But Wait, There's More: Ron Popeil Dead at 86


My childhood memories were filled with wondrous things, like Popeil's Pocket Fisherman, the Veg-O-Matic, Mr. Microphone, the smokeless ashtray, the spray-on hair

We never actually bought anything that Ron Popeil was selling on TV, but we saw them all.

The problem with buttons is they always fall off.

Just set it and forget it.

It slices and dices.

But wait, there's more.

Not this time. Ron Popeil, known as "the father of the television infomercial," has died at the age of 86. He garnered more viewers and more hours of American television than any other celebrity or TV personality for over three decades.

He was actually an inventor, too... creating products like Popeil's Pasta Maker and Food Dehydrator.

And there actually was more. Popeil also held a Guinness World Record for the largest collection of olive oil. (Did you ever notice how much olive oil he used in those infomercials?!)

Who could forget that SNL skit with Dan Akroyd, the Bass-O-Matic and the Bat-O-Matic? And Popeil appeared on "The Simpsons" and "King of the Hill" too.

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