Wian at 72 Big Boy Meeting

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Dishwasher fries way to fortune 'Hamburger king' tells how he started chain SCOTTSDALE From dishwasher in the humid back room of a restaurant Robert C. Wian rose to multimillionaire multimillionaire hamburger king by capitalizing capitalizing on a triple deck sandwich sandwich known as "Bob's Big Boy." Wian, 58, and retired, philosophized philosophized during an interview yesterday at Camelback Inn. Opportunities for monumental monumental successes inbusiness, such as his own, he said, are open to young people who possess a willingness to apply themselves unswervingly to achievement. "I think young people really really have a chance to fly, but it takes those fundamental things" Wian described as "honesty and sincere dedication dedication to basic princples." Those who have such quali ties "stand out," he said, in today's herd of drifters. Wian was here to visit with executives of Bob's Big Boy meeting at Camelback Inn, a hotel operated by Marriott Corp., a hostelry, food and travel conglomerate that now controls Wian's Big Boy chain. Wian started in 1936, he said, with a 10-stool 10-stool 10-stool hamburger stand in G 1 e n d a 1 e, Calif., bought with $350 he raised by selling his car. A hamburger sold for a dime and Wian did the frying and dishwashing. He was 21 years old.' In 1970, when he retired at age 56 to a 900-acre 900-acre 900-acre ranch at Valyrmo, Calif., Wian headed a 600-restaurant 600-restaurant 600-restaurant chain that stretched across the country. "I was the first one who put a chef's hat on a man who could cook only a hamburg er," giving both the short-order short-order short-order short-order cook and the hamburger dignity, he said. " The trademarked "Big Boy" was conceived as "something different" for friends back in the Glendale days. Eventually the hambu-ger hambu-ger hambu-ger a concoction with three buns and two patties was built into a fortune. LOOK FOR tUS7America', Tattiest SPAGHETTI SAUCE

Clipped from Arizona Republic13 Jan 1972, Thu[First Edition]Page 96

Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona)13 Jan 1972, Thu[First Edition]Page 96
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