In the What are your local delicacies? thread, I mention Fletcher’s Corny Dogs as a favorite around the Dallas area, “corny dog” - not “corn dog” being the correct name around these parts. My understanding has always been that the corny dog was invented here in Dallas at the State Fair of Texas. A little web sleuthing seems to validate that Neil and Carl Fletcher did indeed introduce the world to the corny dog in 1942 (see the Official State Fair of Texas website).
However, in the course of sleuthing, I’ve discovered another claimant to the title of “Inventor of the Corn Dog”. According to this site, Ed Waldmire claims to have invented them at the Illinois State Fair in 1946, before opening his on restaurant in 1948. He called his corn-meal-batter-coated-hot-dog-on-stick a “Cozy Dog”.
Neither cite provides an independently verifiable source for their claims. So I ask you, the Teeming Millions™ and/or the Honorable Cecil Adams, to help me determine who invented the corn dog.