Gassmann interviews with Dave Schwan of the Illinois Radio
in Chicago. Dave has a syndicated radio show called "Illinois Byways,"
and he is a big fan of the Catsup Bottle.
with the Easter Seals! The 2001 Easter Seals Metro East Ornament of
Hope featured the Catsup Bottle. The 500 ornaments sold out before
Natalie Stevenson, development director for Metro East Easter Seals,
the organization was so overwhelmed by the response that they made the
decision on December 23 to special order more. All proceeds from the
edition 24kt gold plated brass Christmas tree ornament benefitted the
Seals. The cost was $15 and it came in a felt case with a certificate
authenticity. They were available at Ashmann's Pharmacy, Jan's
Old Peking Restaurant, Stitch 'n Thyme, and Downtown Collinsville,
or at www.EasterSealsEvents.org.
Collinsville, there is a Santa Claus! Bad weather kept Santa from
the Catsup Bottle last year, but this year it's not a problem. Private
funds and donations were raised in 2000 to purchase the new holiday
but the jolly ol' elf never made it out of the box. Saint Nick is 16 ft
tall and weighs in at 400 pounds. Special thanks go out to IBEW Local
and Pyramid Electric for the wiring, Rod Reinneck and his company for
Santa up, Catsup Bottle owners Larry & Jim Eckert for always saying
"yes," and to Steve Roustio, Bob Herr, and everyone else who helped
the funding. For more details and credits click
Seals Ornament Sells Out! The 500 Catsup Bottle Christmas ornaments
sold out, and Natalie Stevenson, development director fot Metro East
Seals said the organization was so overwhelmed by the response that
were ordering 100 more. To no one's surprise, during the last week of
year they received many more than 100 requests for ornaments!