Archive for Thursday, June 5, 2008

May he rest in peace

June 5, 2008

You might have missed the story this week out of Cincinnati about the final wishes of Fredric J. Baur.

Baur wasn't a household name, but one of his inventions has wound up in any number of households - and now it also has become his final resting place.

Baur designed the tubular container that holds Pringles, the curved, stacking potato chips produced by Procter & Gamble.The 89-year-old former organic chemist specialized in research and development and quality control for P&G. He was awarded a patent for the tube in 1970.

Baur died May 4 at age 89, and he was so proud of his design, he asked that his remains be buried in a Pringles can.

Baur's children honored the request, placing part of his cremated remains in a Pringles container in his grave. The rest of his remains were placed in an urn buried along with the can, with some placed in another urn and given to a grandson.

Far be it from us to criticize the burial wishes of anyone, but we do have one question: Was the container Original or Barbecue?

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