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four issues into Pezhead Monthly, and it's safe to
say I'm having a blast.
month's Halloween issue was a particular delight to put
together. It was the impetus for me to order the officially
licensed Pez dispenser costume, which I plan on wearing
on Halloween for some high quality trick-or-treating. At
the time of this writing, said costume is in transit and
should arrive in three to four days. I am still trying to
decide whether or not to wear the clown mask with the costume.
On the one hand, Peter Pez is truly an icon in the Pez world.
On the other hand, clowns tend to scare the crap out of
month's issue is also a great one. In the spirit of Thanksgiving,
I offer up three reasons why I am thankful that Pez is on
this green earth. There's also an appropriately patriotic
Pez Almost-Quote this month, along with my most prolific
Pez Poetry offering yet, which, at 3 poems, is not saying
much (however, the first and definitely not the last Pez
limerick- "Forty-Three More"- does make its debut
this month). Add to that some rather quick questions for
the Pez Clock and a hypothetical scenario of how Elvis Presley
would have been as a Pez dispenser, and you've got another
Pez-packed edition of Pezhead Monthly.
latest PDOJ (Pez dance of joy) to report is my recent acquisition
of the entire set of Pokemon dispensers from Europe. Even
though I can't stand Pokemon, I welcome Pikachu and the
rest of the gang into my Pez family, where there are no
black sheep, only black dispensers. I expect my next PDOJ
to occur in a matter of days, when that Pez costume arrives
at my door. Why, that deserves a PDOJ right now, as a matter
you have a great month and a Happy Thanksgiving, and that
you have a chance to enjoy the many beautiful colors of
autumn. And, of course, the many beautiful colors of Pez.
Editor, Pezhead Monthly
Attitude of Gratitude:
Three Reasons Why I'm Thankful for Pez top
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thankful for a lot of things in this world. Health, happiness,
freedom, love, family, clean air, and weekends are definitely
on the top of that list. But I would be remiss if I failed
to mention my appreciation for Pez. In this, the month of
Thanksgiving, I would like to offer three reasons why I'm
thankful for Pez.
Pez is fun.
been my experience that talking about Pez never fails to
bring about a smile on someone's face.
one thing, Pez is fun for collectors. It's always a
thrill to go to a store and to see the newest shipment
of Pez come in, and even more of a thrill when a new
dispenser can be added to a collection. Similarly, winning
an auction on eBay or finding a vintage dispenser at
a garage sale or a flea market is a rush for any Pez
collector, especially since nowadays it seems so rare
to find Pez at these places. That's why the various
Pez conventions are the ultimate thrill for Pezheads,
because it gives them the chance to come together to
see, talk about, purchase, and breathe Pez.
A complete set of Pez Rocket Pens.
Thank you, Pez, for moments like this.
you don't have to be a collector to enjoy Pez. Children
love to play with their favorite characters like Bart Simpson
or Donald Duck, and of course, they love the candy that
comes with the dispensers. The legendary "Seinfeld"
episode where Jerry put a Tweety Pez on Elaine's knee and
caused her to burst out in laughter made for one of that
show's more memorable moments, proving that adults can enjoy
Pez just as much as kids do.
Pez looks great on a shelf.
a long day at work, I find it a big thrill to come home
and see my curio cabinet full of Pez, standing tall and
filled with dispensers, as if to say, "Welcome home,
Joe." It's so uniform and orderly, yet the dispensers
are so colorful and unique.
think it's inaccurate to say that there's nothing quite
like a display case or shelf of Pez dispensers. On one hand,
seeing ten or twenty or fifty dispensers in rows gives you
the feeling of equality, symmetry, and balance. It's almost
the same feeling you get when you see a brigade of service
men standing at attention. Each dispenser stands at about
4 inches, with a long, thin stem and a character head on
top. The uniform shapes and sizes are visually appealing,
and they make it apparent that each dispenser belongs to
the collection as a whole.
other hand, no two dispensers are completely alike, and
this variety also makes for a great display. Some "sets"
of dispensers, such as the FAO Schwarz Bears and the Wal-Mart
Smiley faces, have identical or similar heads, but a variety
of stem colors. Counting all the head and stem variations,
there are 56 different Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Pez dispensers.
Then there are the many other sets, like Garfield, Looney
Tunes, and Disney, who share a common medium but whose dispensers
each have their own individual style. This variation in
stem colors and character heads gives a distinct plurality
to the Pez display.
3. Pez is retro and eternally hip.
mentioned before, as long as there is pop culture, there
will be Pez to celebrate it.
other items in the history of pop culture have gone the
way of the dinosaur. This long list includes, among other
things, pet rocks, Cabbage Patch Kids, Furbies, and sea
monkeys. Yet, along with a few other notable exceptions,
Pez has managed to survive decades of social and cultural
change and still be considered a major collectible. One
reason for this is the sheer magnitude of dispensers. There
are hundreds of unique character heads out there, and that's
not counting variations of stem color, factory errors, and
several other factors.
I think that a much better reason why Pez has survived and
will continue to flourish for many years to come is that
it's so intertwined with other aspects of popular culture.
Are you a Star Wars fan? There's a Pez dispenser especially
for you; in fact, there are nine of them. Are you an American
history buff? Why, you simply can't go without an Uncle
Sam or Betsy Ross dispenser! Do you like Christmas? I've
got four words for you: Santa Claus Pez dispenser. Want
to save money, know what time it is, or make a fashion statement?
That's why there are Pez banks, clocks, and ties. And with
the recently released European Pokemon dispensers, and new
dispensers always on the horizon, pop culture always has
a reliable representative in Pez.
all of these reasons and many more, it truly is a Pez Thanksgiving
Elvis Were a Pez Dispenser
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Elvis Presley was made into a fantasy Pez dispenser for
the movie "The Client," and true, the Elvis
Pezley is probably the most requested fantasy dispenser
to date, but one has to wonder: what if the real
Elvis were a Pez dispenser? Herewith, history as it might
A hunka hunka burnin' Pez.
Elvis's first gold record, "Heartbreak Hotel,"
begins with the lines:
since my baby bought me, she didn't put me on
She left me in the package here at Heartbreak
Elvis moves in to his Memphis mansion, which he
appropriately names Pezland.
Elvis stars in "Viva Pez Vegas," a campy
romp about a man who paints the town red after
betting his entire life fortune on a solid gold
Pez dispenser and then winning it.
In a private ceremony, Elvis marries Priscilla
Beaulieu. To show his undying love for her, he
tilts his head back and gives her a grape-flavored
Pez candy. There is not a dry eye in the house.
Elvis and Priscilla separate. It is widely believed that
she only liked orange-flavored Pez candy and that it was
all downhill from the wedding day.
Elvis makes pop culture history with his "Aloha from
Hawaii via Satellite" show, telecast around the world.
Although the show is a hugely popular success, tragedy
is just barely averted when Elvis's 4-inch plastic frame
almost trips over his cape and falls headfirst into the
Elvis goes to that Big Pezland in the Sky. But remember:
superstar Pez dispensers never die, they just get discontinued.