The news shocked Americans of all ages.
After all, it isn’t every day that an esteemed, respected, monocle-wearing icon of fashion and industry says “goodbye cruel world.”
But alas, after 104 years as spokes-goober for Planters, Mr. Peanut has passed away.
Announced in late January 2020 to feed into the pre-Super Bowl hype, Mr. Peanut was said to have sacrificed his life in heroic act to save actors Wesley Snipes and Matt Walsh.
Originally created as a contest winning drawing in 1916 by 14 year-old Antonio Gentile of Suffolk, VA, Mr. Peanut’s full name was Bartholomew Richard Fitzgerald-Smythe.
Mr. P led an amazing life… surviving the Great Depression by selling bags of nuts at 5 cents each, serving his country in World War II, and even found fame as a cast-iron statue in the Smithsonian at the National Museum of American History.
And even though hailed as a unifying figure by people of all kinds, he did dip his toe into the murky waters of politics one time back in the 1970s. As a mayoral candidate for the “Peanut Party,” he won the endorsement of novelist William S. Burroughs and received 2,685 votes – a full 3.4 percent of total votes cast.
But is this really the end of a legume legend? Or does Planters have some kind of salty secret up their sleeve? Time will tell.
One tasty treat you want to be able to count on is a portfolio that provides security today and long into the future. It not at all nuts to believe this can happen for you – give us a call at 513-563-PLAN (7526) or book online to find out how.
Dan Cuprill, CFP®