Exactly one year to the day from when I shot this photo, I happened upon Lester's Diner in Bryan, OH on my return trip from Chicago. I was absolutely gobsmacked to find the sign in this condition. All neon removed, every lightbulb from the pouring coffee, even the plastic parts... gone.
The diner was still going, so I'm deeply hoping that they're refurbishing it and not junking it all. I must be a total sign geek, as seeing this left me breathless and kinda shook up. I found myself parked on the corner just staring at the carcass that was once a great sign.
UPDATE: I called Lester's, and indeed they -are- refurbishing the sign. Whew! :-)