Monday, January 18, 2010

A sad day

Taco Bell RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. - Glen W. Bell Jr., an entrepreneur best known as the founder of the Taco Bell chain, has died. He was 86.

Bell died Sunday at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, according to a statement posted Monday on the Taco Bell Web site.

A spokesperson for the family said that Mr. Bell will be folded into a tortilla-like shroud, and laid gently to rest on a bed of shredded lettuce. A bowl of pintos 'n cheese will be at his side.

Yes, I made that last part up. I mean no disrespect to the family—it’s much like saying that the inventor of the Frisbee was laid to rest on the roof of his house, or the inventor of the Slinky had her remains pushed down the stairs. (I'm not responsible for the former, but I'll cop to writing the latter some time ago.)

I can say that I have a love-hate relationship with Taco Bell. I don't eat fast food often, and Taco Bell can be awfully calorie- and fat-laden, but when the Taco Bell urge hits, there is no denying it. When the time is right, it tastes like ambrosia. I don't eat as much as I used to, but back in the day, my usual was a Burrito Supreme® and Nachos Bellgrande®. Yes, both of them. Now I'd just get the Burrito Supreme®. With sour cream, and lots of it, thank you.

So rest in peace, Mr. Bell. You may have given me more than one stomachache throughout the years (they don't call it Taco Hell for nothin'), but you've also given me many happy moments as I gave into the crave and ran for the border.


  1. It is indeed a sad day. I plan to open a packet of fire sauce and sprinkle some on the ground for my lost homie.

    And prior to the days of being more aware of what I shove into my mouth, my usual order was a burrito supreme and three tacos supreme.

  2. You KNOW how much I love my fast food. It is a truly sad day. I must now have Chicken Soft Tacos Supreme for dinner.

    BTW, have you seen those commercials where some Biatch is claiming she LOST WEIGHT with the "Taco Bell Drive-Thru Diet?!? Yeah, right...


  3. Haha. After seeing the commercials, I looked up the nutritional info on this so called diet food. What the biatch didn't mention is that first the difference in calories is minimal at times and secondly, weight loss is possible if Taco Bell is only one of your meals in a sensible plan that's heavy in veggies the rest of the day.

  4. Hopefully they don't "Think Outside The Box" when they bury him...

  5. I'm not a fast-food fan either, but the idea of a torilla shroud.......hmmmmmmm.

  6. Don't forget that little shit dog :o)

    I always loved the messages on the hot sauce packages. RIP Mr. Bell :o)

  7. Taco Bell is one of those things I want once or twice a year, but you're right -- when the crave hits you you've got to have it. I'm a nacho belle grande fan myself. (And I do like those little cinnamon twists.)

  8. Taco Bell = diarrhea, but who's worth it...

  9. Dear Beth,
    wow! I did not know he had died!
    And I mean like it or not the man is a legend!
    Oh dear
    My Condolences to his family and friends.
    thank you Beth
    great entry

  10. Sad, I hadn't heard that he died!

    LOVE the Burrito Supreme, but not as much as I did back in the 80's when I was just out of high school, and they were actual BURRITOS!!! Meals, not just snacks! BUT I still crave what's left of them once in awhile!! LOL!!

  11. I wonder what they did with Mr. Crapper's remains. He was the man who invented the toilet, wasn't he?

  12. joy had a post about the crapper guy i think.

    i, have a long and twisted relationship with the taco bell. it was my main source of 'meat' when i first started being a closet carnivore. i will have to have a chulupa in mr. bell's honor later at the 'mat.


  13. Oh had me believing that for a moment!!! RIP Mr Taco Man!

  14. Can't comment on the quality of the food, since I've probably only eaten there once or twice and that was years ago. I miss the chihuahua, though! :-)

  15. I hadn't heard this yet. I often wondered who owned this dinning place. I love myself some Taco Bell in a pinch if I don't have the time for the real thing!

  16. Beth, we don't do fast food, but this article has sparked my interest in making Mexican for dinner tonight. Yum, yum!


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