Did you know that Brooks Stevens was born today in 1911? He was an American industrial designer. An industrial designer helps to decide and plan what products look and what materials they are made of. Brooks Stevens designed automobiles, furniture, appliances, and more. One of his most memorable designs was for the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. It is a vehicle that is shaped like the food it is trying to advertise – a giant hot dog. There are currently 11 active Wienermobiles; the full-sized vehicles are 27 feet long and 11 feet high, about the size of a school bus! Drivers for the Wienermobile are called ‘hotdoggers’.
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When Clifford Brooks Stevens was a child he contracted polio. While he was bed-ridden, his father encouraged him to practice drawing.
Brooks Stevens also designed the Jeep Wagoneer, 1962 Studebaker Hawk Grand Turismo and the 1949 Harley Davidson FL Hydra-Glide motorcycle.
Oscar Mayer’s nephew, Carl Mayer, designed the first Wienermobile in 1936.
US College seniors, who are about to graduate are can apply to drive the Wienermobile. On average Oscar Mayer receives 2000 applications each year; only 12 hotdoggers are chosen.
In addition to driving the Wienermobile, hotdoggers also hand out toy whistles shaped like the Wienermobile. They are called Wienerwhistles.