The 67,000 signatures gathered on savebudweiser.com weren't enough to stop the sale of Anheuser-Busch to InBev that's expected to close this week. But if you think the website's founders, Daniel and Wren Fowler, are crying in their beers, you've got another think coming. The Florida couple is instead making the best of a bad situation: auctioning off the site on eBay. Proceeds will benefit charities that aid U.S. soldiers and their families.
Unreal: Is it too late to save Budweiser?
Wren Fowler: We always maintain hope that the deal will not go through, so no, we do not believe it's too late to save Budweiser. The Anheuser-Busch stockholders will have their say on November 12, but other financial aspects could also hinder the deal.
What's with the picture of a turtle on your site? That photo doesn't quite conjure up an image of a cool, refreshing Budweiser.
Great question. The main reason we chose that photo was because we didn't want to in any way look like we were associated with Anheuser-Busch. We figured a turtle wouldn't come close to that.
We're partial to Busch beer. How about you? Got a favorite A-B libation?
Depends on our mood, but we normally go for good ol' Bud Light. Recently we've been enjoying the American Ale that just came out.
Everyone knows that the Internet "bubble" popped years ago. What's the market like these days for someone trying to sell a website?
Who knows? This is a first for us.
Unreal is willing to pay $100 for the site. Any idea what it will go for?
Hopefully someone with deep pockets and a kind heart will see this and want to give money to some great people who deserve our support!
Miller or Coors might have some fun with a website called savebudweiser.com. Would you consider selling it to them?
That did cross our minds. Since it's an auction, we have no control over that. At this point we would welcome it in order to get the most possible for these charities.
A lot of well-known U.S. companies have been gobbled up since you launched savebudweiser.com or are teetering on the brink. Have you ever thought of adding sister websites? Perhaps a savewachovia.com or savechrysler.com?
We've been approached by a few people about that; however, it would be better left up to someone with more time and resources. There isn't enough time in the day.
Kindergarten Survival Guide
The bad news: Last week Unreal received a press release informing us that Riverfront Times once again failed to observe Global Handwashing Day, which was held October 15. The good news: Albert David, a French journalist and author of the new book Keeping Our Children Safe and Healthy from Pre-K Through High School, was available for an interview about handwashing and tips on how your child can make it out of school alive.
Unreal: Tell us about Global Handwashing Day. Is it something that is celebrated in France?
David: Not really, but we have special laws in France that require all kindergartners to be taught certain prevention aids and emergency procedures. Similar programs exist in Norway and Sweden but not in the United States. Hopefully that will change.
Your book mentions that 3.5 million children die annually from contagious diseases, 100,000 students carry guns to school, 3 million are physically assaulted. Do you think your book plays — just a little — into a parent's irrational fears?
The statistics can change every year, but I think it's necessary to raise awareness of these concerns and how they can be prevented, especially in the wake of Virginia Tech and other tragedies.
What advice would you give to a preschooler who's attacked by a gunman?
The lesson here is more for the teacher. They need to know the emergency exits and what to look for in a troubled student that may prevent such attacks.
Your book provides tips on surviving a natural disaster. How does a sixth grader survive a volcanic eruption?
This doesn't occur much in America, but we had this issue in some French islands. As I write in the book, volcanoes are not like other natural disasters, because you don't see them coming. It's all about how you react in the aftermath. My advice: Follow the directions of the authorities.
We have mountain lions and bears in Missouri. What would you tell a first grader who stumbles across one of these carnivores on the playground?
Parents need to teach their children that wild animals are not pets. If they come across one, they need to make sure they stay in front of the animal and certainly don't bother it while it's eating.