Early Sunday morning, Marvin Long passed away at the age of 88. To many people, that name may not ring a bell. At first, I didn’t realize who it was either, but the entire DePauw and Greencastle communities are deeply connected to this indvidual.
Marv’s: GCB (add tomato for me). Fries. Ranch cup. Thin crust pizza (if I’m feeling hungry).
Yes, it was that Marvin. The man who started it all back in 1972. The one place to eat that kept DePauw students content from an otherwise skimpy selection of food stops. The place that you were willing to wait an hour and a half for a delivery, sprint from a bar or fraternity party to make sure you got food before they closed for the night, or endure the often chaotic bustle of eating in the restaurant.
Yes, for most students (myself included) Marv’s probably accompanies a lot of the great memories I had while at DePauw. Late-night food runs, post swim meet meals, romantic dinners (hey, we had limited options!), and just waking up around noon lunches. Marv’s covered it all.
Anytime I am back visiting or near campus I almost feel like the trip is incomplete if I’m not able to get my hands on a GCB (with tomato) and Ranch fries. Even when I’m far away (i.e. Monon Bell Game viewing party), having Marv’s around makes it seem like the real deal. It takes you back.
Although Marvin wasn’t around much by the time I was a student (he retired from day to day operations and sold the place in 1991), the institution of Marv’s – the atmosphere and it’s permanence within the DePauw community – was well-established.
According to those who knew him, when he was around, Marvin loved interacting with DePauw students and other members of the community. The pictures on the wall from formals and the “Marvin’s Delivers” pictures from all over the globe (I’m in one of the larger ones!) are visual reminders of the strong relationship that he cemented during his tenure.
Thanks for the GCBs, and more importantly, the lasting memories.