Part of Elizabeth Hanon's job as Warren Buffett's secretary in the 1960s was to walk across Farnam Street every day at 3 p.m. and buy her boss a Pepsi and a bag of peanuts.
On the day he bought Coca-Cola stock for Berkshire, Buffett told her, “No more Pepsi. Only bring a Coke. And the peanuts.”
In the late 1960s, Elizabeth's husband, Harry, inherited between $20,000 and $40,000, and Buffett offered to let him join the investment partnership he was running from his office at 36th and Farnam Streets.
“Warren Buffett even offered to lend my dad money to put into his new endeavor and pay him back later,” said Hanon's son, Kent, now a retired Bellevue East High School teacher.