Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WKRLEM: "The Founder".....the perfect movie for the beginning of the Trump era

I can't wait to see this movie. It is the story of Ray Kroc who built McDonald's into the multi-million dollar corporation that it is today.

I wonder if they will have that famous story. Ray was looking for investors and he went to his friend who was also a food service machine salesman. Ray sold milk shake machines. His friend sold soft Ice Cream machines. His friend said he was crazy. There was no money in burgers. It was in ice cream. So he didn't get in on the ground floor with McDonalds. That man was Tom Carvel.

I don't know if that story is true. But it ought to be.

I hope they make of movie of Tom Carvel's life. He was murdered. Poisoned by his employees who were stealing from him. That would be one great movie.

In the meantime I will enjoy celebrating a great American corporation.


Leland said...

The sequel can be about Dan Cathy.

ricpic said...

His widow, Joan Kroc, gave away most of his fortune to nutty "Peace Institutes." Is that good or bad? Who knows? He had fun making it and she had fun spending it. Of course I don't understand either type of fun but that's my problem not the world's. It's like with Trump: I don't understand his passion to do deals but it's a lot less dangerous than Obama's passion to punish the bourgeoisie, or, as he would say, "White folks." One and a half days to lift off!

MamaM said...

While I've not heard the Salvation Army referred to as a nutty Peace Institute before, I suppose it could be be seen that way. Not from my eyes however. I can't think of a better way to make another difference in millions of lives, after earning the funds to do so by providing physical food and jobs to millions as well. It seems like full circle to me.

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers were born out of a vision that all people should have access to resources that can help them reach their full potential. When Mrs. Joan Kroc passed away in October 2003, she left $1.5 billion - much of her estate - to make sure this vision became a reality. The initial disbursements of this bequest began in January 2005. The gift had by then grown to $1.8 billion and was split evenly among the four Army Territories - Central, East, South and West. The money was designated to build a series of state-of-the-art Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers nationwide patterned after the San Diego center. From the very beginning, The Salvation Army envisioned this as a long-term project – that it could take up to 10 or 15 years to have all of the centers open and operational No other U.S. charity – faith-based or otherwise –has ever undertaken such a sweeping fundraising or construction effort with the potential to impact millions of people. - See more at:

As for their mission statement, that too resonates with me, as nutty but real and good:

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

edutcher said...

Kroc saw the opportunity and went with it, but I never heard about Tom Carvel turning down a slice.

If you think about it, I can see why Carvel thought that way. Burgers were only a few months a year to somebody from Jersey(?), but Kroc was in CA and knew the mobile lifestyle.

AprilApple said...

Hollywood turns every story into: conservatives bad/ Liberals good. Everything.

Why bother? It won't be any different. They inject their prooganda into everything they create.

I'm watching PBS masterpiece "Victoria" - and it's all that. Tories are bad - liberals are good. Yes - the show actually worked the word "Liberal" into the dialog to describe "the good guys". The Whigs.
The bad guys are the horrid slave owning tories.
Did they use the term "liberal" during Queen Victoria's rule? Somehow I doubt it.

edutcher said...

The Liberal Party is the name of the party.

And that's what they called its members it. To wit.

ampersand said...

Queen Victoria actually had Prince Albert in the can. Pity it was the days before air fresheners.

chickelit said...

I've always favored In-N-Out Burger over McDonald's. The company is older, more conservative, still family-owned, and more devoted to a simple menu than McDonald's is. Pity they're not nationwide.

Trooper York said...

Wait a minute? Queen Victoria used a strap-on?

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

Troop, yes she did, while eating an In-And-Out Burger.