Michael 'Jim' Delligatti, Creator Of The Big Mac, Dies At Age 98

November 30, 2016

"Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun."

Michael "Jim" Delligatti, the inventor of the iconic McDonald's Big Mac, died Wednesday at the age of 98. People have plenty of feelings about it. 





Delligatti's family says he ate at least one Big Mac every week until his health started to decline in his last couple years. 

Here are a few things you might not know about the classic burger. 

1. Delligatti owned a McDonald's franchise in Pittsburgh and invented the Big Mac in 1965. He got it on the menu at his franchise in 1967, and by 1968, it was on the menu at every McDonald's restaurant in the United States. 

2. Delligatti created his famous burger to compete with the Big Boy sandwich from the Big Boy restaurant.

3. Before it was the "Big Mac," the burger was called the "Aristocrat" and the "Blue Ribbon Burger." Esther Glickstein Rose, a McDonald's advertising secretary, reportedly gave it the name it bears now.  

4. Delligatti's burger has it's own persona: Officer Big Mac

5. Only one in five Millennials has ever tried a Big Mac. McDonald's is trying to keep the burger relevant by testing out variations of it — the Mac Jr. and the Grand Mac — in some markets.