Red Solo Cup Inventor Dies

Robert L. Hulseman, was not just any big business executive.

He invented the infamous Red Solo cup, the mainstay of countless frat parties, tailgating events, and college-keggers. He passed away on December 30, 2016 at the age of 84.  According to his son, Paul, his death was due to complications from several strokes.

The Red Solo cup was invented in the mid-70’s and was designed to be sturdy, durable, and cheap, “for wine, beer, or a shot.”

The cups are so popular for partying, they even have a song about them, by Toby Keith (who happens to be the only A-list celebrity willing to play in Jan 20th’s inauguration event).

With lines like, “Let’s have a party” and “ladies get smitten when I get to written on their cup with a sharpie…


I’m sure you have a cup around, so let’s all head up to Frat Row or search the remnants of our last night of debauchery and raise a glass to the late inventor that has given us so many good memories!

Want to learn more about the history of the cup? Check out Vice’s coverage on The History of Solo.

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