Farewell, Pocket Fisherman

I remember the ads, but I never knew the full story of Ron Popeil. I love how the obituary links to Dan Akryod’s Bass-O-Matic sketch. It also doesn’t seem out of place to read about his stepmother taking out a contract on her husband and later remarrying him.

Inventor, TV pitchman and salesman extraordinaire Ron Popeil became a familiar presence in America’s homes and imaginations by demonstrating products he persuaded viewers they couldn’t live without: the Veg-O-Matic, the Pocket Fisherman, spray-on hair, and especially the Showtime Rotisserie and BBQ countertop oven.

Read the full story at the Washington Post

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