RIP Lynn Hauldren, Empire Carpet Man

Elmer Lynn Hauldren, famous for portraying the Empire Carpet Man,

passed away yesterday at the age of 89

. He was an advertising copywriter responsible for the Empire campaign in the '70s when the company asked for him to become their on-air spokesperson. The rest is history. 588-2300...

Hauldren appeared on television for decades and managed to become a beloved figure simply by telling us about carpet in his calm, grandfatherly tone. He also was a decorated serviceman in WWII and sang in the barbershop quartet Chordiac Arrest:

Commercial breaks will never be the same.

Elmer Lynn Hauldren, 1922-2011

Update: The Empire folks have created this website in honor of Hauldren.

Lynn "Empire Carpet Guy" Hauldren Passes Away [Chicagoist]

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