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ROY C MEGARGEL  **  MEGARGLE TEXAS **  NEW BERN NC  **  PEPSI SAVANNAH

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Why?

My wife and I were talking today and in the course of that discussion I remembered why I created this site in the first place.  It started as a joke.  When I moved to Indiana from Michigan, one of he things I realized early on, is this...  You CAN NOT buy a cold 6 pack of Pepsi in this state.  It simply isn't done here.  That was just plain crazy talk, who ever heard of such a thing?  In fact not only can you not buy a cold 6 pack here, they also don't sell six pack's in convenience stores, gas stations, local Mom and Pop stores.  No sir they do not...  You want a 6 pack..  be it Pepsi or the soft drink brand of your choice, you have to go to a full supermarket to get it and then just to add insult to injury, they only sell em warm off the shelf. 

Gone were the days of stopping off on my way home to grab a cold sixer at the local corner store, still I had not fully appreciated the full extent of the insidious master plan devised by the soft drink industry.  It's my belief that they held a dark secret here in the Hoosier state, the soft drink companies had collaborated with and subsequently fallen under the control of their secret partners, for lack of a better term I'll call them "The Hoosier Housewives Association".   Now if I want a 6 pack, I'm forced to detour from my chosen path and force myself to go to Kroger's to get it.  Yes Kroger's...  you see where this is headed don't you? A quick stop off at the 7/11 has now become an excursion to Kroger's, your trapped my friend.  "Oh are you stopping for Pop? Good, while your in there would you pick up a loaf of bread?  Thanks... Oh, and could you grab some lunchmeat?"  You knows what she's going to say next and still your powerless to stop it...  "We're out of mustard grab that too! You might as well pick up some chips to go with your pop ok? Oh and don't forget that onion dip you like.  If your getting all that, just pick out some fruit for me  instead, maybe grapes or oranges, you decide, just make sure they're fresh."  Already as you pull into the parking lot you can see they're busy, it's gonna be crowded.  She stops, takes a deep breath and pauses for just a second.  "Honey, while your in there, I'm just running over to the Hallmark store and maybe the Dollar Store, Ok?"  "Oh c'mon what are you acting so grumpy about? We're just stopping for a minute to pick up your pop."

The rest of the site grew out of that and continued until the beginnings were lost and forgotten.  This is my great bellow now, these few pages where I delude myself into thinking it's OK now...  I'm over it.  Yep, that's how it started, now if you'll excuse me I have to go to the store. 

Who is "THE" PEPSIHOLIC?
 

Greetings, I wanted to start by clearing up a common  misconception.  Many visitors here get the impression that I work for Pepsi Co.  However, I  have never been employed by Pepsi, nor am I sponsored by Pepsi.  I am merely a fan and supporter of Pepsi.   In fact, even though I maintain this site, had the newspaper article written about me, done radio interviews from one coast to the other here in America, as well as Australia and England.  The truth is I don't even have a inside contact at PepsiCo or around PepsiCo or near PepsiCo..  I don't know NOBODY.  It's a little frustrating at times.

While I do visit Pepsi Plants and feature them here, I normally just end up talking to a security guard and once or twice a receptionist.  I've never been invited inside in for a tour.  I've never spoke to an executive from any of the places I visit.  To the best of my knowledge they may not even know I exist.    

Other things I am not, I'm not a historian, much of the information here I picked up by internet research and by reading

John Stoddard's  "Pepsi Cola 100 Years"

Beverage World, "Pepsi The first 100 Years"

Stephanie Capparell's  The Real Pepsi "Challenge"  (Still reading)

Leg's McNeil  "Pop Culture: Stories from Pepsi-Cola's first 100 Years"

A Pepsi Day      Twenty Four Hours in Pepsi-Cola's World

The Donald M Kendall Sculpture Gardens At PepsiCo.

Roger Enrico's   "The Other Guy Blinked"
Walter Mack's  "No Time Lost"
J.C. Lewis & Harvey Yazijian's "The Cola Wars"

Thomas Elmezzi "The Man Who Kept the Secret"

Fred Rawlinson's "Brads Drink A primer for Pepsi-Cola Collectors

 

(a couple years later)  Ok so maybe I am getting to be a historian... 

Also I am not a collector, I do have  a fair amount of cool memorabilia It's stuff I have  collected when I can find it for fun and it's reasonably priced.  Or gifts from other friends and family. 

My user names are always Pepsi related like PepsiC,  pronounced Pepsi-C or in some circles pep-sick.  Your option, either way is fine with me.    Then there are Sirpepsi,  Sirpepsic, Pepsiholic or just plain Pepsi. To most people though, I'm simply THE Pepsiholic.

Why do I get to be "THE" PEPSIHOLIC? 

I have been quoted saying, I am not "a" Pepsiholic",  I am "THE" Pepsiholic!  I feel fairly secure in that claim for a couple of reasons.  When I  began this site a few years ago,  I had pretty much determined I wanted it to be a Haven for Pepsiholic's, so I started to search for for them on the internet. When I typed in "Pepsiholic" to a search engine, NOTHING happened!!!  Nothing!  I eventually searched out a couple Pepsi Fan sites but there were none listed as "Pepsiholics" So I decided to change that and began building this site and  registered with a few search engines.  Then I bought the domain name www.pepsiholic.com as well as www.sirpepsi.com and set them both up to bring you here.  So Today you can search directly on Pepsiholic and  find quite a number of hits.  Granted, most of them still come back to me or are on other pages that refer to me.  But...it is spreading and we are growing.... There are more and more of us out there.....  I am honored to have contributed  my little piece of internet history.

Then as far as I know I may be the only fan to be tracked down by both writers and and radio stations for my dedication to Pepsi (or some would say obsession) I mentioned those earlier.  One led to the other, it started with an idea one writer had to find the most dedicated fan of either Coke or Pepsi he could find and try to figure out what makes people like us tick.  That resulted in  "Confessions of a Pepsiholic", which he had published in a Chicago paper called "The Chicago Reader".  

 Exactly what "IS" a Pepsiholic?

All my life I have been a serious Pepsi drinker.   That's what I drink.  Simple and easy.   I  want  a nice simple "Ice Cold Bottle of  Pepsi"...   20 or 24 Oz ... either one is fine, whichever is handy.  It really is, JUST...THAT...SIMPLE.  Trying to convey that simple message is where I seem to have some trouble.  So let me clarify for the record.

No Thank you,  

I DO NOT want a glass of water, a glass of milk or juice.

I DO NOT want a cup of coffee or  a cup of tea, save your lemonade, Kool-Aid, Gator Aid or any other kind of aid and or ade.

I DO NOT want a can...  I just don't like them

I DO NOT want a Big Slam with the giant neck on the bottle...or the monster 2 liter bottle that would never stay cold long enough to finish.

I DO NOT want a glass

I DO NOT want a fountain drink,  I would surely spill, the mix is never to my liking, not driver friendly and most of all.....  

I  DO NOT want ice!  I  DO NOT want ice! I  DO NOT want ice! I  DO NOT want ice!

 

SO WHAT DO I REALLY WANT?  Like I said before, just a "Bottle of Ice Cold Pepsi".    20 or 24 OZ bottle, whichever is handy. 

Recent Update: Aug 05
 

I've decided to end my run.

 

I always said if it interfered with my health in any way I'd give it up.  At my age arthritis and cholesterol can both be an issue and while drinking nothing but Pepsi full time, I just can't peel off the excess pounds I'd like.   So while my doctor has never suggested that I stop, or ever really been concerned about my weight.  I want to be very clear on that point.

 

After more than twenty years, I decided on my own that starting today on my 55th birthday to reintroduce water, juices and the rest  back into my normal diet.  "NOT" that I will ever completely give up my Pepsi....    you knew that already. 

 

(several years later again)  I kept my word and I do drink other stuff now..  not as much as I thought I would, but I do tend to keep it in the Pepsi family whether it's water, juice or tea.


 

 

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