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This Is A Story About A Spy — Who Worked For Coca-Cola

Mel Stowers, left, is seen with his son Ben at The Atlanta History Center.
Mel Stowers, left, is seen with his son Ben at The Atlanta History Center.
Credit Courtesy of StoryCorps Atlanta

This is a story about a spy  — a very specific spy — who worked for Coca-Cola.

When Mel Stowers worked for Coke back in the 1970s his official title was a ‘trade examiner’.  His job was to make sure Coke’s trademark wasn’t infringed upon.  And as he tells his son Ben Stowers he did this by making sure that – while posing as a customer – when he asked a for a COKE, he got one.

Today’s story was produced by Stephen Key and recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center which hosts the StoryCorps booth. To learn more about recording a friend or loved one in the recording booth visit WABE.org/StoryCorps.