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The thin crust, 16-inch large pizza ($19.99 for cheese) is shown at Kenootz Pizza in Homer Glen, here with a sausage topping added. Jacquelyn Schlabach/22nd Century Media
Tom Czaja, Contributing Editor
2:58 pm CST November 28, 2018

Ken Keeler can still remember the exact time and date, as well as the order.

It was 5:01 p.m. Nov. 23, 1988. The first order was a large pizza with sausage, onion, green pepper and mushrooms, delivered to a man next door to his business, which Keeler opened that day and called Kenootz Pizza.

Kenootz was the nickname given to Keeler by his grandmother as a child, and his mother told him to use that namesake for his pizzeria for good luck.