Hot dog, that was cool

Ed AckermanEd AckermanweinerPittston Area and Wyoming Area, whose bands, as per tradition marched together, Holy Rosary, Wyoming Area Catholic and Good Shepherd Academy were not the only schools represented in the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in downtown Pittston on March 7.
There were also two graduates of Hot Dog High.
If you have not guessed already, they were the young women piloting the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile.
The Oscar Mayer website site claims the Weinermobile delivers 187 smiles per hour, but it seemed to generate 10 to 20 times that in Pittston.
I, for one, was fascinated by the mobile hot dog and made it my business to chat with its occupants. That’s when I learned that if you are lucky enough to be selected as one of the 12 “Hotdoggers” — that’s what drivers and their sidekicks are called — you are sent to Hot Dog High in Madison, Wisconsin, to learn the ropes.
As many as 1000 apply each year for the 12 slots, which are one-year appointments. To be considered, you must be a college senior about to graduate.
From the Hotdoggers in Pittston I found out the first Weinermobile hit the streets in 1936, the vehicle is 27 feet long, and it is fairly easy to drive. Currently there are six Weinermobiles scattered around the United States. The one that came to Pittston was in Albany, New York, the day before.
In an online article on the Washington State Journal website, I read that Hotdoggers are taught to pepper their conversations with the public with such puns as “Have a bun-derful day” and “Frank you very much.”
Since I’m not much for puns, I doubt I’d be a very good Hotdogger. But I would relish the opportunity to drive that thing, at least once.

Ed Ackerman