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DURHAM — The proprietor of a beloved food truck that once called the University of New Hampshire campus home is battling health ... But between the economy and real estate and my health, everything got taken away. "This thing they started, it's ...
By John Doylenews@seacoastonline.com
DURHAM — The proprietor of a beloved food truck that once called the University of New Hampshire campus home is battling health problems.
A GoFundMe.com page was established for Karl Krecklow, owner and operator of Karl's Kitchen, which fed UNH students late at night for more than 20 years between the 1970s and 2000sAccording to the GoFundMe.com page, Krecklow currently suffers from Stage 4 heart failure and lives by himselfThe page has been set up to help pay for a full-time caregiver.
"I'm feeling like a rung-out dish rag," Krecklow said when reached on Friday in his room at Massachusetts General Hospital"I went through a little bit of an ordealIt wasn't a toothache."
According to a post on the GoFundMe page, Karl's menu was simple – hamburgers, hot dogs, submarine sandwiches, french fries, onion rings and a signature dish, a cheeseburger sub known as a “big guy.”
"(It) had about 3,000 calories," the post read"It contained three (quarter pound) hamburgers, enough (Velveeta) cheese to choke a horse and a sub roll that could have been used as a flotation device if a flash flood came through Durham."
Many of Karl's menu items had off-color namesFrench fries covered in melted cheese were affectionately known as "Snotties," which is probably among the mildest of the euphemisms given to the food.
When Karl's was open, lines were long, "a minimum 20 students deep for the entire night."
"(I)n snow, sleet, rain, sun, -20 degrees and -40 degrees with windchill into the 50s and 60-below zero mark, it never mattered," the post read"They came and they came and they came againThe prices were extremely reasonable bordering on cheap and the food was tremendously good focusing on fat, salt and more fat."
As of late Friday afternoon, the GoFundMe campaign had raised nearly $4,000The page also featured messages of supportBrian Partridge wrote on Friday, "Get well soon Karl! You made my UNH experience so much better – to this day I still crave Snotties and a Big Guy."
Frank Menez said Wednesday, "Karl kept us from starving, the dining hall food really (stunk) sometimesLoved Karl's sense of humor and his skill at serving food really fast, had no matchI hope he recovers and lives the rest of his life a happy manGOOD LUCK KARL :)"
Krecklow said he appreciates the support, both emotional and financial.
"It's incredible," he said"I thought, when the trouble started, I had a nest egg and would be able to do things – not a big lifestyle, I didn't want thatBut between the economy and real estate and my health, everything got taken away.
"This thing they started, it's incredible, really incredible," he said.
Krecklow said on Friday he hopes to be released from the hospital soon and begin rehab, then return to his home in Dover.
To donate, visit the GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/549hj1s.
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