The general consensus on 2016 is that it was a pretty lousy year – and though the potential grievances are plenty, a spate of high-profile celebrity deaths was cited as a major contributing factor: David Bowie, Prince and George Michael – just to name a few musicians. (And not even touching on how two of the three members of Emerson, Lake & Palmer died. Someone keep an eye on Palmer!)
Thanks to an aging population that has lived through a vast expansion of global media, the number of celebrity deaths is only going to get worse – and as a result, sadly, some noteworthy people might not fully get their due, lost in glut of bigger names. One of those people: Robert Hulseman, creator of the iconic Red Solo Cup, who passed away on December 21 at the age of 84.
According to the Associated Press. Hulseman worked for his family’s company for 60 years, including serving as president and CEO before Solo was sold to Dart Container Corp in 2012, invented the now equally famous and infamous cup back in the 1970s as a convenient drink holder for family picnics. “That product was never intended for keggers,” his son Paul told the AP. Though if you don’t have a keg at your family picnic, why bother hanging out with your family to begin with?