decided that it would be a great idea to send out a single dispenser
to a group of people all over the world who so chose to receive
it, and then they were to send it to the next person. Not only would
this dispenser get to see all kinds of neat people and places, but
also traveling along with it would be a journal, photos, and mementos
from each place it visited, thus bringing the community of Pezheads
even closer. I'm just lucky enough that the dispenser was in fact
been everywhere, man, he's been everywhere.
Monthly: Fred, thanks for joining us today.
Can you share any thoughts after seeing so much more of
this world than most people will in their lifetimes?
The Traveling Pez Dispenser: Well, I know
the song claims that it's a small world after all, but let
me tell you, that is not true! I've been to America, Canada,
England, Austria, and Australia, and I have flown over many
other places, to be sure. With all the frequent flyer miles
I've racked up, I'll be able to
more, I guess. But to tell you the truth, if I don't see
the inside of an airplane again for a while, you won't hear
I can understand that. Backing up a bit, can you explain
how you came to be, and why you found yourself in so many
I really owe it all to the outstanding community
of Pezheads out there. They truly rock. You see, the fine
folks over at
I'd say so, Fred. And coincidentally, your head is a miniature
version of the planet Earth. Does that put any pressure on you
that Mickey Mouse Pez or a Daffy Duck Pez would not have?
I tell you, it's like the weight of the world
is on my shoulders. Ha! I kill me. Actually, I don't even have
shoulders, so never mind. But no, there's no pressure because
of that. If anything, it is a reminder that, like the vast web
of Pezheads out there, I am the world. I am the children. I am
the one who make a better day, so let's start giving. And speaking
of giving, some other Pez out there are doing the same thing I
am, and raising awareness in the process. For example, my cousin
Susie, who is a crystal heart, is wrapping up a big tour to raise
awareness for breast cancer. Check out her travels at http://www.tpd.zoomshare.com/1.html.
Pretty cool, eh?
Pretty cool indeed. Tell us, of all the places you've been to,
which have struck you most profoundly?
Well, it'd be easy to say that visiting Kevin Costner's
star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was the biggie. But I'd have
to say that it was indeed an emotional homecoming when I arrived
at the birthplace of Pez, in Vienna, Austria. And then I visited
the home of Pez USA at the factory in Orange, Connecticut. To
see all those familiar faces and all of those magnificent assembly
I tell you, it really brought a tear to my eye.
That is truly heartwarming, Fred. Finally, do you have any regrets?
Oh, I've been to LA and Bloomsburg, PA and I've
seen Charleston on a yacht. I've made some trails while in Australia
and showed 'em what I've got. I've been to NYC and I've seen some
things that a Pez ain't supposed to see. I've been to paradise
but I've never been to me.
Want to see
some other places Fred has been to? Check out the slideshow here.
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