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Al Copeland
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Restaurateur
    (February 2, 1944-March 23, 2008)
    Born in New Orleans, Louisiana
    Founded the Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits fast food chain (1972)
    Also founded the restaurants Copeland's of New Orleans, Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro and Sweet, Fire & Ice
    Founded the restaurant supply company Al's Diversified Foods and Seasonings
    Also known for his annual Christmas light displays
    Commenting on his flashy attire and cars, the New Orleans Times-Picayune called him Louisiana's homegrown Liberace.
    He was married and divorced four times.
    The judge from his third divorce pled guilty to offering a favorable child custody ruling in return for a seafood contract with Copeland's restaurants.
    His fourth wife charged him with domestic violence.
    After losing a riverboat gambling license to casino owner Robert Guidry, he and Guidry got into a fistfight at a local steakhouse.
    After borrowing heavily to purchase rival Church's Chicken, he filed for bankruptcy and lost both chains (1992).
    His father abandoned the family shortly after his birth.
    He provided Christmas gifts to a thousand needy children a year.
    After feuding with Anne Rice, he said he would add more garlic to the recipes to ward of vampires.
    He commented, 'If you've got a dream, you might as well dream big.'

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