Thursday, September 09, 2010

Colonel Sanders 120th Birthday

It escaped most people's attention and I'm surprised the nekulturny media pimps at PETA didn't release another one of their anti-KFC screeds, but today was the 120th anniversary of the birth of one of my fellow Kentucky Colonels, Harlan David Sanders.

'The Colonel' at age 65 took a $105 Social Security check, a sixth grade education and a chicken recipe and parlayed it into a global food empire. Until his 1980 death at age 90, he traveled 250,000 miles a year visiting KFC restaurants worldwide.

For years, he carried the secret Original Recipe in his head and the spice mixture in his car as he drove coast to coast visiting franchisees.

By 1976, he was ranked as the world’s second most recognizable celebrity behind only heavyweight champion (and fellow Kentuckian) Muhammad Ali. I lived down the street from the Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville where he is buried.

I'll have to make a pilgrimage to my local KFC in his honor.

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