Getting a 'Real' Job - Advice from Chuck E. Cheese Founder, Dr. Gene Landrum


Dr. Gene Landrum, Ph.D. – Creator, Chuck E. Cheese Restaurant Concept

I opened the first prototype of a Chuck E. Cheese. I bring my mother out at the time, and I sit there with her. And I had the costume character go out (Chuck, the big rat), and stand up, and have her picture taken. And bring her a beer and I looked at my mother and I said, “Mom, what do you think of my creation of Chuck E. Cheese?” My mom pondered for a minute, turned to me, and said, “Honey, when are you going to get a real job?” “Mom, I’m changing the world of family entertainment!” She didn’t get me. Right? So you gotta be very careful. They want to do what’s best for you, but they don’t get it. Okay?