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Gary Dahl dies at 78; creator of Pet Rock, 1970s pop culture icon
Gary Dahl dies at 78; creator of Pet Rock, 1970s pop culture icon

Over beers in a Los Gatos bar, Gary Dahl's drinking buddies spewed tales about incontinent dogs, destructive cats, overly fecund gerbils and vacations foiled because no one could baby-sit the bird. Everyone had problems with a pet except for Dahl, who claimed his was hassle-free. "I own a pet rock," he quipped. His friends cracked up and turned it into a running joke. Dahl laughed his way to the bank. Dahl, who was 78 at the time of his death last week in Jacksonville, Ore., was the creator of the Pet Rock, one of the most successful gag gifts of all time. Although it was only sold during the three-month holiday buying season in 1975, it endures in pop culture...

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