Mrs. Koch, a stand-up lady

This morning, a TV crew came to the park to interview Mrs. Koch about her induction into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame. As they were fussing to balance their lighting angles, she just couldn’t help herself… "Wow. This is taking more preparation than for my colonscopy yesterday!" Well, that more than broke the…

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Speaking in the House

Last week, Mrs. Koch and Dan accompanied our marketing director to the Statehouse for some meetings with elected officials. When they peeked in to see the goings-on in the House, our local Representative, Sue Ellspermann, asked Mrs. Koch to say a few words. Since it was off-the-cuff, there was no script. (Not even a few…

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Birthdays are holidays, too …

… so let’s take a minute to say Happy Birthday to a very special man. Bill Koch was born in Evansville on January 10, 1915. He graduated from Reitz High School in 1932 and Purdue University in 1937. Then it was off to Annapolis for post-graduate work at the U.S. Naval Academy and ship reconstruction…

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Mrs. Koch’s a ‘cover girl’!

This morning, we joined Mrs. Koch at the Santa Claus Christmas Store here in town for a photo shoot. She is going to be a magazine "cover girl," so we took along a video camera of our own. Mrs. Koch was asked to bring several "looks." This perplexed her a bit, as she’s used to…

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For 2011: It’s Children and Comfort

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for … the answer to the question “What’s new for 2011?” Our president, Dan Koch, and his wonderful mom, Pat, have the answers. For 2011, it’s Children & Comfort. … oh, and someone‘s 80th birthday!

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Six Golden Ticket Awards

Wow, what a night. Thanks to all who joined us on our Facebook page as we posted about the evening's events as the 2010 Golden Ticket Awards were announced. In case you missed it, here's the news release with the results: PARK WINS SIX ‘GOLDEN TICKET AWARDS’ ‘VOYAGE,’ ‘WILDEBEEST’ TAKE TOP HONORS WILL KOCH NAMED…

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What all the fashionable elves are wearing

Kicking back and sleeping late during the "off season"? Ha! Or, rather, ho-ho-ho! Mrs. Koch’s days are filled with interviews and photo shoots at the Santa Claus Museum. She’s also leading the annual charge of the Santa’s Elves, who see to it that every letter to Santa Claus that comes through our post office gets…

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The family that rides together…

Will is a happy guy. He’s in Las Vegas at the IAAPA Expo, where a sample Timberliner car just happens to be on display. Looks pretty comfortable, doesn’t he? Front row, from left: Lori Koch (Will’s better half), Will, brother Dan and mom, Pat. The back row, from left: Chad Miller and Larry Bill from…

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Greetings to the Military

This “American Adventure” segment was shot at Holiday World during the 2008 season for the Armed Forces Network; it is expected to air for four years. Mrs. Koch’s description of The Voyage … sounds like she’s ridden it! (Or at least listened very carefully to a lot of comments from coaster enthusiasts). Meanwhile, if you’re…

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SpokesSkipper

Oops. Meant to post these photos weeks ago. This is part of the shoot for one of this season's TV spots. Starring … who else? Somehow I pictured her in a pilgrim's hat. You know … with the big buckle? But apparently the props department was fresh out. John says at first Mrs. Koch wasn't…

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Crazy like a Fox

Do you think Mrs. Koch is crazy to ride Pilgrims Plunge again–twice? After all, she'd just gotten her hair done this morning. Well, Keith and Eric from Fox 41 in Louisville were here. It would have been sort of rude to refuse. Keith had special permission to ride with a video camera taped to his…

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Nathan Ryder took a ride

Here's WFIE's Nathan Ryder's report from tonight's 5 o'clock news. If you watch closely, you'll see that Mrs. Koch was on the first boat. She wasn't going to ride today…but at the last minute, hopped on. There are lots of Kochs on that boat, actually…Will's wife, Lori, their younger daughter, Leah, and William A. Koch…

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