The Colonel Sanders Stamp of Approval

In 1975, Kentucky Fried Chicken sued its founder and mascot Colonel Sanders for libel after he called KFC’s gravy “sludge” and labeled their mashed potatoes “wallpaper paste.” We really had no idea the Colonel was so cool.

31 years later, KFC has turned the Colonel into a strutting, jive-talking cartoon character who does commercials in which he flashes the viewer the devil horns. And they now want to put the Colonel on a U.S. postal stamp.

“The Colonel’s entrepreneurial spirit and hospitable nature made him an American legend,” said James O’Reilly, interim Chief Marketing Officer for KFC. “We believe that a postage stamp in his honor would be a fitting tribute to his memory.”

Perhaps he could be featured on the stamp up to his knees in feculent sludge, slathering the contents of a cup of mashed potatoes up upon the wall.

KFC wants the Colonel on a stamp [Fast Food News]


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  1. acutusnothus says:

    The Colonel was one outspoken, crusty old cuss, for sure. A former colleague was conducting a radio interview with him (way back when) and in the middle of the Q&A–live–the ‘ol coot barks, “You ought’ta git a goddamn haircut, boy!”

  2. timmus says:

    So Sanders made the claims in 1975, and I thought KFC tasted much better in 1974 than they do now. KFC must be light years from what their original quality was.

  3. sassenach says:

    I think chicken that doesn’t give one a stomach ache would be a greater tribute!

  4. Tonguetied says:

    My question about the potatoes and gravy would be if the bad publicity made them improve them or not. I think their gravy is fine. The potatoes are so so… Were they actually much worse at one time?

  5. Avery says:

    Q. Is it true that wallpaper paste is made from potato?
    A. Originally, wallpaper paste was made of a startch mix made from potato pulp.