Growing up in a big, bubbly, close-knit family with six brothers and sisters, Robert Suchan´s role models were his beautiful mother Janene ("like Barbara Eden meets Grace Kelly meets Carol Brady and June Cleaver"), whose picture he keeps in his wallet, and his Aunt Barbara ("Eve Arden meets Jo Anne Worley meets Mrs. Roper, with a touch of Bea Arthur"). In time they would provide the ruggedly handsome Irish Catholic Long Island native — he looks like a cross between Alec Baldwin and Vince Vaughn — inspiration and a livelihood. The awakening came with the Dawn. As in dishwashing liquid.
A few years ago, I was walking down a dusty street in a very small central Mexico village, turned a corner to find an enormous sign painted on a building wall: "Tupperware" with a phone number. I had to smile.
# 2, I still have/use several items of Tupperware I bought in the 70´s when I was just starting out as a homemaker. (Some of it IS orange.). In those days Tupperware wasn´t that expensive. It was a good investment, most of my stuff is more useful than anything you can buy today.
Say what you will about the Tupperware Parties we attended in the 60´s and 70´s, but I am still using many of the items I purchased, or was given at my bridal shower in the late 50´s. My favorite mixing bowl is the light aqua GLASS bowl which came with two smaller pastel bowls. I didn´t know they still had Tupperware Parties. I haven´t been to one in over 20 years!
Now how do your relate the "you didn´t build that" phrase to this fellows success story? Did the government instruct him on the use of makeup and God given sales talents? No. Did the government provide him with Tupperware sales training? No. Interesting. An American success story, fellow brings himself out of poverty, (being a Social Worker taking care of the miscreant of society), pulls himself up by his garter straps and becomes a star. I don´t misjudge him for his props, I admire that he uses them well in a Capitalistic endeavor.
Ah! Memories of Tupperware! It does sound like fun. When my mother passed, I kept finding big hoards of brand-new Tupperware still in the bags. I know that she went to a lot of the parties (she had a friend who was a dealer) & she bought it to give for practical wedding presents. That was the year that EVERYbody in the family got Tupperware for Christmas. I´m a real purist, I like the fifties stuff the best & still use it - (I also admit to collecting fifties Pyrex)!
My mother still has her Tupperware pieces as well. I remember fondly the pastel-colored cereal bowls (with lids)), and her very large square container (with lid), which she often used for sandwiches on picnics (or a long train trip when we traveled from MN to Louisiana), or her marvelous dinner rolls.
You can find many vintage pieces of Tupperware, some of them "new" in the original wrapping, on Ebay. I agree that Tupperware now is very expensive. I´ve recently discovered the "Lock & Lock" brand at QVC, and I´m hooked. It´s much less expensive and the quality is excellent.
#16, your mother probably got trapped into the same situation most of the rest of us did. Friends, neighbors and relatives were throwing the Tupperware parties and it was considered tacky to attend without purchasing. So, we purchased. And stored in plastic bags for the next generation to find.
Here is "Aunt Barbara" on YouTube, presenting a new product: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtCSOtrl6g0
On a more serious note, one of the most compelling stories on the TV series "Cold Case" (of which I am a great fan), was called "Wednesday´s Women". It involved the murder of a young housewife who used Tupperware parties as a cover for her involvement in the civil rights movement; she and other housewives would meet clandestinely with black women, traveling from Philadelphia to Mississippi to host Tupperware parties on Wednesdays. You can view the whole episode on YouTube.
In late 1966, Keith Richards was hearing things. The Rolling Stones guitarist and songwriter had in mind a series of strong, bluesy chords and a melody line based on French police-car sirens. But he couldn´t quite reproduce the way he envisioned it sounding—dry and crisp, with a "garage" feel. Then he purchased an early Philips cassette tape recorder and, using an acoustic guitar, created the basis for what would become "Street Fighting Man." Recorded in March, April and May 1968 and released in the U.S. in August, the summer single from their album "Beggars Banquet," only managed to reach #48
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