Monday, January 18, 2010

January Of Death

The old tale that 'bad things come in 3's' should be changed to 'bad things come in 4's'....

First Art Clokey, creator of Gumby, passes away on Friday, January 10, 2010 at the age of 88....

Then Donald Goerke, inventor of SpaghettiO's and Campbell's Chunky Soup line of products, passes away on Sunday, January 12, 2010 at the age of 83.... Did you know that during testing for the perfect spaghetti shape, they tested baseball, cowboy, spaceman and star shapes before they settled on the O's?

Then, Jan C. Gabriel, the man who coined the phrase 'Sunday! Sunday!!!! SUNDAY!!!!!', which is used in all those monster truck rally commercials, passed away at the age of 69....

It's a great coincidence that he died on a 'Sunday! Sunday!!!! SUNDAY!!!!!'

And now, Glen Bell, the man who invented Taco Bell, passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2010 at the age of 86....

After all these years, I never knew that Taco Bell was named after Mr. Bell.... I just thought 'Taco Bell' was a catchy name they came up with in a marketing meeting.... Did you know that he sold the Taco Bell chain to PepsiCo for in 1978 for $125 million in stock? Keep in mind that the price of the stock was around $26.00 a share in 1978.... Over the past 30 years, it's split three times after the price had risen to around $70.00 to $90.00 a share.... And now the price is around $60.00 a share.... How much money would he have if he had held on to that stock?

All. All money.


  1. Holy Moly!!!! That would be a lot of pesos my friend!

  2. Wow, so will that be it for the year or will there be 3/4 more?

  3. God forbid we can add Pat Robertson to this list

  4. Does anybody remember when Pat Robertson claimed he could leg press 2,000 lbs. at the age of 70? All it took was training and his 'age defying energy shake'....

  5. I worked with Jan Gabriel for the past 21 years and I can tell you, there are few people that pack as much life into their 69 years as he did. He was an incredible life force.

    --Denise Dorman--

  6. Thanks for the wonderful comment Denise! I'm sorry you lost someone you were close to! He'll always live on through his contributions to racing and all the wonderful lives he had touched....


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