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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 8
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2012-06-28 12:18:40 AM  
2 votes:
And you too can have the Pocket Crematorium for just two easy payments of $19.99!!
2012-06-28 07:10:25 AM  
1 votes:
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 06:05:27 AM  
1 votes:

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 05:57:43 AM  
1 votes:
redriverpak.files.wordpress.com

Beware of imitators.
2012-06-28 05:38:45 AM  
1 votes:
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 01:08:14 AM  
1 votes:
www.jewornotjew.com

WANTED FOR QUESTIONING
2012-06-28 12:52:10 AM  
1 votes:
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 12:09:34 AM  
1 votes:
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.
 
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