Dear Empire Carpet Guy,
I hope you have gone to a better place and I wish your family and friends my condolences. For anyone who doesn’t live in the Chicagoland area, you probably have someone like Elmer Lynn Hauldren — a local actor who stars in commercials for a local business and becomes something of a local celebrity (although I gather that Empire grew beyond the Chicagoland area making Mr. Hauldren popular with millions). Here in Chicago (and the surrounding suburbs) those Empire Carpet commercials (see above) were so ubiquitous growing up that everyone knew who the Empire Carpet commercial guy was. Sometime in the late 80s or early 90s when I was home from college (in the Spring or Summer), I ran into Mr. Hauldren at a local gas station in Glenview — of course I excitedly approached him and sang the jingle. He loved it and shook my hand. He and the Empire Carpet commercials (those with him in a starring role) will be missed.