Ron Popeil: The infomercial king dead at 86

Ron Popeil

Ron Popeil, who was often dubbed as the “infomercial king” has passed away at the 86. Hence, in this article we are going to talk about him. You might remember products such as Veg-O-Matic and Pocket Fisherman, he was famous for those. Hence, let us proeed to talk about this inventor and infomercial star.


The news was confirmed by Eric Ortner who was his representative. He said that the great inventor passed away suddenly and peacefully at the medical centre. This medical centre was in Los Angeles. He revealed all of this in a statement which he shared with CNN. It was revealed that he suffered a severe medical episode. His exact cause of death was not revealed. As we said earlier, he was 86 years of old.


Ron Popeil: The rise

Ron was born in the year 1935 in the state of New York. His rise to the stature of infomercial king started from an early age. The journey began from Chicago area flea markets. At this point of time, his age was merely 16. It was at this place where he started to amass as much as $500 in a day and he would start working from as early as 5 AM.

At the age of 17, he had enough in savings to have his own stall at the flagship Woolworth store in Chicago. But, it was in the year 1959, that he made his legendary transition to the world of Television. He made the infomercial of Chop-o-matic. This commercial had spread like wildfire and made him into a household. Thus, began his journey into the world of television and it was unstoppable.

He marketed a lot of things to the public. This included the Showtime Rotisserie. It was marketed to a lot of people and it ended up getting a lot of attention. He coined the phrase “Set it and forget it”.

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