Throwback Thursday: Cracking Egg McMuffin's past
Herb Peterson holds several examples of his Egg McMuffin. (AP)
Herb Peterson, the inventor of the Egg McMuffin, has died in Santa Barbara, Calif., the city where he invented the dish in 1972. He was 89. The sandwich, however, did not hit market until a few years later -- and is the lowest-cal breakfast dish McDonald's serves! Today, the breakfast staple is a part of Americana. Long gone are the styrofoam containers that housed it, but you can still taste the sandwich's past by hitting play on these two commercials.
The top is from 1989 (from the "Good Time, Great Taste" campaign), and was shot in Manhattan. Be sure to watch out for the Shuttle train, and a glimpse of the Citicorp Center, as the Citigroup building was then called. The second is about a decade older, and a relic of the "We do it all for you" campaign.
Fun fact: A year after the Egg McMuffin was invented, the first McDonald's restaurant opened in Manhattan. The day was March 23, 1973, and the place was 215 W. 125th St. It had taken the chain two decades to crack Gotham City. You can't miss them now.
-- Rolando Pujol