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Richard Arthur Assman|
February 14, 1934
Neudorf, Saskatchewan, Canada
August 15, 2016 (aged 82)|
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Occupation||Gas station employee|
|Known for||Appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman|
In 1995, Assman moved from working at one Petro-Canada station to another. The station's[which?] owner took out an advertisement in the local newspaper[which?] that was sent anonymously to David Letterman, who was amused by Assman's name. Assman was introduced on July 24, 1995, on the Late Show with David Letterman, where he was a nightly feature for about a month. During this time, he was known as "Assman the Gasman".
As his fame grew, Vancouver polling company Angus Reid Public Opinion reported that 49 percent of surveyed Canadians in September 1995 had heard of his name. Assman received a number of contracts for commercial appearances, was asked to run for public office, and received many marriage proposals. He received a request to judge a bikini contest in August 1995 for the Janetville Jamboree and Truck Pull in Janetville, Ontario. "Assmania" came to a close in August when Assman visited the Ed Sullivan Theater and was presented with a bouquet of roses by Letterman.
Assman or Assmann is a German-language surname derived from the name Erasmus. Dick Assman himself, who took all this ribbing good-naturedly, pronounced his name "oss-man", as it is pronounced in German.