Space aliens traveling through the Milky Way who wanted to make a pit stop on Earth were welcome at George George’s restaurant. In fact, the coffee was on the house.
In 1952, George made national headlines when he posted a sign on the Charcoal House restaurant in St. Petersburg, Fla., that read: ”Coffee Free Welcome Saucers.” E.T. never took him up on the offer, but it was a fantastic marketing ploy.
George was also a World War II veteran, an actor and a writer. After he left the restaurant business, George became a car salesman, a job he did for 30 years.
George died Monday. Cause of death was not released. He was 88.