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.
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