An interesting short read about this amazing American Dream made true - lots of setbacks and grit and determination to make it work and although he was not a military or ranked Colonel he did indeed have such a title bestowed upon him.
But I really lovee this quote in the article which is so very true: The Epic of America Adams holds up Kentucky-born Abraham Lincoln as a virtuous exemplar of American success, but not for grandiose achievements like the Emancipation Proclamation or losing his Senate election to Stephen Douglas despite winning the popular vote. “Lincoln was not great because he was born in a log cabin,” Adams wrote, “but because he got out of it — that is, because he rose above poverty, ignorance, lack of ambition, shiftlessness of character, contentment with mean things and low aims which kept so many thousands in the huts where they were born.”
See https://www.eater.com/2019/7/26/8930899/colonel-harland-sanders-kfc-chicken-fast-food-drive-thru-dreams-book-excerpt-adam-chandler How Harland Sanders Became KFC’s Colonel Sanders
The life of the KFC founder was one wholly shaped by creative destruction