American Fast Food Legends are Dropping Like Flies Eick March 27, 2008 Bizarre, Fast Food, Restaurants 3 Comments This morning came news that Herb Peterson, the inventor of the Egg McMuffin, passed away at the age of 89. This rather innocuous news would normally have failed to elicit even a passing glance from me. However, I’ve often heard people remark that bad news, or celebrity deaths in particular, come in threes. Mr. Peterson’s death represents not death number 3, but death number 4 on the list of fast food legends who have passed away in 2008. So what exactly is going on? Earlier this week, Tabloid Baby asked, Who is killing America’s fast food founders? noting that in each of the months of January, February & March of 2008, the founder of a famous fast food chain passed away. Carl Karcher, founder of Carl’s Jr., died in January at the age of 90. Lovie Yancey died in February at the age of 96. Then, on March 23rd, Al Copeland, founder of Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits died at the age of 64. One interesting observation, other than the founder of Popeye’s, who died at 64, the other three individuals lived to the ripe old ages of 89, 90 and 96. Wow. Perhaps there is a health secret to fast food burgers and Egg McMuffins that we are unware of? So has the death of McMuffin creator Herb Peterson kicked off the start of another round of three? Who will be the next to go? Should the founders of American fast food chains spend the next two months living in fear? Or is this all just an eerie coincidence? The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Eick Latest posts by Eick (see all) Live in DC? Do More Tomorrow! - June 5, 2013 Surge Wins Discontinued Foods Bracket! - April 12, 2013 Discontinued Foods Bracket FINAL VOTE: Surge vs. Planter’s Cheez Balls - April 10, 2013 3 Responses Ruca Bangs March 28th, 2008 Someone should check the radiation levels of these four deceased fast-food slingers. This sounds like a Putinesque conspiracy. Reply David Goldbeck April 1st, 2008 Greta story! You missed the founder of Wendys. Anyone interested in finding fast or slow vegetarian/healthy places to eat should take a look at my book â€œHealthy Highways: The Traveler’s Guide to Healthy Eating.â€ It has 1900 listings throughout the US complete with local driving directions. Owners also get free online updates â€“ right now there are more than 500 new listings online. For more visit HealthyHighways.com Reply sarah April 5th, 2008 more than anything i think it’s just that these fast food chains were all “founded” in the same era – a long time ago – and the founders are all passing on of old age around the same time, don’t you think? Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Current day month ye@r * Leave this field empty * Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.