29 July 2021

Death Of An Icon

Ron Popeil has shuffled off the mortal coil at the age of 86.

His commercials were a staple of my late-night television viewing as a tween.

The Lovely Harvey couldn't place him, having spent her tweenage years competing with Kieth Richards for "most drugs taken in a single evening."

I started rattling off products and she didn't recognize any of them until I hit on the "Ronco Pocket Crack-Pipe"!

In case you're worried about her drug use, she's 34 years sober now.


  1. My grandma used to actually use a "Pocket Fisherman" once and a while back in the 1970s when I was a kid. They looked super gimicky, but they actually worked. Of course my grandma could pretty much catch fish with nothing more than a stick, string and hook. People thought it was my grandpa that was the fisherman, but it was grandma that wanted to go, and my grandpa would pretty much do anything that made her happy. I miss them. Grandpa went in 2003, grandma in 2018.

  2. I have one of them in my storage unit, that I found working for a trailer park, cleaning out an abandoned trailer. It was brand new, but not in a package. It still has the original hook, line, and bobber on it. It is in perfect shape.
    I looked it up online to see what it is worth. Glad I didn't plan on it for my retirement. But I do remember Ron Popeil, and his late night infomercials. Some of his inventions actually were not that bad. Cheaply made, often a bit of a gimmick, but still they bring back some memories of my younger years. It seems that I once read a short biography about him, and he was a decent man. RIP, Ron, see you on the late, late show.

  3. Congrats to her--that's about how long it's been for me! I, too, used to take my share of drugs--and yours, and yours, and yours, and.....
    --Tennessee Budd


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