All cities have businesses that survive and thrive for decades. Those businesses earn a certain iconic status by virtue of their longevity.
But other businesses for some reason capture the spirit of the time and become embedded in a city's psychology.
Flying Pie Pizzaria falls into this category. Dave and Connie Parker founded it in 1978, opening their flagship shop on Fairview the year Jimmy Carter was president and "Annie Hall" won the best picture Oscar.
Flying Pie, with its counter culture sensibility, was a departure from the standard pizza of the time. Look no further than the logo painted on the shop's front wall: It's a knock-off from R. Crumb's "Keep on Truckin' " comic.
The restaurant's longtime owner, Howard Olivier, started importing kegs of beer before it became a common thing to do. He expanded the pizza operation. Flying Pie has three locations across the Valley. The restaurant also has a website with a timeline - an oddity in itself.
That timeline includes genuinely strange things, like delivering a pizza to Alaska; monitoring the expanding girth of a giant foil ball named Flora and taking 62 employees and guests to Costa Rica for a week thanks to a travel fund that began in a tip jar near the cash register.
Olivier and Flying Pie also spearheaded the effort to install the exclamation point on the facade of the Boise Public Library (Stay tuned: That exclamation point is coming up in this, the final month of the 150 Boise icons series).
Anna Webb: 377-6431