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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ray Kroc  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1902 in Oak Park, Illinois

-- Ray Kroc on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

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!

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Titles At Your Library

Grinding It Out
ISBN: 0425038424

Berkley. 1978

"He either enchants or antagonizes everyone he meets. But even his enemies agree there are three things Ray Kroc does damned well: sell hamburgers, make money, and tell stories." --from Grinding It Out

Few entrepreneurs can claim to have radically changed the way we live, and Ray Kroc is one of them. His revolutions in food-service automation, franchising, shared national training, and advertising have earned him a place beside the men and women who have founded not only businesses, but entire empires. But even more interesting than Ray Kroc the business man is Ray Kroc the man. Not your typical self-made tycoon, Kroc was fifty-two years old when he opened his first franchise. In Grinding It Out, you'll meet the man behind McDonald's, one of the largest fast-food corporations in the world with over 32,000 stores around the globe.

Irrepressible enthusiast, intuitive people person, and born storyteller, Kroc will fascinate and inspire you on every page.