How Mr. Klaff
Changed the World of Canned Soup!
used to eat lunch with Mr. Lederer (before he became too cool for
Social Studies and returned to Math.) We used to talk about
baseball, Mr. Begun, and our favorite topic ... canned soup. He used
to bring in these Progresso cans every day. I voiced my displeasure
of how the cans didn't have the "pop top" lid. Mr. Lederer agreed,
and always had to suffer with a can-opener for a minute.
It was time for Mr. Klaff to
For a few times a month I
would call up the 1-800 number on the can, complaining that I was
going to buy Chunky Soup until they got a pop-top lid. They always
told me that it was a good idea, and
they would send the complaint onto management. Well ... it turns out
that Progresso is a company of the masses -- In late 2004, all
Progresso cans now have ... the pop-top lid. Much like his great
grandfather, Lewis Klaff, who invented the turning signal ... Mr.
Klaff will not get any royalties, nor free soup. Still, he has
changed the lives of millions of Americans who no longer have to
suffer with a can-opener before enjoying their minestrone.