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Joe is So Famous (Just like Santa Claus), the Post Office Knows Where to Send His Mail.

Joe is so proud of this.

Last year, an envelope came in the mail that lacked postage and had been run through the postal system in Columbus. The letter was from Harold Ott and was addressed simply to “Plain City Drug, Joe Craft.” (You can see the actual envelope beside this column).

Plain City Drug. Joe Craft. That’s it. Nothing else. No address. No zip code. 

And yet, the letter still found it’s way to the drugstore and into Joe’s hands. Joe thought that was cool. He and the drugstore were so famous, the post office knew where to send mail even with limited information.

Sort of like sending a letter to Santa Claus at The North Pole.

The Delivery Van Makes Everyone Smile!

We’ve been telling you for a while about Joe’s idea to put himself on the side of the delivery van as “the running man” delivering prescriptions. Jay Gehres kindly took round after round of photos of Joe. In some of them, Joe was actually running and we got pictures of Joe “levitating” off the ground (you can read about that HERE in an older post). In other photos, Joe just pretended to run. In all of them, he was carrying one of our bags with medicine inside ready to be delivered.

As the van goes down the roads around Plain City, it will look as if Joe is running along. We’ve already heard quite a few reactions about the bigger than life size Joe on the side of the van. People think it’s funny and it makes everyone smile. That is one of our goals at Plain City Druggist–to make it a fun experience each time you come in and visit us. The van just adds to the experience outside our four walls.

To see more photos of the van, visit us on FACEBOOK. And while you are there, become our “fan” and “like” us. We are trying to reach 111 fans by Monday, November 1, which is our 11 year anniversary. We want to thank you, our loyal patients and customers, for allowing us to continue in this community for 11 super years!

Our Favorite Halloween Themed Photos.

Just in time for Halloween, I picked out my favorite Halloween themed pictures from this past month.

The first picture is of Joe at the “Founding Fathers Pharmacy” booth at the NCPA (National Community Pharmacists Association) conference in Philadelphia, PA. Usually, Joe is the one who is dressed up, but he was in normal clothing this day. The kind pharmacists offered to use leeches on Joe for a bit of “blood letting,” but he refused their services. And what is it he always counsels his patients about–medicine compliance?

The second photo is of Joe and our fourth year pharmacy student, Matt Byrdy, following a meeting of The OSU College of Pharmacy Alumni Governing Board. Joe is on the Board along with Jerry Marlowe, the famous OSU football game gate crasher, who we told you about in another post. Jerry likes to show up to pharmacy meetings dressed in outrageous hats. Joe and Matt borrowed the jack o’ lantern and helmet caps from Jerry.

And the final photo Joe titled, “Get your own True Blood.”

No, I am not a vampire. I was trying to hide behind Joe so I would not get my picture taken as we came down the escalator at the convention center in Philadelphia. But Joe is so quick on the draw with his handy, dandy iPhone that he snapped the picture anyway and it looks like I am trying to bite his neck. I was not, but it makes for a funny (almost) blood sucking photo (where are those leeches from the “Founding Fathers Pharmacy” when you need them?).

Our Front Window Features our Mad Scientists!

We always try to decorate our front windows to correspond with the seasons or with events in Plain City. With Halloween right around the corner, we decorated one window to feature our “mad scientists,” Joe and, our pharmacy student, Matt.

The other window is decorated with our still, nameless knight. We are currently asking customers to “Name Our Knight,” so if you can think of a striking, manly name for our suit of armor, stop in the pharmacy before the end of October and turn in the name you think we’ll choose. You could win a $50 gift certificate to Plain City Ironing (appropriate for our Ironman), Main Street Treasures (knights are always looking for elusive goblets–where else to find something as enchanting as the Holy Grail?), or C & A Harley Davidson (a knight needs a steed, even if it has wheels instead of hooves).

Check out our windows the next time you are in. Who says you can’t window shop in Plain City?

Matt Meets the Famous Jerry Marlowe, OSU Football Game Gate Crasher.

Many of you may not realize this, but some of the pharmacists we know have personalities bigger than those of many movie stars.

One of those “giant personality” pharmacists is Jerry Marlowe.

Jerry, in his “every day life,” is a pharmacist who owns Marlowe’s Compounding Center in Dover, Ohio. Jerry also has an alter ego, however, a flamboyant showman who does much more than compound suspensions and capsules–Jerry is a gate crasher.

That’s right, Jerry gate-crashes Ohio State/Michigan football games and he does it by dressing in outrageous costumes. He has snuck into the stadium dressed as a nun, a pizza delivery guy, a Boy Scout, and many other crazy characters. Not only that, but he has been doing this since the 70’s, only getting caught once in 2006 when he was disguised as an usher.

To see photos of Jerry in his gate crashing costumes and read more about his antics, go HERE.

Jerry also regularly shows up at pharmacy meetings wearing the most ostentatious hats. He even shook hands with Governor Strickland at an Ohio Pharmacist’s meeting wearing a stuffed parrot on his head. The Governor had a hard time starting his speech with Jerry in the front of the room. He couldn’t stop looking at Jerry and the parrot.

While Jerry often does over-the-top pranks, he is completely serious about his dedication to Ohio State and The College of Pharmacy, donating both his time and money to support the schools.

This past Thursday, Matt Byrdy, our pharmacy student, got to meet the famous Jerry Marlowe when he attended the OSU College of Pharmacy Alumni Governing Board meeting with Joe (who is on the Board). Not only that, but he joined in Jerry’s antics, donning an OSU helmet and buckeye beads (or, at least I hope Jerry dressed Matt like that for the photo and Matt didn’t attend the meeting in that attire). However, Jerry was wearing a jack o’ lantern cap that I am sure he probably wore throughout the day, not just for Joe’s picture.

Pharmacy is a serious business. When you’ve got people’s lives and their health as top concerns, it may seem there is not much to smile about. Jerry Marlowe, and many of the other pharmacists we know, proves that a dose of humor helps in ways that extend beyond the boundaries of traditional medicine.