Jim Delligatti was a franchisee in Pittburgh, Pennsylvania who came up with the idea of the Big Mac because his customers wanted a bigger sandwich. McDonald’s were content with the popularity of their burger, fries, shake meal and were resistant at first to the new sandwich. That was in 1967.
Mr Michael James Delligatti was said to have had one Big Mac at least a week over the past 5 decades. The Guardian has reported that Mr Delligatti has not received any form of royalty payment whatsoever for his creation, the Big Mac.
Today, we celebrate the 98 inspirational years of Big Mac inventor, Michael “Jim” Delligatti. Jim, we thank and will forever remember you. pic.twitter.com/wmEFrmazdn
— McDonald’s (@McDonalds) November 30, 2016
The Guardian cited an interview of Mr Delligatti in 2005 at the Pittsburg Tribune-Review in which Mr Delligatti joked that he received “dollar apiece” on total international sales before admitting; “No, honey. I don’t get anything. I’d love to have a tenth of a cent.”
Mr Delligatti was a great philanthropist who assisted refugee families in getting care for their children and an advocate of many charities. He was a military veteran from World War II that served in Europe. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons, 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.