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God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll

Another Great Loss, But One You Might Not Know

But I know this guy. Met him once, in fact...and one of those guys that I looked on and said to myself "This is a good guy...be more like him." The man was Estel Wood "Ed" Kelley.

Kelley was a successful entrepreneur and former executive of Standard Brands, R. H. Macy, General Foods, Heublein, Consolidated Cigar, Gulf and Western, and Fairmont Foods. He participated in the development or domestic introduction of products such as Tang, Cool Whip, Grey Poupon Mustard, Smirnoff vodka, Klondike ice cream bars and A-1 Steak Sauce. He also formed a group of investors called Kelley & Partners, which bought underperforming companies and sought to repair them, the last of which was a small midwestern restaurant chain called Steak 'N' Shake, which at the time had about 125 locations in Illinois and now has over 400 in 19 states (which is how I met him...Steak 'N' Shake is still one of my fave places to eat...great burgers and fries, INCREDIBLE shakes).

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