Wisconsin man who brought the world SpaghettiOs dies

Regular readers know we like to take a poke at all the drunks, criminals and boobs who regularly make headlines in our neighboring state of Wisconsin. Not in this post, though. No, here we want to take a moment to note the passing of a genuine cultural icon with bona fide Wisconsin roots.

Donald Goerke, the man who brought SpaghettiOs into the kitchen of every self-respecting American parent who never knew Italian food from a wet sock but wanted their kids to eat dinner, has died. He was 86 years old. And although he lived out a big portion of life elsewhere, he was born in Waukesha.

An employee of Campbell's for 35 years, Goerke worked in the marketing division of its Franco American brand in the 1960s when an "a ha!" moment led him to utter the unforgettable phrase, "Uh-oh, SpaghettiOs."

So here's to you, Donald. We chose the "Os."

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