Many of you have e-mailed, texted, posted, teletyped, smoke signaled or flapped your arms around willy-nilly to tell us about the latest food industry hero to leave us. Yes, we’re talking about Dr. Fredric J. Baur, inventor of the Pringles can. Of course the most salient detail of the story is not the breadth of his life’s achievements (considerable though they were), but the manner of his final resting:
Dr. Frederic J. Baur chose to have a portion of his remains buried in the brilliant potato chip* can that he conceived.
Now you can call us crazy, narcissistic, egotistical, or any number of other unflattering things, but maybe–just maybe–his choice of interment vessels was influenced by our fictitious account of Nugget Man Robert C. Baker’s parting voyage.
Someone really should put together a tribute page for them all. Someone…
*that’s "crisps" to our friends in the UK
UPDATE: Check out this video of Tim Roske’s tribute to Dr. Baur…a home-crafted Pringles can rocket. Okay, he didn’t do it as a tribute, but it’s still pretty damn cool.