A History Lesson With Booze ®

Birth of The Parking Meter

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Parking Meters Introduced
Yvonne Brecher examining a newly-installed parking meter fitted with an aparently incongruous 'No Parking' sign, in Upper Brook Street, London, 10th July 1958. (Photo by George W. Hales/Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

This Week in 1935, Carl C. Magee joined Benedict Arnold and John Wilkes Booth in the annals of American villainy. The ex-newspaperman invented the “park-o-meter” and proceeded to rake in the hard-earned nickels of Oklahoma City’s befuddled residents. His first victim? A priest! Go cold with rage as you hear the history of Carl’s nefarious machine… then slug down this potent shot to warm yourself right back up:

The Meter Walk

Photo credit: Elana Lepkowski, stirandstrain.com
Photo credit: Elana Lepkowski, stirandstrain.com

Park it and drop some coins for this cocktail created by Moe Hannouni, bartender at the possibly haunted Skirvin Hotel Bar in Oklahoma City, OK.


In a shot glass pour:

  • 1/2 oz. Irish Cream
  • 1/2 oz. Goldschlager liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. Rumple Mintz

Drink it down quick. Race out in the cold to feed the meter. Suddenly remember it’s the middle of summer. Be tipsy anyway.