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Morrie Yohai
Birth: Mar. 4, 1920
Harlem
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Jul. 27, 2010
Kings Point
Nassau County
New York, USA

Food Folk Figure. He created the snack "Cheez Doodles". Raised in Harlem and the Bronx by a Turkish immigrant family, he graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, worked for Grumman Aircraft, and served with the US Marine Corps in the South Pacific during World War II. After the conflict he became president of Old London Foods which his father had founded as King Kone in the 1920s. Desiring to add to his firm's repertoire of ice cream cones, popcorn, and Melba toast, he set about developing a salty cheese snack in the mid-1950s; the result was a three inch tube made of corn meal processed under high pressure, then cut with a high speed blade, flavored with cheddar cheese, and baked. Yohai insisted on spreading credit for his creation among his staff (though he did admit to thinking-up the name); the product was so successful that in 1965 his company was purchased by Borden, which made him a vice president. Not withstanding his modesty, he referred to his upscale home as the "house that Cheez Doodles bought", and proudly displayed a photo of Julia Child eating his invention. At his death, Cheez Doodles, marketed by Wise, continued to be a best-seller. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
Burial:
Mount Hebron Cemetery
Flushing
Queens County
New York, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Aug 03, 2010
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Morrie Yohai
Added by: Bob Hufford
 
Morrie Yohai
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- Lazer
 Added: Jul. 27, 2014
Rest in peace
- Cindy
 Added: Jul. 27, 2013

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