It started like
In 1982 Randy and Don made a pilgrimage to Cawker City, Kansas.
The local folks were holding a Labor Day twine-a-thon to add girth
to the Big Ball of Twine smack dab in the middle of town. Seems
there were other balls in other places making clams to be the "world's
largest," and by winding twine together, Cawker City-ites hoped
to regain the title.Inspired by this event (and a check from TVs
"Ripleys Believe It or Not") the boys decided to create
a record-holder of their own, using something they had plenty of
close at hand - 3/4" videotape. All tape, no cereal filler.
Actually, like most of us, the ball had an awkward adolescence.
Outbreaks of strange bumps and split ends. In the mid-80s Randy
dragged it along to the local TV show "All Night Live," and took a series of PR shots heralding its presence. Stardom seemed
to beckon. Then tragedy struck. David Letterman rejected it. Twice!
For years after, the humble orb lived in a Prairie Village garage,
glimpsed only by the producer’s kids and an occasional workman.
Then, in 1995, as a way to "announce our intentions,"
the ball came out of retirement and joined the "Rare Visions" crew on a jaunt across Kansas. The rest, as they say, is history…
CURRENT WEIGHT- 53 LBS
FAVORITE COLOR- BLACK
PET PEEVES- MIKE NEVER WINDS ON ME!