Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The death of JR Simplot



To much of the world the man was synonymous with potatoes. And it was only fair. He did build a great French Fry empire. He had a mind for investment and a great eye for a bargain...and apparently potatoes.

On Sunday JR Simplot died at his home in Boise, Idaho.

His rating on the forbs rich list and being baned from commodities trading for 6 years was not what i remembered him for.

As a girl i remember his house. No, not his house, but the hill in which is house was built on. His hill was perfect for iceblocking. I have many fond memories of that hill and the fun we had on it. Sliding down the hill when it was snow covered, or scooting down on an iceblock in the spring.

The hill will remain.

The man has moved on.

6 comments:

bilbo said...

Apparently the US flag he flew was the biggest in the West, yet his tax payments (or lack there-of) denied him the right to vote.

kris said...

well, he, like many americans, probably saw the voting process as a chore rather than a right...he got muddled and thought they were rewarding him for not paying taxes.

joni said...

hey but at least he left the house to the state for a governor's house a couple years ago along with the stipulation that the hill always remain open to iceblockers and sledders. :) good hill, that one.

watson_vagabond said...

i always wondered which rich dude that hill belonged to...

kris said...

joni: i hadn't realised he sold the hill. Good to know!

watson_vag: this is what i'm here for. to give slightly misinformed information to the public.

Petronella said...

Well said.