a "Really Big Sale" newspaper supplement throughout Ohio that includes
the World's Largest Catsup Bottle. Also featured are the World's
Ball of Twine, the World's Biggest Frying Pan, big-time broadcaster John
Madden, and Marie Osmond.
the Midwest Living Hometown Pride Award, the Catsup Bottle Preservation
Group purchases an incredible 42" x 140" photographic print of the
tower. The piece is presented to the Collinsville Memorial Public
and hangs in the stairwell leading from the main floor to the second
1949-1999 50th Anniversary
logo is created. New t-shirts and sweatshirts are produced.
magnets also go on sale. Talks begin in regard to the creation of the
International World's Largest Catsup Bottle Fan Club. Talk of an
World's Largest Catsup Bottle Web site also begins.
radio in Grand Junction, Colorado, learned of the Catsup Bottle and
us. Judy had a great interview with the Brad & Steven morning show.
Folks all around the country were able to listen to it via the radio
Inc. and the Catsup Bottle Preservation Group are proud to announce the
latest exhibit at the Collin Art Gallery 317. "Rebirth of a
- A Photographic Essay" is on display from August 24 through Saturday,
September 19, 1998. A reception was held Friday, September 18. The show
features 25 photographs by Thomas Miller and Mike Gassmann taken
during, and after the World's Largest Catsup Bottle restoration project.
for the cable
TV network Country Music Television were in town on Saturday,
29. They were shooting footage of the Catsup Bottle to be aired during
their year-end "Biggest and Best Music Video Awards" program. The show
will debut Thanksgiving weekend and then rerun throughout December.
Ann Blanton, coordinating producer for CMT, said, "This is our way of
the fun and weirdness of America!" Other regional stops on their
adventure included the National Bowling Hall of Fame and the Elvis is
Museum. Aside from Bottle video, they also shot interviews with the
Bottle Lady" Judy DeMoisy and Fan Club President Mike Gassmann. It was
five hours of hard work and lots of fun wherein Judy says "The Bottle
our Eiffel Tower." and "I don't know anything about country
We can't wait to see the end result - hopefully it won't be too
So here's to our new friends at CMT… Terri-Ann, Steven, Rebecca, Dee,
and Richard. Thanks for coming by!!
months of compiling information and photos, months of writing, and lots
of graphic designing and html programming, the Official World's
Catsup Bottle Web Site goes online at www.catsupbottle.com. The
text, photos, and graphics were all produced by Mike Gassmann and the
site programming and consultation is done by Don Leone. The cyberworld
will never be the same again.
he had retrieved St. Louis Cardinal slugger Mark McGwire's record
62nd home run ball. On September 9th, 22 year old Collinsville resident
Forneris appeared on the David Letterman show. When asked
he was from, Tim answered proudly, "Collinsville, Illinois...
Horseradish Capital of the World - and we also have this really large
Bottle!" The crowd went wild. Congrats to you, Tim, and thanks for the
plug on TV, and thanks for the nice note.
of Roadside magazine, popped by to see us. He was on a
trip from Oregon back to Worchester, Massachusetts. He discovered us by
way of the Internet, and this little visit would lead to a wonderful,
exhibit has a successful showing in Boston, Massachusetts at the Ernst
and Young Center for Business Knowledge weekend conference. E & Y
researcher Manya Chylinski said the Catup Bottle fit their theme of
tourist attractions from around the world. "It was quite the topic of
the Sunday, October 25 edition of the Chicago Sun-Times
a fantastic article about the Catsup Bottle. Author Dave Hoekstra, a
Bottlefan, drives in from Chicago to visit and ended up writing an
piece announcing the new Web site and Fan Club.
Quite a few
we got a call from Sasie Sealy with A&E Media, part of the
Channel in New York. They have a calendar on the Internet entitled
day in Automotive History.” Carrie Knoblock, now in charge of the
recently called to let us know our Catsup Bottle and the Web site were
featured last September. Check it out, the History Channel Web site is
publisher of Two-Lane
Roads newspaper, Loren Eyrich, includes a picture of the Catsup
in his book "No Sleeping on Pavement," a collection of wacky roadside
and the World's
Largest Catsup Bottle is mentioned in the suspence thriller novel "And
Then You Die" by Iris Johansen.
Stick Press in San Francisco emailed us for a slide of the Catsup
She is doing research for a book entitled "Art of the State: Illinois."
Publication is scheduled for Fall of 1999.
with color photos
appear in the Collinsville Journal and the Belleville
announcing the new 50th Anniversary logo merchandise. T-shirts,
refrigerator magnets, and coffee mugs are all now available.