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"Jim" Delligatti”, a McDonalds Franchise owner passed away this past week. A man often lives his life in vain and quiet desperation longing and hoping for a better tomorrow. Often towards the end of his life he reflects on how he’ll be remembered.
No worries there for “Big Jim”. He can sleep in eternal peace knowing for all eternity that as long as the “Golden Arch’s” glistening and glimmer across the known universe proclaiming proudly “Over 10 Gazillion Served”; that he alone in his small way changed the fate of mankind.
Yes, like Ford, Carnegie, Bell and Jobs before him, “Big Jim” changed the world we live in.
Yes, like the sonic boom of the very first aero plane that burst through the sound barrier; in 1967
“Big Jim” created, right here in Pittsburgh, the very first “Big Mac” sandwich! The world thanks you, “Big Jim”.
On Thursday night December 1st, 2016 another delightful masterpiece was served up to hungry fans at the “PPG Paints Arena”. The chef was non other than Pittsburgh’s adopted favorite son Sidney Crosby.
With the Dallas Stars in town and the game tied with two minutes left in the second period. On the massive center ice screen suddenly there was a promotion for “A Free Big Mac for everyone in attendance if the PENS score with two minutes remaining.”
I’m certain that McDonald’s has done the actuary charts and studied with the precision of a “Mob” book keeper the odds of a Penguin actually scoring within this two minute promotional period. Most certainly the bean counters consulted with Ronald McDonald himself and said, “Let’s do this puppy. Ain’t no way in Hades no Penguin’s gonna score! Go for it Ronald!”
Well, “Big Jim Delligatti” had one last gift for the fans of the “Big Mac” and the “Penguins”. “Big Jim” and Sidney Crosy teamed together to serve up one last round on “Big Jim”.
Shortly after the big screen announced the free “Big Macs” if the Pens scored; Sidney Crosby put on his chef’s hat and with all the craft and culinary delight of a Parisian Five Star Chef he flipped his magic spatula and served up a piping hot, fresh and smoking hot “Big Mac Attack” complete with, “Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions – on a sesame seed bun”!
With just 21.5 seconds left in not only the period but more importantly the “Big Mac” promotion; Sidney Crosby with the help of “Big Jim’s” spirit flipped a go-ahead goal magically into the Dallas Stars net.
18,000 plus fans erupted in celebration. The Penguins danced on the ice as the horn blew at deafening decibels.
And somewhere in heaven the angels turned to “Big Jim” with special sauce dripping down their chins and said to him, “Thank for the memories “Big Jim”. That goal was for you!”