Archive for March, 2008

27
Mar

   Posted by: RobPatton   in Food!, Life Stuff

s320×240.jpgThe man who invented the popular egg sandwich as a way to introduce breakfast to McDonald’s passed away at age 89.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Herb Peterson, who invented the ubiquitous Egg McMuffin as a way to introduce breakfast to McDonald’s restaurants, has died, a Southern California McDonald’s official said Wednesday. He was 89.

Peterson died peacefully Tuesday at his Santa Barbara home, said Monte Fraker, vice president of operations for McDonald’s restaurants in that city.

He began his career with McDonald’s Corp (MCD, Fortune 500). as vice president of the company’s advertising firm, D’Arcy Advertising, in Chicago. He wrote McDonald’s first national advertising slogan, “Where Quality Starts Fresh Every Day.”

Peterson eventually became a franchisee and was currently co-owner and operator of six McDonald’s restaurants in Santa Barbara and Goleta, Fraker said.

Peterson came up with idea for the signature McDonald’s breakfast item in 1972. He “was very partial to eggs Benedict,” Fraker said, and worked on creating something similar.

The egg sandwich consisted of an egg that had been formed in a Teflon circle with the yolk broken, topped with a slice of cheese and grilled Canadian bacon. It was served open-faced on a toasted and buttered English muffin.

The Egg McMuffin made its debut at a restaurant in Santa Barbara that Peterson co-owned with his son, David Peterson.

Fraker said that, although semiretired, Peterson still visited all six of his stores in the Santa Barbara area until last year when his health began to deteriorate.

“He would talk to the customers, visit with the employees. He loved McDonald’s,” Fraker said.

Fraker, who said he worked with Peterson for 30 years, said “he was amazing as far as giving back to the community.”

“He embraced the community and the community embraced him,” Fraker said. “We loved the man.”

Peterson is survived by his wife, son and three daughters.

A public memorial service will be held April 23 at All Saints by the Sea church in Montecito

4
Mar

   Posted by: RobPatton   in Precious Metals

Just for ha-has, I took the posted spot prices of Gold and Silver today, and figgured out the percentages.

One Year Returns:

Gold: 33.78%

Silver: 35.49%

So if 1 year ago today, you had invested 1000$ in gold, today you would have $1337.79, $1354.86 for silver.

4
Mar

   Posted by: RobPatton   in Life Stuff, Rants

I need to find a real definition of a project manager

I’m thinking its a lot like

Project Manager n. “A overpaid person hired to work on a project, knowing nothing about such project, but still compensated to harass those that DO know about the project, in order to slow the project to a crawl with meetings about why said project is behind schedule”