Bill Windsor leaves the Land of Cyberstalker Claudine Dombrowski headed for Box Elder South Dakota via the World’s Largest Ball of Twine.
Claudine Dombrowski threatened me with bodily harm from “an army” if I came to Topeka and filmed her house. Well, I came, and I filmed all of her alleged houses. I even told her where I would be and when, but Claudine Dombrowski and her “army” were all no-shows.
I waited around until noon to see if the judge had ruled on my request for a temporary protective order against Claudine Dombrowski, but no word yet. So I headed for Cawker City and perhaps my favorite sight to see in all of America: The World’s Largest Ball of Twine.
I enjoy quirky sights like this, and I have seen hundreds of the world’s largests, but the Ball of Twine is my favorite. It’s my favorite because it ranks high on the quirky meter, but also because of the real life story behind it.
Frank Stoeber was just a farmer. As most farmers do, he would pick up the twine left from hay bales and the like to keep his place tidy and orderly and so he could reuse the twine. But he got such a big ball going that he decided he wouldn’t reuse it; he would just keep adding to it. He started in 1953, and he reached 1,600,000 feet in 1961 when he turned the ball over to the town of Cawker City. The town built a home for the Ball of Twine, and when it outgrew that, they built a bigger pavilion. They staged an annual Twine-A-Thon, and they encouraged folks to bring sisal twine to be added to the Ball of Twine. By 2003, there was over 7,000,000 feet of twine.
I figure there was over 10,000 feet of twine as I saw it today.
Frank Stoeber had a dream, and it started with one-foot piece of twine. He stayed focused on his mission to roll the World’s Largest Ball of Twine. He stayed true to his objective and only allowed sisal twine. And he inspired the townspeople of little Cawker City to carry the dream forward, and they have.
When I was there filming today, one car after another stopped to see the World’s Largest Ball of Twine. It is a legitimate tourist attraction, and there seems to be nothing else in Cawker City.
I stopped at Ackerman Feed Store in Beloit Kansas and bought a “roll” of sisal twine so I could put it in the mailbox where folks can leave twine donations to be added at the next Twine-A-Thon. They didn’t have any little rolls, so I had to spring for 2,500-feet at a cost of $15. But it was well worth it to me; my twine will become part of an American institution, the World’s Largest Ball of Twine.
Frank Stoeber is a hero to me because he set out on a mission, remained focused, did everything he could, and then enlisted the help of others. From one foot to over 10,000,000 feet.
Now, if we could just repeat what Frank Stoeber did with people. If we can reach 10,000,000 people and get them inspired to save America and end government and judicial corruption, we will accomplish our mission.