Thursday, July 09, 2009
Tubesteak is Alive And Well
Media reports of Tubesteak's demise are in error. The confusion is based upon the death of Oscar G. Mayer, retired chairman of the Madison-based meat processing company that bears his name. He was the third Oscar Mayer in the family that founded Oscar Mayer Foods, which once was Madison's largest private employer. Similar confusion between Tubesteak and Oscar Mayer family members occurred in 1955 when Mayer's grandfather, Oscar F. Mayer, died, and again in 1965 when his father, Oscar G. Mayer Sr., died. Mayer retired as chairman of the board in 1977 at age 62 soon after the company recorded its first $1 billion year.