I love fast food. One look at my tummy and that will be abundantly clear! But, I don’t love it so much that I keep track of my burgers and even number them. A guy in Wisconsin DOES. Don Gorske is about to eat his 25,000th Big Mac tomorrow. There’s not much going on in Wisconsin, is there?
(Courtesy of Russell Plummer – Fon Du Lac Reporter)
Don Gorske sometimes cannot taste the Big Macs he eats every day.
But he keeps eating and this week expects to hit a Big Mac milestone: On Tuesday, Gorske plans to consume his 25,000th Big Mac.
Gorske, 57, says that since birth his taste buds have fluctuated in sensitivity, possibly worsening when he worked inside tanks at a factory. However, not knowing whether he’ll taste the Big Macs has not dampened his love for the McDonald’s staple.
He began eating the high-calorie special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun burgers on May 17, 1972.
Gorske has structured his eating habits so he will devour his 25,000th Big Mac at about 3 p.m. May 17 – exactly 39 years after he drove his father’s Dodge Polara to a McDonald’s here and fell in love with the sandwich.
A handful of days this year he ate one Big Mac so he would hit the milestone on his Big Mac anniversary.
“A person like me, I just don’t change too much,” Gorske said. “It’s pretty much two Big Macs a day. When I can travel to sporting events, I like to take my Big Mac along.”
May 17 also will be Gorske’s retirement party. He has spent 25 years as a scheduling officer inside the walls of Waupun Correctional Institution in Waupun, Wis.
Gorske hopes to be surrounded by friends and family Tuesday at McDonald’s where the first 300 people will be getting Gorske buttons and free-meal coupons.
He also will be showing three displays viewed only by his family and the Guinness Book of Records: the receipts, 10,000 Big Mac cartons and calendars documenting his obsession. Guinness verified his 23,000th Big Mac meal on Aug. 17, 2008, making him the record holder in Most Big Macs Consumed.
The need to keep track of his Big Mac consumption is part of an obsessive-compulsive disorder Gorske has dealt with since childhood.
He wonders what his children will do with his collection, which is neatly stored in bins in his home.
“Are these going to be worth anything because their dad was crazy?” Gorske wondered.
In 1985, Gorske went to the doctor for a physical so he could work at the Waupun prison.
On April 26 of this year, he finally returned to the doctor and found out he is in good health with a cholesterol level of 156 mg/dL. A number less than 200 is desirable, according to the Mayo Clinic.
If he lives as long as his dad, Gorske will have consumed 40,000 Big Macs when he turns 86.
“I think 25,000 is a pretty awesome number,” he said. “I’ll never live long enough to eat 50,000.”