Articles by Brian Jackson
Educating the Masses, Part Two of Several
18 November 2009
Today's Question: Who is Meyer Berger and what are his contributions to society?
Meyer Berger (1801-) was an inventor, silversmith, and pioneer in the combined sandwich/frankfurter trade. As a young child, Berger learned sandwichgineering from his father, Wilhelm Oscar Berger, an accomplished German sandvicher who fled to America following the harrowing Warsaw-Swiss-Bacon conflict in 1780. By 13, Berger was already working full-time in his father's shop, and by 16, Berger was something of a local celebrity among hungry, hungry hoboes and food critics alike. In 1822, Berger was married in a lavish ceremony to childhood sweetheart, Elizabeth Chopin Brockoli.
During their sixteen-month stay in Brooklyn, Berger spent the majority of his free time experimenting with gadgets from the local trading posts. Some of Berger's numerous inventions from this period include the "Berger Sammich Reciprocating Engine" and the "Dough Hammer", for which Berger would later receive ten patents - one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to incentivize innovation by giving him an effective monopoly over the intellectual property he painstakingly created.
By the time Berger's first child, Meyer Berger Jr., was born, Berger was already considered something of an authority among sandwich enthusiasts. It was only during his tenure at the University of Texas, Manhattan Campus that the insight would come to combine frankfurter technology with his comestibles.
Today, Berger has become one of the most celebrated inventors in New York, with three restaurants and a monument named in his honor.Tweet
I had Meyer Berger’s love child in 1907 following a torrid two-year affair. Unawares to Mrs. Berger, I was traveling incognito with Meyer as he went on the Great Condiment Debates Tour following the introduction of French’s Mustard in 1904. Though great friends as well as lovers, we decided it was best to part company shortly after the birth of our son, Heimlech. We remain friends to this day, though we have not seen each other since Heimlech’s funeral in 1939 following a senseless flan-related tragedy. Meyer is one of the finest men in the sandwich industry.