Taco Bell founder Glen Bell Jr. joins Gidget, the chihuahua, in taco heaven
Last July, Gidget, the talking prima donna Chihuahua best known for making Taco Bell's fast food look cute (and, at times, even edible), passed away at 15 after complications from a massive stroke. Now comes word that the last bell tolled for Taco Bell founder Glen Bell Jr. on Sunday, when the 86-year-old entrepreneur, who'd battled Parkinson's Disease since 1985, died at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, California. "Glen Bell was a visionary and innovator in the restaurant industry, as well as a dedicated family man," Greg Creed, president of Taco Bell, said in a statement posted on the chain's website.
Bell, a fast food maverick who first opened Bell's Drive-In, a hamburger and hot dog stand, in 1948, apparently thought Mexican food would be a hit, too, so he expanded his menu and began doling out tacos for 19 cents each, a career move that eventually led to hundreds of Tacos Bells and millions of dollars.
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