First it was the King of Pop. Now, Oscar G. Mayer, the King of Hot Dogs and former chairman of the most recognizable name in wiener-ville, passed away Monday at the ripe old age of 95 in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, where he was in hospice care.
Mayer, who was the third Oscar Mayer in the family, retired as chairman of the board of the Wisconsin-headquartered family meat business in 1977 at the age of 62, just a short time after the company had reached the one-billion-dollar milestone.
No word on what's to become of the bright orange Oscar Mayer wiener wagon, but I hope Mr. Mayer, wherever he is, is having fun in the bun, downing as many damn foot-longs as he can. It is, after all, National Hot Dog month, and according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans will stuff more than seven billion tube steaks down their throats between the Fourth of July and Labor Day.
In honor of that, let us sing:
My bologna has a first name, it's O-S-C-A-R
My bologna has a second name, it's M-A-Y-E-R
Oh, I love to eat it every day, and if you ask me why, I'll say,
'Cause Oscar Mayer has a way with B-O-L-O-G-N-A.
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