James Whitman McLamore,70, a fast-food pioneer who...


James Whitman McLamore,70, a fast-food pioneer who helped found Burger King, turning one burger joint into a worldwide venture, died of cancer Thursday at his home in Coral Gables, Fla.

Mr. McLamore got into the restaurant business at 24, running a 14-seat counter in Miami in 1950.

He and Dave Edgarton opened Insta Burger King in Miami in 1954. They dropped the Insta from the name in 1957, the year they introduced the broiled Whopper, now consumed at the rate of 2 million sandwiches a day.

The pair sold Burger King Corp. to Pillsbury in 1967. The world's second-biggest fast-food company now is part of Britain's Grand Metropolitan PLC.

Herbert Huncke,81, a charismatic street hustler who inspired writers, including William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac and was featured as characters in their books, died Thursday of congestive heart failure in New York. Mr. Huncke introduced Kerouac to the term "beat," gave Burroughs his first drug fix, and guided them as well as poet Allen Ginsberg and others through the seamy Times Square of the 1940s.

Robert H. Clampitt,69, founder and president of the Children's Express national news service, died of heart failure Thursday in New York. In 1975, he founded Children's Express, a nonprofit syndicated news service that trains children ages 8 to 18 to be reporters and editors.

Julian Stryjkowski,91, whose philosophical and moralistic novels portrayed a wide spectrum of Jewish life in Poland, died Thursday in Warsaw, Poland, after a long illness. Two of his best-known works, all published in Polish, were "Austeria" and "Voices in the Darkness."

Pub Date: 8/10/96

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