Sorry I missed your post Oneiron.
Thanks for posting the whole article PMRKR.
Stephen Rushmore Jr.
this was an article that appeared in today’s new yok times
Jeffrey Tennyson, 54, Hamburger Devotee, Is Dead
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By DOUGLAS MARTIN
Published: August 24, 2006
Jeffrey Tennyson, an artist whose obsession with hamburgers equal parts gastronomic, folkloric and satiric resulted in a book on burger history and a hoard of thousands of burger knickknacks, died Aug. 18 at his home in Palm Springs, Calif. He was 54.
The cause was complications of infection with H.I.V., said his sister, Lisa Tennyson.
Mr. Tennyson s love affair with hamburgers sprouted from fond childhood memories of neon-adorned fast-food temples serviced by ponytailed carhops laden with trays of chocolate malts and juicy deluxe burger platters. He told The Washington Times in 1995 that the burger bug irrevocably bit in the early 1980 s when he was living in New York and noticed a burger stand on almost every corner while taking a bus down Broadway.
The real American icon is not apple pie, he realized. It s the hamburger.
So he started to collect hamburger memorabilia and artwork, and collected and collected and collected: hamburger juggling sets, hamburger teapots, hamburger cookie jars and hamburger salt-and-pepper shakers, along with the predictable posters and photographs of hamburgers.
There was a hamburger organ on which he tried to learn to play Jimmy Buffett s Cheeseburger in Paradise. There was the Canine Burger Chef, a toy that flips and seasons burgers. A statue of Big Boy, mascot of the chain that originated the double-decker hamburger, was a particular prize.
In all, Mr. Tennyson accumulated more than 2,000 hamburger things, then lent them to the town of Seymour, Wis., where the hamburger may or may not have been invented. (Seymour residents certainty of municipal bragging rights is suggested by their not exactly unpublicized collaboration in cooking a very large burger, usually about the size of a two-car garage, at the town s annual Hamburger Festival.)
Mr. Tennyson s donations formed the core of the collection of the Hamburger Hall of Fame, which opened in Seymour in 1993, a year when the town s annual burger weighed four tons. The museum closed several years ago, and Mr. Tennyson s hamburger stuff was returned to him in California.
His book, Hamburger Heaven (Hyperion, 1993), was a natural outgrowth of the collecting, and took a highly visual approach, reflecting Mr. Tennyson s background as a magazine art director. A review in The Chicago Sun-Times called the pictures enormously distracting, clearly meaning that as a compliment.
The total effect, the reviewer said, was to chronicle a history of our clothing, our architecture, our cars, our tastes along with our most relished sandwich. (Relevant relishes include ketchup, mustard and the secret Big Mac sauce.)
Judging by the large reaction the book received from the news media, Mr. Tennyson s words resonated almost as much as his art. He appeared on numerous television and radio programs to theorize, rhapsodize and, occasionally, sermonize on hamburgers.
In particular, he discussed the arcane, emotion-charged debate about the origins of the sandwich, usually without taking a definite stand. Sometimes he would back Seymour s claim that Charles Nagreen made the first true hamburger sandwich when he slapped a meatball between two slices of bread in 1885.
He told National Public Radio that the hamburger s birth was bound to happen at the turn of the century because of a new breed of immigrant workers who were short on time and money for lunch. His book did not neglect the burger s earlier culinary history, tracing beef-eating to Tatar tribes who liked it raw in the 13th century through the listing of Hamburg Steak on the menu of Delmonico s restaurant in Manhattan in 1834 to Wendy s Where s the Beef? advertising campaign in the 1980 s.
Mr. Tennyson told CBS how hamburger chains evolved from the ,12,229406.006,1,27393,22.214.171.124
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the story is that it was invented at the Erie County Fair, which is held in Hamburg, NY. The sandwich was sold at this fair in 1885.
The Erie County Fair is one of the largest county fairs in the country, and has been operating in Hamburg, NY since 1868. Before that, it was held in several different Erie County towns, and in Buffalo, NY before that.
The Erie County Fair ended on Sunday (8/20). But NY-ers shouldn’t fret. The Great New York State Fair in Syracuse started today and goes through labor day.
I just remembered. It’s Ithaca that claims invention of the hamburger.
Wrong! Ithaca claims invention of the ice cream sundae.
I’ll have my med. rare, with mayo, mustard, and chopped onion, thank you very much.
Being on a low-carb diet, I’ll have to have my burger a la Delmonico’s style (no bun).
Jeffrey Tennyson, an artist and hamburger memorbilia collector, who helped bring Seymour, WI to fame as the home of the original hamburger, died a few days ago.(It seems to me that there is some town in upstate NY that also claims to be the site of the invention of the hamburger.)
Let’s all make a toast to the memory of Jeffrey as we dine this evening…
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