Orville Redenbacher - The Man

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Orville Redenbacher - The Man Remembered

Up until 5 years ago, I assumed that Orville Redenbacher was not a real person.  I remember watching that first microwave popcorn commercial years and years ago and thinking that he must be a paid actor.  A person that some marketing person made up to sell a product. which in this case happened to be called Orville Redenbacher Popcorn.  To my mind, such a unique name plus a unique person behind the product could only be made up.  You know, like Betty Crocker, who never ages and is constantly changing with the times. 

Back then, I had never even heard of Valparaiso, Indiana either.  Little did I know I would end up living in the middle of corn country. 

Well, it didn't take long to find out that Orville Redenbacher was indeed a honest to goodness real person who dedicated his life to perfecting his popcorn.  Orville was born in 1907 in Brazil, Indiana where they also have an annual Popcorn Festival.  At the young age of 12, he started growing his own popcorn.  After receiving his degree from Purdue University, he went on to raising popcorn for supermarkets. 

Most of his years, Orville lived in Valparaiso Indiana.  Orville actually had a business partner named Charles Bowman and this partnership led to the perfection of their popcorn hybrid.  Finally, in 1983, ConAgra Food acquired the Orville Redenbacher brand.  Popcorn continued to change and improve over the years.

Orville Redenbacher, the man, died in 1995 but he will be remembered for years to come.

If you are interested in watching those classic Orville Redenbacher commercials, including the ones with his grandson, here's a link with their history and commercials.  Pop some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy!

Irene Tron
Making Real Estate Enjoyable in Valparaiso, Indiana
www.IreneTronRealtor.com

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Irene Tron

Dan - What was the name of the lighthouse?  We spent a week vacationing in San Diego a few years back and had a chance to visit Point Loma Lighthouse.  I was just wondering if it might happen to be the same one.

Suesan - I agree.  You never know what kind of trivia you'll pick up.

Mary - I also enjoy popcorn as a snack anytime of the day and can eat an entire bowl of it!

August 29, 2009 09:14 AM
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Dan Callahan
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Hi Irene, yes it was the Point Loma Lighthouse. If I remember right he had a home over on Coronado Island.

August 29, 2009 10:19 AM
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Jeff&Grace Safrin
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Awesome Blog Post Irene - I personally can't wait for the popcorn fest in VALPO every year - we love to go early and tour the craft booths and displays (and of course eat FREE popcorn).

I knew Valpo was Orvilleville :) but did not know he graduated from Purdue !

I will have to tell Jeff that  (He's an IU grad)... LOL we are house divided on the oak n bucket rivalry with our youngest at Purdue right now!

Thanks for sharing this info.

Sincerely,

Grace

p.s. Love your motto: Making Real Estate Enjoyable in Valparaiso, Indiana

 

September 01, 2009 05:25 PM
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Irene Tron

Dan - I remember Point Loma Lighthouse being one of the most peaceful places every.  You live in a beautiful city with some awesome weather.

Grace - Valpo = Orvilleville.  I have not thought of it quite that way and it made me smile.  My motto idea came from dealing with my first two clients.  Both had been thinking about purchasing their first home and were stressed out by the whole process.  I decided I needed to focus on trying to take some of the stress off of them by having some fun in the whole process and laughing through difficult situations.  (as in getting lost in LOFS)

September 02, 2009 08:45 AM
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Jim Frimmer
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I knew he was a real person, but not until he died in 1995. He used to live here in San Diego, either on Coronado Island or Point Loma. I forget which.

I came back after reading the comments. The lighthouse on Point Loma is the "Old Point Loma Lighthouse." However, it's now a national historic monument, and it is anything but peaceful over there. The new Point Loma lighthouse down closer to the ocean is not accessible to the general public.

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