History of the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile
Oh I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener...
Many of us have sung the Oscar Mayer jingle quite a few times. Maybe over hundreds of times. There is something about the song that sticks in your head and makes us smile.
The jingle brings back wonderful memories from our past. Whether at picnics with friends, family cook-outs or school lunches with fellow classmates, hot dogs were usually part of the meal.
Or, possibly you are making new memories with your kids or grandchildren. Or, possibly you are still and always will be a kid at heart. I fall into all of the categories.
When is the last time you sang the jingle? How about a sing-a-long now?
Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener,
that is what I'd truly like to be,
'cause if I were an Oscar Mayer wiener,
everyone would be in love with me.
I finally had a chance to see the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile and this is my tribute to the memorable moment.
Facts on the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile
- The first version of the wienermobile debuted in 1936
- There are 8 active cars now that travel the USA. 6 are full size. One is a mini and the other is a food truck.
- Every month the wienermobile gets serviced with an oil change, etc...
- The hotdoggers who travel the country make scheduled stops to distribute whistles and stickers to the kids of all ages
- A hotdogger's job lasts for one year. From June 1st to June 1st
- The position is only available to senior college students who are about to graduate
- There are over 300 hotdogger alumni
- Only one whistle is given per person
- The mobile's have speakers that play the Oscar Mayer jingle
- The Oscar Mayer jingle first debuted in 1963. It's the longest running jingle that's still used
- Hot Wheels created two diecast versions of the mobile
- The wienermobile is 24 hot dogs high
- It's 60 hot dogs long
- It's 18 hot dogs wide
- It's weight is equivalent to 140,500 hot dogs
- There are six mustard and ketchup colored seats
- It has an official jingle horn
- A hot dog shaped dashboard
- The wiener whistle was created in 1952
- In 1958 the whistle was included in packages of hot dogs
- You could follow the wienermobile on Twitter @wienermobile
- Until 1988 there was a button that emitted the hot dog smell so that passerbys would crave Oscar Mayer hot dogs
- The modern mobile's have a GPS and walk-in closet, but no bathroom
My story about the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile
I read a post on Facebook by the East Orlando Post that stated the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile was coming to town on April 11, 2013. I had never seen the wienermobile and I was excited to finally be able to get a wiener whistle.
My husband, Dave had seen the wienermobile once, in the 60's, but times had changed since then. The wienermobile went through seven upgrades since he last saw one. He also no longer had his wiener whistle and he missed his.
My plan was to surprise him. We have an Oscar Mayer history and we needed to see the wienermobile together.
On Thursday morning I told him I needed to stop by Walmart. He was stunned! "Walmart?" Mind you, I'm not a Walmart shopper so that was surprise number one. He said, "let's do it." We were waiting on the light to turn green so we could turn into the parking lot, when he yelled, "I think I just saw the wienermobile!" I told him he was hallucinating. Boys will be boys.
We began to proceed into the turn lane, entered the parking lot and his illusion became a reality when the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile was directly in front of us. He was beaming. He's 62 years old. Like my title says "the wienermobile is fun for kids of all ages."
We had a fun tour of the car. We spoke with the hotdoggers. One was from Wisconsin and she didn't care for Florida's humidity. The other hotdogger was from New York. They were all smiles, cheers and very pleasant. We retrieved our whistles and stickers.
My husband then said what I hoped he wouldn't...the Oscar Mayer jingle was our wedding song. Oh my. I should have said, let's keep that our secret. I forgot to mention that. The hotdoggers were all ears. There was a photographer from a local newspaper who was also all ears.
So the story goes...Many years ago Dave worked for the meat department at our local Winn Dixie grocer. I happened to be looking for a part time job. I mentioned it to Karen, a friend of mine who worked there. She mentioned it to Dave. He said I need a lunchmeat girl. Linda would be perfect. Hence, I became the Oscar Mayer lunchmeat girl. Years later when we were married the Oscar Mayer jingle was one of our wedding songs. Our story was appreciated by the crowd.
This is why seeing the wienermobile together was even more special. It was a visit to Walmart we will always remember that didn't involve a freak show.
You don't get many chances to see the Oscar Mayer wienermobile, so if this historical auto ever comes to town, go see it and retrieve your whistle. Who knows maybe one day you'll hear the Oscar Mayer jingle at a wedding reception. Chances are slim, but you never know.
Oscar Mayer commercial from 1965
Oscar Mayer Wiener Whistle Poll
Have you ever seen the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile?
Oscar Mayer bologna commercial from 1973
© 2013 Linda Bilyeu