Saturday, December 5, 2020

Cronco History

"What is the story behind Cronco?" loyal readers keep asking. The robot star of A FIELD OF CABBAGES and THE ROBOTIC AGE has humble beginnings. My friend Aaron (illustrator for the aforementioned novels) told me his family once owned the Cronco Cooler empire. Popular among 1950s picnic-goers, the company went belly-up eventually. Of course I was intrigued by the story (and the name especially!) and joked with Aaron that the reason the Croncos fell out of favor was the fact that the coolers had a tendency to overheat. From there, it was only a jump away for Cronco to become a robot.

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