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  1. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    The term "broasted" was originally Boys-speak -- it was a trademark owned by a restaurant equipment company in Wisconsin, and was originally used only for products prepared in that company's pressure fryers.

    Harland Sanders, the Colonel himself, was as far as anyone has been able to determine, the first person to figure out how to fry chicken in a pressure cooker, and he patented his process in 1939. The Broaster Company basically poached his system after the patent ran out, tweaked it a bit to use their own trademarked equipment, and promoted "Broasted" as a brand name thru the midwest. Properly, Broasted chicken is only chicken made in a Broaster, and the company has spent a lot of money over the years trying to prevent its trademark from being genericized.

    KFC is "broasted." The Colonel just didn't think to call it that.
     
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  2. 3fingers

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    There's a grocery store in a nearby town that has actual Broaster chicken. It is far better than anything the sorry remains of Colonel Sanders company has produced since Harland left the building. I could poison myself on the livers if I ate as many as I'd like to.
     
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  3. On Route 66, Lebanon, Missouri.

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  4. Ghostsoldier

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    Lunch with The Colonel, enjoying his broasted chicken.[​IMG]

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  5. LizzieMaine

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    For much of the 1950s, Sanders' concept with KFC was to get tie-in contracts with existing restaurants such as the "Gil's Drive In" seen above -- he'd license them to use his process, sell them a pressure cooker and the coating mix, and collect a nickel for every chicken they sold. He didn't really think to open his own free-standing take-out joints -- that idea came from one of his restaurant franchisees who actually came up with the KFC name and store concept and began opening them, with Sanders' sanction, across the Mountain states around 1957. It was when he saw the success of this operation that the Colonel realized what he had, and started pushing the take-out idea himself.

    Alone among the fast-food tycoons, Harland Sanders was a cook, not a businessman or real-estate speculator. He only cared about the quality of the food, not how to make the most money off it, and he ended up squeezed out of his own company by people who held values the reverse of his own. He'd swing his cane in rage to see what's become of his idea today. (Actually, he swung his cane in rage when he was still alive, to the horror of KFC board members at a stockholders' meeting in the early '70s. And then he sued the 'goddam bootline outfit' for millions. 'They prostituted everything I had,' was one of his more printable statements.)
     
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  6. Ghostsoldier

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    I knew I always liked Harlan... sounds like my kind of guy.

    Ironical that his visage is plastered over everything that KFC does today...heck, they even have actors of both sexes portraying him on television.

    I wonder what his relatives think of that?

    Rob
     
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  7. Fading Fast

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    "...he'd license them to use his process, sell them a pressure cooker and the coating mix, and collect a nickel for every chicken they sold."

    Boy, you can see some cheatin' going on with that count.
     
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  8. LizzieMaine

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    He didn't even have a written contract. It was all done on a handshake basis. Sanders was a great cook, but he was woefully naive about the workings of the world.
     
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    I figured it would be in that town from Blazing Saddles.

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    Frosty treats.[​IMG]

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    Don't look too frosty to me

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  16. Ghostsoldier

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    Modern John.[​IMG]

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    Noir.[​IMG]

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  19. Ghostsoldier

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    Noir.[​IMG]

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  20. Zombie_61

    Zombie_61 I'll Lock Up

    ^ "Andy's Food Shop". Doesn't that sound appetizing? :eek:
     
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