Feedback: Serving Up Smiles For 50 Years At Crystal Restaurant

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Fifty years ago, CBS launched a new news program.

Kennedy was president.

The Mercury Project was winding down.

Maryann Bancroft applied for a job at Watertown's Crystal Restaurant.

"I had a red striped dress on and little heels. I was eager - hoping I would get the job," she said.

She did get it and 50 years later the job still belongs to her, even as the restaurant itself has been handed down from one generation to another.

"I remember coming down as a little kid, washing dishes, and she'd be here, waiting on customers like she is today," said Peter Dephtereos, owner.

Maryann is always in motion but she's lasted five decades thanks in part to sage advice from her first boss.

"'Little girl,' he says, 'you've got to use your head and save your feet,'" she said.

Her smile has always been there too, whether you were well-to-do or one of the down-and-out.

"She took care of the lonely people.  People that didn't have family, she was their family. She adopted them," said Kathleen Maurer, longtime customer.

"I thought she was pretty cute when I first seen her," said Leo Bennett, longtime customer.

Somebody said, find a job you love, and you'll never work a day in your life.

"It's not like a job. It's like my social hour that I get paid for," said Maryanne.

Will there be another 50 years?

"Maybe she can go another 50 years. If she wants to, we'll let her stay," said Dephtereos.

"Well, I'm gonna stay as long as they'll let me," said Maryanne.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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