Flying Solo

robert-leo-hulseman-red-solo-cupRobert Leo Hulseman has passed away at the age of 84.

Who is Robert Leo Hulseman, you ask? Well, if you are a borderline alcoholic like I am, you have used his invention often enough to make yourself vomit.

Robert Leo Hulseman, who invented the Red Solo Cup, such a popular party staple it even has its own hit song by Toby Keith, died December 21 age 84 surrounded by his large family in Northfield, Illinois.

Hulseman worked at Solo Cup Company for 60 years, according to his obituary. During that time, he invented the Red Solo Cup sometime in the 1970s.

Part of the popularity of the cup, despite its eye-catching crimson color, making it stand out on a crowded table full of brown and green bottles of beer and wine – is its inside rings with 1.5 ounces for liquor, 5 ounces for wine and 12 ounces for beer.

When you’re sober enough to think about it, the Red Solo Cup is an ingenious invention. Godspeed, Mr. Hulseman; thank you for the hangovers.

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