Maytag Repairman Wraps National Tour by Visiting Miami Voters
Ol' Lonely(R), the Popular Maytag(R) Icon, Cites Dependability in the Right to
Vote as Reason for His Final 2004 'Random Acts of Dependability' Tour Stop
NEWTON, Iowa, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- With Election Day quickly approaching, Ol' Lonely, the Maytag Repairman, wants to help Floridians celebrate voting as a dependable way to exercise their voices. Accordingly, he will appear at the Miami Bayside Marketplace on Thursday, Oct. 21, to assist registered voters with last-minute questions regarding the election process. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000505/MYGLOGO ) The Maytag Man's visit to Miami will be the final stop in his 2004 "Random Acts of Dependability" tour. The dependability of Maytag appliances compelled him to tour the nation this year in search of other things Americans tie to dependability. During his Miami stop, Ol' Lonely will visit with Bayside Marketplace patrons from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. to ensure they have necessary information about the voting process before heading to the polls on Nov. 2. He will be on-hand to provide information such as what voters need to take with them on Election Day, polling hours and locations. "I have a lot of time on my hands and have read and re-read pre-election coverage -- I understand how all the information on the issues and candidates can be overwhelming," said Ol' Lonely. "I want to make sure that voters do not overlook what they need when they go to the polls and remind them how fortunate they are to depend on the voting process to make their voice heard." The 2004 Tour in Review The first "Random Act of Dependability" occurred at San Francisco's SBC Park, when Ol' Lonely floated with the kayaks in McCovey Cove waiting for Barry Bonds to hit a home run. As the tour progressed, the Ol' Lonely repairman enjoyed the Minnesota State Fair, rooted for the St. Louis Cardinals with the best baseball fans in the world and answered phones for the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon. "I am fortunate that the dependability of Maytag appliances allowed me to leave the office to do this. Thirty-seven years of waiting for the phone to ring was enough to take my loneliness on the road." said Ol' Lonely. "I have found comfort in the events I visited in the Random Acts of Dependability tour -- and company in the people who depend on them." History of the Ol' Lonely Repairman In 1967, Ol' Lonely, the Maytag Repairman, made his first appearance in a TV spot. The spot featured the Maytag Man(TM) character training new repairmen. He instructed them to carefully inspect each machine, but to be prepared to fill up their time in other ways -- doing crossword puzzles and knitting. The original Maytag Repairman was portrayed by actor Jesse White. In 1989, the Maytag Man(TM) hat was passed to Gordon Jump of "WKRP in Cincinnati" fame. Jump portrayed the Ol' Lonely repairman in more than 100 different advertising scenarios. In 2003, Jump retired and Hardy Rawls, a veteran character actor, began as the Ol' Lonely repairman. American television viewers have seen the Ol' Lonely repairman's solitary life unfold in many ways, including teaching a parrot to speak, snoring through a 30-second commercial, and navigating through a lighthouse to discover the washing machine needed only to be plugged in. The lighthouse keeper shrugged and said, "I get lonely too!" About Maytag For the better part of a century, Maytag(R) appliances have been synonymous with dependability and quality. Based in Newton, Iowa, Maytag offers a full line of high-performance appliances that you can depend on -- including the Maytag(R) Neptune(R) Drying Center, the two-in-one dryer to meet your laundry needs; the Maytag(R) Neptune(R) Top-Load washer; the Maytag(R) Wide-by-Side(TM) refrigerator; the Maytag(R) Double Oven Free-Standing range; and the Maytag(R) Jetclean(R) II dishwasher, the world's first and only dishwasher with three full racks. For more information on any Maytag appliances visit http://www.maytag.com or call 800-688-9900. Maytag is part of the complete collection of brands offered by Maytag Corporation, a leading producer of home and commercial products. The corporation's principal brands include Maytag(R), Hoover(R), Jenn-Air(R), Amana(R), Dixie-Narco(R) and Jade(R). Media Contact: Katie Sonderman Maytag Corporate Communications (641) 831-1032 firstname.lastname@example.org Jill Spiekerman Maytag Corporate Communications (641) 787-6886 email@example.comRELATED LINKS
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