Interview with Col. Harland Sanders,

In this interview, Colonel Harland Sanders discusses his career, philanthropy, and the history behind his trademark white suits and the name "Kentucky Fried Chicken." He talks about the various jobs he held over the years, from his first job at seven years old (from which he was fired), his work on railroads and as the head of the railroad union, his brief stint in the Army, and one of his first forays into business: operating a gas station. He talks about the success of his gas station and the attached restaurant, which led him to open a motel. He discusses the sale of the motel and his decision to focus on his fried chicken business. He talks about the early Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises, and his eventual decision to sell the business for two million dollars. Sanders also discusses his charitable donations and the various charities and institutions he supports, including college scholarships and children's hospitals, among others. He talks about his public appearances for KFC, and his status as a celebrity. He talks about the origins of his trademark white suits, the slogan "finger lickin' good," and the name "Kentucky Fried Chicken."

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ca. 1977

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