Born in 1928, Lamar David Little worked as a welder in Fort Wayne, IN. A fan of tasty snacks, he, like many black people both past and present, was a fan of eating the nutty kernels inside of sunflower seeds. Being a man of diverse taste, however, he soon tired of the lack of flavor options and quit his job to spend as much time as possible creating new flavors for the seeds. He tried to write suitable formulas for all his favorite flavors, and after his pig foot, watermelon, and malt liquor recipes didn’t work, he settled on BBQ in 1982. It remains a popular treat for black America to this day; many believe that pouring a handful and shaking the seeds around enhances the flavor.