Pen Name: None
Born: 1902 in Oak Park, Illinois
Deceased: 1984 in San Diego, California
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Ray Kroc grew up and spent most of his life in Oak Park, Illinois.
Biographical and Professional Information
During the First World War Ray lied about his age and became a Red Cross ambulance driver at 15. During the war, Kroc served in the same regiment as Walt Disney. Between the end of the war and the early 1950s he tried his hand at a number of trades including paper cup salesman, pianist, jazz musician, band member and radio DJ at Oak Park radio station WGES. He eventually became a multi-mixer milkshake machine salesman, traveling across the country, where he met up with the McDonalds brothers, and the rest as they say is history!
- Grinding It Out (With R. Anderson), Berkley, 1978
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