TIL That Jimmy Dean, country singer, TV host, and entrepreneur introduced The Muppet’s to mainstream audiences. He turned down a large stake of Jim Henson’s company stating he hadn’t “earned it”. He also believed he was a terrible actor and musician, and went on to create The Jimmy Dean Meat Co.

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The best part about Dean rejecting that stake (which was 40%, by the way) is that he has consistently stated that he did not ever regret making that decision. He was a firm believer that Henson deserved all the profits of his own work. Also, his “blunt, straight-talking” autobiography is titled *30 Years of Sausage, 50 Years of Ham*, and I think that’s just the best.


>But Dean, a heavy critic of his own performances, believed he was a terrible actor and musician, and began pursuing other ventures. In the late 1960s, Dean started a hog butchering company with his brother, Don, in his hometown of Plainview. The brothers ground the meat, while their mother seasoned it. Within six months, The Jimmy Dean Meat Co. was already a profitable business. By the late 80s, the Deans were making more than $75 million in profits. Dean sold his company to Sara Lee Foods in 1984, remaining its spokesperson until 2003. Really glad the meat packing venture worked out well for him. He deserved it.


Every mornin’ at the mine you could see him arrive. He stood six-foot-six and weighed two-forty-five. Kinda broad at the shoulder and narrow at the hip and everybody knew ya didn’t give no lip to Big John.


Holy shit how did I not know the sausage guy was the country music guy.


Burt Saxby? Tell him he’s fired!