Based in Stamford, Connecticut, Waring is universally known for introducing the first blender to American consumers. In 1936, an inventor named Fred Osius approached Fred Waring, a popular entertainer of the early to mid 1900s, with his latest invention. Waring was intrigued with Osius' mixer concept, and agreed to back the new product. Six months and $25,000 later, their prototype didn't work. However, Waring's background as a mechanical engineer kept him enthusiastic and, ultimately, he helped perfect the final product. The "Miracle Mixer" (as it was then called) was finally introduced in Chicago in 1937. The Waring Blendor name was adopted shortly thereafter and, in 1938, the product was officially renamed the Waring Blender. Fred Waring died in 1984, but his top-quality line lives on.