The Wall Street Journal has an interesting obituary on Ray Townsend.  It has the unfortunate title of, “Inventor Had Relish for Hot Dog Making.”  That’s because Townsend had invented the Frank-a-Matic, which automated the whole process of hot dog making.  He also invented a number of other inventions, including a jogging treadmill and a bacon injector.

So this summer, when you’re around the grill, biting into a hot dog, think of the man who made it possible.