Married for 53 years, Jack and Sonja Palmer have stolen America’s hearts. The highly circulated blooper reel from the production of a Dysart’s Restaurant commercial shows Jack trying to get his line right. Turns out, his performance is a bit “flaky.” Here is a little more backstory about Jack, Sonja, and their undying love of Dysart’s.
Jack is originally from Hermon, Maine and Sonja grew up in Houlton. They now currently reside in Hermon, “only ‘bout 4 1/2 miles from Dysart’s.”
Jack’s explanation for why he couldn’t get the line right:
“Well, I was concentrating so hard! I’m a little hard of hearing. I mean, I’m 74 years old! It’s like I told Ric (Commercial Director), I really only know how to say two words and that’s ‘yes dear’.”
Why they love Dysart’s:
“Well, we’ve been going there everyday for 40 years and we just love it. The atmosphere is great and the people are the nicest you’ll ever meet.”
Favorite Dysart’s dishes:
Jack: “Oh, golly. I really like that seafood platter, but I can only have that now and then. I really like hamburgers...I get them all the time. It’s all so good!” When asked what Sonja likes: “Oh anything! She’s like a menu guinea pig. She just really likes food.”
What they think about all the fuss:
“Oh I just think it’s great! It’s nice that people are getting a laugh out of it. A lot of those bloopers out there are staged, you know. I kept thinking they were gonna fire me!”
The Palmers will be heading to Dysart’s first thing in the morning for coffee just as they do every morning at 7:30 am.
Jack and Sonja bought their first dog, Biscuit, from hitchhikers in the parking lot of Dysart’s for $5!