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Weird Facts about Geritol®

  • Geritol is apparently a combination of the words geriatric and tolerance.
  • Geritol liquid tonic was introduced in 1950 by Pharmaceuticals Inc. as a remedy for those who felt tired because of iron poor blood.
  • With Ralph Bellamy and Ted Mack touting Geritol's unique ability to prevent iron poor blood, Geritol quickly became the number-one high-potency iron tonic in America.
  • Geritol remained the best-selling iron and vitamin supplement until 1979 when health-conscious consumers began seeking more complete vitamin formulas.
  • While one dose of the original formula for Geritol contained twice the iron in a pound of calf's liver, today one dose of Geritol Complete contains approximately two-thirds the iron in a pound of calf's liver.
  • In 1956, Geritol sponsored Twenty-One, the game show featured in the 1994 Hollywood Pictures movie, Quiz Show, directed by Robert Redford and recounting the game show scandal in which producers fed answers to contestants.
  • In 1971, Geritol launched the television commercial that created the catchphrase, "My Wife, I Think I'll Keep Her," which, in 1994, provided the inspiration for the Mary Chapin Carpenter song "He Thinks He'll Keep Her."
  • Wimbledon tennis champion Evonne Goolagong supplemented her on-court activities with Geritol tablets.
  • In 1989, after challenging heavyweight champion Mike Tyson to a fight for the title, former heavyweight champion George Foreman told Time magazine, "If I win, every man over 40 can grab his Geritol and have a toast."
  • Geritol, at less than one calorie per tablet, contains no sodium, sugar, lactose, artificial sweeteners, or preservatives.
  • Three out of four people surveyed in 1994 said Bob Barker is the TV game show host most likely to take Geritol.
  • Today, Geritol still offers its famous Tonic, plus a multi-vitamin, that contains all of the vitamins and minerals essential in human nutrition. Geritol Complete® isn't just for seniors—this formulation can replace many women's vitamins because it offers antioxidants, calcium, iron and folic acid.
Copyright © 1995- Joey Green. "Geritol" is a registered trademark of Meda Consumer Healthcare Inc.
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