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This Day in Pop Culture for May 3

Ron Popeil

1935: Inventor of the Veg-O-Matic is Born

Super inventor Ron Popeil was born on this day in New York City in 1935.Over his lifetime, Popeil has created the Chop-O-Matic, the Veg-O-Matic, the Inside-The-Shell Egg Scrambler, Mr. Microphone and many other inventions. Over the years, Popeil created numerous commercials for his many products coining the phrase, “But wait, there’s more!” In 2005, Popeil sold the company but many of his inventions are still selling today. However, not all of them were hits. According to, Popeil only had three product flops: The Inside Outside Window Washer (which was faulty), the adhesive Hold-Up (which didn’t) and a combination coffee pot/steam iron called the Prescolator!


  • 1896: Dodie Smith (author)
  • 1903: Bing Crosby (singer)
  • 1933: James Brown (singer)
  • 1934: Frankie Vallie (singer)
  • 1951: Christopher Cross (singer)
  • 1977: Eric Church (singer)

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Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about pop culture, arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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