Last week, I was watching a DVD episode of the old TV show “Little House on the Prairie.” It was the episode entitled “Wave of the Future” where a company tries to turn the town restaurant into a franchise. Needless to say, it doesn’t work, and after a bit of chaos, everything returns to normal. The end shows Colonel Sanders riding up in his horse and buggy, and suggesting to Mrs. Olson that he would like to turn her restaurant into a one that exclusively sells chicken meals.
As the audience, we are probably supposed to chuckle, and then go on with our lives. In my case, that didn’t happen. I immediately thought back to when I was little and the real Colonel Sanders (not the bozo they use now since the real Colonel is dead) was in all his own commercials. I particularly loved the one where he flew away in a hot air balloon that looked like a big bucket of chicken. I just knew there was no way possible for Colonel Sanders to be alive, much less entering into the chicken business in the 1880s when that episode of “Little House” took place, and still be alive when I was a kid. (I know it’s only fiction, but I’ve read before that Michael Landon usually insisted on being historically accurate when possible.)
So I’m finally getting around to the point of my post. I looked up Colonel Sanders’ birth date, and in doing so, found that not only was I correct that he wasn’t that old, but I found THE COOLEST WEBSITE I’VE EVER SEEN! (And keep in mind that I don’t even eat chicken!) If you don’t believe me, just go to http://www.colonelsanders.com/ and let the fun begin. Be sure to click on every Colonel, and turn your sound on! Have fun!