Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Oscar Mayer Dies at 95

Photo Source: CBS News

Thanks to our good pals 'Oscar' and 'Hans' for sending the link, and writing:

Dear Joey and Maggie,

What a sad day for Wiener fans! What Dachshund lover hasn't smiled at a sight or mention of the Wienermobile, or wished to be an Oscar Mayer Wiener?

We will be taking a moment of silence today in memory.

Oscar and Hans

It's a sad day indeed. Oscar G. Mayer, retired chairman of the Wisconsin-based meat processing company that bears his name, has died at the age of 95.
Mayer's wife, Geraldine, said he died of old age Monday age at Hospice Care in Fitchburg.
He was the third Oscar Mayer in the family that founded Oscar Mayer Foods, which was once the largest private employer in Madison. His grandfather, Oscar F. Mayer, died in 1955 and his father, Oscar G. Mayer Sr., died in 1965.
Mayer 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 and is now a business unit of Kraft.
Mayer's first wife, Rosalie, died in 1998. He married Geraldine Fitzpatrick in 1999.
Read more at The Cornell Daily Sun.
Our hearts go out to Mr. Mayer's family and friends, and all of the Dachshunds, especially those named Oscar and Mayer throughout the world. RIP.

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Oscar Mayer Wiener Commercial, 1965

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