Mr. Microphone, Ron Popeil, Died

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  1. micpoc

    micpoc Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    From AP: “Ron Popeil, the quintessential TV pitchman and inventor known to generations of viewers for hawking products including the Veg-O-Matic, the Pocket Fisherman, Mr. Microphone and the Showtime Rotisserie and BBQ, has died, his family said.”

    But wait, there’s more: other innovations include “the Ronco Electric Food Dehydrator, Popeil’s Pasta & Sausage Maker, the Inside the Eggshell Egg Scrambler, the Bagel Cutter, the Hav-A-Maid Mop, the Speed Tufting Kit, The Whip-O-Matic.”

    And most importantly: “Weird Al Yankovic had a song on his “In 3-D” album titled “Mr. Popeil,” whose lyrics said, “I need a Veg-O-Matic! I need a pocket fisherman! I need a handy appliance that’ll scramble an egg while it’s still inside its shell! ... Help me, Mr. Popeil!”

    Popeil was happy to take part in the parody himself, understanding and embracing his campy public image. He played or voiced himself on shows including “The X Files,” “The Simpsons” and “King of the Hill.””

    Seems like a good guy who could laugh about himself. Rest In Peace.
     
  2. micpoc

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    Just started a thread on this, as the news did not turn up in a title search.

    R.I.P. Ron.
     
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    He was quite the innovator and pitch man
    Mom bought a VegaMatic. What a POS. A good idea that didn’t work as well in the kitchen as it did on TV

    RIP
     
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    I got a pocket fisherman at a garage sale once and still have a veg o matic in basement.
    Im a sucker.
    At least I didn't get in the Columbia record club back then.
     
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    That’s a real shame, wow. See what I did there?
     
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    He was such a cultural icon. I used to carry a Pocket Fisherman in my truck just in case ... bought it at a yard sale for a buck, never actually caught a fish with it. Now I carry a spartan fishing vest and a fly rod and reel instead.

    First Dusty. Now Ron. These things always come in 3s ... who's next???

    Or as Ron would say, "But wait, there's more!"
     
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    Think he knew about pocket fishing?
     
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    After you’ve landed the bass with your Pocket Fisherman, you can turn it into food with absolutely no fish waste with this amazing product:

     
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    i was thinking (just before i saw your post), without Ronco we would have never had the Bass-O-Matic.

    That’s some good Bass…
     
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    He "set it, and forgot it" for the last time.
     
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    We had a Vegematic when I was a kid, I remember it pretty well as it had all these blades which were pretty sharp and you rotated it this way for french fries and the other way for thick slices and yet another way for thin slices. Slamming a potato through that thing was about all 9 year old me could do. Eventually it broke. I wondered why you couldn't get one at the store, I thought it was indispensable.

    My wife and I had one of those countertop chicken rotisseries too. "Set it and forget it". The note inside said "we don't really mean to forget it". Probably after a couple people burned their houses down with one!

    Lisa Popeil who was his daughter, sang on Frank Zappa's song, "Teenage ----" well it's not a nice word. But you can look it up. She has an operatic delivery.
     
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    Malcolm Gladwell wrote a brilliant essay about Popeil in the New Yorker, later included in his collection What The Dog Saw ... which I can highly recommend, read it a few times over the years.
    I found the essay online ...
    https://pen.org/what-the-dog-saw-and-other-adventures/
     
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    One Christmas as a joke I got everyone in my family the "Egg Scrambler", it was a little pedestal/cup with a curved needle that pierced the egg end, and when you pushed downward the whirring needle would scramble the egg inside the shell lol; we had a great laugh that morning making pre-scrambled hard-boiled eggs etc. Can't remember if that was one of Ron's Ronco products but if not, it was likely inspired by them!

    And lest we forget:

    "But wait! There's more!"
     
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    The fish belonged to your friend? That was rude… :cool:
     
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    As a kid who loved simple sunfish bank fishing in our neighborhood, I always thought the Pocket Fisherman was the coolest invention- so efficient, and It came with everything I would need!
    But, it never happened
     
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    I always think of him when listening to this tune. And I have an original Veg-O-matic at home with the original box. RIP

     
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    A sad day for the hair in a can industry.
     
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    They (the hair in a can industry) will always remember where they were, and what the weather was like, when they first heard the news.
     
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