Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Rest in Peace – Michael "Jim" Delligatti, Creator of the Big Mac

NPR – "Creator Of McDonald's Big Mac Dies At 98"

"Delligatti was one of McDonald's earliest franchise holders, opening his first restaurant in Pittsburgh in 1957. He eventually owned and operated 47 additional McDonald's locations in Western Pennsylvania, making him one of the single largest franchise holders in company history.

The menu was pretty simple back in those early days - hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries and shakes. But Delligatti saw that his customers wanted something bigger, so in 1967 at his restaurant in Uniontown, Pa., he put together two hamburger patties, topped it with cheese, lettuce, onions, and pickles, and he developed a special sauce for the burger. He called it the Big Mac.

In a 1993 interview with the Associated Press, he said McDonald's initially rejected the burger.

"I tried for two years to have McDonald's let me try to make this Big Mac and they said no," Delligatti said, adding, "They figured, why go to something else if (the original menu) was working so well?"

So Delligatti made and sold Big Macs in his Pittsburgh-area restaurants, experimenting with the special sauce along the way, until eventually, McDonald's executives came around and began selling the Big Mac nationally. Now, almost 50 years later, the Big Mac is sold in more than 100 countries and has become the most popular sandwich on the planet, according to the fast food chain."

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Vegas Golden Knights

ESPN - "NHL welcomes Vegas Golden Knights as league's 31st team"

""We now have an identity," Foley told just before the announcement. "My whole idea was to create a logo and a name that was powerful that would epitomize the warrior class. The Knights are the epitome of the warrior class, the top of the line in terms of defending the realm, defending the unprotected. This is all part of the culture we want to create with the hockey team."

The NHL announced that Las Vegas would be home to the league's 31st team after a board of governors meeting in the city on June 22. Not only will the Golden Knights be the NHL's first expansion team since the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild during the 2000-01 season, but they also will become the first of the four major North American professional sports leagues to have a team in Las Vegas.

Foley said he went with "Vegas" instead of "Las Vegas" for the NHL team name because that is how most locals refer to the city."

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Dave Chappelle Hosts SNL

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Mapping the Future of U.S. Transportation

The Verge - "The Future of America is Driverless"

Q: Some say Americans will never give up their cars. How do you create a mass transit system that appeals to Americans?

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx: Two of the largest groups in our society today are the boomers and the millennials. In some ways, they’re both looking for the same thing: to live closer to the central core of cities, where they don’t have to get in a car all the time. What our system hasn’t done is respond to those demographic changes. Out of our Highway Trust Fund, 80 cents on every dollar spent goes into our road system and only 20 cents goes into transit. For a country that is urbanizing, the way we pay for infrastructure doesn’t correlate. We need a more flexible funding approach at the federal, state, and local level that is demand-driven, not supply-side driven, and that responds to what people want. High-speed rail is going to be something people embrace as we see it happen in places like California and possibly Texas and Florida. The more it succeeds, the more people are going to want it where they live. That, coupled with fixed rail transit, bus transit, roads and highways, bike paths, and places for people to walk are going to give the people the choices they want.

New Album from A Tribe Called Quest

New York Times - "Loss Haunts A Tribe CalledQuest’s First Album in 18 Years"

Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill

Vulture - "Damn, Gary Oldman Looks Really Good As Winston Churchill"

Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon
Gary Oldman as Drexl Spivey

Old Advertising: John Madden for Miller Lite (1981)

BroBible - "How John Madden’s 1981 Miller Lite Commercial Marked A Turning Point In His Career (Plus, What Does He Think Of Roger Goodell?)"