Karen Belz
December 29, 2016 7:42 am
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If you’ve ever hosted, or attended, a party in college, this news will hit you hard. News sites like CNN are currently reporting that the inventor of the red solo cup, Robert Leo Hulseman, has passed away at the age of 84. While the news is fresh, supposedly his passing happened right before Christmas, on December 21st.

While his invention seems a bit simple, it’s definitely made an impact in the world. In fact, songs have been written about the powers of the red solo cup — those familiar with Toby Keith have probably sang along to the tune a few times.

Hulseman, who worked as an employee of his father’s Solo Cup Company, died peacefully in Northfield, Illinois. While the company was established back in the 1930’s, he had the idea to make the cups red in the 1970’s.

While you might not have noticed it before, each red solo cup has rivets to help guide you on how much to pour.

Next time you have a gathering (whether it be for New Year’s Eve, or another occasion) you should notice that each cup has marks at 5 ounces for wine, 12 ounces for beer, and 1 ounces for liquor.

According to Snopes, this actually wasn’t intentional — while a typical serving of liquor is 1.5 ounces, the lines are still a huge help, no matter what!

Hulseman started working at his family’s business at the ripe old age of 18. With time, dedication, and hard work, he moved his way up to President and CEO of the company.

And while it’s tough to love this guy more than we already do, the fact that him and his late wife, Sheila, frequently donated money to religious charities and anti-poverty efforts is just truly admirable.

Our next drink will be in memory of Robert Hulseman — and of course, we flat out refuse to sip it out of a standard glass or mug.

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