Only in Indiana: Woman reflects on her birth at Mug-n-Bun

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The Mug-n-Bun restaurant is known for many things - coney dogs, onion rings, pork tenderloins and root beer, to name a few.

When the Huddleston's pull into Mug-n-Bun it is more than time to eat. It is a birthright.

"How many years ago was that, Kelly?" Rick Huddleston asked his younger sister.

"56 years. 1961. They were open in 1960. Brand new restaurant. It was just here a year," Kellie Huddleston pointed out as she sat behind the wheel of a car with her mother, brother and sister.

Betty Huddleston is enjoying this stop, but the one the family is here to commemorate is even more rewarding than a coney dog and onion rings.

"We got to 10th and Lynhurst and I said, 'I am in so much pain. Pull over somewhere,' and do you know, we pulled in at the Mug-n-Bun, our favorite restaurant," Betty recalled.

As the sun began to rise, that brand new 1962 Mercury Comet station wagon came to a halt and nature took its course.

"I was the bun in the oven. They pulled up and I was born...and I was born, absolutely," Kellie exclaimed.

It was January 1961 that Kellie Dawn Huddleston was born, as her birth certificate shows, in the car. She officially became the first bun to be delivered at Mug-n-Bun.

"I said what is it. What is it. He said it's a girl and I said, 'Oh, thank you Lord!' and the sun was just starting to come up. It was dawn, so that is where we named her. Kelly Dawn," Betty proudly remembered.

Who knew that that girl born in the back of a station wagon in a place more famous for chuckwagons would grow up to become vice president of finance at HBO.

"Indiana's oldest and finest," Kellie's brother Rick read a sign aloud that he spied on the iconic restaurant's wall.

"I guess I could say that about me," Kellie answered.

"I wouldn't classify you as Indy anymore," Rick clarified.

"More New York City," Kellie said.

Kellie Huddleston has never forgotten her Indiana roots. In fact, she participated in the "HBO Give a Day" program that led to her donation that helped purchase standing desks being used at Chaplewood Elementary on North Girls School Road, the same elementary school Huddleston attended. She already read the thank you letters, but Monday she was able to actually see it for herself.

"How do you like the desk," Kellie asked a third-grade student who was sitting at the standing desk she had donated.

"Think it's great. If we have extra energy, this is a good place to be," the student responded.

"That was awesome. It was great. Has to make you feel good. It's good to give back, but to give back to your foundation that you can see it. That is meaningful," Kellie said.

And it all started at the Mug-n-Bun.

"Only in Indiana. That's great," Kellie's sister, Shelley Wagers, concluded.

Kellie is actually back in town to honor the fifth anniversary of her father's death. She will return to the Big Apple on Wednesday.

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