Someone earlier had asked the question about how RD came to acquire these 19 franchises in the first place.. I'm sorry I don't have the post, or know the poster's name, but I remember reading it, and it has stuck in my head. So yes, RD was an executive at a clock company, I'm sure that was a wonderful position and that he had a great career, and that he probably walked out of there with a very handsome pension. But how does one acquire 19 popular fast-food chain franchises? So upon pondering that thought, I wondered if it is possible that this story could go further back to the days when RD was employed.. and I'm wondering if there could be more to the way in which he exited, than just a simple retirement. Although..... in counting back, it seems like RD would have been at the right age for that, so this is perhaps fruitless. And if there was some big 'to-do' (perhaps between RD and some other management person/people) wherein RD ended up being asked to leave, with a big pile of money to make up for some kind of an early dismissal and to promise his silence on the matter, and prevent any wrongful dismissal types of claims.. then surely people would have known about it, and SS would have discovered this information. So swipe that theory.. but still.. where'd the initial money come from to purchase those 19 franchises?