As a state, Vermont is a strange state with everything in it, from Ben and Jerry Ice Cream, to Floating Bridges, to NOT's grandparents. So of course, NOT and Dave had to travel there.
Stopping off after beer at Magic Hat, what better way to deal with things than have Ice Cream. Luckily Ben and Jerry have their factory there.
NOT was disappointed to find no NOT Duck Crunch in the current bins of ice cream, nor in the graveyard of 'retired' Ben and Jerry flavors, including Economic Crunch.
"I'm a doctor, not an ice cream scooper!" - Deforest Kelly visited the factory and fell in love with the Chocolate Fudge Chunk. (I'm a doctor, not a dietician!). His is the only celebrity photo in the building.
Vermont has many ways of getting from here to there (as opposed to Maine, where you can't get there from here). One of the more unusual was the floating bridge, sitting on the top of the water, and sinking as cars drive over, wetting the tires.
Not many get to go and meet their makers. But this heady opportunity was afforded by NOT when the pair visited the Mary Meyer Factory in Townshend, VT.
NOT got the rare chance to meet the design team for Mary Meyers and the Tippy-Toes Line of stuffed animals (of which NOT is one). Upon his meeting Steve Meyer, his creator (and grandson to Mary), Steve remarked how NOT looked different from the clean and fluffy versions normally sold.
Being the center of attention went to the head of the pair, as NOT and Dave got to play in the Tippy-Toes Theater. Quite a day for a duck, and his traveling companion.
Photos (and some puns) courtesy of David Backman
Prepared Fall 1999. Last updated June 2006