With three high-profile passings in the first quarter of 2008, we reported exclusively earlier this week about a possible conspiracy in the deaths of America's fast food founders.
After detailing the recent deaths of Al Copeland of Popeye's Famous Fried Chicken, Fatburger's Lovie Yancey and Carl Karcher, founder of Carl's Jr., we indicated a spike on the conspiracy chart.
And we promised to keep close watch on the April obituaries.
It didn't even take that long.
The LA Times reports this morning:
"Herb Peterson, inventor of the Egg McMuffin, has died, a Southern California official of McDonald's restaurants said Wednesday. He was 89.
"Peterson died peacefully at his Santa Barbara home on Tuesday, said Monte Fraker, vice president of operations for McDonald's restaurants in that city.
"Peterson came up with idea for the signature McDonald's breakfast item in 1972.
"He began his career with McDonald's as vice president of the company's advertising firm, D'Arcy Advertising, in Chicago. He wrote McDonald's first national advertising slogan, 'Where Quality Starts Fresh Every Day.'"
More to come.