“He can still remember the phone numbers from the old stores,” she said.
One of those old stores was at the corner of Red and Bird roads, the site of the current Allen’s. He called it Moderne Pharmacy 2 and ran it from 1948 to 1951 They kept a lending library and five phone booths on the second floor.
“We made Kentucky- style chili practically every day and issued 19,000 car license tags a year from that store. There would be 20 people in line each morning waiting,” he said.
Grenald also spent time in the 1980s serving as a Miami Beach city commissioner. His last election bid was in 1989 and he lost by 20-odd votes.
Born in Brooklyn with family roots in Kentucky, Grenald still works every day for his American Hygienic Laboratories, which sells fragrances and skincare products under the name D’Lanerg. That’s Grenald spelled backwards.
His Shuttle Lotion, which he created when he was 18 and a freshman at the Louisville College of Pharmacy, is still sold at Walgreen’s. It’s used to treat skin irritations like burns and insect bites. Grenald owns more than 150 patents, trademarks and copyrights and plans to add more.
But the night he helped round up the German prisoners remains his proudest moment.
Grenald was commended for his “meritorious service in the performance of his duty, showing exceptional vigilance, forehandedness and taking charge of a situation…He acted courageously, quickly and wisely,” wrote U.S. Navy Captain A.H. Pashley at the time. “The apprehension of these eight prisoners of war, all that had escaped, is very largely due to his actions.”
When asked the secret to his long and happy life, Grenald’s answer is simple and quick: “I’ve been blessed with a wonderful wife.”