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9/22/06-Tyler

An American Icon Stops In Tyler, All 27 Feet Of It

Its been seen all over Tyler, a giant automobile that's one of a kind.   Today, we got a special look at the vehicle that has brought smiles to people's faces for nearly 70 years.  It's a moving object, for many only seen on TV. It's 27 feet long, orange and yellow in color. Many people did not believe in it until today.   When people saw the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile in person, they couldn't help but smile.

"You guys want some whistles," said Libby Murphy, Wienermobile driver. Libby Murphy and Dominique Franklin are the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile drivers.   They call themselves the hotdoggers.  

"My favorite part I think is seeing everybody so happy and excited to see the Wienermobile," said Dominique Franklin. "It's amazing when people see it and their like wow as we go bye."

"Everybody is smiling, waving, honking, taking pictures, especially with their camera phones," said Murphy. Libby and Dominique were chosen out of a thousand applicants to drive the giant hotdog for one year. They've been all over Texas and everywhere they go they get asked strange questions.

"Do you sleep in there, and we always respond, it's not a wienerbago," said Murphy.   When asked how fast the Wienermobile can go?

"Oh we can really hall buns," said Franklin. After handing out hand fulls of wiener whistles,  Murphy and Dominique moved on to Wienerland in Tyler.   The smell of hot dogs must be in the air here because it didn't take long for people to stop by.

"I'm ecstatic about this," said a man nearby. "I've got to see the Wienermobile. Wow, that is amazing." The Wienermobile is celebrating its 70th anniversary. The first in 1936 was just 13 feet long. There are 6 wienermobiles in the US traveling all over the country.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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