Episode 325: Operators Are Standing, Bye Mr. Popeil!

What the HELL Were You Thinking?

09-08-2021 • 33 mins

Show Notes Episode 325: Operators Are Standing, Bye Mr. Popeil This week Host Dave Bledsoe wants to show you his amazing new invention for cleaning up all those pesky full liquor bottles around the house, it’s called the Dave-O-Matic! (And it is just Dave drinking all your booze.) On the show this week, we look back on the life and legacy of America’s Pitchman, Ron Popeil! (We should have called sooner, as our supplies of Ron Popeil have run out.) Along the way we learn about the Ronco Products Dave STILL owns, and hear him angrily deny he paints his bald spot. (NO BALD SPOT!) Then learn about the life of the master marketer and his amazing rise to wealth and advertising fame. Then once we’ve taken care of all those pesky “facts” we get into some of the products that made Ron a VERY rich man! (Do we talk about Mr. Microphone? You know we will come back to pick up you later hot stuff!) Our Sponsor this week is the Junk-O-Matic by DaveCo, even WE don’t know what it does. We open the show with the Bat-O-Matic from BatCo and close with MetalAl singing a paean to Mr. Popeil.  Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music https://youtu.be/Z-zTOAbIUPg We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed:  Ronco, Inc. History http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/ronco-inc-history/ Hey Mr. Microphone! I'll Be Back To Pick You Up Later! https://www.retrothing.com/2008/07/hey-mister-micr.html Tons of Uncited Additional Reading https://youtu.be/WfcIPuvZE9I https://nrf.com/blog/ron-popeils-legacy-lives https://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/02/business/media/02adco.html https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/04/03/forget-veg-o-matic-buy-its-maker-instead/99984402/ https://www.forbes.com/sites/warrenshoulberg/2021/07/29/how-late-infomercial-king-ron-popeil-perfected-the-art-of-the-pitch/?sh=655f272a5549 https://www.tmz.com/2021/07/28/ron-popeil-dead-dies-infomercial/?adid=browser_notifications https://www.chicagobusiness.com/opinion/how-ron-popeil-rode-reagans-deregulatory-revolution https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/07/30/ron-popeil-great-american-marketer/ https://www.chicagobusiness.com/consumer-products/wait-theres-more-remembering-ron-popeil https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Popeil https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/24604/quick-10-10-ronco-products https://interestingengineering.com/the-wild-and-wacky-products-sold-by-master-salesman-ron-popeil https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/24604/quick-10-10-ronco-products Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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