The Menards Guy was not dropped. He was diagnosed with cancer and had to take a more-or-less permanent hiatus from the ads.

His real name is Ray Szmanda, and he is a legend. He smiles.. er.. grins with his teeth, and shouts stuff like "Save BIG on BATTERIES from RAYOVAC!!!" We all love the Ray, and we hope he's alright.

A picture of the Menards Guy:

Listen to Michael Feldman interview Ray at