Colonel Harland Sanders
Famous for his “finger-lickin’ good” fried chicken, Colonel Sanders first served hungry travelers from a service station in Corbin, Kentucky. He was one of the innovators of what has come to be known in the grocery and restaurant industries as “home meal replacements.” He would sell complete meals to time-strapped families. He called it “Sunday Dinner, Seven Days a Week.” In 1935, his secret-recipe chicken was becoming so popular that Governor Ruby Laffoon made him an honorary “Kentucky Colonel” in honor of his contributions to the state’s cuisine. The title eventually became part of his persona. As the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Colonel Sanders didn’t begin to franchise the concept until 1955 when we was already 65 years old. His image as a stereotypical southern gentleman – with a white suit, black string tie and goatee – has become an icon that is recognized around the world. For more information about Colonel Sanders, click here.