The inventor of the Big Mac has crossed the bar, or maybe the bun, at the age of 98:
Michael “Jim” Delligatti came up with the iconic McDonald’s burger nearly 50 years ago.
The franchise owner from Uniontown, Pennsylvania put the stacked treat on sale at one of his restaurants in 1967.
Of course, it’s especially wonderful that someone named Michael would be called “Jim.” (Consider the case of my one surviving brother, James, who was named after our Uncle Pete.)
Delligatti’s creation irritated the McDonald’s brass, but it sold like the very dickens at all 48 of his stores, and McDonald’s eventually adopted it system-wide.
One thing has changed since I was manning Mickey D’s grill in 1970:
Big Mac Sauce is delivered to McDonald’s restaurants in sealed canisters designed by Sealright, from which it is meant to be directly dispensed using a special calibrated “sauce gun” that dispenses a specified amount of the sauce for each pull of the trigger. Its design is similar to a caulking gun.
That might have been almost fun for seventeen-year-old me, toiling in Greaseville for a buck ninety-five an hour.