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Book: Colonel Sanders Had Spicy Private Life, Too

September 25, 1996

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ The spice at Colonel Sanders’ house was apparently about more than chicken.

Margaret Sanders, the eldest daughter of the late Harland Sanders, says in her new book that the KFC founder had a mistress, and even persuaded his wife to hire the woman to ``help with the housework.″

``It was evident from the beginning that her presence would create turmoil,″ Ms. Sanders writes. ``Mother refused to accept that she alone could not satisfy Father’s physical needs, which from the very beginning of their marriage had seemed excessive to her.″

Later, she writes, the Colonel divorced his wife and married the mistress _ and then took both women to a presidential inauguration in Washington.

Ms. Sanders, now 86, has her own colorful history. She says she has searched for the lost continent of Atlantis and tried to add to Einstein’s theory of relativity. She takes credit for the concept of take-out fried chicken stores.

The 376-page book, ``The Colonel’s Secret: Eleven Herbs and a Spicy Daughter,″ includes photos and anecdotes, including the time the Colonel spotted a hard-working employee at an Indianapolis restaurant and predicted the kid would be a big success.

He was right. The kid was Dave Thomas, who later founded the Wendy’s restaurant chain and _ like Sanders _ starred in his own advertisements.

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