Friends, I have to confess that I am something of a hot dog connoisseur – along with beef jerky it is probably one of my favorite things to eat. It has everything to do with those delicious franks that were served at the 62 Drive-In of my youth as well as the nine years that I worked at a movie theater. Now I am talking about eating a proper hot dog here – needs the warmed bun – don’t even think about using sandwich bread – of course you also need the proper condiments. In all honesty my favorite type of Hot Dog is the Chicago-style – the minced white onions, tangy mustard, sweet pickle relish, tomato wedges, dill pickle spear, and while I forego the pepper I do love a bit of celery salt on the dog itself. For what it is worth there is a local restaurant in my neck of the woods called Hammontree’s that serves not only amazing grilled cheese sandwiches but an incredible selection of hot dogs too… and they also have a velvet Admiral Ackbar painting that I would give my left arm for.
Having said all of that I will admit that as a teenager I began to hear some rumblings from my Family members… concerning how many delicious hot dogs I was scarfing down in a week. With my Grandfather in particular pointing out to me the secret ingredient of what makes a hot dog so good – a list of ingredients I was shocked to see echoed in 1988’s The Great Outdoors with John Candy and Dan Aykroyd!
Stumbling on this ’70s public service announcement on hot dogs this evening – it appears that the concern with the ingredients of said food has been around for a bit. Sadly I’ve not been able to actually find any background info on the PSA itself – I’m going out on a limb though and saying this was produced by Oscar Mayer to help calm some concerns.
Now if you will kindly excuse me, I need to head into the kitchen and begin cooking some hot dogs for dinner!