Friday, March 20, 2009

Honorary Kentucky Colonel... my wish... GRANTED!

Today after watching the origin of KFC on the History Channel (I know I am a dork), I learned that Colonel Harland Sanders never actually held a military rank. Being bestowed the honorary title of "Kentucky Colonel" is the equivalent of being Knighted in England.... only in Kentucky. Look it up.

There have been hundreds of "Kentucky Colonels" over the last 100 years or so. Notably Dave Thomas, Fred Astair, Clark Gable and the list goes on to include one Colonel Sanders. The kicker for me was that Harland Sanders, founder of KFC, adopted the use of Colonel full-time for no other reason than it "sounded dignified". You self-important bastard. You're ridiculous and I love you.

20 minutes later I added "Become a Kentucky Colonel" to my bucket list and tweeted it. 3 hours later, thanks to friends with Photoshop - my dream has hath come true.

I may not have the official seal (yet), but I now know what I would look like on the side of a bucket of chicken.

Thanks Todd Shafer. I am glad you were bored. You made my day.

For the record my wife thinks this whole thing is "really juvenile and stupid"... which makes me find it even more amusing.



Matthew said...

Hi, Anthony, I had just spotted your comment about how you had added becoming a Kentucky Colonel to your bucket list. I became a Kentucky Colonel myself on Sept. 14th. This, as you may already know, is the highest honor that the Commonwealth of Kentucky can bestow upon someone.

The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels is, I believe, one of the most worthwhile organizations there is to support. Congratulations to you on becoming a fellow colonel.

Unknown said...

Hi, Anthony. Would you be willing to nominate ME? I appreciate it.

Unknown said...

Hi, Anthony. Would you be willing to nominate ME? I appreciate it.

Bill Bradley said...

Respected Kentucky Colonel,

Please pardon me if this is in poor taste. Would you be willing to nominate my Grand Father as a Kentucky Colonel. I recently reached out to a long time friend of his in Pikeville who has since passed. I am in no way shy to request this honor due to the years of service not only to his country in the US Navy during WW2, his church, children, grand children, great grandchildren, his community and many local and distant organizations based on good will and selflessness. Please consider this recommendation, it would mean a great deal to him as an end of life honor. The Colonels have been something he has admired for years and has been offered a nomination in the past but respectively declined with a statement along the lines of "I don't do the things I do to be recognized, I do them to make a difference". I feel that may be one of his regrets. Knowing the respect he has for the Colonels and all they do, I assure you he will appreciate knowing that he was one of them.

Please pardon my request if it is out of order to ask. I have been reluctant to request this because it seems out of place to ask for a nomination, but I am asking on behalf of a worthy nominee.

I would be honored to promise continue to support the Colonels when he is no longer with us.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Please message me directly if you feel you can honor this request.

Bill Bradley