As you wolf down hot-dogs this year, let us celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Wienermobile. The first Oscar Mayer Wienermobile took to the road in 1936. It was created by by Oscar Mayer’s nephew, Carl G. Mayer.
There are currently seven Wienermobiles, with each assigned a part of the country. The “hotdogger” position of driving the Wienermobile is open to U.S. citizens, and the job lasts from the first of June until the following first of June. Only college seniors who are about to graduate are eligible. Both current hotdoggers and Oscar Mayer recruiters visit college campuses across the country in search of the next round of hotdoggers. Candidates are screened from an average of 2000 applicants. Every March a pool of thirty final-round candidates are brought to Kraft and Oscar Mayer headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin, for interviews. Each vehicle can hold two hotdoggers, and twelve people are chosen. Currently there are about 300 hotdogger alumni.