Ken Schmierer's Algonquin Bloody Mary

2 oz Vodka
4 oz Tomato Juice
Dash of bitters

1 and 1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
6 dashes Tabasco Sauce
Coarse Black Pepper
1 stick of celery

Add vodka, juice, bitters, and sauce to a shaker with ice, adding salt and pepper to taste. Shake vigorously. Strain over ice cubes into a highball glass and add a celery stick.

Serves 1.

A graduate of Ellendale High School, Ken pursued a career with Payless Shoes, becoming a store manager and finally moving through the ranks of corporate management at the company's base in Topeka, Kansas.  After being part of a business venture that was spun off, bought out, stirred and shaken, he semi-retired to his old hometown in North Dakota and proceeded to contact nearly everyone who's ever lived there, becoming an instrumental organizer of the "Five Quarters" Quasquicentennial Celebration and All-School Reunion.  People came home for it,  from all over the country.