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Todd Mills, who launched a Facebook group that resulted in an iconic fast food product has passed away at 41.
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A less imposing man would be hard to find. Frail, short, bespectacled and bald at an early age, Roger Bost's mortal frame was outfitted with a voice so thin and reedy that he could barely be heard above the muted whispers in the legislative hearing rooms where he often spoke 40 years ago. /more/
that traffic to healthcare.gov has been extremely heavy in the wake of improved performance after the Obama administration's self-imposed deadline that the site would work smoothly for the "vast majority" of users by December 1. It appears that the heavy traffic is now leading to a surge in enrollments. We noted the other day
According to Politico sources, around 29,000 people signed up for private health insurance using the site on Sunday and Monday alone, more than the total number of people who signed up using the federal portal in all of October.
This is promising news for the front-end consumer experience, though questions about the back-end transfer of data to insurance companies linger.
that in a speech focused on the healthcare law today, President Barack Obama will also touch on economic issues, including a call to raise the federal minimum wage. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats The New York Times reports are reportedly considering a vote on the minimum wage before Christmas.
Sen. Mark Pryor has brought up minimum wage hikes before against his challenger Rep. Tom Cotton, who voted against a raise in the House, so Pryor may see some political opportunity here.
Mills, a vice president of media and information tech at the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, never sought any compensation for coming up with the idea. He told Arkansas Times in March 2012 that the brainstorm came to him in 2009, as he was eating a taco when a commercial for Doritos came on TV. "I looked at my wife and said: 'How awesome would it be if this taco shell was a Dorito?' " Mills said. After sending a letter about the idea to Doritos maker Frito Lay and being told no, Mills launched a Facebook campaign called the "Taco Shells from Doritos Movement" in 2009, posting pictures of news events, celebrities and famous art with cheese-dust-covered taco shells Photoshopped in.
In 2012, Mills was contacted by Taco Bell, who flew him to their test kitchen in California to taste their new product: the Doritos Locos Taco. Mills later learned that in early 2010, around six months after he wrote to them, Frito Lay had approached Taco Bell with the idea of a Doritos-flavored taco shell. For his part, Mills was allowed to taste a prototype Doritos Locos Taco, then went home. Though Taco Bell has since sold over $1 billion in Doritos Locos Tacos, Mills never received any payment
"Everybody that I tell about this," he told us in 2012, "says 'You should be getting some money off these'... I've never once said that I deserved any sort of compensation. I can't be the first person to think of this."
Mills had to quit work in August as his cancer progressed. During Mills' treatment and surgeries, a website was set up to help offset the cost of his medical bills. USA Today reports Mills' friend as saying Taco Bell donated $1,000. On Mills' death, Taco Bell issued a statement that called Mills a "true friend."
"We are honored to have had his support through the Doritos for Taco Shells Movement on Facebook," the statement read in part, "and we admire his strength and optimism during his recent battle. Our thoughts and sympathies are with Todd's family during this time."
Mills is survived by his wife, Ginger, and his daughters, Tyler, 19, and Lainey, 6.
UPDATE: Just checked Taco Bell's Facebook page, and the story of Mills' death — and Taco Bell's $1000 contribution — is going viral and beginning to cause some backlash for the company. Scroll down on the right hand side of their page and look for "Recent Posts by Others on Taco Bell."
Gah! Came back to edit my above post and cannot! I want to be clear…
Did that ploy work for Huckle? Thinking about an old Dylan line. . .about a…
a thousand dollars. How did they ever afford that much! Parasites at the top.
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