBA teams.
I was recently near the Bear Lake area where I bumped into Dick and his wife, Janice, and I was so interested in hearing about his life after leaving the hectic, pressure-packed world of coaching. It was obvious that the new life style of being a candy maker and the owner of a charming bed and breakfast in the area agree with Dick and Janice.
Dick had a friend that was a dentist who loved to make candy. Dick and his friend heard about the opportunity of buying the very famous and long-time established Bluebird Candy Company in Logan. Guy Cardon sold the reputable establishment to Dick and his friend in 1991. I told Dick I thought it was ironic that his dentist friend liked to work with candy. "Yeah," Dick said. "We thought we might have a motto that said Œwe make cavities in the front and fill Œem in the back.'"
Dick and Janice soon bought out their friend and now rely on the management skills of Bud and Joanne Fraser who run the operation. The factory is at 75 West Center Street in Logan, and another store is located on Fourth North just east of Main Street.
I'm not sure how long Bluebird Candy has been in operation, but I know I remember the famous "Aggie Bar" in my college days. Dick tells me some of his employees have been around for a long time. One person they call the "head roller" has been doing her job for more than 35 years. A couple of the chocolate dippers have been dipping chocolate for more than 40 years, and one of them is 80 years old.
Incidentally, that famous "Aggie Bar" is still mighty good. The caramel and Brazilian nuts are wrapped in a package that shows the old main building of the Utah State University campus hasn't changed and neither has the taste or the demand.
For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.