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News and Information Archive : 1999 (Part II)

Date: July 1999
  • Collinsville’s 5th edition "Hometown Phonebook 1999-2000" honored the Catsup Bottle on its cover. The phone book is produced by Eagle Publications and is sponsored by the Collinsville and Caseyville Chambers of Commerce.
  • Chicago Tribune writer Ellen Warren interviewed “The Catsup Bottle Lady” for her column entitled “The Inc. Spot.”
  • Members of the Catsup Bottle Preservation Group begin to question the future. Discussions ensue about the new "Fan Club" and the "50th Anniversary Birthday Bash." Outraged members voice their displeasure about the continued marketing and promotion of the Catsup Bottle. Members also decide to not be a sponsor of any future Catsup Bottle celebrations.

Date: July 5, 1999
  • A roadside stand is set up at the Catsup Bottle on July 5th to offer merchandise. Local newspapers gave great coverage for the day which really helped bring out the crowds. It was fun to see many holiday visitors and travelers stop by! People called for weeks afterward inquiring if shirts were still available.
  • Also on July 5th, Public Policy Productions, Inc. of Palisades, New York, arrived to shoot our segment of “The Main Stream,” a documentary featuring as its host humorist writer Roy Blount, Jr. Award-winning Producer/Director Roger Weisberg and his crew were fun to work with and we all had a fantastic time - and thanks for dinner, too!
  • American Airlines in-flight magazine, American Way featured an article on ketchup and added an article about the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle titled; “You Want Some Fifty Foot Fries with that?” Rob Brinkley writes, “Taste the thrill by visiting”

Date: August 1999
  • Catherine Southerland of Lark Books in Ashville, North Carolina, came across our web page and wishes to include the Catsup Bottle in a culinary classics series. They have written about cheeses and sausages, and are now publishing a series on pickling!
  • John Carney, from KMOX AM1120 radio called to include us in his column for St. Louis Connoisseur magazine. He also requested a copy of Wade McCormick’s “Catsup Bottle Song” so he could play it on his radio show!
  • Jordan Palmer, of KSDK Channel 5 in St. Louis, was working on a new series for the station and called to see if we were interested in having local Catsup Bottle fans meet him for an interview. “Show Me St. Louis” brought local author Jody Feldman and the camera crew to meet us there August 16th. Jody has written a book entitled "CitySmart Guidebook: St. Louis" that features free things to do in and around St. Louis. Interviewer Heide Glass talked with members of the Catsup Bottle Group. Thanks to city councilman Mike Bartsch who came to represent the city and brought his children.

Date: August 7, 1999
  • On August 7th, Brian Baily from WEEG radio, Eagle 97.3, called from Saginaw, Michigan. He was certainly impressed with our efforts to save the Bottle and thought it was such a “cool idea… I love catsup,” he said. The folks in Michigan surely understand our efforts as they continue to save their local lighthouse landmarks. They have really shown us lots of interest and support over the years!

Date: August 14, 1999
  • Collinsville resident, Rita Pulley, came to us to buy 50th Anniversary Catsup Bottle Bubbles for her daughter’s August 14th wedding! Next to the bride and groom, they were a real hit with the guests! 

Date: August 27, 1999
  • The August 27 issue of Springfield’s State Register Journal features a Katheryn Rem article entitled “Off the Beaten Track in Illinois.”

Date: September 1, 1999
  • Dora, from Congressman John Shimkus’ office, included Catsup Bottle souvenirs in a gift basket representing the great state of Illinois. She also included a bottle of Brooks Rich & Tangy Catsup, courtesy of Bethel-Eckert Enterprises (thanks Larry and Jim). We were well represented in “The Children’s Inn Gala” auction and fundraiser held in Washington, D.C.

Date: September 5, 1999
  • The "Rally Across The Heartland" national RV tour made a stop at the Catsup Bottle on the morning of Sunday, September 5th. The father and son duo of Kent and Kris Taylor of Federal Heights, Colorado, were the guests of Doral Cigarettes on the cross-country adventure. Also visiting were Chuck Mattina and Sharon Bates of Quixote Marketing Group in Greensboro, North Carolina. It was a fun time filled with interviews, reporters, TV cameras, and photographers! It was exciting to see so many folks come out morning. The day was capped off with a get-together at Hurricane’s Bar & Grill downtown.

Date: September 21, 1999
  • On September 21st a group of ladies from the Deaconess Auxiliary toured our area and planned to stop by the bottle. Charter Action Tours bus company suggested that Verna Neibert of St. Louis call us for more information on our Bottle, which we gladly sent her!

Date: December 1999
  • Michael Perry, author of "Big Rigs, Elvis & The Grand Dragon Wayne" included a brief reference to us in his essay about communities and their water towers entitled “You Are Here.” Another of his books, "Why they killed Big Boy," included a great story of a company that makes huge advertising icons like Big Boy.
  • The Orlando (FL) Sentinel “Get Out” section featured an article “Weird on the Web: Thinking Big, Living Large” that included the Catsup bottle.
  • The Historic Preservation Commission of the City of Collinsville recognized the Catsup Bottle Water Tower as a local landmark. It is one of six in the first set of landmarks to be legally designated by the city. 

Date: December 28, 1999
  • On December 28, St. Louis radio station Z-107.7 leaves their Scavenger Hunt clue #4 at the Catsup Bottle. It read, “You are at the right place, but you have found the wrong clue. There’s still a long way ahead. We’re waiting for you.” Well, we’re not sure what that was all about, but we were glad to be a part of it!

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