Raise a Red Solo Cup to Robert L. Hulseman (1932-2016)
December 31, 2016 7:57 AM   Subscribe

Robert L. Hulseman, a corporate executive who developed the sturdy red Solo cup that became indispensable at picnics, tailgate parties and barbecues and inspired a song by the country singer Toby Keith, died on Dec. 21 at his home in Northfield, Ill. He was 84. Obits in NYTimes and Chicago Tribune.

Hulseman also co-designed the widely used Traveler Lid for coffee cups, used in Starbuckses across the land. In 2004, the Museum of Modern Art included it among 122 “Humble Masterpieces” of design.
posted by Shmuel510 (16 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
 
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posted by Katjusa Roquette at 7:59 AM on December 31, 2016


We should all be so useful.
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posted by Bee'sWing at 8:07 AM on December 31, 2016 [3 favorites]


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posted by Thorzdad at 8:10 AM on December 31, 2016


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posted by Samizdata at 8:23 AM on December 31, 2016


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posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 8:24 AM on December 31, 2016 [16 favorites]


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posted by drezdn at 8:45 AM on December 31, 2016


I own a shot glass made to look like a red solo cup.
posted by jonmc at 8:52 AM on December 31, 2016 [1 favorite]


I will raise a glass for him.
posted by spitbull at 9:23 AM on December 31, 2016 [1 favorite]


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posted by Cash4Lead at 11:11 AM on December 31, 2016


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posted by radwolf76 at 11:11 AM on December 31, 2016


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posted by Going To Maine at 11:19 AM on December 31, 2016


The best way to honor him is to make shrinky dinks with your (clean) used solo cups.
posted by FirstMateKate at 12:11 PM on December 31, 2016 [3 favorites]


Every now and then there's a thread here in Ask or on Quora asking people from outside of the US what surprised them or caught them unexpectedly about America. Red Solo cups being a real thing people actually have at parties and not just a Hollywood generic cup always seems to come up.
posted by Mchelly at 4:06 PM on December 31, 2016 [1 favorite]


Also glorified by Toby Keith: Red Solo Cup
posted by Mchelly at 4:08 PM on December 31, 2016 [1 favorite]


Also glorified by Kanye West: "This that red cup all on the lawn shit."
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 7:40 PM on December 31, 2016


The Washington Post: Two reasons the red Solo Cup is a marvel of modern engineering. Includes an image illustrating the complexity of the cup's design.
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 4:49 PM on January 1 [2 favorites]


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