Charlie Johnson’s Big Pencil

We were heading cross country in Florida on our way to meet up with some PA neighbors that spend 4 or 5 months down south to avoid our winter weather.  Driving along the US-441 in Mount Dora I spotted this billboard held up by a Big Pencil.  I made a quick U-turn and pulled into the parking lot of Charlie Johnson’s Building office.  As we were walking up we met Carl Ludecke, the VP and son-in-law of Charlie.  He was a wealth of information about the billboard: erected in 1987 for about $30,000, grandfathered in and now worth a whole lot more. Income from the sign is “Better that Social Security!”


Charlie Johnson’s Pencil

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