BIG MAC CRE­ATOR DEL­LI­GATTI, 98, DIES

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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 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.

Del­li­gatti’s fran­chise was based in Union­town, not far from Pitts­burgh. He in­vented the burger in 1967, after de­cid­ing cus­tomers wanted a big­ger sand­wich. De­mand ex­ploded as Del­li­gatti’s sand­wich spread to the rest of his 47 stores. It was added to the chain’s na­tional menu in 1968.

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