The woman who made the Dick’s Drive-In video that was publicized on our site Monday has been identified: She’s Julene Gradwohl of Edmonds, a long-time Dick’s fan (and the sister-in-law of Edmonds-Woodway High School football coach John Gradwohl). Here’s the video — a flashback to her senior prom at the former Woodway High School — which earned her third place in the Dick’s competition:
With two parents who graduated from Seattle’s Ballard High School, Gradwohl said she grew up with frequent stops to the Dick’s Drive-In on Holman Road during visits to Ballard. Now, trips to various Dick’s locations have become a tradition for her own family. “It’s the first place where my kids went when they got their driver’s licenses,” she said. “There’s never a time when we don’t stop at the Dick’s on 45th Street on our way to and from the airport.”
And, Gradwohl noted, whenever she visits her sister, who moved to Virginia 17 years ago, she is required to bring a Tupperware container filled with Dick’s Deluxe burgers.
“I grew up in Edmonds, and my husband and I chose to raise our family here,” she said. “A Dick’s would be so perfect — it’s the only thing we’re missing.”