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 Posted:   Jul 30, 2021 - 5:05 PM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

LINK: https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/ron-popeil-infomercial-icon-dead

 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2021 - 5:33 PM   
 By:   Adam.   (Member)

Who could forget The Pocket Fisherman?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2021 - 5:56 PM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

I remember the Popeil Veg-O-Matic.


LINK: https://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_323705

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2021 - 12:03 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Another part of my adolescence is gone. Here's the Dan Aykroyd SNL skit referred to in the Popeil obituary:

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2021 - 6:42 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Rest in Peace Ron.

Didn't he come up with The Wunder Boner?


I guess not.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 1, 2021 - 1:36 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Another part of my adolescence is gone. Here's the Dan Aykroyd SNL skit referred to in the Popeil obituary:



They had one called the "Whopper Chopper" on an episode of "Sanford & Son" where Fred tries to sell them off and winds up trying to do it on a television cooking show!

 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2021 - 1:47 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

What I remember most is the spray-on hair. It literally looked like dudes spray painting their heads.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2021 - 2:46 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

What I remember most is the spray-on hair. It literally looked like dudes spray painting their heads.


Wait, that was for real?
I thought you guys were joking!

I was alive back then and I have no recollection of that.

 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2021 - 2:57 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Behold!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2021 - 3:13 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Jesus on a jumpstick.
Unbelievable.

From the look of the commercial, I'd guess this was an 80's or early 90's thing.
Which makes me wonder what the heck I was doing that I never saw this.
Also, is this stuff still being made? I'm a little thin on top.

 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2021 - 4:39 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Where is Bob DiMucci with his complete commercialography? smile

 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2021 - 4:46 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Where is Bob DiMucci with his complete commercialography? smile

It would be a very long one. If I'm not mistaken, Mr. Popeil was doing these "commercials" in one form or another for decades. Not a fan of the character, but I have to say I admire his chutzpah, a quality that is almost singularly American. Men like him got things done, good, bad or indifferent.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2021 - 5:24 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Up here in Kanadah we had a version of Popeil named Phillip Kives.
He started the K-Tel empire.
I think he was a Canadian distributor for some of Popeil's products, in fact.

I loved those K-Tel records as a kid.
20 Original Hits! 20 Original Stars!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2021 - 7:34 PM   
 By:   Nightingale   (Member)

I may have purchased some of that "hairspray" when I saw it on clearance at Target (stores) back in the day. Great if you're about to take photos, but no way to live an active life with that crap.

K-Tel had their U.S. headquarters just a couple miles from me. The street is still there (K-Tel Drive) and the building, but that's all that remains (to my knowledge) of the former K-Tel empire.

 
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