Hey, we're famous! Latest "Twilight"
movie mentions Collinsville's Catsup Bottle
ELIZABETH DONALD ©2010
Thursday, July 01, 2010
Apparently the vampires of "Twilight" have a fondness for catsup as
An oblique reference to the Brooks Catsup Bottle in the
new "Twilight" movie had a local movie audience screaming, according to
Mike Gassmann, president of the catsup bottle fan club.
His daughter Katie attended the midnight showing and
called him at 2 a.m. Wednesday to tell him about the catsup bottle's
At one point, ingenue Bella's mother shows her a quilt
stitched from places they've been, and says that sometime they should
go visit the World's Largest Catsup Bottle.
"(Katie) said the theater went nuts!" Gassman said.
The Brooks Catsup Bottle stands 170 feet over Collinsville
and is officially the largest catsup bottle in the world. In August
2002, the former water tower was named to the National Register of
Gassmann has been getting e-mails all morning from
Twi-hards who stayed up late to see the new movie, and all of them had
to let him know about the catsup bottle's guest appearance.
The midnight showings of "Eclipse" garnered about $30
million from 4,000 theaters, which beat the previous record held by
"New Moon" at $26.3 million, according to ComingSoon.com. The movie
opened nationally Wednesday.