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Jim Delligatti, the creator of McDonald's Big Mac, dies at 98

Jim Delligatti, the creator of McDonald's Big Mac, dies at 98

You probably don't know his name, but you've almost certainly devoured his creation: two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun.

Michael James “Jim” Delligatti, the McDonald's franchisee who created the Big Mac nearly 50 years ago and saw it become perhaps the best-known fast-food sandwich in the world, died Monday at home in Pittsburgh.

Delligatti, who according to his son ate at least one 540-calorie Big Mac a week for decades, was 98.

His franchise was based in Uniontown, not far from Pittsburgh, when he invented the chain's signature burger in 1967 after deciding customers wanted a bigger sandwich. Demand...

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