Mods, before you think this needs to move to another forum I'd like to contrast it with bourbon.
Crown is essentially the champagne of whiskey for a lot of people, especially here in the south. In my more formative years I was known to enjoy a few rounds of it with ginger ale before figuring out how much I like real bourbons and ryes. Its interesting, and a bit odd to me that a Canadian blended whiskey would have the place it does in pop culture, and I'm curious as to how and when it got there.
Where they really good at marketing at the right time? A continuation of the canadian importation during and following prohibition? And why do you think it keeps this place over comparatively priced and much higher quality mass market "smooth" whiskeys like MM?