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Obsessive-compulsive disorder led man to eat 23,000 Big Macs

Fond du Lac man has written book about his journey
By Russell Plummer • Gannett Wisconsin Media • September 8, 2008

FOND DU LAC — Fully understanding Fond du Lac's Big Mac Daddy takes more than sorting through every box of memorabilia, wrapper and proof-of-purchase cluttering his home.

Don Gorske, 54, hit his latest milestone when he ate his 23,000th Big Mac last month. He vows to continue even when the Military Road McDonald's — where his lips first met two-all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun — closes for renovations.

But the physically fit husband, father, traveler and author has more layers than the sandwich he adores.

It's an obsession that began May 17, 1972, when he got his first car. Inside a safe box, he has all his receipts. Inside his head, however, are distinct memories of how his Obsessive-compulsive disorder mixes with numbers, dates and facts in a way his wife, Mary, just chuckles at.

"People might as well know how things like (OCD) get started," Gorske said. "I shouldn't say my parents fought a lot, but they did. My dad was constantly on my mom to penny pinch. If she would leave the faucet on, he'd yell at her. If she left the stove burner on, he'd yell at her.

"When I was really small, one of the first things I remember is she would say, 'Donny, can you make sure, before dad gets home, that the refrigerator is shut and the burners and everything are off?' I literally touched everything in the kitchen. I would go to the bathrooms to touch everything to make sure everything was off and the doors were shut."

The bond between mother and son was so strong he skipped a Big Mac the day she died upon her request.

Gorske became fascinated with numbers before he entered school. His mother helped him track odometer readings from family cars and he used subtraction to determine average miles traveled in a week. Now, he is employed by Waupun Correctional Institution and deals with dates and numbers daily.

Big Mac love
For Gorske, seeing McDonald's track its number of customers served only motivated him to track his share eaten.

His desire to keep records has even trickled into the 205-page book titled "22,477 Big Macs."

The book — which Gorske typed using one finger and double-spaced between every word — was published May 2. He started the book Jan. 4, 2006; the day after Mary's father passed away.

"I started the book the next day because he was the last grandparent of my kids," Gorske said. "Now I am the grandparent. Her dad had a lot of memories he wished he had written down. I was not going to do that. (His death) was a motivator for me."

Mary said she helped delete every extra space in the book and assisted in shortening it for non-family members.

Asked if her husband's OCD bothered her when they first met, Mary Gorske said she didn't care, she was in love.

Asked if he thinks people think he is little crazy for eating 23,000 Big Macs, Don Gorske said he doesn't care, he is still in love.

"I promised myself I would eat a Big Mac every day no matter how bad things got," he said. "The best thing of the whole day was the Big Mac."

Russell Plummer writes for The Reporter, Fond du Lac.

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Sep 13 @ 7:30AM  
Thanks, but no thanks....I'll pass.

Sep 13 @ 7:56AM  
Fond du Lac man has written book about his journey

Who the fuck would to buy it or publish it? There are some weird people in the world.

Sep 13 @ 8:42AM  

Sep 13 @ 8:44AM  
I shoulda kept track of all the Big Macs I ate....these days I'm obsessed with the double cheeseburgers

Sep 13 @ 11:51AM  
Everybody has something and knowone has everything, but some want more, and others have more, but the ones who have less usually don't care about having more than the ones who have more want...more. ha!

Sep 13 @ 12:55PM  

Well no not Big Mac's. But I can think of something else I'd eat 23,000 times.

Sep 13 @ 1:16PM  
i just added 4 more double cheeseburgers to my total...I gotta be gettin up there

Sep 14 @ 7:23AM  
Yeah, I had read about this about 2 or 3 days ago in the newspaper. I found it pretty interesting since he's still alive after that many.

Sep 14 @ 10:50AM sad........I guess if i read the book I would be more interested in how he deals with OCD than the fact that he ate that many Big Macs........I just think this is very sad..........JMO

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