The Story of the   Everything Bagel

1By David Gussin
OK, now that I'm the publisher of the website, I have to give our readers   tidbits of information they can't get anywhere else.  Plus it’s the one story my daughter’s friends always found interesting. So I’ll go with it. 

'It was the late 1970's, possibly early 80's; I was working at a bagel store in Queens N.Y.  The owner of the store was Charlie, a big man with big hands from rolling all those bagels.  At that time, you had your standard bagels - plain, poppy, sesame, onion, garlic, salt, pumpernickel, the exotic bagel of the time was cinnamon-raisin.   Anyway, at the end of the day one of my jobs was sweeping out the oven. I'd sweep out the roasted seeds that had fallen off the bagels over the course of the day. Those were my favorites, the well done ones. One day, instead of sweeping them up and throwing them out like I had always done, I saved them. I asked Charlie to make some bagels with 'these' (the concoction of burnt leftover seeds) ... we'll call it, The Everything Bagel.  It was an immediate hit. Charlie even started charging a nickel more for it. Before you knew it, the Everything Bagel was everywhere.

My daughter’s are a smidgen mad at me. They say I should have patented it. I know, I know, if I had a penny for every Everything Bagel sold, I’d be rolling in the dough. 
It certainly would have made college tuition easier to pay for.

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