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Doritos Creator Art West Dead at 97

samzenpus posted about 3 years ago | from the cool-ranch-in-the-sky dept.

Idle 178

The creator of Doritos has died in Dallas at age 97. Despite being the bane of keyboards and mouse wheels, Art West's famous snacks have become a staple in the geek diet. Doritos officially arrived in the U.S. in 1964 and has since expanded to 23 flavors. Art's Daughter Jana Hacker told The Dallas Morning News that the family plans on "tossing Doritos chips in before they put the dirt over the urn."

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Thanks (3, Funny)

djdanlib (732853) | about 3 years ago | (#37519626)

Well, I guess he had to cash in his chips eventually.

Thanks for the flavors, sir!

Re:Thanks (2)

tripleevenfall (1990004) | about 3 years ago | (#37519840)

Time to Frito-lay him to rest.

Re:Thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37519956)

That's a pretty cheesy joke...

Re:Thanks (2)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | about 3 years ago | (#37519968)

I dunno. I think it may have been more corny than cheesy.

Re:Thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37520034)

That's so punny!

Re:Thanks (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37520166)

You're just jealous because it's nacho joke.

Re:Thanks (1)

sconeu (64226) | about 3 years ago | (#37520800)

I guess we can't eat all we want... They won't make more.

Re:Thanks (1)

cvtan (752695) | about 3 years ago | (#37521138)

According to Fark.com he died of nachoral causes. Sorry.

Jana Hacker? (1)

chaboud (231590) | about 3 years ago | (#37519630)

Dude.. I want that name, especially if my family is responsible for such a hacker friendly snack.

today is a day that will live in infamy (1)

jsepeta (412566) | about 3 years ago | (#37519658)

so long, and thanks for the chips!

Re:today is a day that will live in infamy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37520502)

Infamy, infamy... They've all got it in for me!

Do you? (2)

akedia43 (1950226) | about 3 years ago | (#37519676)

Do you want ants? Because that's how you get ants!

Re:Do you? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37519690)

I do experiments on ants you insensitive clod!

Re:Do you? (1)

tripleevenfall (1990004) | about 3 years ago | (#37519960)

I am an ant you insensitive clod!

Re:Do you? (1)

MagikSlinger (259969) | about 3 years ago | (#37519736)

Archer, FTW!

Re:Do you? (1)

Homr Zodyssey (905161) | about 3 years ago | (#37520176)

Danger Zone!

Must be a case of the late-day munchies... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37519688)

...because I was oddly touched when I read this:

Art's Daughter Jana Hacker told The Dallas Morning News that the family plans on "tossing Doritos chips in before they put the dirt over the urn."

Re:Must be a case of the late-day munchies... (1)

elrous0 (869638) | about 3 years ago | (#37520146)

They should toss in the Cool Ranch flavored ones. At least then they would be good for SOME purpose.

Re:Must be a case of the late-day munchies... (1)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | about 3 years ago | (#37520762)

I'm not a huge fan of Cool Ranch myself, but there are people who swear by them. So they're good for keeping those people away from our (superior) flavors.

Re:Must be a case of the late-day munchies... (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | about 3 years ago | (#37520804)

I'm one of the Cool Ranch fans. :-) I eat other flavors, though, sorry.

I think I was the only one who liked the Pizza ones.

Ambivalent feelings... (3, Interesting)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 3 years ago | (#37519696)

You know....kinda sad, but also kinda angry.

I mean, as a kid...I used to like doritos. Heck...I remember when they had plain doritos....not sure when they stopped those and only started the flavored ones.

But I'm a bit mad now...this guy contributed to the crap food we in the US eat on a regular basis. Highly processed foods, with no nutrition....contributing to the high obesity rate we see out there today.

But then again...I guess I can't put the blame on this guy....hey, they taste good. Trouble is, people abuse fast food today. A bag of doritos in my house when growing up, was a rare occurance....maybe for a special weekend if we were going to grill out burgers or the like. It cerainly wasn't day-to-day food.

Ok..so, goodbye Mr. Doritos Inventor Guy....thanks for a fun treat.

It is just too bad, that somewhere in the past couple generations, we've lost parents that actually care about what their kids eat....than actually had at least ONE parent that knew how to cook and prepare a nutritious meal, and knew the importance of that, and at least the insistence of at least sporadic family sit down meals.

It isn't your fault that a 'treat' is now viewed as a regular daily fucking food by so many Americans that are so fat, that if they drop the bag on the floor at their feet, they can no longer easily see the fucker sitting there.....nor can their 2nd grade kids...

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37519772)

Yep, totally agree. I sometimes feel like people prefer to eat fastfood and McD to delicious fresh / home cooked food. Totally depressing we've become this way as a society.

As junk food goes, Doritos are pretty damn low on my list.

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37520026)

Hi. I'm one of those people you'd probably think prefers to eat fast food and mcDs.

It's not so much that I prefer it, though sometimes I do, but I live alone. I'm also fairly busy most of the time. So my options are either:

Stop at 5-guys burger and fries on the way home, get a burger and fries, and eat them for dinner. Added time: Maybe 10 minutes of of my way at most.

Or: make sure I have all the ingrediants needed for a meal, prepare it, wait for it to finish, eat it, then have to do a bunch of dishes, and then have to deal with leftovers of the same food for the next 3-4 days because its downright hard to cook for one person. Total time expense: a lot.

Now, if someone was willing to cook a home cooked meal for me, and take care of all of the shopping, prep work, and cleaning? Thats different. But even then..I've had a lot of bad homecooked meals. I've never had a bad baconator..

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (1)

atrain728 (1835698) | about 3 years ago | (#37520086)

I live alone.

Sounds like a catch-22.

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (3, Insightful)

newcastlejon (1483695) | about 3 years ago | (#37520330)

I've got two words for you, just two words: slow cooker [wikipedia.org] . Yes, I realise that they're only good for casseroles, soups and the like, but you can also come home to braised beef that melts in the mouth and if you like curry you'll love one of these gizmos (lamb works particularly well). A timer comes in very handy for things that need less cooking.

I'm also single and have little trouble cooking, subsisting as I do on slow-cooked fare, salads, stir-fry and other quickly-prepared meals. Another piece of advice I'd like to share is that you will probably find a lot of good recipes in so-called student cook books: they're packed full of meal ideas meant for people who have little time to cook. In fact, my book was the most useful thing I bought in my university years, next to a jug type water filter, which dramatically improves the quality of cheap vodka.

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (2)

SeanBlader (1354199) | about 3 years ago | (#37521168)

a jug type water filter, which dramatically improves the quality of cheap vodka.

Mythbusters tested, and busted. Sorry.

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (3, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | about 3 years ago | (#37520688)

If you actually put some thought into it it's a lot easier and cheaper to cook for yourself. Throw a hunk of meat into the oven, and simmer some rice. Walk away, come back 20 minutes later. You're done. Less than 10 minutes actually cooking, and far far cheaper than 5 guys.

Or like the other poster suggested, get a slow cooker. Once or twice a week make up some large batch of food, and freeze it in aliquots. I've got curry, baked beans, spaghetti sauce, and gumbo in my freezer right now. All I have to do is toss it in the microwave and prepare a starch to go with it. About 20 minutes actual work, but you eat 6-8 meals off of it.

Or on the weekend, cook yourself a big roast. Maybe a turkey. This is actually very easy. Just stick it in a bag, stick the bag in the overn, and walk away for a couple hours. The left overs will last most of the week, and you can do lots of things with them. Sandwiches of course. Or throw it in a salad.

You know what's really easy too? Quiche. Just get a pie crust from the store. Toss anything you have in to it, and fill with an egg/milk mixture. Bake it about 45 minutes. Less than 10 minutes actual work.

A lot of vegetables are really easy to make for yourself too. Try doing squash sometime. Just cut it open, remove the seeds, and bake it for an hour. Or microwave it for 10 minutes. Ridiculously easy, and do you have any idea how good squash is? It's really fucking good!

Or Broccoli. Boil water, blanch broccoli for 2 minutes, strain. You're done! You can even just rinse the pot out and put it back on the shelf. Honestly, the idea of paying someone to do something so simple, and get worse results than I could at home is repugnant to me.

As for dishes, there's a lot of good food that can be made in one pot. You don't need to be serving 4 course meals to yourself just to eat well. One pot, a plate and bowl, and your silverware. Is that really going to take you more than 10 minutes to clean? Unless you let your dishes pile up, there should never be that many in a single person household.

Your only barrier to feeding yourself well, cheaply and conveniently, is your own knowledge. If you're constantly looking up recipes and trying to figure out what to do, that can be stressful. But once you have a routine down, and work out of a well stocked kitchen it's all pretty trivial.

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (0)

lexsird (1208192) | about 3 years ago | (#37520866)

Are you saying your a fat lazy fuck? It happens to the best of us, so don't worry. Let me help if I may.

Buy a cook book. They are wrote for women. That translates into; You can be a completely clueless fucking idiot and cook stuff with their instructions. Get the Better Homes and Garden One, or something of it's ilk. It needs to be HUGE, and have ring binders so the pages don't flip while you are busy/greasy/covered in something etc.

Go buy some Tupperware, or be a Jew and save "butter" containers and stuff like that to freeze leftovers in. The best thing would be the multi-compartment containers that look like a food dish sort of, that way you can put the whole meal in the microwave when you get home and in 15 minutes or so be burning you fingers on it.

Next, look for shit you want to cook. Figure out what ingredients you will need. Place them on something called a "shopping list". You get off of work and go to something called a Super Market. Get a cart and find all the shit on your list and buy it. Take it home, put it away.

Find time, and cook up a meal. Dole out the portions into your containers and don't set and eat it out of the pans like a pig. Freeze the shit. Eat a decent meal, lose some fucking weight and save a LOT OF MONEY. When you lose some weight, you MIGHT meet someone, like a woman. You can invite her over to cook for her. She might take pity on you and decide you are a "project". She marries your dumb ass. She cooks, cleans, shops, and possibly fucks you as well.

You get fat again. You start to suck, she leaves. You get depressed and blow out your brains.

Fuck it, just keep eating out.

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (1)

DeathElk (883654) | about 3 years ago | (#37521268)

Obviously you haven't tried. Sure there may be a tiny inconvenience, but compared to the alternative of an unhealthy diet, it's a given.

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (1)

Riceballsan (816702) | about 3 years ago | (#37519870)

I have to agree with you, food dosn't make people fat, people make themselves fat, parents deserve the full blame for childhood obiesity, not McDonnalds, not Doritos or Count Chocula. Stupid genX parent "OMG that darn cartoon mascott is making my kid want unhealthy food, my kids are asking for unhealthy food and getting fat on it because of these evil marketers". No it isn't the marketers, it's your dumb ass who buys your kid everything they ask for, they are kids you are a parent, it's your flipping job to teach them moderation. Back to cave man times parents had to teach their kids not to eat poisonous berries frogs etc.. we have to teach our kids when they've had enough.

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (1)

PaulBu (473180) | about 3 years ago | (#37520582)

Back to cave man times parents had to teach their kids not to eat ... frogs -- I guess their lesson was lost on ancestors of French people! ;-)

Just had to, because I went through that sentence several times to parse it, in absence of punctuation it was not easy...

But you and GP are right! And I feel ambivalent as well, but they sure do taste good!

(Damn, did I actually make a grammar nazi comment? :( English is not even my first language, sorry, man!).

Paul B.

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (5, Interesting)

vlm (69642) | about 3 years ago | (#37519876)

But I'm a bit mad now...this guy contributed to the crap food we in the US eat on a regular basis. Highly processed foods, with no nutrition....contributing to the high obesity rate we see out there today.

Please reread the original article

age 97

Yeah I know, anecdote is not data, etc. But your rant is not gonna sit well about a dead nearly centurian. Sure, no corn and he might have lived to 110, but I think 97 is pretty good... If I "only" make it to 97 I'll be pretty happy. Pissed that I didn't make it to 98, but still pretty happy.

Also your rant is nonsense, regardless if corn and its byproducts are healthy, if it were not nutritious it would not make farm animals and people fat.

The final nonsense of your rant is the dorito was invented in 1964, about 40 years before widebodies started beaching themselves at the local walmart. I'm just guessing here, but I don't think it's the doritos.

non-nutritious would be stuff like sawdust, non-digestible fiber, cellulose plants in general...

I think you're confusing nutritious with good, just like some clowns confuse "natural" or "organic" with good.

In summary, I agree with you that corn and corn byproducts are not good for anything but fattening up cows and pigs before slaughter, so I try to eat as little corn and corn byproducts as possible. But your arguments are incredibly counter productive.

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (1)

MrTester (860336) | about 3 years ago | (#37520038)

I cant disagree with anything you say, but where the hell did the corn come in? I reread the article looking for what I missed, but the OP didnt mention corn once, and yet you disagree with his stance on corn. Do you know something I dont?

Surely your not assuming corn is the most harmful ingredient in Doritos, because my permanently orange stained fingers would argue otherwise.

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (2)

SleazyRidr (1563649) | about 3 years ago | (#37520592)

Doritos are made out of corn.

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (1)

guises (2423402) | about 3 years ago | (#37520780)

They're also made out of fat. Tons of fat - more than half a gram per chip. I agree with GP, the corn stuff and the pedantic use of the word nutrition came out of left field.

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (1)

Johnny Mnemonic (176043) | about 3 years ago | (#37520392)


But your rant is not gonna sit well about a dead nearly centurian.

You don't have any idea if he ate his own product. He may have lived to 97 because he knew what was in Doritos, and so chose not to.

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37520540)

Any smart dealer knows not to use, or in the worst case to only consume any at all when necessitated by your clients. Mr. West was probably the same. When Doritos were first made isn't germane to their discussion -- it'd be much more appropriate to ask both when did they become popular, and when did they get addicting food additives put in to them (i.e., MSG, and MSG precursors)?

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37520566)

The final nonsense of your rant is the dorito was invented in 1964, about 40 years before widebodies started beaching themselves at the local walmart. I'm just guessing here, but I don't think it's the doritos.

I still don't think it's the doritos, but it was commonly acknowledged in Britain that the USA had an obesity problem as far back as when I was at (the equivalent of) high school - early 1990s. Less than 30 years after doritos appeared.

Me? I think it's pervasive advertising, together with weak parenting. We're seeing a similar trend in the UK maybe a decade later, so I suspect increases in the effectiveness of TV advertising are a key cause, combined with reduced effectiveness of parental guidance owing to longer working hours, greater requirement for both parents to be breadwinners {and} single parent families.

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (1)

Jonner (189691) | about 3 years ago | (#37520652)

In summary, I agree with you that corn and corn byproducts are not good for anything but fattening up cows and pigs before slaughter, so I try to eat as little corn and corn byproducts as possible. But your arguments are incredibly counter productive.

You've obviously never eaten fresh, good tortillas as opposed to the crap in a bag which is the subject of TFA. It's fine if you don't personally like things made from corn, but to dismiss a grain which has been a staple for many cultures throughout history as only good for "fattening up cows and pigs before slaughter" seems ignorant and short-sighted at best. Which grains are fit for human consumption, oh great fount of wisdom?

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37519882)

A bag of doritos in my house when growing up, was a rare occurance....maybe for a special weekend if we were going to grill out burgers or the like. It cerainly wasn't day-to-day food.

Everyone I personally know still treats them the same way today. Maybe I'm out of touch, or maybe you're imagining the problem is bigger than it really is.

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (4, Insightful)

vlm (69642) | about 3 years ago | (#37520000)

A bag of doritos in my house when growing up, was a rare occurance....maybe for a special weekend if we were going to grill out burgers or the like. It cerainly wasn't day-to-day food.

Everyone I personally know still treats them the same way today. Maybe I'm out of touch, or maybe you're imagining the problem is bigger than it really is.

I checked the wikipedia and they typically sell around half a billion bucks worth of doritos per year in the USA. The vending machine in the basement sells a little lunch size snack for about a buck. There are about half a billion americans, plus or minus a heck of a lot of illegals. So the average american eats about one snack sized bag per year, or with an order of magnitude anyway. Supposedly that one annual bag is why one third of us are "fat" now. I'm thinking, no. Even assuming that only the fatties eat them and the skinnies never eat them, thats still only 3 snack bags per fatty per year.

I think this much like the widely quoted claim that the average american watches 8 hours of TV per day. Yeah, OK, whatever, its a gullibility test, nothing more.

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37519940)

I think it is more than a little sad that I have impressed others with my 'cooking skills' by doing little more than opening the package, adding water, and sticking it in the microwave.

They should be impressed if I present them a home-made Quiche with a wonderfully flaky hand-made crust, not when I cook flavored rice in the microwave and add a layer of cheese on top... That is just bachelor food.

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (1)

Hatta (162192) | about 3 years ago | (#37520018)

I think it is more than a little sad that I have impressed others with my 'cooking skills' by doing little more than opening the package, adding water, and sticking it in the microwave.

I'd be really impressed with your cooking skills if that got you anything other than a steaming bag of soggy corn chips and maybe a damaged microwave.

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (1)

vlm (69642) | about 3 years ago | (#37520128)

I'd be really impressed with your cooking skills if that got you anything other than a steaming bag of soggy corn chips and maybe a damaged microwave.

You know what makes an absolutely killer topping on top of mac n cheese? Like blow you away amazing flavor? Smashed nacho cheese Doritos, that's what. The key to eating fattening unhealthy stuff like pasta / cheese / doritos is its a special slow cooked winter snack, eaten in reasonable small portions, maybe as a side dish, not every freaking day at lunch, not eat more and more until you feel like you need the vomitorium.

They also make a weirdly tasty replacement for cornmeal for breaded fish. Plenty of seasoning in there, after all. Again, unless you wanna die, deep fried fish is a special snack, not a weekly bacchanalian feast.

Also crumbled up and tossed on a salad, they bring some serious flavor. More than most croutons, anyway.

People would think you're a lunatic if you drank ketchup like it was beer. I look at doritos the same way... yummy flavored cornmeal goodness as a condiment or flavoring, not as the primary source of calories in a meal.

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (2)

Homr Zodyssey (905161) | about 3 years ago | (#37520240)

People would think you're a lunatic if you drank ketchup like it was beer.

But...Ronald Reagan told me it was a vegetable....

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (1)

tripleevenfall (1990004) | about 3 years ago | (#37519970)

You should emote at Coca-Cola and Pepsico, as well as the fast food chains. Then after doing that for a couple of hundred years, worry about processed snack foods.

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (1)

jazman_777 (44742) | about 3 years ago | (#37520046)

It is just too bad, that somewhere in the past couple generations, we've lost parents that actually care about what their kids eat....than actually had at least ONE parent that knew how to cook and prepare a nutritious meal, and knew the importance of that, and at least the insistence of at least sporadic family sit down meals.

Not just caring about what we eat, but teaching us some self-control. My mother wouldn't stop me from scarfing those Nacho Cheese Doritos when we got a bag. She was just too soft on me, bless her heart.

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (1)

Homr Zodyssey (905161) | about 3 years ago | (#37520336)

Sorry, but I and all of my Gen-X neighbors cook decent meals and sit down to supper every evening with our families. We police our children's diets, and we only scarf down a bag of Doritos once a month or so -- as a cool treat.

If anything, we're stricter on our kids than our parents were. My mom never purposefully bought "organic" food -- there was no such products in the 80s. Sometimes, they gave us cupcakes or cookies at school! (gasp!) I was allowed Kool-aid whenever I wanted it. Heaven forbid I let my kid take a peanut-butter sandwich to school, but they actually used to serve that to us in the cafeteria! And they cut the peanut butter with honey!

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (1)

lexsird (1208192) | about 3 years ago | (#37520624)

Sweet Jesus man, find a cross and we will nail you to it, you miserable bastard. Seriously, we need your diatribe about junk food; it's not like we haven't heard it all of our fucking lives. How about we find you, capture you and fuck with you. We put you in a cage and starve the shit out of you and when you are about to die, we toss you a bag of Doritos and see if a. you eat it. b. if you do, does it save your life? Too much? Not enough? Not enough, ok, then we give them to you a chip at a time, and play "Simon Says". Quick a play on "Silence of the Lambs"; "It eats the Doritos from the floor, or it gets no Doritos any more." Overboard? Ok. But it would give you a righteous reason to bitch about Doritos, no? You wouldn't be wallowing in this state of flux between "he was great, no, he was a cunt" concerning the inventor.

The point is, it's Doritos inventor, he's dead. It's a sad day. Now fuck off.

Just kidding. Too bad they didn't find a way to insert vitamins in them or something, like Total Cereals. Total Doritos, what a fucking concept, huh? If you are going to be fat, be healthy. Or is that an oxymoron? Who the fuck knows, I am hungry now.

Re:Ambivalent feelings... (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | about 3 years ago | (#37521172)

It is just too bad, that somewhere in the past couple generations, we've lost parents that actually care about what their kids eat....than actually had at least ONE parent that knew how to cook and prepare a nutritious meal, and knew the importance of that, and at least the insistence of at least sporadic family sit down meals.

I think you've mistaken Ozzie and Harriet for a documentary - it's not. It's fiction. Seriously, as with so much else, there never was such a golden age except in rose tinted and selective memory.

Dirt over the urn? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37519718)

Perhaps I've lived a sheltered life, but I've never heard of burying an urn.

Re:Dirt over the urn? (1)

Megahard (1053072) | about 3 years ago | (#37519904)

It's not uncommon, we did this with my mother. A couple of reasons -
- If the death and burial are some distance apart, transportation is a lot easier
- You can fit an urn into a family plot between full-size plots.

Re:Dirt over the urn? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37519966)

- If the death and burial are some distance apart, transportation is a lot easier
- You can fit an urn into a family plot between full-size plots.

And in this specific instance, after Art West's ashes have been scattered, you can fill the urn with dip and have some chips at the wake!

Re:Dirt over the urn? (1)

pixelpusher220 (529617) | about 3 years ago | (#37520384)

golf-clap...kudos to you sir for going where only 1 man had gone before

Re:Dirt over the urn? (2)

MarkGriz (520778) | about 3 years ago | (#37520636)

And in this specific instance, after Art West's ashes have been scattered, you can fill the urn with dip and have some chips at the wake!

Just don't double dip. That's disgusting

The architect of America's obesity epidemic (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37519720)

This person did not do the United States any favors by creating a type of junk food. Think about how many billions of dollars in unnecessary medical costs are due directly or indirectly to his invention. You may as well give a medal to the guy that invented cigarettes.

Re:The architect of America's obesity epidemic (1)

Moheeheeko (1682914) | about 3 years ago | (#37519776)

Sure AC, blame the food, not the lack of willpower/good parenting skills. Those damn chips just forced everyone to eat them at knifepoint.

Re:The architect of America's obesity epidemic (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37520212)

Fuck off, cunt.

Re:The architect of America's obesity epidemic (2)

PessimysticRaven (1864010) | about 3 years ago | (#37519834)

This person did not do the United States any favors by creating a type of junk food. Think about how many billions of dollars in unnecessary medical costs are due directly or indirectly to his invention. You may as well give a medal to the guy that invented cigarettes.

I'm sorry, I must have missed where it's become common place to blame the creator of something for the way it's misused by consumers who exist to, gee, I don't know, consume?

Very glad I arrived late to to station so I didn't board that bandwagon before departing.

Re:The architect of America's obesity epidemic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37520030)

I'm sorry, I must have missed where it's become common place to blame the creator of something for the way it's misused by consumers who exist to, gee, I don't know, consume?

I believe that started when Ms Liebeck [wikipedia.org] led the charge against personal responsibility.

mmmm CORN (1)

Thud457 (234763) | about 3 years ago | (#37519860)

I'm sure Archer Daniels Midland [wikipedia.org] has greater culpability.

Re:mmmm CORN (2)

blair1q (305137) | about 3 years ago | (#37520504)

It's not the corn, per se. Corn is pretty good for you.

But this corn is fried, sugared, covered in salt and chemicals, then packaged in petroleum products.

It's like putting a slice of tomato on a Ring Ding and calling it a salad.

Re:The architect of America's obesity epidemic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37520204)

Think of all the money we could save if we were to put down all the intellectually deficient children at adolescence. As an added bonus we'd not have to read posts like your in the internet.

Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37519732)

Posted at 4:20? Someone's got the munchies.

Re:Really? (1)

Soilworker (795251) | about 3 years ago | (#37519786)

hahah nice one, I actually laughed to this.

Yes, I'm baked.

Re:Really? (1)

ganjadude (952775) | about 3 years ago | (#37519854)

damn... i missed 4 20!

Re:Really? (2)

somaTh (1154199) | about 3 years ago | (#37519924)

It's September. Maybe you should consider cutting back a bit...

Created what? (1)

frovingslosh (582462) | about 3 years ago | (#37519808)

Just what did this guy "create"? Corn chips (no)? Adding absurd flavors to an otherwise perfectly good snack (that seem to be someone else's later invention)? Or just the marketing name for his corn chip?

Re:Created what? (2)

ari_j (90255) | about 3 years ago | (#37520250)

According to Wikipedia, the original flavor in 1964, and only flavor available until 1972, was Taco. Perhaps flavoring was novel at the time, but Wikipedia also points out that Doritos was the first brand of tortilla chip to be launched nationally. So I'll go with your last option: He accomplished essentially a marketing coup.

Re:Created what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37521088)

nothing, he just copied a popular mexican recipe, and he didn't even bother to find an english name for the dish and just used a spanish word. But he did manage to sell it better than anyone else.

Just what did this guy "create"? Corn chips (no)? Adding absurd flavors to an otherwise perfectly good snack (that seem to be someone else's later invention)? Or just the marketing name for his corn chip?

Intolerance (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37519822)

When I developed an MSG intolerance, it was Doritos for which I wept.

I will eat a bag of Tapatio flavor in his honor (1)

mykos (1627575) | about 3 years ago | (#37519896)

These things are delicious.

Re:I will eat a bag of Tapatio flavor in his honor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37521128)

Wait, what? When did Tapatio flavor come out? Isn't that the sort of thing the national emergency broadcast system was created for? Dammit. How many stoned nights have I spent eating plain old taco flavor? Think of the children!

This one didn't eat the crap it was selling you (-1, Troll)

gd23ka (324741) | about 3 years ago | (#37519926)

Obviously this guy stayed away from the transfat ([partially] hydrogenated fats) MSG/ Aspartame mix he's pushing down your throats. Expect to go a bit earlier as a result of your diet, Americans.

Re:This one didn't eat the crap it was selling you (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37519982)

Interesting rant.

As this American hasnt had a bag in a year (and that was one of the small snack ones). What exactly was your point? Other than to be a racist bigot? Maybe to show off how cool you are? OH I KNOW I should do exactly what you do because you just know so much better.

Three words for you. Get over yourself...

Re:This one didn't eat the crap it was selling you (1)

gd23ka (324741) | about 3 years ago | (#37520182)

How does the racism card even apply here?

Re:This one didn't eat the crap it was selling you (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37519996)

Obviously this guy stayed away from the transfat ([partially] hydrogenated fats) MSG/ Aspartame mix he's pushing down your throats. Expect to go a bit earlier as a result of your diet, Americans.

u mad euro-bro?

Re:This one didn't eat the crap it was selling you (1)

_0xd0ad (1974778) | about 3 years ago | (#37520006)

Maybe he, you know, ate them in moderation like you're supposed to.

And Aspartame? Since when is there Aspartame in Doritos?

Re:This one didn't eat the crap it was selling you (1)

gd23ka (324741) | about 3 years ago | (#37520194)

:-) it's nowadays even found in fertilizer, just so you know why those grapes taste so damm good

Plain Doritos: exist anymore? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37519994)

You can't find them anywhere. You can find all these un-natural flavors, but not just a plain freaking Dorito?

Re:Plain Doritos: exist anymore? (1)

smbarbour (893880) | about 3 years ago | (#37520266)

The original Doritos flavor was Taco. Right now, they appear in retro packaging. I see them all the time at the local convenience store in Podunk, USA. If you are looking for unflavored Doritos... They're sold by Frito-Lay under the trade name Tostitos.

Introducing ash-flavored chips... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37520036)

Coming soon... Ashy Doritos!!! Now with more bone flavor...

Real cause of death (1)

MoldySpore (1280634) | about 3 years ago | (#37520064)

The real cause of death was that he found an old Dorito 3D chip behind his couch and, like all Dorito's 3D's, it cut the crap out of his mouth and throat and he bled to death.

3D Doritos: charging for air. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37521094)

What an ingenious product. Create an air filled shell of air, and sell it. Genius!

Mummification (3, Funny)

Ukab the Great (87152) | about 3 years ago | (#37520106)

Are the Dorito's he's buried in merely symbolic, or do they also perform some sort of preservative function as well?

It's all about the Pentiums, what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37520202)

You've gotta be the dumbest newbie I've ever seen
You've got white-out all over your screen
You think your Commodore 64 is really neato
What kinda chip you got in there, a Dorito?

Bane of Keyboards (1)

ari_j (90255) | about 3 years ago | (#37520210)

Let's just go ahead and blame a Doritos-brand chip being stuck in the submitter's keyboard (and the editor's spell-checker) that caused Mr. Arch West's name to be misspelled in the story.

Re:Bane of Keyboards (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37521100)

I was just about to point that out. A rudimentry check of wikipedia would have cleared this up... or even READING TF STORY. Hell, the URL for the story even has his name spelled correctly.

He must not have consumed... (1)

capitaladot (1132409) | about 3 years ago | (#37520214)

... much of his own creation.

Bigtime Supporter of Organic Food/Fresh Local Food (1)

hackus (159037) | about 3 years ago | (#37520220)

However, when watching old Trek Reruns on You Tube, I lose all sense of pride and down a bag of the damn things.

Most unfortunate.

I also get the Doritos Angst sometimes while coding or looking at SVN bug report filings.

Good Heavens!

God help me.

-Hack

PS: On top of that, every Doritos bag is 100% GMO corn too, so I realy hate myself afterwards eating that crap.

Get the natural version (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37520554)

Just go to your local nature/health market and look for something that resembles doritos. I guarantee they will have something that will substitute, without a single artificial ingredient.

Re:Bigtime Supporter of Organic Food/Fresh Local F (1)

Jonner (189691) | about 3 years ago | (#37520682)

PS: On top of that, every Doritos bag is 100% GMO corn too, so I realy hate myself afterwards eating that crap.

Yeah, engineering is bad. People never should have modified food crops. Look how far cows have come eating unmodified grass!

Price question (1)

Tasha26 (1613349) | about 3 years ago | (#37520254)

How much do you pay for those overpriced tortillas in the US? (in the UK it's about $3 for 250g. A multibuy deal price brings it down to $2.30)

Re:Price question (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37520674)

I wish I had a bag on hand to check the weight; whatever the standard size here (US) is typically costs $4 when not on sale, although it's not unusual to see them for effectively half of that if you wait for a good sale.

College lunch in 1976 (1)

Rick Richardson (87058) | about 3 years ago | (#37520476)

R.I.P. College lunch: Doritos and a quart of Miller beer.

tata (3, Insightful)

trb (8509) | about 3 years ago | (#37520478)

Good-night, salty prince.

Taco Flavor Forever (1)

dosun88888 (265953) | about 3 years ago | (#37520666)

I just bought a couple bags of Taco Flavor (the original) in their original-design packaging (think Pepsi Throwback for Doritos if you haven't seen these).

Then I got back to my hotel and read this.

I'll dump a bag out on the floor in his honor.

Aw, man... (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | about 3 years ago | (#37520748)

I will observe a moment of silence and enjoy a "big grab" bag tonight in his honor.

You think I'm kidding.

So long... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37520768)

and thanks for all the chips.

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