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(Sun Sentinel)   Barry Becher, the man who introduced America to Ginsu knives, and thus, the infomercial passes away at 71. But wait, there's more... His family plans to inter his remains in his treasured smokeless ashtray. OK, I'm done now   (sun-sentinel.com) divider line 49
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2012-06-28 12:09:34 AM  
You never heard of Ron Popiel, did you

Right there in the wiki for Ginsu:

The Ginsu ads adapted the "hard sell" direct-marketing techniques of door-to-door sales and print advertising to the medium of television. In the process they established the formula for the modern infomercial. The style of the ads also invoked many elements of the modern informercial pitchman style, popularized first by Ron Popeil,

But wait, there's more. From Popeil wiki:

Ronald M. Popeil (born May 3, 1935 in New York City; play /poʊˈpiːl/)[1] is an American inventor and marketing personality, best known for his direct response marketing company Ronco. He is well known for his appearances in infomercials for the Showtime Rotisserie ("Set it, and forget it!") and for using the phrase, "But wait, there's more!" on television as early as the mid-1950s.
 
2012-06-28 12:18:40 AM  
And you too can have the Pocket Crematorium for just two easy payments of $19.99!!
 
2012-06-28 12:23:13 AM  
Now how much would you pay?
 
2012-06-28 12:23:28 AM  

Generation_D: You never heard of Ron Popiel, did you

Right there in the wiki for Ginsu:

The Ginsu ads adapted the "hard sell" direct-marketing techniques of door-to-door sales and print advertising to the medium of television. In the process they established the formula for the modern infomercial. The style of the ads also invoked many elements of the modern informercial pitchman style, popularized first by Ron Popeil,

But wait, there's more. From Popeil wiki:

Ronald M. Popeil (born May 3, 1935 in New York City; play /poʊˈpiːl/)[1] is an American inventor and marketing personality, best known for his direct response marketing company Ronco. He is well known for his appearances in infomercials for the Showtime Rotisserie ("Set it, and forget it!") and for using the phrase, "But wait, there's more!" on television as early as the mid-1950s.


Holy shiat. Ron?
 
2012-06-28 12:52:10 AM  
How much would you pay to be a part of exciting threads like this? Forty bucks a month? 30 bucks a month? No way! For just five bucks, we'll throw in a pocket fisherman, k-tell patty stacker, juice loosener, thigh master, and slap chop! But wait, there's more!
 
2012-06-28 01:08:14 AM  
www.jewornotjew.com

WANTED FOR QUESTIONING
 
2012-06-28 05:02:27 AM  
But wait, there's more!!

NOW how much would you pay?

/Hated these commercials at the time, now they make me feel rather nostalgic and sentimental.
 
2012-06-28 05:27:47 AM  
Subby, I'll take TWO funerals. Hook me up.
 
2012-06-28 05:38:45 AM  
I need a Vegematic!
I need a Pocket Fisherman!
I need a handy appliance
That'll scramble an egg while it's still inside its shell!
(Operators are standing by.
How does that make you feel?)
Help me.
Mr. Popeil!

I wanna shine some pennies!
I wanna mend some leather!
I wanna Krazy-Glue my head to the bottom of a big steel girder!
(Please, no C.O.D.'s.
Don't miss out on this deal.)
Ah, help me.
Mr. Popeil!

Help me.
Mr. Popeil!
Mr. Popeil!
Mr. Popeil!

(Wo-o, wo-o. Ohhhhhh.)
It slices. It dices.
Look at that tomato!
You could even cut a tin can with it,
But you wouldn't want to!

Mr. Popeil, I'm in trouble.
Need your assistance on the double.
Oh no! Now how am I gonna make
My old vinyl car top look like new?
Mr. Popeil!
Tell me, what am I s'posed to do?

Mr. Popeil!
Mr. Popeil!

(Now how much would you pay?)
But wait, there's more!
It's not sold in any store!
(Now how much would you pay?)
Don't answer yet,
Just look what else you get!
(Now how much would you pay?)
If you order today,
You get a Ginsu knife and a smokeless ashtray!
(Now how much would you pay?)
Now how much would you pay?
Mr. Popeil, Mr. Popeil.
Mr. Popeil, Mr. Popeil.
Mr. Popeil, Mr. Popeil.
Mr. Popeil, Mr. Popeil.

Make me buy a Garden Weasel!
Make me buy a Bamboo Steamer!
Make me take advantage
Of this amazing TV offer!
(Call our toll-free number,
We'll make you such a deal.)
Aw, help me!
Mr. Popeil. I want it!
(Mr. Popeil.) Well, I need it!
(Mr. Popeil.) I got to got to got to have it!
Mr. Popeil!
Mr. Popeil!
Hey!
 
2012-06-28 05:39:09 AM  
What do you get when you combine Botswana and Kuwait?
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.
.
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///The location of the international headquarters for Ronco, Botwait.
//Badading!
 
2012-06-28 05:52:09 AM  
3.bp.blogspot.com

RIP, awesome sweater guy
 
2012-06-28 05:53:54 AM  
Holy fark that headline is a grammar train-wreck.


Barry Becher, the man who introduced America to Ginsu knives and thus the infomercial, passes away at 71. But wait, there's more... His family plans to place his remains in his treasured smokeless ashtray. OK, I'm done now
 
2012-06-28 05:57:43 AM  
redriverpak.files.wordpress.com

Beware of imitators.
 
2012-06-28 06:05:27 AM  

SoxSweepAgain: /Hated these commercials at the time, now they make me feel rather nostalgic and sentimental.


Not only that, but how much comedy came from those commercials?

We wouldn't have had stuff like the bass-o-matic skits without 'em.
 
2012-06-28 06:26:05 AM  
Infomercials. Bah. I've never gotten any info, let ALONE any mercial, from any of those things.

/lies, damned lies, and commercials
 
2012-06-28 06:31:04 AM  

Ihaveanevilparrot: SoxSweepAgain: /Hated these commercials at the time, now they make me feel rather nostalgic and sentimental.

Not only that, but how much comedy came from those commercials?

We wouldn't have had stuff like the bass-o-matic skits without 'em.


1.bp.blogspot.com

It's a floor wax AND a dessert topping.
 
2012-06-28 06:54:16 AM  
Dumb question but wait, there's more:

Is he the voice of all those commercials?
 
2012-06-28 07:01:24 AM  

Practical_Draconian: Dumb question but wait, there's more:

Is he the voice of all those commercials?


No, you're probably thinking of Frank Welker.
 
2012-06-28 07:07:01 AM  
Somebody was going to invent infomercials eventually, so it's hard to be pissed off at whatever random guy (or guys) that did it. I still hate infomercials, though.

I have DirecTV, and it's basically nothing but infomercials and re-runs of detective shows. Hundreds of channels, my ass.
 
2012-06-28 07:09:05 AM  
Fell asleep last night with the TV on,
Oh, what a dream I had
Dreamed I went and answered ev'ry single
One of those late night mail order ads
Then four to six weeks later,
Much to my surprise,
The mailman came to my front door
And I couldn't believe my eyes

He brought the Vegematic
And the Pocket Fisherman, too,
Illuminated, illustrated History of Life
And Box Car Willie with a ginsu knife,
A bamboo steamer and a garden weasel, too,
And a tie dyed day-glow souvenir shirt
From Six Flags Over Burbank

Well, the doorbell rang all mornin',
All through the afternoon,
And I shook with fright as it rang all night
By the light of the Mastercard moon
There was Federal Express in the pantry,
Parcel Post in the hall,
COD to the ceiling,
And I just couldn't pay for it all

I got an egg scrambler
With a seal-a-meal carryin' case,
A set of Presidential Commemorative Plates
So I could eat my eggs off a President's face,
A minute mender
And a needle that'll knit or crochet
And an autographed photograph of Rin Tin Tin
At Six Flags Over Burbank

Well I know that I was dreamin'
So I gave a mighty cheer
When I awoke, it was no joke
'Cause all that shiat was here,
So if you fall asleep with the TV on
Let me tell you what to do
Rip the telephone out of the wall
Unless you want this to happen to you

You get Vegematic and the Pocket Fisherman, too,
Iluminated, illustrated History of Life
And Box Car Willie with a ginsu knife,
A bamboo steamer and a garden weasel, too,
And a tie dyed day-glow souvenir shirt
From Six Flags Over Burbank
 
2012-06-28 07:10:02 AM  
stupidsem.com
 
2012-06-28 07:10:25 AM  
For Barry Becher, there is no more.

Infomercial Heaven (also known as Reality Hell) -- Population 2 (Billy Mays and Barry Becher). We're waiting on you, Ron Popeil.
 
2012-06-28 07:10:50 AM  

tillerman35: I have DirecTV, and it's basically nothing but infomercials and re-runs of detective shows. Hundreds of channels, my ass.


Seemed appropriate
 
2012-06-28 07:10:53 AM  

tillerman35: Somebody was going to invent infomercials eventually, so it's hard to be pissed off at whatever random guy (or guys) that did it. I still hate infomercials, though.

I have DirecTV, and it's basically nothing but infomercials and re-runs of detective shows. Hundreds of channels, my ass.


He's got you covered:
Link
 
2012-06-28 07:11:41 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: tillerman35: I have DirecTV, and it's basically nothing but infomercials and re-runs of detective shows. Hundreds of channels, my ass.

Seemed appropriate


You are a damn dirty hippie and I hate you.

/not really just mad that you sarnath'd me
 
2012-06-28 07:18:31 AM  

untaken_name: AverageAmericanGuy: tillerman35: I have DirecTV, and it's basically nothing but infomercials and re-runs of detective shows. Hundreds of channels, my ass.

Seemed appropriate

You are a damn dirty hippie and I hate you.


That song is 20+ years old now. You probably remember when it was new.

Don'cha, gramps?
 
2012-06-28 07:28:21 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: untaken_name: AverageAmericanGuy: tillerman35: I have DirecTV, and it's basically nothing but infomercials and re-runs of detective shows. Hundreds of channels, my ass.

Seemed appropriate

You are a damn dirty hippie and I hate you.

That song is 20+ years old now. You probably remember when it was new.

Don'cha, gramps?


Yes, and I told the whippersnappers then that Rock with Roll was just a fad that would die out in time, and look, I was right! YOU HEAR THAT, CLOUDS? I was RIGHT! *shakes fist*
 
2012-06-28 07:37:33 AM  

SoxSweepAgain: But wait, there's more!!

NOW how much would you pay?

/Hated these commercials at the time, now they make me feel rather nostalgic and sentimental.


Here ya go ...
 
2012-06-28 08:08:37 AM  
It slices, dices, rices, mices and lices!
It dusts, musts, rusts, busts and lusts!
How much would you pay for this amazing new machine?

But wait, there's more!
 
2012-06-28 08:12:20 AM  
NO BILLY MAYS?
 
2012-06-28 08:27:29 AM  
Is my lifetime warranty still covered?
 
2012-06-28 08:31:17 AM  

untaken_name: Practical_Draconian: Dumb question but wait, there's more:

Is he the voice of all those commercials?

No, you're probably thinking of Frank Welker.


MEGATROOOOOONNNNNNN!!!
 
2012-06-28 08:32:40 AM  
It slices!
It dices!
It juliennes fries!
 
2012-06-28 08:35:41 AM  

Two16: untaken_name: Practical_Draconian: Dumb question but wait, there's more:

Is he the voice of all those commercials?

No, you're probably thinking of Frank Welker.

MEGATROOOOOONNNNNNN!!!


I prefer to think of him as Bronx from Gargoyles.
 
2012-06-28 08:36:35 AM  
The infomercial passes away at 71? I think the reports of its death are greatly exaggerated.
 
2012-06-28 08:53:38 AM  
No Cornballer informercials?
t0.gstatic.com
I am disappoint.
 
2012-06-28 08:59:22 AM  
Soy LOCO POR LOS CORNBALLS!
 
2012-06-28 09:02:34 AM  

unyon: How much would you pay to be a part of exciting threads like this? Forty bucks a month? 30 bucks a month? No way! For just five bucks, we'll throw in a pocket fisherman, k-tell patty stacker, juice loosener, thigh master, and slap chop! But wait, there's more!


No Guiness Towell?
 
2012-06-28 09:27:11 AM  
They have a book "The Ginsu Guys". It's a pretty interesting read.

Apparently they started out with the miracle painter (a roller with a shield and their gimmick was a guy painting in a tux). They were running the business out of the back of an Aamco Transmission shop, and when their manufacturer came over to see what they were up to they had to rent office space and fake employees to look good. They were afraid the vendor would ask where the bathrooms were because they had no idea.

Later on they went to tour the manufacturer and the manufacturer did the same thing.
 
2012-06-28 09:50:05 AM  
Too bad. He was a funny guy. A real cut-up.
 
2012-06-28 10:05:34 AM  

Erebus1954: Ihaveanevilparrot: SoxSweepAgain: /Hated these commercials at the time, now they make me feel rather nostalgic and sentimental.

Not only that, but how much comedy came from those commercials?

We wouldn't have had stuff like the bass-o-matic skits without 'em.

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 456x354]

It's a floor wax AND a dessert topping.


Gallagher's Sledge-O-Matic spiel also mocked infomercials.
 
2012-06-28 10:25:29 AM  
what if I act right now?
or am one of the next 10 callers?
 
2012-06-28 11:40:12 AM  

TheGreatGazoo: They have a book "The Ginsu Guys". It's a pretty interesting read.

Apparently they started out with the miracle painter (a roller with a shield and their gimmick was a guy painting in a tux). They were running the business out of the back of an Aamco Transmission shop, and when their manufacturer came over to see what they were up to they had to rent office space and fake employees to look good. They were afraid the vendor would ask where the bathrooms were because they had no idea.

Later on they went to tour the manufacturer and the manufacturer did the same thing.


Thanks for basically giving a synopse of the FA.

/Nixon, You dolt!
 
2012-06-28 01:27:26 PM  
You'll love my nuts!
 
2012-06-28 01:33:33 PM  
The bamboo steamer is still mine to keep, right?
 
2012-06-28 02:06:56 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: They have a book "The Ginsu Guys". It's a pretty interesting read.

Apparently they started out with the miracle painter (a roller with a shield and their gimmick was a guy painting in a tux). They were running the business out of the back of an Aamco Transmission shop, and when their manufacturer came over to see what they were up to they had to rent office space and fake employees to look good. They were afraid the vendor would ask where the bathrooms were because they had no idea.

Later on they went to tour the manufacturer and the manufacturer did the same thing.


IIRC the "Ginsu Knives" were initially just regular knives, literally out of a bin at a department store. Any basic knife of modern quality can do the "stunts" they did. Their invention was entirely the selling tactic. I'm sure later on they got their own supplier, but the knife technology used was unremarkable.
 
2012-06-28 02:11:31 PM  
And if you call now, we'll double your order! You only need to pay additional processing and handling!
 
2012-06-28 09:42:14 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com

THE SUNSCREEN THATS *ALSO* A LAXATIVE. IN INJECTIVE FORM NOW
 
2012-06-28 11:17:13 PM  
I thought he already died back in only 1995.
 
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