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This Story is a Kroc

Before a brand can become a brand that everyone knows and loves, it needs something:

A founder.

Everybody knows about McDonald’s. Most people are probably aware of the name Ray Kroc and his association with McDonald’s. However, very few people likely know the incredible story of how a fast food joint became a global phenomenon.

Just as The Social Network is a film that highlights the brilliant happenstance of American ingenuity, so may The Founder. A trailer was just released for the new year with Michael Keaton starring as Ray Kroc, who is, you guessed it…

Building and managing a company is a complex undertaking inherent with infinite challenges (seen and unforeseen) that’s never as easy as people may imagine, despite a speedy drive-thru. Ensuring that all the moving pieces are functioning properly and are accounted for is akin to clockwork: Even one small malfunction can potentially jeopardize the entire operation. Back when McDonald’s was introducing its burgers and fries to the American public during the mid-1950s, there were probably as many reasons why this new restaurant should succeed as there were to why it should fail.

Someone needs to be a leader and determine how to transform a vision into a successful reality. The Founder looks like an entertaining true story with fascinating insight into how fast food (and even entire cultures) were changed forever by way of a daring American Dream.

I’ve gotta say…I’m lovin’ it so far.

Was McDonald’s Always Lovin’ It?

McDonald’s makes the best french fries in the world. Reaching into the bag or sitting under the golden arches and taking that first salty bite is a serene experience.

Have you ever wondered how this perfect encapsulation (and magnetism) of fast food deliciousness came to be?

The story of this revolutionary fast food restaurant highlights how an idea took off and never looked back. After visiting McDonald’s #1 courtesy of Ray Kroc outside Chicago in┬áDes Plaines, Illinois and Hamburger University in Oak Brook, Illinois, the history of McDonald’s came alive. This is not simply a family-friendly restaurant chain, but something much more. There’s an “it” factor.

I even have an authentic Hamburger U flag to prove it!

Arriving in theaters this August, Ray Kroc’s drive and ambition can be seen as Michael Keaton, Laura Dern and Nick Offerman star in The Founder that illustrates the saga of how we’ve all come to love McDonald’s. But first, let’s see how Mr. Kroc and the McDonald brothers cleaned the grease stains that appear to have put the now multi-billion franchise in some early jeopardy.

Even if you are not a fan of McDonald’s or fast food, Ray Kroc changed the way millions upon millions of people around the world (yes, you and me) eat not just on a daily basis, but on a meal-meal and snack-to-meal basis.

Speaking of which, I wonder if there’s some golden arches near by?

Just kidding! Of course there are.

McDonald’s even has a monopoly on fast food jokes.

Creeping into the Week

Michael Keaton + TLC music references (but really – TLC music references?) = A multiplicity of laughs this Tuesday!

“Do me a favor…don’t go chasing waterfalls.”

When Batman speaks, we listen. It’s just meant to be.