When KFC Was Kentucky Fried Chicken & The Colonel Was Sanders

Left: A 1968 Kentucky Fried Chicken advertisement proclaims 'Colonel Sanders is a woman's best friend.' Right: George Hamilton portrays the Colonel touting 'extra crispy' chicken. Sources: Tumblr; YouTube

You might have grown up on Kentucky Fried Chicken -- but you can't get it now. In fact, the name "Kentucky Fried Chicken" died in 1991, when the chain changed its name to KFC to try to avoid the negative connotations of "fried." Colonel Harland Sanders is no longer with us either, although the company has cleverly used celebrity wannabe Colonels in recent years, including Darrell Hammond, Norm MacDonald, and Reba McEntire.

Names change, and nobody lives forever -- not even Colonel Sanders. Whether you continue to call it Kentucky Fried Chicken or get on board with KFC, it's still damn good eating, and a 20th-century American success story that stretches back even further.