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January 19th, 2010:

Taco Bell founder dies [sad]

Taco Bell at Milton AvenueIt has been a sad month for American food pioneers.

Last week came word that SpaghettiOs inventor Donald Goerke passed away. Today we learned that Glen W. Bell, the man who founded Taco Bell and popularized Tex-Mex in America died as well. He was 86 years old.

“His innovative business acumen started out of humble beginnings and created one of the nation’s largest restaurant chains in Taco Bell. Mr. Bell introduced an entire nation to the taco and Mexican cuisine,” he added.

A grateful nation mourns their passing.

Refills, Big Macs and free Wi-Fi for all [McDonald’s]

Now all of these McDonald's restaurants have free refills and Wi-Fi!

Internet access, just like water and soda refills, is something that wants to be free. And thanks to the good men and women at McDonald’s, the dream of free Wi-Fi is now available at hotspots from coast to coast.

Last week, McDonald’s began offering free Wi-Fi at 11,500 of its 14,000 locations nationwide. Previously patrons had to pay $2.95 for 2-hours of access.

The free Wi-Fi rollout is likely another shot in McDonald’s ongoing war with coffee giant Starbucks (where patrons only get limited free Wi-Fi if they have a registered Starbucks card). But whatever the reason, the fact that McDonald’s locations blanket the nation means that many small towns and truck stops across America will be getting their first free Wi-Fi access.

God Bless America and God Bless McDonald’s.

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