The man credited with creating Doritos will be buried along with some of his beloved snack chips…

Arch West died September 20 of natural causes at a Dallas hospital. He was 97. His remains were cremated, and the family plans to bury the urn inside a burial box at a local cemetery on Saturday.

The family requested that friends and relatives who attend the graveside service be allowed to toss Doritos around the box as a tribute.

“He would think it is hilarious,” said his daughter Jana Hacker, a resident of the Dallas area. “The cemetery does not mind because they are biodegradable…”

West, a marketing executive for the Frito-Lay, as eager to produce a salty snack chip after sampling a crunchy, “tortilla-type chip” at the roadside stand while on vacation in Southern California in the early 1960s, Hacker said.

“The company didn’t really like the idea, but Dad managed to direct some (research and development) money into the project,” Hacker said.

The rest is crunchy, tangy history

Rock on, Arch!




  1. ben-in-the-woods says:

    Are they sure they bio-degrade? I bet they don’t ….

  2. msbpodcast says:

    “The cemetery does not mind because they are biodegradable…”

    Ummm… There’s some doubt about that.

    Part of the cause for Obesity, Heart Attacks, High-Blood-Pressure, Colorectal Cancers etcetera is that we can’t digest the crap.

    High Fructose Corn Syrup is an absolute plague on this country.

  3. borg9 says:

    The plain chips are made of ground corn, vegetable oil, and salt. But, don’t let that get in the way of your religion.

  4. Olo Baggins of Bywater says:

    They’re not going to have time to degrade because the squirrels will eat them.

  5. Dave Koss says:

    K, can’t take it anymore. I’ll be back once you go to the old design again.

    • ben-in-the-woods says:

      ha ha … All change is bad and must resisted ….

      • Dave Koss says:

        No, more like half-assed, crappy change just for the sake of doing it is bad and must be resisted. You really think stretched pictures, double column skinny articles, and titles that accidentally cover up the articles are fun to look at? It looks like a high school web design class in here.

  6. jbenson2 says:

    What’s the logic of letting the pink comment coverup part of the image?
    Really a half-assed layout.

  7. Rich says:

    I like the new tiny typeface but I imagine it’ll give some baby Boomers fits.

  8. So what says:

    Two words describe the new layout fucking awful. Hey admittedly the old one could use some touching up but this is just bad. Please change back or something.

  9. shooff says:

    Give us back our serif fonts. I hate putting on glasses to read the computer.

    Serif is easier to read….proven.

    Out

  10. bobbo, DU is on Probation for ME, YOU may be in luck says:

    Ha, Ha. I’ll bet they do biodegrade==inside the intestines of a dead squirrel.

    Did hear some commentary on the “fact” that all these greasy food magnates all live into their late 90’s. What hasn’t been confirmed is whether or not they eat their own product.

    Good on the Family and the Cemetery. They honor the man and the public.

  11. Ah_Yea says:

    I mentioned this on another thread. Seeing how many posts on this thread have come from Bobbo, Dallas and Pedro, now more than ever I believe this to be essential.

    Yes, this new site format is broken.

    It doesn’t fix the real problems that needed to be addressed.

    Foremost, reverse to the prior format then do the following:

    1st. No more than 4 comments on any thread.
    2nd. No more than 250 words on any comment.

    This would vastly reduce inane babbling, create comments that get to the point, and reduce flame wars.

    Let’s call it the “Bobbo Rule”.

    • bobbo, I'm giving this a WEEK and then probably quitting. Not a threat, maybe a treat?===but I can't stand this format. Harder to follow personal exchanges. I have left other sites that made these same changes. RIP. says:

      Ah Yea–I agree Bobbo Rules, but enough about me.

      Please state why you don’t like my participation on DU? I do recognize your liberal 4 comments per post. I could easily go with that—why not? Does rather leave “the reason” for this change totally in the dark?

      So far, the only benefit I see is that it accepts copy and paste links. THAT is worthwhile.

      Personally, I enjoy the longer posts–even those not from me. I think Guyver is an example to us all. I gain insight from his “body” of response==to me and others. That will be lost if he cuts and pastes his review to each poster. Yes, we all need shorter attention spans.

      So tell me/us===why don’t you like my posts? We’ve got long and rambling and too many. Go to the substance. Respond on point or I will surely stay.

  12. admfubar says:

    eeep!
    ok how about a bit more contrast in the font color..
    it is way too light
    serif fonts are only easier to read on paper. sanserif are for video displays, as the dpi is only 72 to 92 or so.. paper is much higher and you can see the detail of the serifs

  13. dubi doo says:

    Looks great on a large full screen!

  14. Somebody says:

    This link is “tastier” read what “blake” has to say.

  15. Somebody says:

    Holy Crap! I’m going backwards in time!

  16. HUGSaLOT says:

    Doritos for evah!


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