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Unformatted text preview: ) was built on the same land in Anaheim where the Heinz farm had once stood. The opening-night celebration was one of the high points of Carl’s life. More than a thousand people gathered for a black-tie party at
a tent set up in the parking lot. There was dinner and dancing on a beautiful, moonlit night. Thirty-five years after buying his first hot dog
cart, Carl Karcher now controlled one of the largest privately owned fast food chains in the United States. He owned hundreds of restaurants.
He considered many notable Americans to be his friends, including Governor Ronald Reagan, former president Richard Nixon, Gene Autry,
Art Linkletter, Lawrence Welk, and Pat Boone. Carl’s nickname was “Mr. Orange County.” He was a benefactor of Catholic charities, a Knight
of Malta, a strong supporter of right-to-life causes. He attended private masses at the Vatican with the Pope. And then, despite all the hard
work, Carl’s luck began to change.
During the 1980s CKE went public, opened Carl’s Jr. restauran...
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