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Five Loaves, Two Fishes and Six Chicken Nuggets by Barry Gibbons

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2. It’s only rock ’n’ roll

The history of the quick-service restaurant industry has an uncanny parallel with that of rock ’n’ roll. Oh, I’m sure some form of quick-serves existed long before Bill Haley glued his kiss-curl into place and launched a hundred thousand cinema seat slashings; I’m sure somebody provided burgers for the Pony Express riders; and an adapted teepee probably dished up buffalo wings (literally) for Native Americans centuries before that. But the fact remains that when Ray Kroc was shaping the genesis of McDonald’s, Elvis was howling his first attempts in the Sun studios for Sam Phillips. That’s alright Mama.

I fell in love with both industries at around the same time. It wasn’t always easy. On our new TV, my father watched ...

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