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Author Jim Lehrer thanks Old Town Martini owner

unionWICHITA – Old Town Martini owner Ali Yassine has a specially inscribed copy of former Wichitan Jim Lehrer’s new novel, “Oh, Johnny.”

Lehrer writes: “With great memories of great food and drink — and inspiration.”

Yassine says Lehrer is a frequent diner when he’s in Wichita and told him he got the inspiration for his book while sitting in the restaurant.

He says Lehrer often talks of how his father would bring him to Union Station when he was a boy.

"He likes to drink martinis at the window facing . . . the train station building," Yassine says. "He'll sit for a couple of hours looking out the window."

In the book’s acknowledgments, Lehrer thanks “the good people at Old Town Martini, a Wichita restaurant, for a table at which to labor — and observe.”