Processed Meat Mogul Oscar Mayer Dead from Natural Causes at 95

Left: Wienermobile

According to Channel3000 and The Associated Press:

Oscar G. Mayer, retired chairman of the Madison, Wisconsin-based meat processing company that bears his name, died at Hospice Care in Fitchburg, WI from “complications of old age.” He was the third Oscar Mayer in the family that founded Oscar Mayer Foods and retired as chairman of the board in 1977 at age 62 soon after the company recorded its first $1 billion year. The company was later sold to General Foods, now a division of Kraft.

Among people of a certain age, who can forget the two famous jingles:

Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener
That is what I truly want to be
‘Cause if I were an Oscar Mayer wiener
Everyone would be in love with me.

Video of original 1965 commercial

My bologna has a first name, it’s O-S-C-A-R
My bologna has a second name, it’s M-A-Y-E-R
Oh, I love to eat it every day, and if you ask me why, I’ll say,
“‘Cause Oscar Mayer has a way with B-O-L-O-G-N-A.”

Video of original 1973 commercial

Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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