• The 50th
year for the World's Largest Catsup Bottle has begun. The
of first issue of the official Fan Club newsletter, Catsup Bottle News,
is pushed back. It has become a victim of its own success, and time
keep it from coming together.
the Maxis Company and wants to include the Catsup Bottle water tower in
a "Sim City" computer game.
Policy Productions in Palisades, New York, contacts us in the
stage of a documentary she is working on and wants to include the
Bottle. At this point, we're not at liberty to reveal the plans, but we
look forward to a scouting visting this summer and possible filming in
the fall. (More on this later.)
& Breakfast, in rural Madison County just outside of
is catering to the tourists in the region by handling Catsup Bottle
They have had a great response to our merchandise! Bruce and Kathy
have recently opened the Plantation House, and we wish them the very
Thompson, is now a news reporter and anchor for CBS affiliate KOTV
6 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He returned to his hometown on assignment
He reported on growing up in Collinsville and what it now means to him.
His report focused on the downtown revitalization effort, the Catsup
and other things that make Collinsville special. Also included is an
with childhood friend, Mike Gassmann. The piece is scheduled to air
May sweeps week.
and Sue Smith
of Collinsville, and their friend Margie Frailey, departed home on
4, 1999 headed for St. Louis Cardinals spring training in Jupiter,
Wilma has always loved our town, but she is now wearing Collinsville
all over her white van! This includes pictures of the World’s Largest
Bottle, the Horseradish Fest, and anything “Collinsville” she could
of! She actually stuck an 8 x 10 of the Bottle on the side of her van
• The State
Tourism folks have included a full color photo of the Catsup Bottle
in their beautiful 1999 Visitors Guide. Call 1-800-2CONNECT and they’ll
be happy to send a copy out to you. Always remember gang, Illinois is a
“Million miles from Monday.”
at the Gateway
Postcard Club News featured a fun article about the special USPS
Bottle 50th Birthday stamp cancellation entitled “Brooks Catsup
Over the Hill.”
we were thrilled
to learn that our Web site, www.catsupbottle.com was Netscape’s
Cool” Pick of the Day. We received 8 out of 10 points for design
8 out of 10 for content!
are held with
members of the Catsup bottle Preservation Group by Mary Harrison, a
writer for People magazine. The piece is scheduled to run
before the upcoming 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash in June.
it never sees print.
and summer weather often turns violent. Our buddy, Nathan Loyet, is a
Strike Survivor. He was in his parents’ garage and was struck as a
quickly approached. A nationwide support group that helps lightning
survivors and their families recently put together a huge quilt made up
of patches from around the country. Each patch consisted of the
name and where he comes from. Nathan’s patch featured this photo of him
and a photo of the Catsup Bottle. It became the centerpiece of the
Channel 6 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, airs Scott Thompson's report on his
"Where I Grew Up." The piece is excellent! The segment showed downtown
and Webster School, Collinsville's horseradish industry, Cahokia
and of course the Catsup Bottle. Also included was a very touching
about Scott and his late father. Judging from the e-mail and faxes we
everyone else loved it just as much as we did. Great job, Scott!
representative from American
Airlines calls and requests a slide of the Catsup Bottle to include
in their in-flight magazine, Amerian Way.
in High Performance People magazine promoting the upcoming
party celebration. Our high-performance landmark appeared on the same
with high-performance singing sensation Shania Twain! Let’s
readers actually noticed we were there, too!
Barnes of St.
Louis Magazine writes about our famous landmark in his "Mystery
column and includes a wonderful full color photo. In the same May
there is a vintage photo of a St. Louis Browns baseball player.
Look closely, and in the distance, on the outfield wall, somewhat out
focus, you will see a beautiful billboard touting the "old-fashioned
taste" of Brooks Catsup! Our eagle-eyed Catsup bottle Lady spotted that
one. Much thanks goes out to Harper for hooking us up with a photo for
edition of Moon
Publications’ "Road Trip USA" hits the streets where we discover author
Jensen posing at the Catsup Bottle for his biography photo used on
the inside flap of the dust jacket! This guy has traveled the world,
the roadside attraction he chooses to pose with for his book is the
Largest Catsup Bottle in Collinsville! Thanks, Jamie!
Channel 20 in Springfield, Illinois, airs a great TV Travel piece
includes not only our Catsup Bottle but the awesome Cahokia Mounds
too! Dave wrote back to us: “…we had fun in Collinsville, so much fun
folks are still talking about that story!”
John Shimkus alerts his colleagues of the 106th Congress to
one of the most monumental events to take place this year." His
become a permanent part of the Congrssional Record as he mentions the
Bottle's 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash and commends the Catsup bottle
Preservation Group for saving a unique piece of Americana essential to
his community's heritage.
there, the May 24 issue of Linn's Stamp Collector News magazine
features an article announcing the two commemorative Catsup Bottle
first issue of
the Catsup Bottle News is published. It's the official
of the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Fan Club! This little newsletter
designed to keep the Catsup Bottle’s biggest supporters informed of all
the great things that keep happening.
for Santa Monica Press in California has been in touch to tell
about her new book project - "Offbeat Food: Adventures in an Omnivorous
World." This book will look at the more unusual aspects of food and
culture, and, of course, they want the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle to
be a part of it!
Jerome Pohlen emailed
us for bottle information to include in his book "Oddball Illinois,"
be published by the Chicago Review Press. His travel book will
about interesting and offbeat attractions around the state and as he
“The Catsup Bottle is definitely one of those attractions.”
Celebration was listed in the “Fun, Food and Festivals” in Illinois
Main Street Communities, Summer ’99 Events calendar put out by
Governor Corrine Wood’s office.
Maria, California, wrote to us and asked for a slide to accompany a
freelance article she was writing.
of a Landmark - A Photographic Essay," features photographs taken by
Gassmann and Thomas Miller. The exhibit will be shown through July 10,
1999, at the Collin Art Gallery, 317 West Main Street in downtown
Photographers Gassmann and Miller, both Collinsville residents, saw a
to capture the restoration process for posterity. Each was unaware of
other until the restoration project and their respective works were
The best pieces were combined into one stunning display.
the World's Largest Catsup Bottle 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash. The
is held on Sunday, June 13, 1999. in downtown Collinsville. Festivities
include food booths, souvenir stands, games, live music, a custom car
a parade, and of course cake and ice cream.
in a June 18th resolution, congratulated Collinsville “for its
to preserve that which was the best from the past and build continued
in the future.” The resolution also recognized the Catsup Bottle Happy
Birthday celebration and the benefit to communities to host special
Nancy Harding made a fun discovery while visiting her son in
Imagine her surprise when she read the Fresno Bee Sunday June 27 comics
and found the Catsup Bottle featured in "Ripley’s Believe It or Not!"
Ripley’s strip is distributed by King Features Syndicate all
1540 AM radio
Monday Morning Talk Show hosts Mark and Rita called the to do an
on June 28th. In a thank you note later they said, “We really enjoyed
with you about your beloved bottle. It is always great to hear about a
community that works together to preserve it’s heritage.”
writer, Michael Pearson, may be responsible for 101 hits on our website
in a 24 hour period after his article was sent out on the AP wire
June 29th. It's the first time we've hit over a hundred.