Energetic and gregarious, Eppie Johnson made his mark on Sacramento as a restaurant owner, philanthropist and founder of Eppies Great Race.
He died over the weekend in his sleep at 85 years old. Here, courtesy of a press release informing the media of his death, are some memories of his life:
-- Johnson was an avid skier and all-around athlete.
-- A restaurant advertising campaign by Professor Eppie allowed students with straight-A report cards to bring them to an Eppies for a free chocolate sundae.
-- The entry fee for Eppies first Great Race was $10.
-- The first race had 138 participants. The race now draws 2,000.
-- His television commercials featured him carrying a tray of food while on snow skis, water skis or running.
-- In 2003, three citizens of the Czech Republic implemented a similar event there. Johnson has been the official starter of the annual Czech event known as Epi Vodacky Triatlon.
Call The Bees Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.