| | Dec 2 | People
Jim Delligatti, 98, one of the first McDonald's franchisees, passed away on Monday, November 28, in Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh. Jim was the creator of the Big Mac. Why was it called the Big Mac? Because, said Jim, the Big Mc didn't seem right.
Ray Kroc opened the first restaurant in the McDonald's chain in Des Plaines, Illinois, in 1955. Jim met Ray that year at a restaurant convention in Chicago, and opened his first McDonald's in western Pennsylvania in 1957. At age 49, which would be in 1967 or 1968, Jim created the Big Mac. In 1971 he pioneered breakfast at McDonald's by introducing pancakes and sausage. Today breakfast brings in 15 percent of McDonald's sales.
In 1979, Delligatti co-founded...