Chick-fil-A® founder Truett Cathy (center) heard the elephant leg story from Jo:
“While visiting a taxidermist in Stone Mountain, Georgia, I realized he owned the leg bones of ‘Alice,’ an elephant that I had seen in the Atlanta Zoo as a child.
“To me, the bones were quite interesting and I thought they would intrigue the children, but to John, they were just plain ugly.
“One December when we made a return visit, I asked John if he had a Christmas present for me. ‘No,’ he said. So, I told him I wanted the elephant leg. After some negotiations on the price, I got my Christmas present.
“Since the taxidermist had bleached the bones, I prepared a quart of extremely strong coffee and painted them for a more natural look.”