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RIP Jimmy Dean

June 14, 2010

Mr. Jimmy Dean has gone to that great sausage maker in the sky:

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jimmy Dean, a country music star known for his hit about a workingman hero, ”Big Bad John,” and an entrepreneur known for his sausage brand, died on Sunday. He was 81.

His wife, Donna Meade Dean, said her husband died at their Henrico County, Va., home.

We always admired Mr. Dean hear at the BRI—and not just because of “Big Bad John.” We wrote a little something about him some years ago in an article about people who had made the Big Time—despite not having done a lot of schooling:

The singer-songwriter left school at 16 and joined the Merchant Marines. He knew that fame could be fleeting, so after his prime-time TV variety show ran its course, he founded the Jimmy Dean Sausage Company and kept his TV appearances to folksy sausage commercials. He sold the company to Sara Lee in 1991, but is still chairman of the board.

So long, Mr. Jimmy Dean, from Uncle John and all of us here at the BRI.

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Charly
Charly
June 15, 2010 3:53 am

Real Giguere did the french version of this song in the 60 or so it was called “Gros Jambon” (Big Ham). How apropriated!

Just Youtube it !(did i just verbed youtube ?)

Thom
Thom
June 15, 2010 8:43 am

You not only verbed youtube, Charly, you verbed verb. And you verbed it badly, I’m afraid.

Charly
Charly
June 15, 2010 10:48 am
Reply to  Thom

(in a very tick Frenc-Canadian accent) It is not my first language … You probably right … ! I googled it (wink wink) … Verbing Wednesday October 14, 2009 In a single work day, you can head a task force, eye an opportunity, nose around for good ideas, mouth a greeting, elbow an opponent, strong-arm a colleague, shoulder the blame, stomach a loss, and finally hand in your resignation. What you’re doing with all those body parts is called verbing–using nouns as verbs. Verbing is a time-honored way of coining new words out of old ones, the etymological process of… Read more »

Thom
Thom
June 15, 2010 11:52 am
Reply to  Charly

ha. You funnied this up very nicely, Charly.

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