Blind Waiter Serves Up Diner Classics and Life Lessons

The flickering neon sign reflects eerily off the aging, chrome exterior; a long smooth marble counter with spinning stools draws your gaze left and right as you enter; the checkered linoleum floor seeps under the rows of back-to-back leather booths enveloped by the rain streaked wrap-around windows. You may think you've entered a typical American roadside eatery, but your experience here will be anything but ordinary.

You have just stepped into the Bendix Diner, a staple in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey since the 1940's. It's no surprise that The Bendix can serve up a sizzling Burger with deep fried onion rings and a frothy chocolate shake. What is unique about this meal is the waiter who delivers it to your table – his name is John Diakakis, and he is blind.

John was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa. RP is a rare genetic disorder that involves the breakdown and loss of cells in the retina. John could still see shadows in his early teens while working in his parents' restaurant in New York City, but his condition was deteriorating steadily. Despite the hardship, John was an excellent student and Senior Class President at North Rockland High School. John continued his studies at Ithaca College where he studied Psycology and Business and had a great experience." It was a lot of fun," he recalled. "Being around so many diverse people and different personalities made the best [of me] come out."

After college, John felt the urge to return to the family business and worked alongside his brother, mother and dad, but as he aged, things became darker, the shadows vanished, and by the time he turned 30 he was completely blind. This was also a turbulent time of highs and lows during which John met the woman he would marry while at the same time his father passed away, increasing his responsibilities at The Bendix.

Dedicating himself to his family and his work, John took over a lead role at the diner while he and his wife raised three boys. The oldest, Tony, who was recently accepted to Harvard University, has worked with his parents over the years and has watched his Dad cope with his condition with positivity and hard work.. "Noticing my Dad's lack of fear when faced with his daily challenges provided a blue print for me that I applied to my own life," he reflected. "He's never been afraid to try new things and has been a great leader."

The Bendix may seem like a time capsule from years gone by, but it continues to thrive. Meet the hard working family that keeps its spirit alive and the blind waiter that helps you see what it means to live a meaningful life.

Follow them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bendix-Diner/151668004866220

To see more OnlyGood TV FAMILY videos, visit us at: http://bit.ly/OnlyGoodTVYTFAMILY

Welcome to OnlyGood.tv! (Formerly HooplaHa - Only Good News) - It's a Positivity Movement.

We at OnlyGood TV believe that positivity will change lives for the better. We strive to be the hopeful voice that recognizes people are good & out there doing good things for their communities and society at large. We tell the stories of the individuals and organizations that inspire and motivate us, and fuel the Positivity Movement.

Watch an exclusive collection of stories featuring PETS, FAMILY, WELLNESS, and COMMUNITY, including unique series and Live Specials that shine a spotlight on everyday people, making the world a better place. #OGTV

Visit us at: https://www.onlygood.tv/

Like us on OGTV's Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/onlygood.tv

Like us on Hooplaha's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/hooplaha/

Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/onlygood.tv/

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/onlygoodtv

10 People Who Are Extra Special

It's time to shine a spotlight on these people who are amazing despite their unique circumstances. They're an inspiration to us all.

Let's get started!


Keep reading... Show less

Doctor Designer Donates Shoes

Celebrity shoe designer Taryn Rose is helping women feel their best as they re-enter the workforce. Taryn has a 40 million dollar shoe business, but her beginnings were more humble.

Her family fled from North Vietnam to the South during the Vietnam War and then had to flee again when the South fell. Fortunate to escape the fighting, her family was able to travel to the U.S., Arkansas to be exact, where they were placed in a refugee camp. Taryn's dad, a doctor, knew no one in Arkansas but immediately knew he had to find a sponsor to get his family out of the camp and into a real home. He started cold calling local physicians from a camp pay phone, and had a stroke of luck when a local family took them in. Her Dad's actions taught Taryn a critical lesson about resourcefulness at an early age. He knew what he had to do and wasn't going to give up.

Keep reading... Show less
Series - A Dog's Journey Home

A Dog’s Journey Home (E8) – From Hurt To Hope To Happiness

There is nothing like a Tracy'sDogs "Gotcha Day". A truck filled with rescued and rehabilitated dogs travels from San Antonio, Texas to cities across the country for the emotional first meeting with their new families. In this episode of A Dog's Journey Home, we are with Scott and Tracy in Darien, Illinois, where 45 dogs are about to have the greatest moment in their lives.

Keep reading... Show less

The Creation Of Us (S2:E1) – Meet Christen and Heather

Christen Samuels and Heather Fazzino both grew up in strong, opinionated, Italian families. Old school. Traditional. This made things a bit more strenuous for these women on their road to becoming a couple. In this first episode of the new season of The Creation Of Us, Christen and Heather share the stories of how they grew up, the people around them who were major influences, and the key moments each experienced that made them realize they were different.

Keep reading... Show less

Young Hero is More Than Just A Cancer Survivor

Julia Katharine Alexander is a one-of-a-kind little girl, who is rarely seen without a super bright smile on her face. She's just so full of joy, love, and compassion for others. Everyone who knows her can recall something profound, inspirational, or just plain funny that Julia's shared with them. At home, they are known as "Julia-isms." Regardless of your encounter with this sweet girl, you leave feeling a little warmer and happier inside.

Keep reading... Show less
canvas.com

The Origin of Mother's Day Will Surprise You

Mother's Day 2019: The History of the Day

By Mico Coluccio

Every year in the second week of May, we designate a specific day to honor our mothers, known as Mother's Day. With Mother's Day, we come to appreciate every little thing our mother's have done for us, whether that being those delicious meals she prepares for the family, or by doing your load of laundry when you didn't notice it. Either way, our moms have done a lot for us and this day helps us reflect on what they've done to get us where we currently are in our lives.

Keep reading... Show less

Immigrant Student’s College Dream Is Now Shipshape!

This is a story about a determined and humble young woman who came to a country she barely knew to live with complete strangers, all in order to receive the best education possible. In the process she would work hard and defy incredible odds to put herself in the running to become a member of one of the most prestigious institutions in the United States.

Keep reading... Show less

These Pets Have '9 to 5' Jobs That Are Cooler Than Yours!

In honor of National Pet Week, we wanted to share stories about a special group of hard working furry friends. We at OnlyGood TV, celebrate pets and their adventures with their families today!


1. Jake the Firefighter

OnlyGood TV Production

Years after being rescued from a fire, this Pitbull Mix was deemed an official firefighter by the Hanahan, South Carolina Mayor.

Learn more about Jake at: https://www.facebook.com/JaketheFirePibble/


2. Lulu The Funeral Dog

Ballard Durand Funeral Home

They say dogs can sense when humans are upset and try to comfort them. That's exactly what this Goldendoodle does at her owner's funeral home.

Learn more at: https://ballarddurand.com/lulu/


3. Norbert the Author

OnlyGoodTV Production


This 3lb dog is famous for his high fives, little pink tongue, inspiring children, and his own book series. He's also quite the matchmaker!

Learn more about Norbert at: https://www.norberthood.com/


4. Arbor The Painter

FB: Go Vegas Dog

This former shelter dog knows her way around a palette and easel! She paints from the heart to raise money and awareness for both animal and human issues.

Follow Arbor on Facebook here at: Facebook.com/GoVegasDog


5. Senior Kitten Companions

FB: Catalina Springs Memory Care kittens

This partnership between Pima Animal Care Center and Catalina Spring Memory Care Center gives senior citizens the chance to nurture prenatal kittens and relive childhood memories.

Learn more at: https://catalinaspringsmemorycare.com/


6. Gizmo the Pawesome Reader!

FB: Gizmo The Therapy Dog

This therapy dog is a great listener! He helps kids overcome their fear of reading aloud through a program at a Connecticut Library.

Learn more at: https://www.gizmo4mentalhealth.org/


7. Karl the Lawyer

OnlyGood TV Production

Testifying in court can be stressful for kids but with this deaf dog who knows sign language at their side, it makes the day easier.

Learn more at: https://www.ninthcircuit.org/about/programs/k9th-circuit-program


8. Miniature Hospital Horses

FB: Gentle Carousel

These tiny, gentle equines visit hospitals, hospice programs, and police and fire stations to soothe the pain from traumatic events. They may not talk but they are great at schools and libraries, inspiring kids to read.

Learn more at: https://gentlecarouseltherapyhorses.com/


9. Spartacus the Best Friend

OnlyGood TV Production

This 125lb Akita is helping heal this little girl, who attended Sandy Hook Elementary School. They are BFFs who love to be together without having to say a word.

Learn more at: https://petpartners.org/


10. Café Companion Cats

Orlando Cat Cafe

The Cat Café not only refreshes the body, but brightens the soul. Visit the Cat Play Area where 10-15 cute kitties will cuddle, play, and make your day. Adopters are very welcome!

Learn more at: https://www.orlandocatcafe.com/


For more feel good stories, subscribe to Only Good TV

Watch an exclusive collection of stories featuring PETS, FAMILY, WELLNESS, and COMMUNITY, including unique series and Live Specials that shine a spotlight on everyday people, making the world a better place. #OGTV

Visit us at: https://www.onlygood.tv/

Like us on OGTV's Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/onlygood.tv

Like us on Hooplaha's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/hooplaha/

Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/onlygood.tv/

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/onlygoodtv
Watch and Subscribe
It's a Positivity Movement
OnlyGood TV on YouTube

mailbox

Get your Only Good TV Newsletter