Growing up in Los Angeles (my family lived there until I was nearly 9 years old) we were lucky enough to have In-N-Out Burger, Tommy's Original World Famous Hamburgers and Fatburger within easy driving (although given that my mother a health food devotee, we didn't actually get to visit these places frequently). I've always loved that Fatburger was so willing to include the word "Fat" in its name, as it's a moniker that would never have passed muster these days.
On January 26, 2008, Lovie Yancey died at the age of 96. She was the founder of the Fatburger chain, creating the first one on Western Avenue in 1947. It was originally called Mr. Fatburger and in 1952 she dropped the Mister and the partners with which she had originally founded the shop. In 1990 she sold her rights to all locations, save the original one, to a group of investors.