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What: Carl and Margaret Karcher to receive second star on Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars.

When: 11 a.m. Tuesday

Where: On Harbor Boulevard, at the corner of the Transportation Center, North of Disney Way, in Anaheim. The event is free, and the public is welcome.



Age: 89

Born: Jan. 16, 1917, in Upper Sandusky, Ohio

Family: Wife, the late Margaret Karcher; children Anne Marie Wiles, Patricia LaGraffe, Margaret Jean LeVecke, Carleen Karcher (deceased), Carl L. Karcher, Catherine Karcher, Janelle Karcher, Father Jerome T. Karcher, Rosemary Miller, Barbara Wall, Joseph Karcher, Mary Miller; 51 grandchildren; and 39 great-grandchildren.

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Yellow star shines on

Hamburger chain pioneer Carl Karcher and his late wife will be honored on the Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars.


ANAHEIM – The smiling yellow star known for its charbroiled hamburgers will be honored with a granite star this month.

Carl Karcher, owner of the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain and longtime Anaheim resident, will with his late wife, Margaret, receive the second star on the Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars on Tuesday, his 90th birthday.

"Carl Karcher is being honored for his willingness to give back to the community," city spokesman John Nicoletti said. "He's so beloved by so many people."

Karcher is scheduled to attend the ceremony. Speakers at the ceremony will include: Mayor Curt Pringle; Andrew F. Puzder, president and CEO of CKE Restaurants Inc.; Carl Leo Karcher, son of Carl Karcher; and Carl D. LeVecke, grandson of Karcher.

The Walk of Stars was unveiled Nov. 10 along Harbor Boulevard. It began with a star for Walt Disney and is meant to honor leaders, entrepreneurs, and celebrities who have made an impact in Anaheim and Orange County.

The 3-by-3-foot polished granite stars will be embedded in the sidewalks of the resort district, extending down Harbor Boulevard and Katella Avenue. The stars are funded privately.

The fast food king started his business with a hot dog cart in Los Angeles and went on to open his first drive-in location in Anaheim. He is considered one of the most important entrepreneurs in Orange County.

Karcher and his wife have been active in numerous local charities, including the Boys & Girls Club of America, Orange County United Way, and St. Jude Hospital Foundation, among others. They also award college scholarships.

CKE Restaurants Inc. the parent company of Carl's Jr., also owns Hardee's, La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill, and Green Burrito restaurant chains.

In October, Karcher was the honorary grand marshal of Anaheim's Spooktacular Halloween parade.

Contact the writer: 714-704-3764 or

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