About this Blog

"In the future everybody will be world-famous for 15 minutes." So said the bleached-out, late lamented artist Andy Warhol. Having lived and worked in New York City, Warhol came to fully grasp the hold celebrity has on us. In this very famous sentence, he meant to point out that in a culture fixated on fame, many people will suddenly flash brightly onto the public screen, then--poof--will just as quickly disappear from public view--like shooting stars. Other individuals derive their celebrity from one stellar accomplishment (one hit song, one iconic role, etc.) that they never again match.

This blog is devoted to the one part of our celebrity culture that no one has written much about: temporary/one-shot celebrities.

The pace of modern life has quickened, and now we hear people speaking of someone's 15 seconds of fame. These "celebrities with a lower-case c" who will appear in this blog sometimes come to us from the world of entertainment, sometimes from the world of news. All are fascinating.

The need of our communications media for a continual stream of new material assures that we will have no end of colorful people who go quickly, where celebrity is concerned, from zero to hero (or villain) and back to zero. Now you see 'em, now you don't. What a crazy world, eh?

Temporary celebrities coming from the world of entertainment include one-hit recording artists; TV and movie icons who, although they might have had a great many accomplishments in their career, are remembered for one big role; standouts of reality TV; sports figures remembered for one remarkable accomplishment; and people whose celebrity came from one big role in a commercial or print ad.

News-based temporary celebrities come in many forms: mass/serial killers, other murderers of special note, sex-crime offenders, disgraced figures of government/military/business/media/religion, spies/traitors, hoaxers, femmes/hommes fatale, heroes, whistle blowers, inventors/innovators, and victims.

Celebrity Blogsburg will consider each category in turn.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Inventor/Innovator Earl Tupper

Like most inventors, Earl Tupper of New Hampshire patented numerous inventions, but his only one to score a major success and cause his name to be remembered was Tupperware.

Tupperware products are durable plastic containers having a watertight lid. Before succeeding in making these products in 1945, Tupper had worked in plastics for DuPont.

Store sales were disappointing, but in the 1940s, Tupper hired consumate Florida saleswoman Bonnie Wise, making her his marketing vice president. Her approach, selling Tupperware via the home party plan, worked enormously well, and Tupperware parties swept the nation in the 1950s.

In 1958, however, Tupper fired Wise, sold the company to Rexall, left his wife, and moved to a Central American island he had purchased. He died in 1983.

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