Helicopter sliders give man White Castle glory

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 4, 2013 at 3:06 am •  Published: January 4, 2013

Work enlisted the services of his police buddy Jimmy Dale Howton.

"He was awarded a Silver Star for his actions in Vietnam and he was trained to jump out of aircraft in the Army. I figured if I had him step out of the helicopter, they couldn't say someone was in danger because he was trained to do it in the Army."

The chopper was set to deliver the sliders just across the street from the picnic area and everyone at the picnic knew about the plan except for Brennan.

"Everything went just like it was supposed to, and I even had someone take a picture of Jimmy climbing out so they could see we didn't land," Work said. "Larry was shocked that we did it and he loved it."

He said that officers, especially in the '80s, get a bad rep as being addicted to sweets, but their craving for sliders is intense.

"Coppers love their White Castle. Policemen have a bad name for being doughnut crushers, but I'll tell you, we like our White Castles."

Work said he did face disciplinary action in the form of a citation for the stunt because his lieutenant denied the permit, but the citation was thrown out in court.

"I think the judge said something along the lines of 'Can't you people get along?' and that was that."

Work said that wasn't the only White Castle highlight of his life.

"I've been eating White Castle since they were a nickel apiece and a couple quarters could get you a full stomach," he said. "On my 50th birthday, someone gave me a bag of 50 and told me to eat it. I tried to get 50 of 'em down, but I could only get through about two dozen and that was the most I've ever eaten at once."

Living in Millington, Work said he doesn't get to White Castle now as much as in the past because the closest one is about 30 minutes away from him in Flint.

His usual order nowadays consists of a sack of 10 cheeseburgers, complete with the steamed bun, onions and a pickle or two. He said he's tried the frozen ones in the store, but they don't compare to the ones in the restaurant.

Upon his induction into the White Castle Hall of Fame, Work was invited to Columbus, Ohio, where he and the other 10 inductees were given plaques at a ceremony and other memorabilia commemorating their unique stories.

"Loyalty is a key attribute of our team members and cravers, and we strive every day to recognize their loyalty to White Castle," Richardson said. "The Craver's Hall of Fame is a chance for White Castle to honor customers who have gone to extremes to satisfy the Crave and recognize them for their devotion to our one-of-a-kind taste."

Some of the other 2012 inductees included a couple who drove 26 hours from Montana to Illinois to spend Valentine's Day at White Castle, two NYC Marathon runners who shared two sacks of sliders to salute a firefighter who died during 9/11, and a California man who got a tattoo of a pin-up model who was featured on a White Castle coupon.

Work said the hall of fame experience was a little odd, but he is, too, and to get inducted into a fast food's hall of fame, you have to be a little weird.

"There are 300-something people in the baseball hall of fame and there's a couple hundred in the football hall of fame, but there's only 91 of us in the White Castle Hall of Fame," he said.

After the ceremony, the group went to dinner at — where else? — White Castle.