Archive : 2003 (Part II)
July 6, 2003
• The 5th Annual
World's Largest Catsup
Bottle Summerfest Birthday Party and Car Show Bash on Sunday, July 6,
was an overwhelming success! Get all the details and take a look at the
date for 2004 is July 11. Mark your calendar now!
Date: July 13, 2003
• The Trailnet
Bicycle Fun Club held its annual "Big Bottle Bicycle Ride"
this Sunday. Kathi Weilbacher
let us know that 497 riders participated. Very cool! Trailnet is a
wonderful organization that also
the historic Route 66 Chain of Rocks Bridge.
Date: July 22, 2003
• This week's
edition of Woman's World magazine
has a two page spread by Debra Michaels entitled "Take a wacky, fun
of the USA!" Our Catsup Bottle is in good
company with Chilly Willy in Cut Bank, Montana, the World's
Largest Egg in Winlock, Washington, and the Giant Peach
tower in Gaffney, South Carolina.
Date: July 25, 2003
• Today on its
Opinion page, the Belleville News-Democrat
runs the greatest
cartoon it's even printed! (Of course that's OUR opinion...) After
a fire at the Gateway Arch, and then one at the Eiffel Tower,
nationally syndicated, award-winning cartoonist, Glenn McCoy,
happens to be a local Belleville boy making the big time, drew this
that just made our day. And what's really
is that we thought of the same gag ourselves. As they say, "Great minds
• We received
the most excellent new brochure/poster from the Illinois Route 66
Heritage Project. Since its official designation as a Heritage
Corridor by the Illinois Bureau of Tourism in 2001, the not-for-profit Illinois
Route 66 Heritage Project
has been serving the needs of communities, businesses, and travelers.
Click the link
July 28, 2003
• In June, the
Catsup Bottle Lady and Downtown Collinsville, Inc. Manager, Judy
DeMoisy, attended the Illinois Main Street Program managers'
meeting in Jacksonville, Illinois. To help promote the Summerfest she
took along the Catsup bottle costume... and as usual, there's somebody
little enough, and brave enough, to wear it! Here we have the
Main Street manager from Orion, Diane Welborn, looking good! Thank you to Janine
Loftes of Momence for sending us the pix.
August 1, 2003
• Keep a look
out for a Catsup Bottle feature in an upcoming issue of American
• Also keep a look out for an upcoming promotional set of
playing cards from Caldwell Tanks, Inc. Each of the cards will
photo of a project done by the
company. And just in case you're wondering, the Catsup Bottle is on
the nine of
• We just send a hi-rez photo to Sophie Blackburn in Canada
for a new tourist attraction park. The project will include an
informative sign with pictures of water towers from around the world.
It is scheduled to open in June of 2004. For more info go to www.tourismealma.com.
August 12, 2003
• This aught
to be fun! We just signed the release form for Arnoldworldwide
to include a World's Largest Catsup Bottle postcard in an upcoming 30
second TV commercial. The ad will be part of a campaign for Choice
Hotels' Triple Miles promotion. Choice Hotels
includes Comfort Inn, Quality Inn and more. The spots will begin in
September 2003 and run in the U.S., Canada, and Australia for
18 months on
free and cable television.
Date: August 25, 2003
national American Legion convention being held in St. Louis,
our local Leighton Evatt Post 365 held a "Call to
Collinsville" day and
invited legionaires from around the country to visit our community. A
was had by all as we hosted a Catusp Bottle information table and made
lot of new friends! Click here for
info and to see some more photos from our night at the Collinsville
Date: September 6, 2003
• On Saturday,
September 6, we cruised
on down to Chester, Illinois and enjoyed the 24th annual "Popeye's
It's a great celebration to honor Popeye and his creator, Chester
Elzie Segar. One of our favorite roadside stops, the Popeye statue, is
there in Segar Park.
Date: September 21, 2003
• We attended
the Royalfest Comicon at Collinsville's Gateway Center and had
the pleasure of meeting Yvonne Craig and Mike Grell.
Ms. Craig is probably best known as Batgirl from the 60s Batman
television series and Mr. Grell is a well-known comic book artist.
Date: September 30, 2003
• Our new
friend Sarah Bunting from New York City has listed us on her
web site, Tomato Nation,
as her "Good Grief, Ma" Site O' The Week.
Date: October 16, 2003
and Jen from the WRRV morning show
listed us as their link of the day today. WRRV
is the Hudson Valley's NEW rock alternative station... we need to add
some more tin foil to our antenna so we can listen in!
Date: October 20, 2003
• David Emery
and the fine folks at the About.com
network listed us as the #1 "Curiosity
of the Day" on their Urban Legends and Folklore page.
• The St.
Louis Rams take on the Pittsburgh Steelers
at Heinz Field this Sunday. Not only will it be a battle of football
teams but it will also be a battle of Catsup/Ketchup Bottles. Claims
made that Heinz
Field has the world's largest ketchup bottle... Now, we admit
that bottle's really
pretty cool, but
we all know the REAL truth! This could be a new rivalry to span the
generations - just like the Cards & the Cubs!! ...well, maybe...
Let's just hope the Steelers are having to play "ketchup" football all
• Hey, a special thank you goes out to JC Corcoran and
the gang at St. Louis radio station KHITS 96
for discussing this new rivalry on the air this morning. JC has been a
Catusp Bottle fan for many, many years and we appreciate it a bunch!
tradition of the 400-pound Santa
climbing the legs of the Catsup Bottle continued again this year. A
thank you goes out to Santa's helpers Rod Reinneck of Diversified
in O'Fallon, Illinois, and Jimmy Smith from Pyramid Electrical
in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Also we need to say thanks to the gang
at Bethel-Eckert Enterprises for keeping the big guy in cold
storage during the off season!