April 27, 2011 12:20 PM Subscribe
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! (83 comments total)
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, better known as the Empire Carpet Man
, died yesterday at the age of 89.
Hauldren began his relationship with Empire Today as an ad copywriter, but Empire's owners requested that he do the voiceovers and commercials himself (legend has it they didn't want to pay an actor to do it) and he became a Chicagoland (and national) advertising icon. He even wrote the jingle!