Memorial Day Salute: America’s Most Famous Plumbers
America’s unsung heroes unclog household pipes and drains so that you can keep that Memorial Day barbeque going without sewer and sink backups. As San Diego’s trusted family-owned plumbing company, Perry Plumbing would like to add a little color to your perception of plumbers by covering those who have made names for themselves.
The lead vocalist of the popular rock band Black Sabbath was also their lead plumber. At age 15, Ozzy dropped out of school to become a plumber’s apprentice. When that career did not take off, Ozzy went on to a life of petty crime. A prison stint helped him re-evaluate his criminal career. The lock-up sent Ozzy into music and rock and roll (and reality TV) fame.
Sir Michael Caine
A renowned English actor, Caine is known for his distinctive cockney accent and for fixing toilet ball cock valves. Before landing his breakthrough role in Zulu in 1964 (really!? 50 years ago?!), he snaked drains and sewers to make a living. After his service in the Korean War, he worked many jobs, including time spent as a plumber’s assistant. Few know that this two-time Academy Award winner got his start in plumbing.
Born in England during World War II, Hoskins had trouble finding a job because the economy was not doing well. Hoskins’ job in the plumbing industry ended abruptly after he set fire to the boot of a coworker. His role as a plumber in Super Mario Brothers movie must have struck him as ironic.
Contrary to popular belief, Thomas Crapper did not invent the flush toilet (to read how the Romans figured it out much earlier, check out our post about the history of the toilet.) Crapper contributed greatly to its popularity by selling toilets during World War I and his name appears on manhole covers in England. Like many business leaders whose names still exist today, Crapper was more of a marketer than an inventor.
Perry Plumbing Is Working on a Few Famous Names
If you want to find your own history-making plumber for your family or business, do not hesitate to call us at 619-472-2112. You can also schedule service here. We solve all your major plumbing issues with state of the art technology and technicians with years if not decades of experience in toilet and drain repair and other plumbing installations. Do not forget to look at our plumbing coupons page for your chance to save on plumbing repair and installation work!