Now comes this email that argues for the existence of the donut burger as early as 2002 [emphasis added]:
In 2002, when I was working for Discover Card in Riverwoods, Illinois, I came up with the DoeBee, a cheeseburger set between two halves of a Krispy Kreme donut. Unfortunately, the company cafeteria was on some sort of a health-food kick and wouldn't pick up my creation. However, they did make up a special batch of cheeseburgers one morning so that we could test it on our interns. It was an incredible success. We also tried a breakfast version with a sausage patty and a chocolate-covered cake donut. It was interesting, but the chocolate overwhelmed the sausage. Same situation with chocolate and a cheeseburger.
The women, of course, thought the idea was disgusting. However, after market-testing it, we found that it had an incredible market in drunk college students and fat middle-aged guys.
My plan was to sell it around college campuses, particularly fraternities. However, I was unable to find anyone else to invest in this (ad)venture. So, everyone knew it as "Earl's disgusting donut burger idea." The women I knew became very tired of hearing about it.
Anyway, I figured it was just an idea whose time had yet to come. Then, last year, I went berzerk when I heard about all of the hooplah surrounding the baseball all-American burger. They had stolen my idea.
I received many phone calls from friends, laughing about how someone had actually made money off of this. Meanwhile, my female friends who thought the idea was disgusting told me that I should have opened up a stand over by Northwestern when I had the chance.
Anyway, I wanted to set the record straight.
FYI: I can provide you with affidavits from managers at Discover Card to verify what I am telling you, the truth of the DoeBee.
The slogan was, "Don't be a Do Be when you can eat a DoeBee."
Don't worry about the affidavits; your story sounds credible. I'm sorry you didn't capitalize on this sooner, but I don't think this burger is patented. Couldn't you still open a stand near Northwestern? I'd imagine you could even operate out of a lunch truck (right) and become a late-night drunken-college-student institution. In fact, please do this! You'd be increasing the world's happiness quotient!