Anyone that knows anything about Corinth, Mississippi will tell you that if you're looking for the best burger in town, no establishment can touch Hamburger Harold's. But that doesn't just apply to burgers. If you have a sweet tooth and you have a weakness for pies, Harold's wife, Peggy, makes the most delicious pies in North Mississippi.
As a kid, I remember hearing stories about how all the businessmen in town would meet there in the mornings before work. They'd sit around tables and drink coffee and catch-up on all the Corinth business happenings. Over the years, Corinth's downtown area thinned out, as businesses relocated to different parts of town. I remember when the big shift happened, and it was quite a change. But Hamburger Harold's remained just as busy and in-demand as ever. I think that is a testament to Harold and Peggy and the effort they put into running the place.
2009 marked the 50th anniversary of Hamburger Harold's. At the time, I was involved in a new media venture with two friends called AllSouth Networks. We produced short-form videos about the people, places and things that make the South such an interesting and unique part of the country. We actually produced a few different films about Corinth, but the one we did on Hamburger Harold's is most definitely my favorite...
In June of 2011, Harold Smith passed away at the age of 82. He was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a husband of 53 years to Peggy. He was a father. A grandfather. And a great grandfather. He was one hell of a man who loved his country, his family, his friends and his customers. I'm extremely proud of our film because it captured the magic that happened the minute you walked in Hamburger Harold's. Our films aimed to capture that magic and preserve it, because nothing lasts forever.
I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it and seeing it come to life.
And for those of you that never got the chance to meet Hamburger Harold, you definitely missed out.
There's no doubt in my mind, however, that he's up there in Heaven with his apron on and his spatula in his hand...flipping burgers and slinging biscuits faster than they can handle...