Monday, April 18, 2005

You Can't Make This Stuff Up!

Actor who played Oscar Mayer mascot dies at 82

When mourners began singing "Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener" during George Molchan's funeral, they meant no disrespect.

Molchan, who died last week at the age of 82, portrayed the spokesman for the Madison, Wisconsin-based meat processor for more than three decades. He traveled from town to town in the company's Wienermobile to appear in parades and supermarkets.

The 27-foot-long Oscar Mayer Wienermobile was parked near Molchan's grave at a cemetery in Merrillville, Indiana, when he was buried yesterday.

Before priests said the final prayers over Molchan's casket, about 50 mourners sang a chorus of the Oscar Mayer jingle and then blew short blasts on miniature, hot dog-shaped whistles.


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