Taco Bell Founder Glen Bell Dies at 86


Glen Bell, 1923–2010. [Photograph: Earth Times]

Taco Bell founder Glen Bell died yesterday. He was 86. From at YUM Brands press release:

Bell's Drive-In first served a menu with hamburgers and hot dogs to its customers. However, Bell soon decided to differentiate his menu by adding Mexican fare.... Once he perfected his taco shell recipe, taco sauces and the convenient drive-thru concept, he was ready to introduce the tastes and textures of Mexican food to mainstream America.

Interesting to note, Bell founded a model produce farm and park called Bell Gardens that "provided educational programs that stressed the importance of agriculture and how to preserve our natural resources." [via @SamSifton]