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Boise native here. OP, did you ever get a chance to meet/interact with Mr. Simplot before he died? I ask because he's always kind of been a hero of mine, and I'd love to hear an employee's perspective.

I met him once, when I was maybe 5 or 6. My dad took me and my two sisters (ages 3 and 7 roughly) out to McDonald's as a special treat, and while we were eating in the restaurant, a car with a custom "Mr. Spud" license plate pulled up. An elderly couple got out of it and came inside, smiling and nodding to a couple of people who recognized them as they came in. When they passed our table, the husband smiled kindly and said something to the effect of, "You have three very beautiful little girls, sir," to my father.

At the time, I didn't think much of the compliment, but as I got older and learned who the elderly man was and how much he had done for Idaho, I grew to treasure it.