We’ve heard surprisingly little debate about the Meat Industry Hall of Fame‘s inaugural class. The same folks who spent years droning on about the pass-catching virtues of Art Monk have uttered nary a peep about whether Paul Engler deserved enshrinement in his own version of Canton. And why no wailing and gnashing of teeth over the lack of posthumous love shown to Mahmut Aygun, the man behind the doner kebab?
One inductee we certainly can’t argue with, though, is Ray Townsend, without whom the modern hot dog would not exist. His flagship invention was the Frank-a-Matic, the world’s first automatic sausage linker, capable of spewing forth 30,000 hot dogs per hour. (Note that this machine is not to be confused with Croatian handball star Franka Matic.) We dare say the world would be a much gloomier (though perhaps somewhat healthier) place without Townsend’s ingenuity—though we doubt the globe’s porcine and bovine residents would agree with that assessment.
In case you missed the induction festivities in Chicago, there’s a photo gallery of the glitz and glamour here. We imagine the cocktail frankfurters they served at this shindig were truly first rate.