6 Things You Didn't Know About Godfather's Pizza

This pizza chain taught Herman Cain invaluable lessons

Courtesy of Omaha World Herald

Throughout our history, we've elected (or rejected) presidential candidates who had previous jobs that were — let's be honest here — basically pretty boring. General. Governor. Congressman. Lawyer. Peanut farmer. Vice president (probably the most soporific of all). How refreshing, then — how exciting — for us here at The Daily Meal to have the chance to vote, in the next Republican presidential primary, for a man who actually ran a restaurant chain, and then headed up the whole darn National Restaurant Association.

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I mean, some of us probably won't vote for him, either because we're not Republicans or because we'd rather lend our support to, oh, maybe a chemical company executive or something — but at least we have the chance to elevate a guy who, at least in some small way, is one of our own.

The man we're talking about, of course, is Herman Cain, who parlayed a successful stint managing 400 Burger King units in the Philadelphia area into a post as chairman and CEO of the Godfather's Pizza chain, which he ran from 1986 to 1996 and turned into a very successful enterprise — and who is now running a primary campaign with some interesting proposals.

I must admit that I have never eaten a Godfather's pizza. The company was founded in Omaha in 1973 and today includes more than 600 "stores" (as the fast-food folks call their, um, fast-food joints) in about 40 states — but there has never been one near anywhere I've lived, on either coast. I plan to remedy this situation as soon as I can, but in the meantime, I thought it might be interesting to learn a bit about Godfather's.

What I found surprised me a little: Among other things, it has inspired comedy and parody, provoked criticism, and taught Herman Cain invaluable lessons.