Zionsville Times Sentinel

April 24, 2013

Add this one to your collection

By Amy Rodriguez
For the Times Sentinel

— Last week, Budweiser announced they had figured out a way to make their cans slimmer in the middle than on the ends, thus kind of mimicking their bowtie logo. My first thought, for whatever reason, was how much my brother would have wanted one of those in his beer can collecting days. Even I don’t know where that came from.

My brother and his friends were avid beer can collectors when they were about 12 years old in 1974. I don’t think they were emptying their own cans at that point, but I could be wrong.

I do know that my mom took us for a few years running to the Coke parking lot after all the month of May campers left to scrounge through the detritus for unusual cans to add to the collection. Let me tell you, that is a sight and smell you can’t forget no matter how hard you try. Believe me, I have tried.

It seems to me a questionable parenting decision to allow a 12-year-old boy to collect beer cans, but my mom was a good sport. I guess it is better to allow collecting of empty cans over what a friend of mine did in college. He and his buddies built what they called Beertopia, complete with multiple pyramids and walkways, out of cans they had emptied during their “study” time.

I don’t know what happened to my brother’s collection. I think mom quietly threw it away when we moved away from that house. At any rate, I started wondering if anyone still even collects beer cans or if it was a fad of the 70s.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.