Beer for Life


In the picture, Chief Petty Officer Kenneth Slamon sampled his first installment of a lifetime’s supply of beer, which a brewery President awarded him in 1950.

Chief Slamon was watching a television quiz show on which Chief Slamon was a co-winner of a $6,350 prize.

The Chief said he would spend his share on “an annuity for life — in beer.”

This impressed the beer exec so much that he arranged for Chief Slamon to get free beer for life.

The beer company was the Jacob Ruppert Brewery and was famous not only for its Knickerbocker and Ruppert beer but also for its longtime owner Jacob Ruppert, who owned the New York Yankees.

Fred Linder, president of the Jacob Ruppert Brewery, was watching the program Chief Slamon appeared on and said,…..

“If Chief Slamon wants cold beer so much, then we don’t want his money. He’ll get free beer for the rest of his life.”

The brewery then began sending him a free case of beer every month no matter where he was stationed in the Navy.

Unfortunately for Chief Slamon, the Ruppert Brewery closed its doors in 1965, shortchanging his lifetime supply of free beer.

Chief Slamon was a Pearl Harbor survivor and veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, lived another 32 years without his free beer, and passed away on 4 August 1997.


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