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  • Harrison McCain, who helped to turn a small potato business into a global food empire largely by popularizing the frozen French fry, died last week of kidney failure at age 76.

  • Brian Maxwell, the former world-ranked marathoner who helped create the PowerBar in his kitchen, died of a heart attack while waiting on line at the post office in northern California. He was 51.

KC's View:
Not to make light of either death, but it is indeed ironic that the father of the frozen French fry lives to 76, and the father of the PowerBar only gets to 51.