News that McDonald’s has pulled out of its longtime Olympic sponsorship deal on Friday brings to mind another not-so-golden moment for the golden arches.
Before the start of the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles, the fast-food chain announced a nationwide promotion that offered free Big Macs, French fries and Cokes every time a U.S. athlete reached the medals podium.
Then the powerhouse team from the former Soviet Union decided to boycott those Olympics, opening the way for the Americans to go on a winning streak.
Some McDonald’s locations in the San Francisco Bay Area reportedly ran short of hamburger buns. In Southern California, a corporate spokesman told The Times:...