Original Owner Vintage Lunchbox Tracked Down
(CBS) — The mystery has been solved of the original owner of a more-than-50-year old lunchbox.
Nine-year old Connor Sykes of New York state had recently found the name and west suburban Geneva address of the original owner of one of the vintage lunchboxes his mother owns. It’s a Quick Draw McGraw/Huckleberry Hound lunchbox.
“I thought it would be really cool to find the person who owned it,” Connor said.
After a day of the story being in the media about Connor’s attempt to find a David Fisher who used to live at 431 Elm Avenue in west suburban Geneva, Fisher was located.
He now lives in Freeport, more than 110 miles northwest of Chicago, and says he definitely remembers the lunchbox as his first. He only used it during the 1962-63 school year, while he was in kindergarten. After that, he says he “moved on to the next lunchbox for the next year.”
Fisher says he had no idea what had happened to the lunchbox after that. He guesses his mother gave it away, probably to bounce around at garage sales.
It eventually wound up being bought by collector Laurie Sykes of Levittown, New York, Connor’s mother.
Fisher says the constant daily staple in that lunchbox was good old PB&J.
“Every kid liked peanut butter and jelly back then,” he says.
How times have changed.
“These days, Connor’s not even allowed to bring peanut butter and jelly because who’s allergic? Who can’t have this? Who can’t have that?” Laurie Sykes says.
Fisher says he intends to write to Connor to tell the young boy a little about himself. He manages a 36-hole golf facility, has been married for 35 years, and has two adult children.
He says he thinks it’s “kind of neat” Connor wanted to track him down to find out a little bit more about the story behind the lunchbox.