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McDonald’s Celebrates Big Mac’s 25th

May 4, 1993

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ McDonald’s celebrated today the 25th birthday of the Big Mac, the two-patty hamburger that has become an icon of American fast food.

Jim Delligatti, the franchise owner who invented the Big Mac on a summer night in 1968, blew 25 candles out on a 200-pound hamburger-shaped cake at a McDonald’s in downtown Pittsburgh.

Ronald McDonald and a high school band marched in a short parade.

Delligatti came up with the Big Mac in the kitchen of a McDonald’s he owned in suburban Pittsburgh. ″I just felt that what we needed was a good, big sandwich, and I felt that I had made a good big sandwich,″ he said.

The Big Mac, featuring two all-beef patties, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions and a special sauce on a toasted sesame seed bun, is the flagship of the fast-food chain.

Delligatti said the secret to the Big Mac’s success lies in the sauce.

So what’s in it?

″I’m sorry, but we’ll have to skip that part,″ he said.

Mayor Sophie Masloff declared today ″Big Mac Day.″ From 11 a.m. to noon, the price of the sandwich at the downtown location was rolled back from $1.79 to 49 cents.

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