Saying ‘thanks’ with balloon label

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Dear Sun Spots: This is in response to the reader’s inquiry about the balloon festival labels on the champagne bottles featured in the April 3 Sun Spots column:

We started doing the custom labels about five years ago as a way to give our landowners a thank you gift for allowing a balloon to land on their property. This year marks our 14th annual event and will be held Aug. 18-20. More than 40 balloons from all over the United States and Canada are drawn to this event. – Walter Crites, Balloonmeister, Auburn.

Answer: Many thanks for the wonderful answer, Walter.

Dear Sun Spots: Those readers who may be able to assist me in my request for modeling teachers featured in Saturday’s column: I can be reached at 375-4434, evenings. – No Name, No Town.

Dear Sun Spots: I need help locating a poem that was aired during the winter Olympics. I believe it was in 1994 in a Nike commercial. I did contact Nike to no avail, and I have searched the Internet. The poem is about having wings to fly and poses a question at the end. If anyone can help, contact me via e-mail at memann@megalink.net. Thanks. – Monica Mann, No Town.

Answer: Sun Spots contacted Wieden & Kennedy, an independent, creatively led advertising agency with offices in the United States, Amsterdam, London, Tokyo and Shanghai. Unfortunately, it appears the researcher was not able to locate this information, as Sun Spots has not received an answer following several phone calls and e-mails over the past two months. Among those they’ve represented are Nike, Coca-Cola, Miller Brewing Co., Starbucks, ESPN, jetBlue Airways, Jordan, Gore-Tex, Heineken, Sharp, Siemens and Vodafone.

However, further searching led Sun Spots to the following poem posted online at both www.motivateus.com and www.grokdotcom.com. Hopefully this is the very one you are seeking.

Both sites note it was written by Piper Loyd, who was a young girl at the time, and it appears Nike did use it in one of their advertisements. In fact, www.piperloyd.com notes Loyd wrote this winning poem in a national promotional contest about female athletics. The poem was featured in a 30- to 60-second commercial during the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic games. Loyd notes she read the poem as a voiceover in the campaign and appeared as a guest on the Oprah Winfrey show:

“Wings”

Some only dream of flying

They say you need wings to fly

I say, I have wings

But they can’t hear me

I am already there

And the wind is screaming words with me

But I am not dreaming

They say I wish I had wings

I say, you do have wings

The question is:

Where are you hiding them?

Dear Sun Spots: I work with elderly people who often need to find ways to pass their time while indoors. I am looking for jigsaw puzzles of 500 pieces or less that anyone has grown tired of and would like to donate for a good purpose. I can be contacted at 336-2302 or e-mail thelittlevagabond@yahoo.com. Thank you. – Kelly in Buckfield.

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