Mary M., longtime Beemsville ally and loyal Olneyan checks in with more white squirrel goodness.
Specifically in regards to the poster, she says…
Oh, lawks … I had to do a couple of stories on this whole poster deal, which came on the heels of the squirrels’ crushing defeat in the third round of the Seven Wonders of Illinois contest — we were up for the wonder of the Southern region against Rend Lake, Garden of the Gods (which should have won, to my mind, but I dutifully voted “Olney” every time) and the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.
The Rend Lake people had a big grassroots campaign going, as did we, and there was a great deal of jockeying for first place and even accusations of cheating. It ended up a lot like a cross-town high-school rivalry — we did everything but steal their mascot and make up a derisive series of crowd cheers.
And then, after all that backbiting, we got knocked out and they ended up winning … the trophy, the girl and all.
F@#$$% man-made lake.
But, anyway, the posters — they’re part of a series called “Offbeat Illinois,” and they’re all done in a retro style (some better than others, I’ll admit). Here’s a link to the site that has all the posters, beginning with the one for Metropolis, which I would love to have …
I’m also a fan of the Brooks catsup bottle, the Cave-In-Rock poster and the Dick Tracy poster. Check ’em out, kids!