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    Empire Carpet Man Has Died

    Elmer Lynn Hauldren created the Empire Man character and wrote the carpet company's nationally recognized jingle, which made a lasting imprint of a phone number: "5-8-8, 2-300, Empire!"

    Mr. Hauldren, 89, died Tuesday, April 26, of natural causes in his Evanston home, according to family.

    "He has made an indelible mark on advertising history with his creativity and warmth," Steve Silvers, chief executive officer of Northlake-based Empire, said in a statement.

    Empire's former owner, Seymour Cohen, hired Mr. Hauldren as the on-air talent for commercials in 1973 after dozens of actors auditioned for the role. Mr. Hauldren created the Empire Man and also wrote and sang the jingle in the commercials along with the a capella group The Fabulous 40s.
    Elmer Lynn Hauldren, the Empire Carpet Man, dies - chicagotribune.com



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    Re: Empire Carpet Man Has Died

    Heard about this a few days ago, as a native Chicagoan, he was definitely a part of my childhood.



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    Re: Empire Carpet Man Has Died

    Used to see those commercials on WGN all the time as a kid.


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    Re: Empire Carpet Man Has Died

    Before KLJB in the Quad Cities we used to get WFLD out of Chicago. I remember the Empire commercials well.
    Does anyone remember Orbie the super van man? I wish I could find those commercials somewhere.



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    Re: Empire Carpet Man Has Died

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRhGVo_dwkk]YouTube - Empire Carpet Commercial 1986[/ame]


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