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Table of Contents
                            Title Page
Copyright Notice
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Praise for Grinding It Out
About the Author
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Page 94


I knew something was drastically wrong as soon as I heard the tone of June
Martino’s voice on the telephone. She said Harry Sonneborn had to talk to me
immediately. I felt a queasy foreboding that this problem would have something
to do with Clem Bohr. Harry and I had discussed Bohr and his recent strange
behavior just before I’d left Chicago to look over some new locations on the East

Bohr now had eight sites on which he had McDonald’s buildings in various
stages of completion. He’d been giving us enthusiastic reports all along, but
suddenly he’d grown remote and uncommunicative. He didn’t return Harry’s
calls, and June had been trying to reach him for a couple of weeks without

Harry came on the line from our attorney’s office. “Ray,” he said, “I’m afraid
we are in deep trouble.”

“Don’t tell me … is it Clem Bohr?” I asked.
“You guessed it. We have had mechanic’s liens filed against us on the

locations he’s leased to us. The son of a bitch never got clear title to any of this
property. He never had the things financed. Now the owners are coming back on
us.” My reply to that probably melted a few miles of Bell System’s wires.
Suddenly our little company’s promise of prosperity looked more like the brink
of bankruptcy. “What the hell are we going to do, Harry?” I shouted. “How
much money are we talking about?”

“Well, Ray, it’s going to be at least $400,000,” he said.

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Praise for Grinding It Out
About the Author


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McDonald’s, BigMac, Filet-O-Fish, Quarter Pounder, Egg McMuffin, Ronald McDonald, McDonald’s All-
American Band, and the golden arches symbol are trademarks owned by McDonald’s Corporation.

GRINDING IT OUT. Copyright © 1977 by Ray A. Kroc. Afterword copyright © 1987 by Robert Anderson. All
rights reserved. For information, address St. Martin’s Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010.

Reprinted by arrangement with McGraw-Hill Education.

The Library of Congress has cataloged the hardcover edition as follows: Kroc, Ray, 1902–1984.
Grinding it out: the making of McDonald’s / Ray Kroc, with Robert Anderson.
p. cm.
ISBN 978-0-8092-8259-3 (hardcover) 1. Kroc, Ray, 1902–1984. 2. McDonald’s Corporation. 3.
Restaurateurs—United States—Biography.
TX910.5.K76 A34 1977

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