Oscar Meyer Dead

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July 8, 2009 by billie789

From HuffPost today:

“MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Oscar G. Mayer, retired chairman of the Wisconsin-based meat processing company that bears his name, has died at the age of 95.

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                             Man, that’s a big Weiner!

Mayer’s wife, Geraldine, said he died of old age Monday age at Hospice Care in Fitchburg.

He was the third Oscar Mayer in the family that founded Oscar Mayer Foods, which was once the largest private employer in Madison. His grandfather, Oscar F. Mayer, died in 1955 and his father, Oscar G. Mayer Sr., died in 1965.

Mayer retired as chairman of the board in 1977 at age 62 soon after the company recorded its first $1 billion year. The company was later sold to General Foods and is now a business unit of Kraft.

Mayer’s first wife, Rosalie, died in 1998. He married Geraldine Fitzpatrick in 1999.”

 

A family spokesperson said Meyer would be buried Saturday in a 6 foot-long, white, enriched-wheat, nutritionless bun with all the fixins, including 3 gallons of mustard, 60 lbs. of onions and 47 gallons of pickle relish.

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7 thoughts on “Oscar Meyer Dead

  1. torqdog says:

    Yeah, the jingle “I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener” has been in my head all day. I grew up with Oscars on the BBQ.

    Sad!

    Just curious…… can anyone identify and name the car and chassis the Wiener-mobile was mounted on?

  2. bill says:

    I believe it’s a Turbo Tube Steak engine on a French’s chassis, Vlasic transmission and Sauerkraut Racing wheels.

    Actually, it depends on which year and which version. Early models were Dodge or Jeep Willys. Later, Chevy motorhome chassis were used with Thunderbird tailights.

  3. billie789 says:

    Ok, that was really weird. I had to re-post this just now because it seems it was deleted…by some hot dog loving dude with an itchy delete finger.

    Wazzup?

  4. esarsea says:

    *start erie music* Don’t know. I checked the spam queue and the pending moderation file and it wasn’t in either place. Maybe it was the spirit of Oscar himself, taking exception to us making fun of his wiener.

  5. rsr348 says:

    Wow. I must have been too busy this week to catch the news. I know the Oscar Mayer plant well. (From the outside) Grew up in nearby Sun Prairie and we often passed it on our way into Madison. Always an interesting aroma drifting through the area. As children we were spared the gory details about what goes on in a meat processing plant. I recall seeing the weiner mobile at every area town event and always wanted to take it for a spin.

    • rsr348 says:

      Hehe. It’s probably a good thing I never got to drive one.

      Haven’t had time to stay caught up with the happenings on BS. Summer is zipping by in a flash and we’re trying to make the most of it. Hope everyone’s doing well.

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