By Kyle Siegel
Sedalia native Terry Goodman has spent the majority of his life in the steakburger business and it is something that he doesn’t plan changing anytime soon.
Goodman was born in Sedalia in 1962 and he attended Smith-Cotton High School. In 1980 Goodman graduated from Smith-Cotton.
During his youth Goodman began working at Eddie’s Drive in as a car hop at the age of 14.
“I started there in 1977. The week we had that tornado.
“I worked there for 16 years and then I got a chance to open my own. We have been here almost 20 years,” Goodman said.
When Goody’s opened for business it was a smaller venture, but that soon changed.
“We had six or seven tables and we added on the rest and remodeled it,” Goodman explained.
One of the things that Terry is most proud of is the conscience choice he made to keep his steakburgers as healthy as possible by using 92 percent lean meat in all of his steakburgers.
Another thing he is excited about is the addition of tacos to Goody’s menu. The tacos will use the 92 percent lean beef.
“We are going to take our 92 percent lean Goody’s meat and make tacos with it. We will make the shells and deep fry them. I am going to make the first ones tomorrow (Tuesday). We will sell them for $1.99 or 3 for five dollars,” Goodman explained.
Over the years Goody’s has been a family affair.
He has had family working for him since opening. His sister Janice, nieces Jessica and Emily and other family members has worked for him over the years.
“My brother Randy still works here and helps out. He works Sundays and every other Saturday,” Goodman said.
Since opening Goody’s, Terry has had several employees from the past return to visit with him and relive the past.
“I just had one the other day come by and say hi. We have had some people go to the military that have come back and said hi (including this writer),” Goodman said.
Goodman was asked if he still enjoys his work after all of these years.
“I love it. You make a lot of good friends and customers. It has been a good experience,” he said.
Terry is married to wife Dana and they have been married since 1985. Dana works for Highland Dairy. They attended high school together and began dating a few years after.
Terry enjoys fishing in his time off, as well as car races.
“I like to fish with my good friend Kevin Cooper. We like to go crappie fishing down at the Lake of the Ozarks.
“I like to go to a Nascar race once or twice a year. We go to Vegas to watch a Nascar race. One year I went to six of them,” Goodman said with a smile.
Terry finished by saying, “We appreciate the 20 years and we look forward to a lot more.”