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SURVEY SHOWS DUKE IS TOP TURKEY THIS THANKSGIVING

         SURVEY SHOWS DUKE IS TOP TURKEY THIS THANKSGIVING
    PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Who better to rank the biggest


turkeys of the year than the customers of Bassett's Original Turkey, the nation's first franchised chain of turkey restaurants?
    Bassett's Original Turkey, based in Philadelphia, polled its customers during the second week of November.  Who were the winners (or losers, depending on your perspective)?
    David Duke checked in as the biggest turkey of the year -- and with his recent loss in Louisiana, it seems that his electorate agrees with customers of Bassett's Original Turkey.  Others who made the list include Sen. Ted Kennedy, Saddam Hussein and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.  Here's the full list:
     1)  David Duke
     2)  Clarence Thomas
     3)  Donald Trump
     4)  George Bush
     5)  Jim and Tammy Bakker
     6)  Saddam Hussein
     7)  Jimmy Swaggart
     8)  John Sununu
     9)  Dan Quayle
    10)  Ted Kennedy
    "Our customers know real turkeys when they see them," said Roger Bassett, the 31-year-old entrepreneur who is franchising his turkey stores throughout the country.  "That's all they get at Bassett's Original Turkey, real fresh breast of turkey sandwiches, entrees and salads."
    Bassett cautioned that like turkey itself, those who made the list might be wrongfully maligned.  "The term  turkey' connotes a loser.  But turkey as food is a real winner.  It's low in fat, cholesterol and calories.  It's the reason that our business is growing so quickly."
    Bassett founded his company in 1983 when his father, who suffered from high cholesterol, asked his son to make him something healthy for lunch.  Bassett, who owned an ice cream stand in downtown Philadelphia, roasted a turkey and piled the meat high on fresh-baked bread.
    Customers saw the sandwich and asked for one of the same.  Within a month, Bassett had converted his store to a turkey-only restaurant.
    Since then, Bassett has gone on to become the Colonel Sanders of turkey -- roasting thousands of turkeys every month at his 10 locations. He said he plans to open 20 new stores during 1992.
    "The demand for turkey is growing faster than the demand for any other meat, red or white," said Bassett.  "People want low-fat, low- cholesterol foods.  We've turned the turkey into a winner.  Now let's see if those people on the list can do the same."
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    /NOTE TO EDITORS:  Roger Bassett is willing to share his secrets for cooking a great turkey (as well as what to do with leftovers) with readers and listeners.  Bassett has also prepared a top 10 turkey list specific to the Delaware Valley./
    /CONTACT:  Gregory Matusky of Gregory Communications, 215-642-8253, for Bassett's Original Turkey/ CO:  Bassett's Original Turkey ST:  Pennsylvania IN:  FOD SU: FC-SM -- NYTFNS3 -- 5196 11/20/91 07:13 EST
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