Dave Thomas

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Rex David \"Dave\" Thomas (July 2, 1932 – January 8, 2002 - (aged 69)) was an American businessperson and philanthropist. Thomas was the founder and chief executive officer of Wendy\'s, a fast-food restaurant chain specializing in hamburgers. He is also known for appearing in more than 800 commercial advertisements for the chain from 1989 to 2002, more than any other company founder in television history. At the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, rather than waiting for the draft, he volunteered for the U.S. Army to have some choice in assignments. Having food production and service experience, Thomas requested the Cook\'s and Baker\'s School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was sent to Germany as a mess sergeant and was responsible for the daily meals of 2000 soldiers, rising to the rank of staff sergeant. After his discharge in 1953, Thomas returned to Fort Wayne and the Hobby House.<br><br> Thomas opened his first Wendy\'s in Columbus, Ohio, November 15, 1969. (This original restaurant remained operational until March 2, 2007, when it was closed due to lagging sales.) Thomas named the restaurant after his eight-year-old daughter Melinda Lou, whose nickname was \"Wendy\", stemming from the child\'s inability to say her own name at a young age. According to Bio TV, Dave claims himself that people nicknamed his daughter \"Wenda. Not Wendy, but Wenda. \'I\'m going to call it Wendy\'s Old Fashioned Hamburgers\'.\"<Br> Source: <A Href=\"Https://En.Wikipedia.Org/Wiki/Main_Page\" Target=\"_blank\" Rel=\"Me Nofollow\"> Https://En.Wikipedia.Org/Wiki/Main_Page</A>