August 29, 2007


One thing that made my grandpa more fun than the rest was the fact that he was a salesman of customized novelty promotional products for as long as I can remember. In the market for 20,000 carrot peelers with your company name on it? How about custom ice scrapers, frisbees, or clips to hold potato chip bags shut? Grandpa was your man. This meant that his home office was constantly cluttered with strange plastic sample doodads and our extended family stayed stocked with endless calendars, flashlights, oven mits, and those rubber things that help you grip jar lids. The item pictured above is a sample from a key fob sales kit grandpa gave me when I was a kid. Props like that made it a blast to play "traveling salesman." Thanks to him I was completely prepared for a world where weary journeymen received complimentary dayglo flower keychains after a nights rest at the Holiday Inn.

But this interesting occupation was just a small component that made grandpa the unique and wonderful man that he was. Far greater was his tremendous character and loving spirit.

In memory of Grandpa Eugene
(November 1924 - August 2007)
See you in heaven grandpa.


Reggaexx said...

Your Grandpa sounded like a fun guy! I'm sorry about your loss.

Master Wu said...


I am very sorry to read about your Grandpa's passing.

Peace to you my friend.


Stiiv said...

My condolences, pal. Make sure you & your family gather photos, home movies etc. with Grandpa, & digitize 'em or make copies. You'll be glad you did.


The CDP. said...

You have my sympathies.

Kirk D. said...

Thanks so much fellas. I really appreciate it.

sweetheartville said...

I'm very sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

Sorry for your loss...sounds like he lived in the best of times though!

If there is re-incarnation, I'm gonna ask God if I can drop in again around 1949 myself. What the heck? If God is all powerful and not limited by time & space, who says I gotta come back to a world of rap music, no talent and beige buildings?