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Bob Petrillose
Posted by: Beeeej (Moderator)
Date: December 09, 2008 03:37PM

It's been reported by his granddaughter that Bob Petrillose, founder of "Johnny's Hot Truck" and a much beloved figure at Cornell for four decades, passed away last night. :`-(

 
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/09/2008 03:37PM by Beeeej.
 
Re: Bob Petrillose
Posted by: ugarte (---.z75-46-65.customer.algx.net)
Date: December 09, 2008 04:11PM

May he forever be running through the Garden of Eden.

You did good work, Bob.

 
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Re: Bob Petrillose
Posted by: RichH (155.104.37.---)
Date: December 09, 2008 04:40PM

This makes me very sad.

Every so often you come across someone who becomes beloved by an entire community for doing something that seems unimportant in the grand scheme of things. Bob was one of those people. He was beloved, and he returned the feeling with lots of little, kind gestures. Just about everyone has a Bob story. It turns out that what he did was indeed important to many people.

One of my lasting images of Cornell is driving by Stewart on a cold rainy night, and giving a beep hello as I passed by. No matter how busy his hands were at the time, he always gave a wave to this semi-stranger out from the friendly and warming glow of the Hot Truck.

Thanks, Bob.
 
Re: Bob Petrillose
Posted by: KeithK (---.external.lmco.com)
Date: December 09, 2008 06:07PM

Well said Rich. It's a sad day. We miss you Bob.
 
Re: Bob Petrillose
Posted by: Roy 82 (128.18.14.---)
Date: December 10, 2008 02:43AM

PMP, uh, I mean RIP.

The highlight on my 25th reunion was waiting in a long line at the Hot Truck at 1AM and eating the sandwich in the lounge of a dorm. Of course it would have been even more fun with freezing weather (especially if you were one of those elite who got to wait inside the truck).
 
Re: Bob Petrillose
Posted by: Jeff Hopkins '82 (---.airproducts.com)
Date: December 10, 2008 08:20AM

ugarte
May he forever be running through the grease and Garden of Eden.

FYP

RIP, Bob.
 
Re: Bob Petrillose
Posted by: Jeff Hopkins '82 (---.airproducts.com)
Date: December 10, 2008 11:21AM

I just received the following email:


Good Morning,

Many of you may have already heard that Robert Petrillose – a.k.a. Hot Truck Bob – has passed away. For those who knew him, who loved a PMP at 3 a.m., or who simply appreciate his outsize role over 40 years as a Cornell cultural icon, it’s a sad day. His obituary is accessible here:

[www.legacy.com]

I’m writing because we are planning to include a feature obituary on Hot Truck Bob in the next issue of Ezra magazine, and we’d love to include the voices of alumni who knew him well. ….We are certain that many, many alumni will connect to and be interested in his unique Cornell story. Also, if anyone has pictures, either recent or historical, we’d be interested in those as well.

For those interested, memories and etc. are also being posted on the Facebook page dedicated to Hot Truck. Evidently, his granddaughter broke the news there yesterday.

My appreciation for your help.

Best,

Bryce Hoffman
Cornell Chronicle
Bryce T. Hoffman [bth25@cornell.edu]
 
Re: Bob Petrillose
Posted by: jeh25 (128.148.166.---)
Date: December 11, 2008 03:43PM

In memory of Bob, here is the 2004 article from Gourmet on the Hot Truck.

[blog.john-hayes.com]

As further evidence of his legacy, in the last 2 days, I have discussed Hot Truck with Cornellians from the classes of '72, '75, '82, and '93, and grad '06 (including several full profs and a dean). Unsurprisingly, all these people have fond memories of Bob and the truck. I was particularly amused to learn that a WGC cost 45 cents in 1975. :)

 
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Re: Bob Petrillose
Posted by: ugarte (---.z75-46-65.customer.algx.net)
Date: December 12, 2008 10:34AM

jeh25
In memory of Bob, here is the 2004 article from Gourmet on the Hot Truck.

[blog.john-hayes.com]

As further evidence of his legacy, in the last 2 days, I have discussed Hot Truck with Cornellians from the classes of '72, '75, '82, and '93, and grad '06 (including several full profs and a dean). Unsurprisingly, all these people have fond memories of Bob and the truck. I was particularly amused to learn that a WGC cost 45 cents in 1975. :)
I consider it totally appropriate that the second page of the Hot Truck article appears next to an article about luminaries like Alain Ducasse and Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Daniel Boulud.

 
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Re: Bob Petrillose
Posted by: KeithK (---.dsl.pltn13.pacbell.net)
Date: December 12, 2008 12:09PM

ugarte
jeh25
In memory of Bob, here is the 2004 article from Gourmet on the Hot Truck.

[blog.john-hayes.com]

As further evidence of his legacy, in the last 2 days, I have discussed Hot Truck with Cornellians from the classes of '72, '75, '82, and '93, and grad '06 (including several full profs and a dean). Unsurprisingly, all these people have fond memories of Bob and the truck. I was particularly amused to learn that a WGC cost 45 cents in 1975. :)
I consider it totally appropriate that the second page of the Hot Truck article appears next to an article about luminaries like Alain Ducasse and Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Daniel Boulud.
So luminous that I had check Wiki to see who the heck they are. Having done so this uncultured lout does get your point and wholeheartedly agree. Although I'm sure I'd put Bob's work well above those others.
 
Re: Bob Petrillose
Posted by: Killer (---.fidelity.com)
Date: December 12, 2008 06:07PM

I sent this off to a '75 classmate of mine who lived a couple doors away in UH5 (btw, Dorm 4 still sucks, even if it isn't there). Hardly a night went by that he didn't hit the Hot Truck. After finals in December, he put in a Triple-Sui order for about 8, which he froze and took home to get him through intersession. He replied that he's going to make his annual donation to Cornell in Bob's memory.
 
Re: Bob Petrillose
Posted by: Beeeej (Moderator)
Date: December 12, 2008 06:12PM

Killer
I sent this off to a '75 classmate of mine who lived a couple doors away in UH5 (btw, Dorm 4 still sucks, even if it isn't there). Hardly a night went by that he didn't hit the Hot Truck. After finals in December, he put in a Triple-Sui order for about 8, which he froze and took home to get him through intersession. He replied that he's going to make his annual donation to Cornell in Bob's memory.

"In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to a scholarship established in Bob's name at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration C/O The Robert C. Petrillose Scholarship Fund, Tompkins Trust Company, Attention Sue Lason, PO Box 460, Ithaca, NY 14851."

 
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Re: Bob Petrillose
Posted by: Killer (---.fidelity.com)
Date: December 12, 2008 06:21PM

Thanks. I'll be sure he gets that info.
 

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