He was also a former newspaperman in Michigan and Indiana. Orville was 32 when he began to manage the vast farms of the Smith family on Jan. Smith and his brother Hi, with a minor interest owned by Tony Hulman, owners of a wholesale grocery company and theIndianapolis Motor Speedway.
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Details of Orville s life in Gibson County and his rise from a poor Clay County boy to a track star at Purdue, and eventually the development and promotion of his famous gourmet popping corn, are found ia a new book byRobert W. Topping, a former newspaperman and Purdue staff member.
I once met the famous popcorn magnet in San Diego where he retired after selling his popcorn kingdom. And he was still full of life and corny humor. Orville was recruited by the Smiths from Terre Haute where he was the county agriculture agent.
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He managed 12, acres in 24 separate tracts, mostly in Gibson County but some in Warrick and Vanderburgh counties. The family lived in a large white house on the east side of U.
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It was Indiana s largest farm of the time, according to Topping. And Orville was one of the first to plant hybrid seed corn.
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He managed the largest hybrid seed corn operation in the state and made Princeton Farms into an agricultural showplace. Redenbacher's grandson, Gary, who appeared in some old ads but is not connected with the company, said the revival honors his grandfather's legacy. Not everyone agrees.
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Film critic Roger Ebert compared the digital resurrection to grave robbing, and it won mixed reviews, at best, in the advertising industry. Noting that Paul Newman 's face appears on his brand of microwave popcorn, Gawker. Breaking News.
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