On October 5, 1983, Earl Silas Tupper died at the age of 76 on an island that he had purchased off of Costa Rica.
You’re probably saying, "Earl who?" Earl Tupper, as in Tupperware
While working at the Dupont chemical company, he discovered how to mold polyethylene slag into lightweight, non-breakable containers, cups, bowls and plates. He founded the Tupperware Plastics Company in 1938 and within a few years he introduced his products to hardware and department stores.
But, after a very advanced marketing program, he withdrew all of his products from the stores in the early 1950’s and made them available only through home Tupperware parties. The concept worked well enough that he sold Tupperware Company to Rexall in 1958 for $9 million dollars.
Then to avoid taxes, he renounced his US citizenship and moved to Costa Rica. Some of Tupper’s legacy lives on at his alma mater, Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.
In 1969, he donated 428 acres to the school, which became the home of their new campus in 1971.
Did I forget to mention that he was born in Berlin, New Hampshire? Tupper’s family moved to a farm in Massachusetts when Earl was three.
According to an article in the NY Times at the time of his death, "as a boy he found he could make more money buying and selling other people's vegetables than by raising his own."
Apparently, his grasp of sales started at an early age. So, when you put your lunch or left-overs in those plastic food containers, just remember that it all started with a man born in New Hampshire.