Empire Carpet spokesman Elmer Lynn Hauldren dead at 89
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Hauldren began appearing in Empire ads in the 1970s. Prior to becoming a pitchman, he had been a copywriter at the agency with the Empire account. No doubt, it was all very "Mad Men." Hauldren never looked back, though, appearing -- or doing voice-over work -- in every Empire ad since.
Anyone who has watched TV in the past few decades will fondly recognize the ear-worm that is Empire's signature jingle: "800-588-2300, Empire! Today."
A decorated World War II veteran, Hauldren also recorded several albums with his barbershop quartet, Chordiac Arrest.
And a more recent animated version: