Eagle Archives, October 6, 1947: Town Looks Ready to Support Meatless Tuesday | Story
Public opinion in Pittsfield today, in its stumbling democratic way, seemed to slowly be lining up behind President Truman’s call for a “Meatless Tuesday” from tomorrow. Most of the over 50 people who gave their opinion on the matter this morning were knowledgeable about it and only a few said they were going to eat meat regardless.
As a topic of conversation today, government food advocacy took a bad second place in the final and decisive game of the World Series. “We’ll think about it once the series is over,” said one fan.
Restaurants in town were undecided on the issue. Most were in favor of “giving the choice to the customer”, but all of the owners contacted said they would accept a “meatless menu” on Tuesday if the others did the same. Some restaurateurs now think they could launch a program next week when they have more time to plan and discuss it.
Snug Harbor, a restaurant on Eagle Street, said this afternoon it will serve meat substitutes tomorrow and the Sheraton Hotel here, as well as the other hotels and restaurants in the Sheraton chain, said it intends to comply. to the president’s conservation program. The Gamberoni brothers of the Busy Bee on West Street have said they will begin their meatless program a week from tomorrow. Because they were closed today, they said they had to use meat that was already out of storage for tomorrow. It was evident today that the president had not given the town’s restaurant owners enough time to plan.
The citizens of Pittsfield revealed many mixed opinions on the issue of ‘feeding Europe’ when questioned this morning. Most were in favor and planned to do their part to send grain to the mainland by avoiding meat, eggs and poultry one day a week, and cutting a slice of bread a day. Many have said that they don’t eat meat and eggs every day anyway.
Among the few dissidents, there was one who pointed out that he abstains every Friday. John Williams of the WBEC said: “I can’t tomorrow… I have to donate blood. He volunteered to donate a pint of blood to the Red Cross mobile unit.
This story within history is selected from the archives of Jeannie Maschino, The Berkshire Eagle.