About Utah: Story of first KFC shows anything can happen

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  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 11:37 p.m.

    I just LOVED their old gravy.
    I can still see that little bit of chicken fat on the side when I opened the container. While other family members went for the chicken I took a bee line to the gravy and biscuits.
    Memories ?
    Be still my heart.
    Clogged arteries were not a concern when you are a nine year old boy.

  • Jacob's Dad LOGAN, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 6:51 p.m.

    I am pretty sure all the Colorado KFCs are owned by Harman's too. Pete is a great man. I wasn't sure if he was still alive. I am glad to know he is.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 5:26 p.m.

    There was a Col. Sanders look-alike in Murray years ago. He was in all the parades. Does anyone know who he was or if he's still around?

  • Bomar Roberts, ID
    Jan. 20, 2012 4:25 p.m.

    Back in the '50's, going to the N Temple Harman's was the go to place to eat when visiting SLC. Curious why the Idaho KFC's were not mentioned, because Pete started those and two of his sons were running them. KFC sponsored a golf tournament in Idaho Falls for years, that had great tee prizes and great payout, ending with a big awards bash Sunday evening at the IF Country Club.

  • 1conservative WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 3:50 p.m.

    Somewhere I read.......that Jake Harman (with an A)had a sign made and the guy misspelled his last name (with an O). Since it was so hard to have the sign re-made Harmon (with an O)just stayed with that.
    Thats why the two "Harmans" have different spelling last names.

    Anybody know if thats true?

  • BobDog Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 11:52 a.m.

    The Harman's in Sugar House was a choice eating experience for me as a boy. It was more or less regular Sunday fare (ooops!). But the real treat was the North Temple Harman's because of the huge Lynn Faucett murals of the pioneers and their wagons and oxen. Harman's not only advanced good food, they advanced and supported art.

  • floridadan Palm Bay, Fl
    Jan. 20, 2012 11:26 a.m.

    The second job I ever had was at a KFC in Orlando, Florida when I was about 16 years ols. My family was struggling moneywise then and it was a big help to have the job. People may joke about flipping hamburgers or working in a KFC as a teenager, but it built character and you got work experience. A lot of people started working for resturaunts like these and then ended up owning several of them. Wish I was smarter in my younger years !! We did make gravy using the 'crackling" from the chickem and is was much better than now and we also hand made the cole slaw in each store. Thanks for the memories and good food.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 10:51 a.m.

    I worked at the KFC on the corner of 300 S. and 700 E. from High School through my years up at the "U" back in the 1970's.

    I still remember answering the phone, "Harmon's on 7th East, may I help you?"

    I met Pete Harmon numerous times.
    He was such a nice man.
    You would never know he was so wealthy.
    He always treated us with kindness and appreciation --

    I remember he'd always say to us, "YOU are the ones who make it all happen!"

  • BoomerJeff Saint George, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 10:19 a.m.

    The recipe is a winner, its the best chicken in the world! Back in the 60s, the gravy was laced with the chicken spices and it was awesome. Sure wish they would bring that back!

  • Buzzards LEHI, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    Even if KFC is not your style, the restaraunt at 3900 S State is worth a visit. It's as much as museum as fast food joint. I worked next door for a year, and enjoyed every visit I made, including the food.

  • Rob Logan, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 8:35 a.m.

    Now I want some KFC. Yum! It was great to hear how this all got started.