McDonald's Celebrates The Big Mac's 50th Anniversary

The world-famous sandwich was invented by Jim Delligatti locally

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NORTH HUNTINGDON (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - It's Big day for the Big Mac and Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Thursday would’ve been Big Mac inventor Jim Delligatti’s 100th birthday and McDonald’s is marking the occasion to also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the world-famous sandwich.

A 1993 Post-Gazette article says that Delligatti created the Big Mac at a McDonald's on McKnight Road and then began selling the sandwich in Uniontown in 1967 and it went national in 1968.

At the Big Mac Museum on Route 30 in North Huntingdon, son Michael Delligatti tells the KDKA Radio Morning News his dad came up with the sandwich on a summer evening.

“[It] sold for about 45 cents and went national a year later.”

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To mark the anniversary, McDonald's is giving away a MacCoin with purchase of a Big Mac that you can later use for a free Big Mac anytime through the end of the year.

Andrew Limberg

Delligatti says there are five different designs of the coin.

“It’s a different coin forever decade and you can redeem them for a Big Mac. We’ll actually give you one if you buy a Big Mac [Thursday].”

Michael says at one time his family owned 48 McDonald’s and he says he now has 20.

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