Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Lovin it

"If I'd known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken a lot better care of myself."
-Mickey Mantle, football player Bobby Layne, and others

57 year old Don Gorske, no relation to former Erie County Executive Dennis Gorski, will eat his 25,000th Big Mac on Tuesday. What I find funny, is how thin he looks. Doctors don't have a clue...

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) - Don Gorske plans to eat his 25,000th Big Mac on the 39th anniversary of eating his first.

A special ceremony is planned at McDonald's in Fond du Lac Tuesday afternoon.

The 57-year-old Fond du Lac man says he ate nine on May 17, 1972 and has only missed nine days since then, for various reasons. He usually eats two a day.

He has kept most of the boxes or receipts or has made specific notes in calendars that he's kept.

Gorske says he probably has an obsessive-compulsive disorder but he doesn't consider it a problem.

He jokes that 25,000 is a milestone because people didn't think he'd live this long. But he says he recently saw a doctor who said he was in good health and his cholesterol is low.

This story reminded me of a promotion McDonalds had in conjunction with the 1984 summer Olympics. Every time you purchased food that summer, you were given a card with a specific event. If an athlete or team from the USA won a gold medal, you won a free Big Mac. If they won a silver medal, you got an order of fries. Bronze-a large Coke.

Well, the Soviets and the Eastern Bloc countries all pulled out as a payback to the US, for pulling out four years earlier in Moscow. So pretty much, any kid (or adult) could eat every day for free that summer at McDonald's, assuming the US athletes could beat out traditional Olympic heavyweights like Trinidad & Tobago. I just remember going to McDonald's like ten days in a row to the point where I didn't even want it anymore. They had a big board in the lobby with each event and the events' winners listed. Hey, the USA beat Liechtenstein in Water Polo! Great. I'd like another Big Mac, please. Puke...


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