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!
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