College memories flood Twitter after red Solo cup inventor dies

College students everywhere are saying cheers to a man they probably didn't know. But they certainly knew his famous invention, usually found by the beer keg or on the beer pong table.

The man who invented the red Solo cup, Robert Hulseman, died on Dec. 21, and in recent days tributes have been flooding in on social media. He was 84.

Hulseman invented the ubiquitous red party cup in the 1970s. His son said in reports that the cup was supposed to be for families to use, but his father didn't understand how popular his product was in the party scene — especially on college campuses.

As word of his death spread through social media, many took to Twitter to remember the influence Hulseman's cup had on their college experience.

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Few people have so directly impacted my life at so many different key moments
Robert Hulseman, the man who invented Red Solo Cup passed. I probably dnt have 1picture from college that doesnt involve ur cup. Cheers sir.
RIP to the red solo cup guy. Thank you for making my college days (non)memorable
The official inventor and patentor of everyone's party necessity has just past away. RIP Robert Leo Hulseman. Cue Toby Keith #solocup
Robert Hulseman died at age 84 today. He’s impacted your life and you didn’t even know it. He’s the inventor of the Red Solo Cup. #RIP
RIP Robert Hulseman. Many games of beer pong were played because of your Red Solo Cups.
God Bless Robert hulseman- creator of one of the most important cultural inventions!!! The Red Solo cup😂🙏💛🍺
Inventor of Red Solo® Cup, Robert Leo Hulseman dies. Will be laid to rest north of Dixie®. #ScrewYou2016
Even the inventor of the Red Solo Cup died-RIP Robert Leo Hulseman-thank u for the best receptacle for barbecues, tailgates, fairs&festivals
Some of the worst moments of my life have been drowned in these beauties! Thank you Robert Leo Hulseman! #RedSoloCup

Plenty of college students are pouring one out in honor of the invisible legend who helped them party properly.

In Hulseman's obituary in the Chicago Tribune that ran in the days before Christmas, his family wrote that the inventor of the cup and those helpful Traveler Lids for hot drinks on the go was more than just his job, he "was known for his sense of humor, which manifested in many a bad joke, great wit, and his ability to spin a partner on the dance floor" and his love of music.

Seems fitting then that his death has also renewed interest in country singer Toby Keith's 2011 song "Red Solo Cup," which is all about the party culture that grew around the product.


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