Dick Wilson, R.I.P.

February 12, 2008 by
Filed under: Williamsburg 

November 17, 2007 was a dark day in toilet paper history. That was the day Dick Wilson —better known as Mr. Whipple, the fondler of many a pack Charmin toilet paper— passed away at the healthy age of 91. I remember feeling sad upon hearing the news, but my life is one of infinite distraction and I promptly forgot about it.

Thankfully some have not: like this sad reminder at the intersection of Flushing Avenue and Whipple Street.

Flushing at Whipple

Poor fella. It really broke my heart to see this street sign in such an inconsolable state. I have been mulling over ways to cheer up this sad sack and celebrate the joy Dick Wilson gave us during his 23 years as Charmin’s spokesman. Today I finally had a breakthrough. My proposal is as follows: we rededicate this street to television’s very own Mr. Whipple and erect a nice plaque to his memory. Follows is a conceptual rendering of the finished product.

Charmin Court

Some of the more cynical among you might be wondering what this man ever did for New York City? Well, he did have a hand in presenting a certain neighborhood in Queens to middle America.

The first commercials Charmin shot featuring Mr. Whipple were filmed— I shit you not— in Flushing.

Miss Heather


One Comment on Dick Wilson, R.I.P.

  1. rowan on Wed, 13th Feb 2008 11:08 am
  2. that’s too perfect. the name Flushing always cracked me up.

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