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Did you know Kentucky fried chicken abreviated its name in 1991. Some Speculate the Colonel made the switch to deemphasize the fact that most of the food on the menu is fried… and an interesting fact KFC products are the most popular requested items for death row inmates last meal …
Menu decoder: 11 ingredient herb and spice mixture concocted by the Colonel himself back in the the 1930’s. With his handwritten recipe locked in a safe somewhere in Lousville Kentucky, KFC claims that two seperate companies contribute distinct parts of the recipe, ensuring that only a select few people actually know all 11 ingredients, True or not the Colonels orginal Recipe has become a powerfull marketing angle for KFC over the years…
Harland David “Colonel” Sanders (September 9, 1890 – December 16, 1980) was an American fast food businessman who founded the Kentucky Fried Chicken company, now re-branded as KFC. His image remains iconic in KFC promotions, and a foundation he established in his later years aids charities and funds scholarships with over a million dollars in grants a year.
1 Early life and career
2 Death and legacy
4 External links
Early life and career
Sanders was born to a Presbyterian family in Henryville, Indiana. His father, Wilbur David Sanders, died when Harland was six years old, and, since his mother worked, he was required to cook for his family. He dropped out of school in seventh grade. When his mother remarried, he ran away from home because his stepfather beat him. Sanders falsified his date of birth and enlisted in the United States Army at the age of sixteen, completing his entire service commitment in Cuba. During his early years, Sanders held many jobs, including: steamboat pilot, insurance salesman, railroad fireman and farmer. He had a son, Harland, Jr., who died at an early age, and two daughters, Margaret Sanders and Mildred Sanders Ruggles.
Harland Sanders at age 20
At the age of 40, Sanders cooked chicken dishes and other meals for people who stopped at his service station inCorbin, Kentucky. Since he did not have a restaurant, he served customers in his adjacent living quarters. His local popularity grew, and Sanders moved to a motel and 142 seat restaurant, later Harland Sanders Café and Museum. Over the next nine years he developed his “secret recipe” for frying chicken in a pressure fryer that cooked the chicken much faster than pan frying.
Sanders was given the honorary title “Kentucky Colonel” in 1935 by Governor Ruby Laffoon. He was “re-commissioned” in 1950 by Governor Lawrence Wetherby.
It wasn’t until 1950 that Sanders began developing his distinctive appearance, growing his trademark mustache and goatee and donning a white suit and string tie. He never wore anything else in public during the last 20 years of his life, using a heavy wool suit in the winter and a light cotton suit in the summer.
At age 65, Sanders’ store having failed due to the new Interstate 75 reducing his restaurant’s customer traffic, he took $105 from his first Social Security check and began visiting potential franchisees.
Dave Thomas, later founder of Wendy’s Old Fashioned Burgers, was offered a chance to turn around a failing Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. He helped save the restaurant, and revolutionized the fast food industry by simplifying its menu from nearly one hundred items to just basic fried chicken and salads.
The restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky where Colonel Sanders developed Kentucky Fried Chicken
Sanders sold the Kentucky Fried Chicken corporation in 1964 for $2 million to a partnership of Kentucky businessmen headed by John Y. Brown, Jr. The deal did not include the Canadian operations. In 1965 Sanders moved to Mississauga, Ontario to oversee his Canadian franchises and continued to collect franchise and appearance fees there and appearance fees in the U.S. (He was locally active. For example, his 80th birthday was held at the Inn on the Park in North York, Ontario, hosted by Jerry Lewis as a Canadian Muscular Dystrophy Associationfundraiser.) In 1973, he sued Heublein Inc. — then parent company of Kentucky Fried Chicken — over alleged misuse of his image in promoting products he had not helped develop. In 1975, Heublein Inc. unsuccessfully sued Sanders for libel after he publicly referred to their gravy as “sludge” with a “wallpaper taste”.
Death and legacy
Just some interesting facts…
Does anyone think they can decode the secret what are the ingredients…leave your coments and lets break the code …