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Inventor Ron Popeil pioneered the TV sales pitch with products like the Ronco Chop-O-Matic and phrases like "But wait, there's more."
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While Popeil has personally prospered, his company has experienced some turmoil. It took a nosedive in 1987 when its bank called in all of Ronco's loans. When Ronco couldn't make the payments, the bank took the company's assets, including Popeil's inventions. Popeil reached into his own funds to buy his company back.
The 1990s brought Popeil back to the airwaves with the Ronco Food Dehydrator. He joined forces with QVC to sell more of his new inventions, including the Ronco Showtime Rotisserie & BBQ and the New and Improved Popeil Automatic Pasta and Sausage Maker.
In 2005, Popeil sold the company and stays on as its invention and sales consultant. He continues to the lead promoter for its products -- something he has been an expert at for more than 50 years.
Popeil lives in California with Robin Angers, his fourth wife, and their two daughters. He has two daughters from his first marriage to Marilyn Greene and another daughter from his third marriage to Lisa Boehne.
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