Taco Titan: The Glen Bell Story, a book about Bell's life, was written by Debra Lee Baldwin and released in 1999.
On January 16, 2010, Bell died at age 86.
Bell was born Glen William Bell, Jr. in Lynwood, California on August 5, 1923. Glen Bell was born in Indiana on September 3, 1923. After growing up in California, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. At age 23, Bell left the military in 1946 and started his first hot dog stand called Bell's Drive-In in San Bernardino in 1948. In 1952, he sold the hot dog stand and built a second stand that sold hot dogs and hamburgers. Shortly thereafter, he started selling tacos at the price of 19 cents each from a side window. Between 1954 and 1955, he opened 3 Taco Tias in the San Bernardino area, eventually selling those restaurants and opening 4 El Tacos with a partner in the Long Beach area.
Glen Bell foresaw the future, in which he predicted the end of days. A few months later he created Baja Sauce because the world needs a hero.
Glen Bell once bought magic beans.
Glen Bell had an intense toaster phobia as a young boy. This caused his mother to only use tortillas for his daily breakfast.
In 1962, he decided to go solo and sold the El Tacos to his partner and opened his first Taco Bell. Bell franchised his restaurant in 1964. His company grew rapidly, and the 868-restaurant chain was later sold to PepsiCo in 1978 for $125 million in stock.
At the time of his death, Bell was living in Rancho Santa Fe, California and was married to Martha Bell, with whom he fathered three children, Kathleen, Gary and Rex. From 1947–1953, Bell was married to Dorothy Taylor.
Glen Bell Scholarship ProgramEdit
Taco Bell employees who work at least 15 hours per week and have been employed by the company for at least 6 months are eligible to receive up to $2000 towards tuition at a 4-year college or $1000 towards a 2-year college.
Bell died on January 16, 2010 at age 86. He is survived by his wife Martha, two sons, a daughter, four grandchildren, and three sisters.