57 year old Donald Gorske of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin is a man with a goal and a dream. Since 1972, he’s eating two Big Macs a day religiously and yesterday he reached his 25,000th Big Mac. So he’s definitely got that going for him, for whatever that’s worth.
“I plan on eating Big Macs until I die,” he said. “I have no intentions of changing. It’s still my favorite food. Nothing has changed in 39 years. I look forward to it every day.” The sign beneath the golden arches Tuesday read “Congrats Don Gorske 25000 Big Macs.”
Before he ate No. 25,000, he showed dozens of onlookers many of the different styles of cartons he has collected over the years and other Big Mac-related stories. Before biting into the sandwich, he said: “It’s been seven years since 20,000. Same thing goes this year, folks. You can’t have the carton, and it probably still takes 16 bites for me to finish a Big Mac.”
The crowd erupted into applause.
Gorske, who appeared in the 2004 documentary “Super Size Me,” which examined the fast food industry, looks nothing like one might expect of a fast food junkie. He’s trim and walks regularly for exercise, and he attributes his build to being “hyperactive.” He said he was recently given a clean bill of health and that his cholesterol is low.
Gorske’s obsession with the burger — two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun, for those not familiar with the once-ubiquitous ads — started May 17, 1972, when he bought three Big Macs to celebrate the purchase of a new car. He was hooked, and went back to McDonald’s twice more that day, eating nine before they closed.
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