Boy, does CMU remember Faygo

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We had a great time reminiscing about Faygo, Detroit and its people in a “Faygo Book” program hosted by Central Michigan University’s Clarke Historical Library on June 12. Fifty people came out.

A big thanks to Clarke Library Director Frank Boles and Rachael Yadlowsky of CMLife who wrote a nice story and took this photo.

CMLife, by the way, will celebrate its 100th anniversary as CMU’s nwwspaper on Nov 16.

I will be back in Mount Pleasant for more fun and Faygo at 6 p.m. June 20 at Art Reach’s Morey Family Gallery, 111 E. Broadway Street.

Remember when you were a kid, but drink like an adult

Tammy Coxen samples her Pontoon Summer. Photo by Lester Graham/Michigan Radio
Michigan Radio’s Lester Graham gets Tammy Coxen of Tammy’s Tastings to conjure up a few new Faygo cocktails for adults.

They look and sound great.

She uses Faygo creme soda and rum in her Pontoon Summer and tells Graham “I think of it as a Creamsicle® daiquiri.”

Her Rock & Rye & Rye blends Faygo Rock & Rye with rye whiskey, combining the hard and the soft, the old and the new.

This family really DID win a year’s supply of Faygo

Mother and father sit on chairs as son, about 10 years old, stands facing them, showing the back of his Faygo branded shirt. A happy family.
Alan and Jennifer Yakubesan and their son Andrew won a year’s supply of Faygo in a contest that wrapped in the Detroit Tigers and WDIV-TV.
When I give my Faygo presentation, it usually includes a pop quiz. One question asks the audience to guess the prize in a particular promotion. The most popular guess, and it is wrong, is a year’s supply of Faygo. Maybe it is wishful thinking.

During the pop quiz at the Sterling Heights Public Library, this family got the giggles. They are Alan, Jennifer and Andrew Yakubesan of Sterling Heights.

Why all the mirth? This family really did win a year’s supply of Faygo and they were tickled to hear it as one of the wrong answers in the quiz. They won their pop in a Detroit Tigers contest put on by WDIV-TV. That could be a lot of pop!

Although it would have been cool to have a long Faygo truck pull up in front of their house, the prize was awarded in coupons. Did thy use up all those coupons? What do you think?

This pop tour is taking me all over Michigan

Th writer, in a Faygo shirt, stands in front of a roadside billboard that says Joe Grimm, The Faygo Book, Thursday, May 16, 6-7 p.m.
This is as close as I will ever come to having my name up in lights and I am as happy as can be. Thank you, Three Rivers!

What a time it has been for “The Faygo Book” as it began its Michigan Notable Book tour.
After visiting a school and four libraries one week, I started the next week as one of four featured speakers for the Metro-Detroit Book and Author Society on May 20 and a nightcap at Green Brain Comics in Dearborn. We’ll let the pictures do the talking.

Students at Essexville Middle School
Mrs. Carrie Waterman, the media specialist at Essexville Middle School near Bay City, landed a performance about The Faygo Book for her school. The students took right to it, studying the book’s pop quizzes in class and designing their own Faygo flavors and bottles. We had a blast.

Faygo supplied glass bottles of its cane-sugar classics for about 100 tables at the Metro-Detroit Book and Author Society lunch in Livonia on May 20. Nine-hundred fifty people attended. Thank you, Faygo.

I’ll be in God’s Country in early June:
June 3: Traverse Area District Library, 6:30 p.m.
June 4: Charlevoix Public Lbrary (Michigan Notable Book stop), 6:30 p.m.
June 5: Petoskey District Library, 5:30 p.m.
June 6: Rogers City, Presque Isle District Library (Michigan Notable Book stop), 6:30 p.m.

You can catch me in other places, too. They’e listed on the Wayne State University Press events calendar.

The rare hot-air balloon Faygo bottle, by the dozens

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Don and Marilyn Ellison have two whole cases of the rare hot-air balloon Faygo bottles.
As I worked on The Faygo Book, I read about a one-of-a kind Faygo bottle that was brown and bulbous and was called a balloon bottle. It was embossed with a hot-air balloon.

Faygo balloon bottle
The balloon bottle, which featured an embossed hot-air ballon, held Faygo ginger beer.
Try as I might, I could not find one. All I could come up with was this bottle cap. Of course, I know a lot more now about he Metropolitan Detroit Antique Bottle Club, which I know could have helped me out then, as they have since the book came out.

When I presented the Faygo program at the Sterling Heights Library, Don and Marilyn Ellison brought something to show me. You guessed it. Not only did they have one bottle, they had two cases of empty ones at home. They are too smart to break up the sets and wonder what to do with the bottles.

I am connecting them with the bottle antiquers.