Monday, May 15, 2006

97-Year-Old Man Still Obsessed With Weiners And Buns

CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Most 97-year-olds aren’t obsessed with weiners and buns. But then, most 97-year-olds aren’t like Harry Heftman.

He runs Harry’s Hot Dogs in Chicago and is believed to be the oldest hot dog maker in Chicago – if not the world – and has been dogging it since 1954.

Heftman serves between 300 and 400 dogs a day and says the key is cooking them at 180 degrees and making sure the bun is toasted.

On a good day, he can put together a Chicago dog with mustard, relish, onion, tomato, pickles, peppers and celery salt in less than two seconds.

He better have one of those good days on tomorrow (May 16) because he’s competing in a Fastest Hot Dog Maker contest against the Windy City’s most dogged dog makers.

Heftman admits he may not be as fast as he used to be, so he’s content to make the record books by being the fastest hot dog maker in his age bracket.

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