fun-loving high school
kids from Peoria, Illinois, stopped by the office to say "Hi."
had heard about Santa Claus, found us on the web, and made a road trip
comes in asking about official Catsup Bottle merchandise.
interviews with Linda
Albert from the Maryville, Tennessee, newspaper The Daily
the publisher's request, Mike sends the great "Catsup in the Clouds"
for the article.
appears in The
Daily Times to rave reviews! Linda and the newspaper receive quite
a few positive comments, including many from Tennessee residents who
lived in the Collinsville area and wanted to share their Catsup Bottle
good news, and
not-so-good news. The good news is that the date for the 4th Annual
Downtown Collinsville Summerfest Catsup Bottle Birthday Party & Car
Show is set for Sunday, July 7, 2002.
news: Those who have the controling interest in the Catsup Bottle
Group have again denied support for this Web site. Yes, I said,
Since the creation of this site in 1998 it has been a pro-bono
effort by professionals. The Preservation Group has shown little
For the first two years it begrudgingly paid for the domain name and
hosting. Now, for the second year in a row, for whatever reason, it has
elected to pay nothing toward this site. Go figure...
pleased as punch
when our saucy little Santa made it up on the Catsup Bottle this
Unfortunately that brought more attention to the paint that has been
off the legs for quite some time now. To find out why this has gotten
be such an embarrassment, and to ask if anything is being done about
contact the new chairman of the Catsup Bottle Preservation Group.
Gear up now for the 4th annual Downtown
World's Largest Catsup Bottle Summerfest
Birthday Party and Custom 'n' Classic Car 'n' Truck Show Bash!
This big event,
with an even bigger name, is scheduled for Sunday,
July 7, 2002. All day long there's music, crafts, food,
and games. Something for everyone. Bring the family! Nearly 300
parked along the streets of historic downtown Collinsville make this
biggest and best show in southern Illinois.
beginnings, this event has grown to be a huge kid-friendly,
non-alcohol day of enjoyment. Mark your calendars now to attend!
party games for kids of all ages include: Hula Hoops, Please Pass the
Musical Chairs, Water Balloon Toss, and our very own special version of
Spin the Bottle.
you know your catsups? Take the "Brooks Catsup Tangy Taste Test"
and see if you really can tell the difference!
Don't miss the
special "Salute to our Heroes" area with displays and
from the Collinsville Fire and Police Departments.
See the first
ever "Midwest Regional DARE Car Showcase" featuring D.A.R.E.
from municipalities all over the area will be on display. Kids and
can vote for their favorites!
Downtown Collinsville, Inc. 618-345-5598
packages are available by contacting Judy at 618-345-5598.
that time of year
again! Every year kids at one of our local elementary schools pick
the Catsup Bottle for their big history class project. Well, now it's
time as kids and parents alike call the office for last minute
We love helping out, and it's a real thrill to see the completed
Keep up the good work everyone!
close eye out
at your local newstand this summer - the Catsup Bottle will be
there! Some appearances will be calendar listings for the
and others will be full blown articles with photos. The first will be
May 19 issue of the Chicago Tribune. Then be sure to pick up
June issue of Money magazine, and the July issues of Esquire
and National Geographic Travel. You may also want to get the
issues of AAA Travel, Crooked Creations Crafts & Folk Art, Illinois
Now, St. Louis Homes & Lifestyle, and American
magazines. Keep a look out for an upcoming piece in the Chicago
and the Get Out section of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
the Catsup Bottle is "money," but now everyone else does, too!
being in the May 19 issue of the Chicago Tribune and the May 23
Louis Post Dispatch - Get Out Magazine, the World's Largest Catsup
Bottle is today appearing on the CNN-Money Magazine web site! And when
the June print issue of Money hits the newsstands our kitschy
will appear there as well! We're in the section entitled "5 Great
issue of "Illinois Now!"
features a full page photo and a wonderful write-up about our towering
attraction and the July 7 Summerfest. They even call it one of
most "looked up to" monuments! (Heh, heh, we get it!) Log on to www.enjoyillinois.com
to get your copy of this beautiful, full-color, free magazine from the
Illinois Bureau of Tourism.
can also get a load of our
in the upcoming issues of The Chicago Reader, AAA Midwest Traveler,
St. Louis Home & Lifestyle, National Geographic Travel, American
and Esquire magazines!
• A couple of other noteworthy
media things: * A production company in New York, Highnoon
requested photos and info for a show they are producing for Food TV
"Unwrapped." It will air in late July or August. * We recently received
a call from text book publisher Sundance Publications. They are
creating a text book about landmarks and are interested in putting the
Catsup Bottle on the cover! We'll have to wait and see how this turns
* We received an email request from German TV & Radio
A company based in New York that produces stories for the media in
* And, a call requesting information came in recently from Food TV
in Los Angeles.
finally get repainted!
to prepare the final draft of the nomination for the Catsup Bottle to
National Register of Historic Places.
July 7, 2002
Collinsville Catsup Bottle Summerfest is a huge success!
all the support for this year's fest. Cooperation and enthusiasm is
better then ever, and we can't thank everyone enough!
To see some
click to our Summerfest
EVER about the Catsup Bottle appears in the Chicago
Tribune. Writer Mike Conklin covered everything from the
to the National Register, to Caldwell Tanks (builders of the Catsup
Thanks, Mike, it's much appreciated!
Brooks Catsup Bottle Water Tower presentation to the Illinois Historic
Sites Advisory Council. The nomination is approved and passed on to
August 13, 2002
The World's Largest Catsup Bottle (aka: the Brooks Catsup Bottle water
tower) is listed on the National
of Historic Places. Here we have Beth Boland
signing the nomination in Washington, D.C. Beth is the National
of Historic Places reviewer for the state of Illinois. To take a look
at the nomination paperwork click here.
issue of Signs
of the Times magazine includes a section called "Weird &
Bizarre & Beautiful, & Just Plain Cool Signage" The Catsup
is featured in a punny little piece entitled "This Sign Cuts The
September 25, 2002
friends and biggest supporters in Collinsville, Lois Metzger, brought
a newsletter she picked up on her vacation in Wyoming. The "Tidbits
#363 featured an article by Janet Spencer titled "World's Largest
that included a section about the battle to save our bottle.
September 28, 2002
buddy and culinary expert Cliff Lowe mentions us and includes a
photo in his recent article titled "Make a Gourmet Gallop: Use
His piece includes one of the best explanations of the history of
we've ever read. Thanks, Cliff! Check it out in Cliff's Corner at www.inmamaskitchen.com.
Sunday, September 29, 2002, 9:00 pm CT
Breakers Unwrapped" (episode #CWSP12) on the Food Network.
to see the
biggest, oldest, or the first - tune it to this special record-breaking
edition of "Unwrapped"
on Food TV. The biggest cookie factory! The top selling candy bar! The
world's largest peanut! The Big Texan 72 oz. steak! And of course, the
World's Largest Catsup Bottle!
air dates & times as follows. Check FoodTV.com
September 29, 2002,
9:00 pm CT
30, 2002, 12:00
5, 2002, 4:00
Sunday, October 6,
Date: October 7, 2002
thank you letter reminded us that the Catsup Bottle will be featured in
book entitled "Uniquely Illinois". Part of the six-book Heinemann State
series for students in grades 3 thru 5. Ordering information is
on the Heinemann Classroom
Date: October 18, 2002
Lines article in "The Criterion" is titled "Thoughts about childhood
Author Shirley Vogler Meister was surprised to see a photo of the
Bottle in the Indianapolis Star and it prompted her to
a very thoughtful and inspiring piece about what her daughters called
big catsup" that "reached to heaven". Shirley is a member of Christ the
Parish in Indianapolis and is a regular columnist for "The Criterion."
Date: October 25, 2002
"Gary" S. Suppiger,
died today at the age of 83. He was President of Brooks Foods after his
Gerhart Sr., who was responsible for having the Catsup bottle water
built in 1949. Suppiger's wife, Mary Jeanne, said Gary "had the
admiration for Judy DeMoisy and all the people who restored the catsup
Gerhart Suppiger III said his father "was thrilled" that the people of
adopted the catsup bottle.
November 6-9, 2002
at the Tri-State
Main Street Program Conference in Dubuque, Iowa, afforded us the
to do a little site seeing while we were out and about. The whirl wind
road trip was a blast and not unlike the patented Hyper Tours contucted
by our friends at RoadsideAmerica.com.
• We visited
in Peoria, Illinois, the World's
Largest Strawberry in Strawberry Point, Iowa, and the Mustard
Museum in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, where we graduated with honors from
Poupon U...! We were also able to hit the Field of Dreams, House on the
Rock, and a few other great roadside attractions, all the while
the word of our landmark water tower.
November 27, 2002
three years in
the making! The film titled "The
Main Stream with Roy Blount Jr." will premier on PBS Tuesday,
17, 2002, at 8:00 pm CT. It's an offbeat journey down the Mississippi
exploring the literal and metaphorical "mainstream" of America. This
show was produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Roger
shot in HDTV, and is presented by Thirteen/WNET New York.
Roger, Roy, and the entire gang from Public Policy Productions in New
visited the Catsup Bottle in July of 1999 for an afternoon of shooting.
We had a great time! Unfortunately, a nice letter from Roger explained
recently that our segment ended up on the cutting room floor. Can you
okay. We still want everyone to know about this film and we're sure
bring home the Oscar!
Friday, December 6, 2002
again! The holiday tradition
continues this year as a new
between Collinsville Progress, Inc. and Downtown Collinsville, Inc. And
a special thank you goes out to Ron Reinick and his guys at Diversified
Coatings of O'Fallon, Illinois for all the hard work. Santa wouldn't
off the ground with out 'em!
partnership with Collinsville Progress, Inc. was very short-lived. The
"inner circle" of Collinsville Progress reared it's ugly head and put
the kibosh on everything for the future!)
Wednesday, December 11, 2002
Superman is in peril. Kryponite is not the culprit this time, it's
the city leaders of Metropolis, Illinois. The Chamber of Commerce and
Tourism Bureau are helpless, the mayor says his hands are tied... who
landmark city water tower emblazoned with a Superman logo is scheduled
to be torn down on January 6, 2003. Metropolis, at the southern tip of
Illinois, is the only city in America with that name, and is the
home of Superman.
save the Man of Steel water tower? For the complete story and the
updates go to the Super
Planet Chronicle. (Unfortunately
we have learned that the water tower came down as scheduled on January