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Taco Bell founder dies

From Restaurant News Breaking News:

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2010) Glen W. Bell Jr., founder of Taco Bell, the world’s largest fast-food Mexican chain, passed away at his home Sunday after a long illness. He was 86.

Bell first began selling tacos in 1951, when he wanted to expand the menus at his Bell’s Drive-In hamburger stands. Those first tacos, made with ground beef, chopped lettuce, shredded cheese and chili sauce and served in crispy shells, would ultimately become his signature product years later at Taco Bell, which now boasts 5,600 U.S. locations.

“The entire Taco Bell family of franchisees and employees are deeply saddened by the loss of the founder of Taco Bell,” said Greg Creed, president and chief concept officer of Taco Bell, now a division of Yum! Brands Inc. “Glen Bell was a visionary and innovator in the restaurant industry, as well as a dedicated family man. His innovative business acumen started out of humble beginnings and created one of the nation’s largest restaurant chains in Taco Bell.”

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Ed. note: I hear that co-founder Miguel Taco is doing well.

Weird things that I didn’t know about Norman Brinker…

…he was married to tennis star Maureen Connolly.

She was only the first woman to win Tennis’ Grand Slam…that’s all.

And he was on the Olympic Equestrian Team in 1952 and was a world class pentathelete (competing in the World Championships two years after the Olympics).

And he was played by Mark Harmon in the movie “Little Mo”, his wife’s filmed story.

And an ex-wife went on to be Ambassador of Hungary.

Seems like founding Chili’s was about the least interesting thing in his life.

And I might be the last person in the world to know these things, but that’s OK. I did know that he was responsible for the salad bar.