“I was born on February 21, 1933. I grew up on Warren Street in Mobile. My mother taught school, and my dad worked at the Mobile Press Register. At that time we had a morning and evening paper. One day dad brought home a bucket of perfumed ink. Gayfer’s was advertising a perfume, and their sheet had perfumed ink on it. Dad wanted us to see the ink.
Mardi Gras stopped in 1942 because of the war. It started back in 1946. A friend and I were paid a few dollars to carry lights for the parades. After high school, I worked at Constantine’s restaurant busing tables. I later worked for James S. Oppenheimer’s import-export company.
I’ve worked in hotels in Mobile for a long time. I love working at the Battle House and telling people about Mobile. I’ve met superstars, and I’m just as important as they are. We all are. When I was working at the Riverview, I served Ed Asner. After dinner was over, I wrote my name, George Moore, on a piece of paper. I gave it to Mr. Asner and said, ‘This is the autograph you requested from me.’ That was bold. When Mr. Asner was going out, he said, ‘Thank you for the autograph. I will tell your cousin Mary Tyler Moore that I met you.’
In the 1940s and 1950s there were shops everywhere. People lived downtown and were out until late at night. It was fun working here. Then Mobile became a ghost town with so much boarded up. It is good to see the economy coming back and people downtown again.
I have seven kids. I’m proud they have done well. None of them went down the wrong track.”