I identify books to read from those reviewed in the NY Times, Washington Post and The New York Review of Books...though less and less likely from this last which tends to the high brow technical and cultural tomes which I find simply too complicated to grasp due to my flagging ability to concentrate with PD. Biographies follow a chronological theme and I've read several of late, ploddingly.
Ray Kroc, the McDonalds restaurant chain founder was an alcoholic who up until the end, at age 83, drank only Early Times rot gut whiskey. Nevertheless, his winning personality and uncanny ability to spot trends is credited with changing the way America ate meals. His world wide empire included 7500 franchised stores at the time of his death - Ray owned the ground on which many were built. He orchestrated the entire hamburger and French fry process down to the most minute details as set forth in his rules manual for franchisees. His only biological heir predeceased him. His third wife Joan, saw fit to donate most of the McDonald's fortune to National Public Radio and the Salvation Army. Ray also owned the Sad Diego Padres big league baseball team. He was a small town kid growing up and was proud of the fact - hailing from the Chicago general vicinity. He also credited his own invention, the multi-mixer
used to make six milkshakes at a time as helpful to his success. Neither he or his wife ever went to college. He left his half billion dollar estate to Joan, his third wife who became a philanthropist, full time before dying of lung cancer. Both she and her husband were heavy, life long cigarette smokers.
Edited by Rogerstar1, 10 January 2017 - 02:27 PM.