Long Beach Resident Named Finalist in KFC's National Seniors' Award



Through Basketball, Local Senior Builds Teens' Confidence



19 Jun, 1997, 01:00 ET from KFC Corp.

    LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Have you ever wanted to skydive,
 help those in need or start your own business?  These are a few of the feats
 America's seniors are tackling after retirement.  It just so happens a senior
 in Long Beach, Calif., is being recognized nationally for a similar
 accomplishment.
     Tom Amberry, 74, is one of 12 finalists in the Colonel's Way Award, KFC's
 national award honoring the achievements of older Americans.  Listed in the
 "Guinness Book of World Records" for the most consecutive basketball free
 throws, "Dr. Tom" is a retired podiatrist who teaches free throw shooting to
 local teenagers and professional basketball players.  Even though he teaches
 mechanics, positive thinking and concentration, Dr. Tom stresses the secret to
 the free throw is the confidence players have within themselves.
     Nominated in the sports category, Amberry first was chosen from 30,000
 entrants as one of 100 semifinalists.  The judges will narrow the 12 finalists
 to six winners, one from each of the following categories:  arts, business,
 community service, education, family and sports.  One will be selected as the
 $10,000 grand-prize winner.
     "While other awards honor the youth in our society, the Colonel's Way
 Award is the only program I'm aware of that honors the later-in-life
 accomplishments of seniors," said Randy Gier, senior vice president-marketing
 for KFC Corp.  "Statistics show our population is aging, and we feel it is
 important to communicate that seniors play a vital role in our communities.
 These 12 finalists are perfect examples."
     The Colonel's Way Award is named after Colonel Harland Sanders, who, at
 age 62, founded Kentucky Fried Chicken.  After retiring from running his own
 restaurant in 1956, the Colonel used his $105 Social Security check to travel
 the country selling KFC franchises full time.
     KFC honors the category winners on July 23, in Corbin, Ky., KFC's
 birthplace.  There, KFC will announce the grand-prize winner and award the
 $10,000 cash prize.  In addition, the grand-prize winner's nominator will
 receive $1,000.  The remaining five category winners each will be awarded
 $2,500 and their nominators will receive $500.
     Today, with more than 5,100 restaurants nationwide, KFC is the leading
 chicken restaurant chain in the U.S., providing complete chicken meals for the
 entire family.
 
 

SOURCE KFC Corp.
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Have you ever wanted to skydive,
 help those in need or start your own business?  These are a few of the feats
 America's seniors are tackling after retirement.  It just so happens a senior
 in Long Beach, Calif., is being recognized nationally for a similar
 accomplishment.
     Tom Amberry, 74, is one of 12 finalists in the Colonel's Way Award, KFC's
 national award honoring the achievements of older Americans.  Listed in the
 "Guinness Book of World Records" for the most consecutive basketball free
 throws, "Dr. Tom" is a retired podiatrist who teaches free throw shooting to
 local teenagers and professional basketball players.  Even though he teaches
 mechanics, positive thinking and concentration, Dr. Tom stresses the secret to
 the free throw is the confidence players have within themselves.
     Nominated in the sports category, Amberry first was chosen from 30,000
 entrants as one of 100 semifinalists.  The judges will narrow the 12 finalists
 to six winners, one from each of the following categories:  arts, business,
 community service, education, family and sports.  One will be selected as the
 $10,000 grand-prize winner.
     "While other awards honor the youth in our society, the Colonel's Way
 Award is the only program I'm aware of that honors the later-in-life
 accomplishments of seniors," said Randy Gier, senior vice president-marketing
 for KFC Corp.  "Statistics show our population is aging, and we feel it is
 important to communicate that seniors play a vital role in our communities.
 These 12 finalists are perfect examples."
     The Colonel's Way Award is named after Colonel Harland Sanders, who, at
 age 62, founded Kentucky Fried Chicken.  After retiring from running his own
 restaurant in 1956, the Colonel used his $105 Social Security check to travel
 the country selling KFC franchises full time.
     KFC honors the category winners on July 23, in Corbin, Ky., KFC's
 birthplace.  There, KFC will announce the grand-prize winner and award the
 $10,000 cash prize.  In addition, the grand-prize winner's nominator will
 receive $1,000.  The remaining five category winners each will be awarded
 $2,500 and their nominators will receive $500.
     Today, with more than 5,100 restaurants nationwide, KFC is the leading
 chicken restaurant chain in the U.S., providing complete chicken meals for the
 entire family.
 
 SOURCE  KFC Corp.