The Beef Bowl – 55 years going strong of reminding everyone that Lawry’s is there – and that a good PR idea can go a long, long way. Also, if you’re going to choke in a restaurant, do it near a 6’7, 325 tackle who is a former Eagle Scout.
From the LA Times:
The real Rose Bowl excitement may have happened well before kickoff on Monday. At the annual Beef Bowl at Lawry’s in Beverly Hills –- a pregame tradition –- Oregon tackle Mark Asper put his size and strength to the test by performing the Heimlich maneuver on a man choking during dinner.
Asper told the Los Angeles Times that he noticed a commotion at a table near his where a man, the father of an Oregon student, gave the “universal ‘Help me, I’m choking’ signal.'”
A restaurant chef apparently attempted to perform the Heimlich maneuver but was unsuccessful. That’s when the 6-foot-7, 325-pound Asper stepped in.
“I stood up and patted [the chef] on the back and said, ‘If you don’t know what you’re doing, I do, because I’m an Eagle Scout,’ ” Asper said. “So I whipped in there.”