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Happy Joe Whitty - Founder
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Lawrence Joseph Whitty was born in Minot, North Dakota on September 10, 1937. Before opening the first Happy Joe's in the Village of East Davenport on November 16, 1972, Joe ran a drive-in restaurant, worked for the CO Bakery chain, was the Dietary Director for Mercy Hospital in Davenport, Iowa and the Supervisor and Operator for Shakey's Pizza.

Although Joe is now currently semi-retired, he continues to be involved in the decision-making at Happy Joe's Pizza and Ice Cream. He is also very involved in many local charities including; Junior Achievement, The Handicapped Development Center and Partners in Education.

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