The first National Cheeseburger Day was celebrated in the United States in 1957. The idea for the event derived from a comedy sketch performed on the very first episode of NBC’s Tonight Show on July 29th of that year. In the bit, host Jack Paar played the role of a vendor operating a concession stand at an amusement park. When a young man played by a 22 year-old Elvis Presley approached the stand and ordered 10 cheeseburgers, Paar’s vendor character became flustered and hilarity ensured. Audiences loved the sketch and the popularity of cheeseburgers skyrocketed. In fact, they became so popular that President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executive order creating National Cheeseburger Day.
(none of that is true)
What is true, is that no one seems to know the real origin of National Cheeseburger Day. Still, the event occurs every year. And this year, folks in the Short North have a new place to celebrate. Check out the recent review of Stack City Burger Bar by (614)’s Kim Leddy. (jj)