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Duncan Hines

Born: 26-Mar-1880
Birthplace: Bowling Green, KY
Died: 15-Mar-1959
Location of death: Bowling Green, KY
Cause of death: Cancer - Lung
Remains: Buried, Fairview Cemetery, Bowling Green, KY

Gender: Male
Religion: Anglican/Episcopalian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business, Critic
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Roadside gourmet

Duncan Hines worked as a traveling salesman for more than three decades, in a time long before franchised restaurants and hotels. He kept meticulous notes on which establishments fed him well or provided him with a good night's sleep, and wrote and self-published popular travel guides, offering readers his tasteful advice on roadside diners and hotels. Hines' published his first cookbook in 1939, and with annual updates, his guidebooks and cookbooks made him famous.

In 1947 he was approached by an entrepreneur, Roy H. Park, who wanted to put Hines' well-respected name on kitchen products from pickles to appliances. Their company, Hines-Park Foods, made both men millionaires, and the Duncan Hines brand name was sold to Procter & Gamble. Hines died in 1959, and his guidebooks were discontinued after 1962. The cookbooks are still in print, but to modern diners, Duncan Hines is just a brand of cake mix (now owned by Pinnacle Foods).

Father: Edward Ludlow Hines
Mother: Cornelia Duncan Hines (d. 1884 pneumonia)
Brother: Porter Hines
Wife: Florence Chaffin Hines (m. 27-Sep-1905, d. 1938 cancer)
Wife: Emelie Tolman Hines (m. 1939, div. 1945)
Wife: Clara Wright Nahm Hines (b. 1904, m. 1947, d. 1983)

    High School: St Columba School, Bowling Green, KY
    University: Western Kentucky University (dropped out)

    R.R. Donnelley & Sons 1938-40
    Kentucky Colonel
    Risk Factors: Asthma, Smoking

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Author of books:
Adventures in Good Eating (1936)
Lodging for a Night (1938)
Adventures in Good Cooking (1939)
Duncan Hines Vacation Guide (1948)
Duncan Hines Food Odyssey (1955)
Duncan Hines Dessert Book (1955)

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