James Delligatti has died and he probably accomplished a lot more in his 98 years other than making a burger, but nobody’s going to be talking about that today because Delligatti invented the Big Mac.
He was a franchise owner in the Pittsburgh area and he thought McDonald’s needed a bigger sandwich to compete with other burger joints.
Typical of corporations, however, McDonald’s kept saying “no”, his grandson says, until it relented in 1967.
The Big Mac also gave us one of the more famous commercials of the day.
Related: A Meal Disguised as a Sandwich: The Big Mac (Penn State University)
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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