Friday, June 06, 2008

Flashback Friday

The man who designed the Pringles potato crisp packaging system was so proud of his accomplishment that a portion of his ashes has been buried in one of the iconic cans.

Fredric J. Baur, of Cincinnati, died May 4 at Vitas Hospice in Cincinnati, his family said. He was 89.

Baur's children said they honored his request to bury him in one of the cans by placing part of his cremated remains in a Pringles container in his grave in suburban Springfield Township. The rest of his remains were placed in an urn buried along with the can, with some placed in another urn and given to a grandson, said Baur's daughter, Linda Baur of Diamondhead, Miss.

Baur requested the burial arrangement because he was proud of his design of the Pringles container, a son, Lawrence Baur of Stevensville, Mich., said Monday.

Baur was an organic chemist and food storage technician who specialized in research and development and quality control for Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble Co.

Baur filed for a patent for the tubular Pringles container and for the method of packaging the curved, stacked chips in the container in 1966, and it was granted in 1970, P&G archivist Ed Rider said.

Baur retired from P&G in the early 1980s.

Anyone else remember this commercial? The loud "twang" has never quite left me:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, but what I want to know is, was Mr. Baur aware of this when he designed the can?

Apart from monounsaturated culinary pleasure, Pringles have provided pyrotechnic enjoyment to a whole generation. Clearly, a genius has passed away this day.

6/06/2008 12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul Stitt, a biochemist worked in the "food" industry and saw what was called "food", so he quit and started his own bakery and wrote books on the subject. He and his wife, former child probation officer, have done a lot of research in behavioral problems in children and what they ate. On retirement, Stitt left the bakery to his employees, who turned around and sold it.

In the news, a representative was saying his constituents in the inner city, can get fries at McD's, but they don't have access to fresh potatoes. Either there were no local grocery stores, or they didn't carry fresh produce.

In the Stallone movie, "Demolition Man", the only restaurant that survived was Taco Bell, and all music was commercial jingles.

In general it's probably better if we forget commercials.

Perhaps this will be a new trend, custom coffins/urns. On the news, (must have been a slow day), I saw a guy get a coffin designed like a beer can. It sits in his living room until he expires. Seriously though, opening a Pringle's can with dried up potatoes in it, will have a whole new meaning ;-)

6/06/2008 2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A big new entry for the Annals of Product Placement.

In the movie "Idiocracy" the surviving fast food restaurant is Carl's Jr., which serves up "big ass fries"

6/08/2008 7:59 AM  

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