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About KFC Colonel Harland Sanders born September 9 1890 actively began franchising his chicken business at the age of 65 Now the KFC business he started has grown to be one of the largest quick service food service systems in the world And Colonel Sanders a quick service restaurant pioneer has become a symbol of entrepreneurial spirit More than a billion of the Colonels finger lickin good chicken dinners are served annually And not just in North America The Colonels cooking is available in more than 80 countries and territories around the world When the Colonel was six his father died His mother was forced to go to work and young Harland had to take care of his three-year-old brother and baby sister This meant doing much of the family cooking By the age of seven he was a master of several regional dishes At age 10 he got his first job working on a nearby farm for 2 a month When he was 12 his mother remarried and he left his home near Henryville Ind for a job on a farm in Greenwood Ind He held a series of jobs over the next few years first as a 15-year-old streetcar conductor in New Albany Ind and then as a 16-year-old private soldiering for six months in Cuba After that he was a railroad fireman studied law by correspondence practiced in justice of the peace courts sold insurance operated an Ohio River steamboat ferry sold tires and operated service stations When he was 40 the Colonel began cooking for hungry travelers who stopped at his service station in Corbin Ky He didnt have a restaurant then but served folks on his own dining table in the living quarters of his service station As more people started coming just for food he moved across the street to a motel and restaurant that seated 142 people Over the next nine years he perfected his secret blend of
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