The following article was originally published in the Feb. 10, 1993, edition of the Central Penn Business Journal.
"People Needed Immediately to Mold Manure Figures."
The staid and steadfast subscribers to Lancaster Farming and The Penny Saver News, two time-honored papers penned and published in the conservative heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, have never seen an ad requesting manure sculptors.
"I got four kinds of responses," says John Rothman, who placed the eye-snagging advertisement. "The most common was, 'Is this a misprint?' followed by 'You've got to be kidding!' 'Oh, I get it!' and 'Well, I really need a job...'"
Rothman, creator of PooPets garden gifts and president of the entre-manurial Tewksbury Gardens company, is not kidding. In fact, he's downright serious about his business venture into the world of novelty gifts: a world which encompasses both the hustle-bustle of New York and the hushed stables of Lancaster County barnyards.