The automatic electric opener, introduced in 1958, made short work of opening cans.
Dazey electric can opener, about 1970
Can-opener Cook Book, 1952
Poppy Cannon promoted the idea that busy housewives could use their can openers to make “unusual dishes” that were quick, tasty, and easy to prepare.
It Slices! It Dices!
The Veg-O-Matic food slicer, invented by Samuel J. Popeil, debuted in 1963 and was sold by his son, Ron, via late-night television. The device is best remembered for his iconic sales pitch—“It slices! It dices!”
Boxer George Foreman, who reclaimed the world heavyweight title at the age of forty-five, credited his comeback to a healthy lifestyle and eating habits. His story and charisma helped make the portable, electric grill a runaway success of the 1990s.