While I'm American, I've lived in Europe and Asia as well over the last 10 years. I'd bristle silently when I'd hear western Europeans assert pleasantly in conversation that Americans are very good at "selling things." I've heard that a lot over the years. It's really a left-handed compliment that implies our products, innovations and culture are actually very second rate, but that they become popular worldwide nonetheless because of a supposed national expertise in marketing. I suppose I must concede that the Pez dispenser is a shining example of that alleged American marketing prowess, albeit as applied to a very second rate European product.
The NBC Nightly News did a 30 second obit on Mr. Allina last night that I've embedded below.