The most famous of all teevee pitchmen, Ron Popeil, has gone to the great beyond and is probably got more than a dozen new RonCo products to sell there:
LOS ANGELES (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.
Popeil died “suddenly and peacefully” Wednesday at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his family said in a statement. He was 86. No cause of death was given.
I think Mr. Popeil was a great sport as OG SNL mocked him relentlessly, and he took it in stride. He was as American a character as you could ever find, and I hope that he will be missed.