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Oscar Mayer, Former Sausage Company Chairman, Dies

By Kate Gardiner in News on Jul 8, 2009 3:40PM

Oscar Mayer, the third chairman of the Wisconsin meat-processing company bearing his grandfather's name, died of natural causes at the age of 95, in Fitchburg, Wis. Mayer retired from the company in 1977. The group reported its first billion-dollar year shortly afterward. The Oscar Mayer company moved to Chicago in 1900 and is now a subsidiary of Kraft Foods.

Its most famous contribution to American popular culture, outside of a popular line of sausages and prepared meats, is the Oscar Mayer Weiner song (1963).