Update on the Quiznos tale 8.05.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Back in June, there was a story in the Observer about a segment of a Quiznos restaurant commercial shot in Morenci. quiznos.update.jpg

Hunter Weeks, a member of the team that rode a Segway vehicle across America a few years back returned to Morenci on his next quest: Visiting 50 states in two weeks to promote the Quiznos Torpedo sandwich.

Hunter and his crew shot short vignettes in all 50 states. The Michigan portion was entirely in Morenci—an easy visit before moving on into Ohio and then east to log the top corner of the country.

Hunter was helping Quiznos promote a contest that ended last week. The best video entry for “Where do you Torpedo?” would win $10,000.

At the toastytorpedo.com website, all 89 submissions can be viewed, but you might want to stick with the top 10. There’s some really good, creative work there. Don’t miss “60 Seconds to the Moon” and “Special Delivery.”

Click on the “Watch My Videos” link to see two videos by Hunter.

“50 States – A Man and His Torpedo” shows his travels state by state in alphabetical order.

Many of the segments are in recognizable big cities, including Cleveland, Boston, New York City and San Francisco, or in many cases they’re out in the middle of nowhere.

For Morenci, it’s obvious because Hunter is walking onto the sidewalk—Torpedo in hand—with the Morenci Hair Shop sign in the background and the Liz Stella Annex of the library to the left.

The other video is called “50 States Torpedo Tour – An American Experience.”

Once again the states are presented alphabetically and when the show reaches Michigan, Brandon Correa and Tim Apger are sitting on the bleachers at Wakefield Park in their National Guard uniforms—the same scene that was shown in the Observer.

For the most interesting of Hunter’s presentations, go to YouTube.com and search for 50 States in 2 Weeks. Here you’ll find a photovideo called “Behind the Scenes.” The work is a compilation of 5,000 photographs put together by Hunter’s colleague Mike Hedge.

Morenci comes into view at about 3:12 of the eight-minute show. The photos flash by quickly and it’s deceiving how many there really are.

If you let the display run through and look carefully, you might guess there are a dozen photos shown, but you’re actually missing a lot. Stop and start the video repeatedly and more scenes show up.

You have to run through it several times to catch them all. There must be at least two dozen photographs taken here.

It starts off with a photo of someone taking a photo of the Quiznos toaster oven model perched on a fence post, with Morenci’s pedestrian bridge in the background.

Next comes a couple of shots with the “Welcome to Michigan” sign, photos of Brandon and Tim on the bleachers, the Observer editor talking with Hunter, Ron and Autumn Apger’s young son, Daniel, some scenes in front of Morenci Hair Shop and Mike Dion setting up the video camera with Morenci’s downtown in the background.

Next comes Morenci’s city clock in front of the library, Karma McVay sweeping up in the parking lot at the Deli, a few shots of maple leaves, walking through Stephenson Park with the Yenor house in the background, a crew member holding a sandwich out of a car window and two shots at the Ohio state line sign.

After a photo at the turnpike entrance, the scene jumps to Cleveland, leaving this town far behind.

You might call these episodes Morenci’s latest claim to fame. Well, it’s not a very large measure of fame, but we’ll take what we can get.

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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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