Do you know who Colonel Sanders is?
Well, of course you do! He’s the elderly gentleman with the white suit, white beard, and glasses on the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) box. He’s one of the most famous American fast food icons, but most people don’t know his background and the history of KFC.
His real name was Harlan Sanders. He came from a poor family and started work at a very early age to help support them. He worked at many jobs. In his last job as a gas station operator, he made food for the customers. Little by little people began to come for his food and not the gas. Because of this, Sanders bought a restaurant across the street. The restaurant became very popular for its uniquely tasting chicken. The Kentucky Governor decided to give Harlan Sanders the honorary title of “Colonel” as a reward for giving the state such a popular and special food.
Some years later, Sanders sold his restaurant and decided to sell the idea of his chicken. He traveled across America and cooked his chicken for many restaurants. Each restaurant promised to give him 5% of the profit for every chicken they sold. Soon there were many restaurants selling Sanders’s chicken. By the mid-1960′s, there were more than 600 KFC’s! The “Colonel” finally had one of the largest fast-food chains in the world!
Sanders sold KFC for 2 million dollars in the late 1960s, but he continued to tell people about his world-class chicken and he visited KFC restaurants around the world until his death at the age of 90.
Even though he died 30 years ago, “Colonel” Sanders is still one of the most recognizable faces in the world. Today there are 12,000 KFC restaurants around the world in 90 countries.
Hmmmmm……I’m getting hungry! KFC anyone?