Brad Thomas Parsons is a noted writer on alcoholic beverages. He has written three books on the subject and numerous magazine articles. His father, Herbert, who passed away in 2008, was a mechanic who worked at Hancock Airport. During the 1970s and 1980s, Herbert also collected drink chips, little tokens that were given out by bartenders to signify that the bearer was entitled to a free drink. Most of the chips were from bars in Madison County.
Brad recently stumbled upon his late father's drink chips. Finding the chips led Brad, who lives in Brooklyn, to reminisce about his father's bar travels while living in the Central New York area. Unfortunately, many of the establishments have long since closed, but the drink chips live on.
The chips gave Brad an idea for his next article: He is going to write a story where he will retrace his father's footsteps based upon the drink chips! Of course, some of the bars no longer exist, but Brad will try and recreate the story where he can. Since drink chips are no longer fashionable anymore, he doesn't expect to get a free drink at any of the bars he can visit, but I bet there will be a bartender or two who will honor the little collectables. Good luck, Brad! I look forward to reading your story.