Unless he had a heart attack, it happened Posted May 16, 2011 Fond du Lac man prepares to eat 25,000th Big Mac By Russell Plummer Gannett Wisconsin Media FOND DU LAC — Don Gorske sometimes cannot taste the Big Macs he eats every day. But he keeps eating, and this week he expects to hit another Big Mac milestone: On Tuesday, Gorske plans to consume his 25,000th Big Mac. Gorske, 57, says that since birth his taste buds have fluctuated in sensitivity, possibly worsening when he worked inside tanks at a factory. However, not knowing if he'll taste the Big Macs has not dampened his love for the McDonald's staple. He began eating the popular special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun burgers on May 17, 1972. Gorske will devour his 25,000th Big Mac at the McDonald's at 699 S. Military Ave. in Fond du Lac — exactly 39 years since he drove his father's Dodge Polara to the original McDonald's on Military Avenue and fell in love with the sandwich. "A person like me, I just don't change too much," Gorske said. "It's pretty much two Big Macs a day. When I can travel to sporting events, I like to take my Big Mac along." Tuesday also will be Gorske's retirement party. He has spent 25 years as a scheduling officer at Waupun Correctional Institution. Gorske hopes to be surrounded by friends and family Tuesday at McDonald's, where the first 300 people will be getting Gorske buttons and free meal coupons. He also will bring three displays only viewed by his family and the Guinness World Records — including receipts documenting his obsession. The need to keep track of his Big Mac consumption is part of the obsessive-compulsive disorder he has dealt with since childhood. In 1990 — the year Gorske ate his 10,000th Big Mac — a tornado damaged the roof of his home and made a mess of his collection. Gorske had to do the unthinkable. "I thought, 'I might as well get rid of them.' I burned like 7,000 cartons over at my brother-in-law's farm," Gorske said. He said his receipts and a special witness — his wife, Mary — validate his obsession. Gorske now purchases six Big Macs on Monday and eight on Thursday. He has a spare in his freezer in case of an emergency. In his basement are relics from the original McDonald's on Military. On a section of the wall is the seat he sat in during the film "Super Size Me" and the booth seat where he and his father enjoyed his 10,000th Big Mac. He puts two Big Macs in his luggage in case he cannot find a McDonald's when he travels. Gorske even ate a Big Mac from Hawaii that a friend mailed to him. "I froze it and then I baked it in the oven for 15 minutes at 400 degrees," Gorske said. "I figured if that didn't kill the germs, nothing would." His wife, a nurse, just shakes her head when Gorske tells the tale of his Hawaii burger.