McD’s Looks Good for 50
By George Anderson
Fifty years to the day Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald’s franchise in Des Plaines, Ill., the fast food icon is opening a new restaurant in Chicago on the spot where the former Rock ‘n Roll McD’s stood.
Today, the chain’s restaurants are found in countries across the globe but still, as a report in the Asbury Park Press pointed out, McDonald’s remains “a uniquely American phenomenon, one in which capitalism, comfort food and speed all combine in a red and gold facsimile of the American dream.”
Moderator’s Comment: What has been McDonald’s impact on the food industry and American society?
A special webcast preview of the newest McD’s will be aired on the company’s Web site today from 10:00 10:30 a.m. Central Time. To register go to
George Anderson – Moderator
- McDonald’s revolutionized U.S. and world dietary habits a
burger at a time – Asbury Park Press
- McDonald’s Celebrates Our 50th Anniversary, McDonald’s Corporation