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Was Uncle Ben a Real Person?

21 Sep

We looked it up on StraightDope.com and found this helpful info …  

Uncle Ben does, indeed, appear to have been a real person. According to the official Uncle Ben’s, Inc. website (www.unclebens.com), he was “an African American rice farmer known to rice millers in and around Houston for consistently producing the highest quality rice.” Unfortunately, the site explains, the details of Uncle Ben’s life are lost to history, although they seem to be aware that he died sometime before the late 1940s, when Gordon L. Harwell, the first president of Converted Rice, Inc. (the predecessor of Uncle Ben’s Inc.) and his partner decided to call the rice that they had been supplying exclusively to the Armed Forces during World War II Uncle Ben’s® Converted® Brand Rice.

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