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Victor Kiam
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Entrepreneur
    (December 7, 1926-May 27, 2001)
    Born in New Orleans, Louisiana
    Former salesman for Lever Brothers and Playtex
    Purchased Remington Products in a leveraged buy-out (1979)
    Bought the New England Patriots (1988)
    He was a chain smoker.
    He had never used an electric razor before he decided to take over Remington.
    When reporter Lisa Olson claimed to have been sexually harassed by several Patriots players, he said the Boston Herald had ‘asked for trouble’ by sending a female reporter to cover the team.
    When it was reported that he had called Olson ‘a classic bitch,’ he initially denied making the comment, then backtracked and claimed he had called her ‘a classy bitch.’
    At a male-only sports banquet, he made a Gulf War-themed joke: ‘What do the Iraqi army and Lisa Olson have in common? They’ve both seen Patriot missiles up close.’ (February 4, 1991)
    When his wife asked why he thought he could run Remington when he had never owned an electric razor, he pointed out, ‘I’ve been selling brassieres for 13 years and never worn one.’
    Before purchasing the company, he tested Remington’s electric razor against the competition and decided it was best.
    He appeared in Remington ads, famously announcing, ‘I liked the shaver so much, I bought the company.’
    At Remington, he introduced profit sharing plans and opened the executive restrooms and cafeteria to the entire workforce.
    He took out newspaper ads apologizing for his comments about Olson. (Albeit, only after N.O.W. threatened to organize a boycott of Remington products.)

Credit: C. Fishel


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