Roberta's Las Vegas Real Estate Blog: "Don't Squeeze the Charmin"

"Don't Squeeze the Charmin"

Dick Wilson, known as Mr. Whipple, died at a young age of 91 this past Monday.  He spent 21 years protecting the Charmin toilet paper from crazy housewives who wanted to squeeze it!
 
Read the article in the Review Journal here
 
He retired in 1985 and was replaced by the cartoon bears.  Wilson said the he was still recognized as Mr. Whipple long after he retired. He did come back  for a guest appearance in 1999. 
 
According to friends and family, he was delightful and funny, until the very end.  Something that is unknown to most people about Dick Wilson is that he was a very talented painter. 
 

I was also surprised to learn that in the 1990's, he lived right here in Henderson, NV.  Many celebrities make Henderson their home because it is a great place to live. Check out my previous blog Las Vegas--Living with the Stars

 

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So, in honor of Dick Wilson, or should I say, Mr. Whipple, we should all go out and squeeze the Charmin!

 

Comment balloon 13 commentsRoberta LaRocca • November 20 2007 09:00PM

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Very nice post.  Those were very memorable commercials.  How many times do you see a commercial and you have no idea what they are promoting.  Mr. Whipple left you with no doubts what the advertisement was about.
Posted by Vicky Poe, Realtor/ Auctioneer (Good Ole Rocky Top) almost 11 years ago
Vicky: I agree, you always knew when Mr. Whipple showed up, what the commercial was advertising.  Some commercials are very confusing! 
Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

It is amazing what piece of history someone will be remembered for...

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Charles

Posted by Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) almost 11 years ago
Wow, what a blast from the past.  Isn't it amazing how one tiny thought can trigger such powerful memories.
Posted by Rey Gallegos, FHA, VA, Home Loans Las Vegas, NV (Supreme Lending (NMLS ID #2129)) almost 11 years ago

Charles: It is amazing how people are remembered.

Rey:It does bring back the past.  I haven't thought about Mr. Whipple in a long time.

Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Roberta, some of the unsung heroes are the quiet types, and we remember Dick Wilson more as the Don't Squeeze the Charmin man rather than other roles he played. You are quite the detective in digging out his Henderson and his painting roots. We all have a story to tell if people will listen.

Have yourself a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 11 years ago
Gary:  I will always remember Mr. Whipple!  You are right, there are some great stories out there. 
Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) almost 11 years ago
Have a Happy Thanksgiving Roberta! We celebrate his life!
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 11 years ago
Sally: Thanks, I hope you had a good Thanksgiving.
Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) almost 11 years ago
Roberta - sometimes it is interesting how the well known personalities can be from just around the corner. You must really follow all that is going on in your area. I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving.
Posted by Faina Sechzer, Real Estate Expert - Princeton, Montgomery ,Hopewell, NJ (Henderson-Sotheby's International Realty) almost 11 years ago
Faina:  I keep finding more and more celebrities in the area!  It is interesting.
Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Roberta, I had no idea that Mr. Whipple died. Thanks for posting this. My newspaper makes weird choices in the news it decides to report. For example, the front page today was all about the home loan freeze while it buried the story on page 11 that a guy shot 8 people and then himself in an Omaha mall.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate) almost 11 years ago
Elizabeth:  Newspapers sometimes are very strange.  I can't believe that they buried the story about the Omaha shooting!
Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

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