The man who gave the world the Big Mac died Monday. Michael James “Jim” Delligatti, who created one of the world’s best known sandwiches died at home in Pittsburgh surrounded by his family. Delligatti, a McDonald’s franchisee was 98.
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The Big Mac debuted at Delligatti’s Uniontown, Pennsylvania restaurant in 1967, at the price of 45 cents. The item proved to be very popular and was added to the menu of all US McDonald’s restaurants in 1968.
Interestingly enough, the Big Mac didn’t start off with the iconic name we’re so familiar with today. Delligatti originally named his creation the Aristocrat, but that name proved to be to difficult to pronounce, so he renamed his creation the Blue Ribbon Burger.
Third Time Lucky
Esther Glickstein Rose, a young advertising secretary who worked at McDonald’s corporate headquarters back in the 1960s came up with the Big Mac name, and the rest as they say, is history.
Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun.
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