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Jody Meloccaro was planning to mow the lawn Monday night.
But his 16-year-old son, Noah, had other ideas. Noah had seen on Facebook that Warren Buffett was going to make an appearance at a local Dairy Queen that night.
“It's kinda cool that he's doing this,” said Noah, who was at the Dairy Queen at 72nd and Q Streets on Monday night with his dad, his brother, Luke, 14 and his sister, Emma, 11. “It'd be nice to get a picture with him.”
About 30 people showed up at Dairy Queen in Ralston Monday night, where Buffett made an appearance with Dairy Queen CEO John Gainor to introduce and try the chain's newest Blizzard flavor – S'mores, which will be available at Dairy Queen locations nationwide June 1 through August. Dairy Queen is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway.
Some, like the Meloccaros, were there to see the Oracle of Omaha. Others were there to eat dinner or enjoy a treat, like Paula and Lou Talamo, visiting Omaha from Austin, Texas.
Paula, originally from Ralston, said she and Lou were out for a walk when they stopped into Dairy Queen for a sundae.
Instead, she got a Blizzard. The very first S'mores Blizzard of the summer, served by Buffett.
“Because you're so brave, this one's on me,” Buffett told her after he handed the frozen treat over.
Buffett and Gainor also had dinner – a smoothie and a hot dog with ketchup for Buffett. “We're very partial to ketchup these days,” he joked, referring to his role in a partnership to take Heinz private.
Like the Talamos, friends Amy Prchal and Rosalee Mohr came to Dairy Queen at about 3:15 p.m. to have a 5 Buck Lunch, offered at Dairy Queen from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. They had heard Buffett was coming to a Dairy Queen on the news that morning, but didn't realize it was that night.
Prchal said she had seen him several times before at Piccolo Pete's, one of Buffett's favorites, which she lives near.
“I see him more than I see the mayor,” Mohr said. “He's just a normal, typical businessman.”
Some customers asked for autographs and photos. Buffett obliged for Omahan Myron Minnifield, a longtime friend of Buffett's son, Howard. Minnifield got his copy of “The Oracle & Omaha,” signed, on the page that he appeared in it with Howard.
“His son was my big brother, informal big brother,” Minnifield said. Minnifield had also heard Buffett was making an appearance at Dairy Queen on the news Monday morning.
And Noah Meloccaro got what he came for: a picture with Buffett, along with his autograph on a printed photo he brought for that very reason.
“Just met @WarrenBuffett at @DairyQueen in Omaha!!!” Meloccaro tweeted after the event, with a photo of him and Buffett attached.