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My husband and I weren't hungry until very late last night. Baja Fresh was closed, so as we were exploring our remaining food options, I said "is Wendy's still open?" "Yeah, of course," he said, then told me about Dave Thomas, which I hadn't heard. I was surprised Wendy's was open, given the fact that he died of liver cancer yesterday (1/8/02). He was 69.

I was kind of sad to hear it. While I didn't know the man, I have seen interviews with him in the past, and, of course, his many commercials. I respect Wendy's as an example of what entrepreneurship is supposed to be like in a free market economy. They were able to carve out a niche for themselves by providing a superior product. Thomas said on a show I saw on the History Channel over the holidays that if he'd asked friends for advice, he never would've done it because they would've all told him it couldn't be done; that it was impossible to compete with McDonald's. Still, he liked burgers the way they used to be, and thought others might like them, too. He was certainly right.

Wendy's success wasn't based on buying out competition before it even existed *cough* Microsoft *cough*. They succeeded the old-fashioned way by making a good thing, and improved the burger chain business as a whole by forcing competitors to offer a greater product line, thus improving the general state of things for consumers. It's the way it's supposed to be done.

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marm
Jan. 15th, 2002 09:18 am (UTC)
I also "paid tribute" to Dave Thomas by eating lunch at Wendy's on the 9th. From all accounts, he was a goodhearted man who wasn't above doing any aspect of the jobs he set to others, right down to mop and bucket patrol. Occasionally he showed up at a Wendy's and worked behind the counter, flipping bugers. And of course, his work in adoption was wonderful. Very sad.
pointedview
Jan. 15th, 2002 12:09 pm (UTC)
That's admirable. Those are actually qualities that I look for in an employer: someone who's not too proud to do the hands-on grunt work. I just checked out your LJ entry about it - that was informative. I actually wasn't aware that he was adopted, nor did I know of his work on the behalf of those who are. He seems like someone who really gave back. Very admirable.

Also, I'm glad I'm not alone in noticing his passing and bothering to write about it. Thanks, marm. :)
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