Death of Gary Ross Dahl

December 18, 1936 - March 23, 2015
Jacksonville, Oregon | Age 78

Creator of 70s fad Pet Rock dies
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The Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Oregon (AP) — Gary Ross Dahl, the creator of the wildly popular 1970s fad the Pet Rock, has died at age 78 in Oregon.

Dahl's wife, Marguerite Dahl, confirmed Tuesday that her husband of 40 years died March 23 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The smooth stones came packed in a cardboard box containing a tongue-in-cheek instruction pamphlet for "care and feeding." Dahl estimated he had sold 1.5 million of them at roughly $4 each by...

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