Many of us remember the TV commercials starring Orville Redenbacher. He was always seen in his striped shirt and bowtie.
“Hi, I’m Orville Redenbacher from Valparaiso, Indiana,” he would say.
That line rankled some folks who knew he was born in Brazil, Indiana, a town that had a Popcorn Festival dedicated to his memory each fall.
For the past several months I have been corresponding with one of his grandsons, Kevin R. Fish, an author who contributed to “Indiana’s 200,” to be published by the Indiana Historical Society in November.
In one of our exchanges, Kevin wrote the following and gave me permission to make liberal use of it in this column: