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Goodbye Empire Man

1. "Lynn Hauldren, 89, the advertising copywriter who became the inspiration for the Empire Carpet Man in the 1970s and helped launch the company's signature jingle into national recognition, died Tuesday, according to an Empire spokesperson," the Tribune reports.

"Mr. Hauldren rose to became a decades-long advertising icon, as the person who wrote the catchy jingle that accompanies the company's famous phone number, and often delivered it with style: 'Five-eight-eight, two-three-hundred . . . Empire.'"

2. Here's a nice collection of videos and observations.

3. 588-2300.

4. Chicagoist from 2006: Who's the Empire Carpet Guy?

5. Empire Man, Wikipedia.

6. From Fox Chicago News in February: Chicago Man Still the Face of Empire Carpet.

7. Empire Carpet TV.

8. A brief tribute.


Comments welcome.


Posted on April 28, 2011

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