Sunday, January 27, 2013
I have been a bit remiss in my duties as Sputnikfest Blogger-In-Chief, but I do intend to remedy that situation going forward. I haven't posted anything now for a couple months, but I do intend to start doing a new post at least once per week to keep you informed as plans for the 2013 Sputnikfest event come together.
One really neat development is the new look the famous Budweiser towers in Manitowoc now have. A previous Sputnikfest theme was "Where Were You in '62?" We are excited to announce that just to honor Sputnikfest - the Budweiser advertising logos on the Anheuser-Busch silos have been reworked so that they now look just the way they did for Sputnik IV's visit in 1962!
The history of these towers, and why they are now sporting their "vintage" look is interesting. The original paint job on these towers was completed in the second week of October 1962 by the Aggen Paint and Sign Shop of Manitowoc - so the paint job for the striking 70-foot tall bottle and two 40-feet tall cans would have been in progress when Sputnik IV streaked across the Manitowoc sky on September 5th.
That made the signs "non-compliant" and triggered a notice from the City that the offending images had to go.
In November of 2012 work crews showed up and began removing the vinyl "three bottle" banners that had been placed on top of the original painted "bottle & two cans" artwork some years back and began making preparations to strip the paint on the towers down to the bare concrete. In the following days Manitowoc Mayor Jusin Nickels recieved more thann 1100 phone calls and emails asking for something to be done to save this Manitowoc icon. Subsequent meetings between the City and the new owners resulted in a revised ordinance making an exception for "historical murals." The vinyl banners will not be replaced, but the 1962 painted artwork will STAY. Sometimes you can fight City Hall! Planet Terry