Herb Peterson, an all-American hero, die peacefully at the age of 89 this past Tuesday.

We have Peterson to thank for creating the first-ever breakfast item for McDonalds – the Egg McMuffin. He wanted to create something similar to Eggs Benedict, apparently. And in 1972, the first breakfast item on a McDonald’s menu debuted at a restaurant Peterson co-owned with his son in Santa Barbara, CA.

One man changed the face of fast food and created a new dish – the breakfast sandwich.

Thanks, Herb.

Links to more coverage:
The AP story
The National Post
The Guardian (UK)