View Full Version : RIP bagel pioneer Murray Lender

03-22-2012, 02:46 PM
Murray Lender, the man behind the company credited with introducing most Americans to bagels has passed away (http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBIT_MURRAY_LENDER?SECTION=HOME&SITE=AP&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT). Lender, born in 1930, helped turn his father's Connecticut bakery into a national bagel powerhouse, turning out 2.75 million Lender's Bagels a day, while never forgetting his roots. A Connecticut friend mentioned Lender's used to drop off green bagels for school children on St Patrick's Day.
For you bagel purists, Murray told the AP in 1986, "Taste is a very subjective matter. It's clear and simple: We make 2 3/4 million bagels a day. Obviously an awful lot of people are happy with it." Coincidentally, Consumer Reports' May issue features a bagel breakdown which honros Lender's Bagels as one of the best. This has not gone over well (http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/03/21/new-yorkers-question-consumer-reports-top-bagel-picks/) in New York.
Regardless of your feelings on Lender's Bagels, we probably wouldn't even be having the bagel argument without Murray Lender.

Mmm... bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese a little lemon juice and black pepper. Food of the gods. :star:

03-22-2012, 02:59 PM
Exactly. If popularity were the measure of taste, McDonald's would be considered food.

03-22-2012, 04:28 PM
Yeah, I'm not a fan of Lender's Bagels, but he was a great entrepreur. RIP.