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Ray Kroc

Born: 1902 in Oak Park, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Ray Kroc grew up and spent most of his life in Oak Park, Illinois.

Biography: 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!


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

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ISBN: 0425038424 OCLC: 4289288

Berkley Pub. Corp., New York : 1978, ©1977.