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Posted on 11 November 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Ketchup Helps Man Get Elected to State Supreme Court

By Vanessa Richins

It’s funny how sometimes the smallest things can make the biggest difference.

In West Virginia, Menis Ketchum used ketchup to propel himself from an unknown Democratic lawyer to the newest state Supreme Court judge.

Ketchum had a problem. As an article in the Charleston Daily Mail discloses, a poll that he conducted showed that only 4% of people even knew who he was. Tom Vogel, executive director of the state Democratic Party, suggested that Ketchum do a ketchup ad.

His ads are set in Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 26 July 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Tomato Travels – Part 3

By Kira Hamman

Canaan Valley, West Virginia

I have yet to meet anyone from West Virginia over the age of reason who does not know how to grow tomatoes.

Although this may be sampling error, since most of the people I know come from the same tiny, unincorporated town in which my family’s old homestead is located, I don’t think so.

I think it’s just part of the genetic code of West Virginians, who in spite of (or maybe because of) the national bigotry frequently directed at them are incredibly strong, self-reliant people. And what’s the point of self-reliance if you still have to buy your tomatoes at Kroger?

It’s not that everyone actually does grow their own tomatoes. It’s just that they Read the rest of this entry »

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