Colonel Sanders: The Unexpected Life Of The Fast Food Pioneer

By Karen Harris
Founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Colonel Harland Sanders. (Getty Images)

On December 16, 1980, the world lost a business icon and fried chicken guru when Harland David Sanders, better known as Colonel Sanders, died of leukemia. While most people today associate Colonel Sanders with Southern charm, there was much more to the man that a white suit and a black bolo tie. Let's take a look beyond the brand to see what the real Colonel Sanders was like.