Ron Popeil, Pioneer of TV Infomercials, Dies at 86

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Infomercial king Ron Popeil, who turned kitchen devices into billion-dollar manufacturers and paved the way in which for the fashionable direct-response enterprise, died Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 86. Popeil, a pure showman who began hawking his father’s innovations at flea markets as a teen, was the driving power behind merchandise like Mr. Microphone, the Pocket…

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