Today, the industry is mourning the loss of one of its own. CBC News reports that famous pitchman Phil Kives, who founded K-Tel International in the 1960s, died on April 27 in Winnipeg at the age of 87.
K-Tel was best known for marketing such DRTV hits as the Veg-o-matic food cutter, the Patty Stacker, the Miracle Brush, and Hooked on Classics.
In 2006, Kives was the subject of the documentary, As Seen on TV: The K-Tel Story. For more information about this infomercial pioneer, click here.
Phil Kives image by Angela Johnston/CBC.