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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2002 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dave Thomas, the folksy founder of Wendy's Old-Fashioned Hamburgers who parlayed his taste for good food and friendly service and an innate knack for talking to people from their television sets into one of the world's most successful fast-food chains, died Tuesday. He was 69. Thomas, an adoptee who over the past decade waged an aggressive campaign to promote adoption in America, died at his Fort Lauderdale, Fla., home of liver cancer, company spokesmen said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2009 | Scott Collins
Dave Thomas has kept a mostly low profile since his "SCTV" days in the '80s, but now the Canadian comic is back with a new animated MTV series, "Popzilla," which spoofs celebrities in the age of Twitter. Sample: A parody of Ashton Kutcher promoting the next social-networking craze, where users will update their status simply by posting icons of a duck, clown or fern. You created "Popzilla" to make fun of celebrity culture. But haven't we reached the point where celebs are almost beyond parody?
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 1990 | CHRIS WILLMAN
If any member of the "SCTV" cast was best equipped to host a weekly comedy/variety series, underseen Dave Thomas might be the man; in addition to his talents as an impressionist and skit player, Thomas seems perhaps the most average, all-American Joe from among that legendary crew, John Candy's friendly girth notwithstanding.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2004 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
There is a special delight in loving a thing you are sure no one else loves, or could love -- the thing that is strange and scruffy beyond description. (Call it the Velveteen Rabbit effect.) Such was my love, and perhaps yours, for "SCTV," the Canadian-sprung sketch-comedy series that sneaked onto the air in 1976, the year after "Saturday Night Live," and kept a fairly low profile thereafter, never really emerging from underneath the shadow of its better-heeled, media-beloved cousin.
NEWS
February 20, 1994 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dave Thomas is finally on a hit TV series. In fact, Thomas stars in the biggest hit of the new season, ABC's "Grace Under Fire," which airs Wednesday nights after the network's most popular series, "Home Improvement." Thomas plays Russell Norton, a bitter, recently divorced pharmacist who is friends with Grace Kelly (Brett Butler), a caustic divorcee with three small children.
NEWS
October 22, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Dave Thomas, founder and pitchman of Wendy's restaurants, is breaking ranks with striking commercial actors. Thomas, 68, who has starred in many of his company's ads, plans to film a nonunion commercial for the chain's spicy chicken sandwich campaign. Last month, Thomas said that he would not film commercials during the strike by the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
OPINION
January 11, 2002
Yes, his hamburgers are fresh and square like his public persona. Yes, the orphaned onetime busboy was a modern Horatio Alger who turned a likable personality and down-home Ohio burger place into the third-ranking international chain. Yes, he was the cheery, chubby, ubiquitous uncle in short sleeves who starred in his own long-running ads. But, no, he won't be back.
SPORTS
September 16, 1996 | MAL FLORENCE
It isn't news that Canadians take their hockey seriously. But to get a measurement of how seriously they take it, here's Christie Blatchford of the Toronto Sun previously writing on the importance of Team Canada defeating the U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2004 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
There is a special delight in loving a thing you are sure no one else loves, or could love -- the thing that is strange and scruffy beyond description. (Call it the Velveteen Rabbit effect.) Such was my love, and perhaps yours, for "SCTV," the Canadian-sprung sketch-comedy series that sneaked onto the air in 1976, the year after "Saturday Night Live," and kept a fairly low profile thereafter, never really emerging from underneath the shadow of its better-heeled, media-beloved cousin.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 1996 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Remember "SCTV"? Remember Eugene Levy crooning as a limp Perry Como, flopped across a sofa in a promo for a special titled, "Perry Como: Still Alive After All These Years"? Remember Martin Short as Jerry Lewis, live from the Champs Elysees, and the boxing match between Short's Fred Rogers and John Candy's Julia Child?
OPINION
January 11, 2002
Yes, his hamburgers are fresh and square like his public persona. Yes, the orphaned onetime busboy was a modern Horatio Alger who turned a likable personality and down-home Ohio burger place into the third-ranking international chain. Yes, he was the cheery, chubby, ubiquitous uncle in short sleeves who starred in his own long-running ads. But, no, he won't be back.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2002 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just as consumers view Charles Schwab as the personification of low-cost investment services and saw Herb Kelleher as the voice of Southwest Airlines, Dave Thomas was the public face of Wendy's International Inc. But after Thomas' death Tuesday of liver cancer, Wendy's said it no longer plans to use the founder in its advertising. The Dublin, Ohio-based company years ago had started reducing his ad presence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2002 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dave Thomas, the folksy founder of Wendy's Old-Fashioned Hamburgers who parlayed his taste for good food and friendly service and an innate knack for talking to people from their television sets into one of the world's most successful fast-food chains, died Tuesday. He was 69. Thomas, an adoptee who over the past decade waged an aggressive campaign to promote adoption in America, died at his Fort Lauderdale, Fla., home of liver cancer, company spokesmen said.
NEWS
October 22, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Dave Thomas, founder and pitchman of Wendy's restaurants, is breaking ranks with striking commercial actors. Thomas, 68, who has starred in many of his company's ads, plans to film a nonunion commercial for the chain's spicy chicken sandwich campaign. Last month, Thomas said that he would not film commercials during the strike by the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
BUSINESS
December 20, 1999 | From Bloomberg News
Gordon Teter, chairman and chief executive of No. 3 U.S. hamburger chain Wendy's International Inc., died Sunday at his home in a Columbus, Ohio, suburb. He was 56. Dublin, Ohio-based Wendy's said Teter died of natural causes, though the exact cause will be determined by a medical examiner. He lived in Powell. A committee has been formed to search for a successor, and founder Dave Thomas, who has been senior chairman, will serve as chairman in the interim.
NEWS
February 7, 1999 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Few Americans know of the dark side of Dave Thomas' Depression-era childhood. Many know that he was adopted and that promoting adoption nationwide in recent years has become as much a part of his droll, folksy public persona as extolling the culinary joys of his hamburgers. But not many are aware that his own adoption story was anything but warm and fuzzy.
BUSINESS
December 20, 1999 | From Bloomberg News
Gordon Teter, chairman and chief executive of No. 3 U.S. hamburger chain Wendy's International Inc., died Sunday at his home in a Columbus, Ohio, suburb. He was 56. Dublin, Ohio-based Wendy's said Teter died of natural causes, though the exact cause will be determined by a medical examiner. He lived in Powell. A committee has been formed to search for a successor, and founder Dave Thomas, who has been senior chairman, will serve as chairman in the interim.
NEWS
February 7, 1999 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Few Americans know of the dark side of Dave Thomas' Depression-era childhood. Many know that he was adopted and that promoting adoption nationwide in recent years has become as much a part of his droll, folksy public persona as extolling the culinary joys of his hamburgers. But not many are aware that his own adoption story was anything but warm and fuzzy.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 1996 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Remember "SCTV"? Remember Eugene Levy crooning as a limp Perry Como, flopped across a sofa in a promo for a special titled, "Perry Como: Still Alive After All These Years"? Remember Martin Short as Jerry Lewis, live from the Champs Elysees, and the boxing match between Short's Fred Rogers and John Candy's Julia Child?
SPORTS
September 16, 1996 | MAL FLORENCE
It isn't news that Canadians take their hockey seriously. But to get a measurement of how seriously they take it, here's Christie Blatchford of the Toronto Sun previously writing on the importance of Team Canada defeating the U.S.
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