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Burkart keeps it simple ... deliciously simple

Wayne Burkart started his career in the food business at 23. Now at age 67, he owns Burky’s Grill - a Myrtle Beach diner with a nostalgic 1950s décor showcasing burgers, french fries, hot dogs, bologna sandwiches, three-way chili, other quick comfort foods and soft-serve ice cream. He learned the key ropes in the business from the late Dave Thomas, founder and CEO of Wendy’s.

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Helen Steenbeeck - a centenarian full of life

Longevity is not a gift unwrapped by everyone. People die every day. Someone is dying now. Death is bigger than us – right now in this life. Nevertheless, life can be lovely and rich with memories beautiful, sacred, and secret. We embrace the good and brace for the bad as best we can, living until we die. Some of us do this with boldness. Others do so with fear. Then, there are those who intermingle the two. And then there are some of us who exist like Helen Steenbeeck.

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Art and music fuel Legends in Concert bassist

With the ease at which a baby babbles, Chad Thompson is working out the strings of his bass guitar. Funk is flowing freely like water down a stream. This spontaneous groove he’s created has overtaken him. He is playing his instrument with the cool of a blues musician chilling in the mellow confines of a backwoods junk joint.

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