Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Catch Me If You Can - #pezoutlaw

#pezoutlaw Pez Outlaw has had almost 30 million views on google+
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Pez Outlaw

Acknowledgments
I want to thank Google for offering this space, for me it leveled the playing field. 
see Pez Outlaw story in April 2015 issue of Playboy.
None of this would ever have happened if not for Google Blog. My deepest Thanks.
I want to thank Jeff James Maysh for his interest in and writing of the Pez Outlaw story in April's Playboy. His support has been a dream come true.
To my friends on facebook. Thank you for your patience and support.
I feel blessed and honored to have my story told. 

My not so secret desire is that Pez Outlaw Diary is published as a real book. I know it needs help. I've always felt a good editor at a book publisher could n would fix it.

I do not talk on Telephones or really leave the farm and I have never sent an email. If you wish to communicate with me, it's best to contact me through my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pezoutlaw . I prefer communication through facebook because I feel I can control the flow of conversation better and it feel like it's all in my head not my mouth.

Well this is new. Storytime with Steve Glew the Pez Outlaw

From Mike Mitros - Did you really bury PEZ in your yard? If so its time to dig them up and sell them as" Zombie PEZ back from the dead". Yes mike I did, but forgot I also burned them.
Everybody knows you can't just bury a Zombie Pez, you gotta burn it too.

 #pezoutlaw
So what actually happened? 
In the mid to late 1990s I was the Biggest smuggler/Pez dealer to collectors in the world. After a long rivalry with Pez Corporation, I tried to go legit. Pez Corporation agreed to make $250,000.00 worth of special pez for me. To qualify I had to buy another $250,000.00 worth of product, so 1/2 million total. Then Pez Corporation intentionally reproduce the product to launch there new website. The intent by Pez Corporation was to destroy my company.  

Three things surprised me while writing Pez Outlaw Diary.


The first being that in 1998 buying pez for what became the Pez Color War I spent $471,950.00 on Pez dispensers. The second surprise was that over an 11 year period of selling Pez I earned $4,530,899.00 in Gross Sales. Then lost it all in the Pez Color War. The third thing that surprised me when I realized it was. For approx 3 years by default I ran Pez USA. The reason I say this is for 2 to 3 years most of what Pez USA did was in direct response to what I was doing.

Spies, Black market deals, smuggling and Bribery. 
10 years, Nobody could catch me.

Gun Towers, Armed Guard Check Points, Military Equipment on Tarmacs at Airports n Hookers almost everywhere you turned. FYI the Hookers were anything but shy. Five or six on the roadside as you drove by, one out of five would be flashing you, lifting her shirt as an invite. At a roadside food-stand one Hooker was wearing, we'll call them trousers, so sheer that she might as well have been wearing nothing. Add to that the always present groups of Gypsies
n bubba you got a story.

Everywhere I went people on the hustle with a recent jolt of freedom. Eastern Europe was to me a real contradiction. Remnants of the old oppression side by side with the new energy of a fresh batch of entrepreneurs. My timing could not have been better, the perfect marriage of an idea, the will to act on it n the environment for it to be possible.

When you click one of the advert on this page, that is how I earn money for writing this.

If Pez Outlaw is ever made into a movie, here's how I'd start it.

Opening shot. Joshua n I tucked up on a tiny prop engine plane Austria to Slovenia, with an overweight male stewardess falling all over us handing out Tupperware sandwiches. The tiny plane violently bouncing around over the Alps.  

Wardrobe. Me in my Trench Coat n Midnight Blue Velour Track Suit, clutching a paper towel in my left hand for security, true story. On the flight from the US to Europe I would not let the Flight Attendants take my coat as I did not trust anybody. 

To the writer. Sitting in my seat on that flight to Slovenia is where I'd have my character reflect on how he ended up here, sure he was about to die. The whispered word "Kolinska" that led me to that moment in time. From 1970 to 1990 I had been an accumulator of things old, from 1990 to 1994 I started doing antique n toy shows as a seller. During 1993 I started selling Pez from Canada, which led to the decade that changed my life's direction forever.

The tiny car we rented in Slovenia n how we had to almost push that thing through the Austrian Alps, because there was no way in hell we were ever gonna get back on that tiny plane out of Slovenia. We drove that tiny car from Ormoz Slovenia all the way to the Airport in Germany.

Driving that tiny car from Slovenia through Austria, The Slovak Republic, Hungary, The Czech Republic, ending up in Germany for our flight home. Using Maps n locals, one of whom happily climbed in the car (his idea) to show us where to go. An elaborate goose chase that ended at a shoe factory not a Pez factory. Border patrol guards going through our luggage n openly stealing items. The strongest images of Eastern Europe from that first trip were lots of Machine Guns Tanks n Armored Vehicles on tarmacs at airports n borders. That's probably why I'd call that First trip Bullets Over Budapest.

The stories of Gypsies, Prostitutes, clandestine meetings, Bribes, smuggling in plain sight, my own version of the Wild Wests Hole In The Wall being The Raba Hotel in Gyor Hungary n how Pez Corporation would have killed to know that location. How the staff at the Raba literally guarded my privacy. How my movements resemble a covert agent more than some Redneck buying Pez. 

Notes for when the book is written.
I didn't just drive on the sidewalk in front of Pez Austria, Linz. This happened in other places in the old eastern block + Slovenia. I can't remember exactly why josh n I did this, all I remember is that on multiple occasions it was just the easiest solution. I blame this behavior on tiny tiny cars.
I also accidentally drove through a non vehicle area of downtown Viena.
Offers from prostitutes was a daily occurrence. Exposure sometime literally to prostitution were multiple daily.

For ten years I had the unexpected pleasure of traveling to Europe & other areas of the world searching for Pez. A more noble journey would have been in search of wisdom or truth. My journey was in search of Plastic.  My lifestyle allowed me to travel roughly 10 times per year for most of 10 years. Each trip lasted 4 to 8 days. Some of the trips were more of a whirlwind affair involving many countries on the same trip. I don't miss it, especially with flying being what it is today. Though for ten years it was my life & beyond what I ever thought possible.

Pez Outlaw stories in Magazines n online
Playboy -
Collectors Weekly - http://www.collectorsweekly.com/…/quest-for-the-pez-holy-g…/

Playboy n dk puttin jeff maysh in cars. ‪#‎pezoutlaw‬

See if you can listen online
3/20/2015. http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/audio/jordana-green-on-wcco/  about Pez outlaw
3/21/2015 http://wgnradio.com/2015/03/21/playboy-magazine-author-jeff-maysh-on-pez-dispenser-smuggling/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed Chicago radio.
3/25/2015 http://gothamist.com/2015/03/21/extra_extra_3184.php
3/25/2015 http://www.eater.com/2015/3/21/8269493/longform-reads-new-sriracha-hot-sauce-pez-smuggler-coffee The Best Long Reads of the Week, From Hot Sauce to a Pez Smuggler
3/25/2015http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/21/the-daily-beast-s-best-longreads-march-16-22.htmlThe Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, March 16-22


3/27/2015 Some nice hits. http://www.stuffyoushouldknow.com/blog/the-best-stuff-weve-read-this-week-50/

International
Japan- http://gigazine.net/news/20150324-pez-outlaw/
ジョシュアnは私は1992年から日本では非常に良い友達をたくさん持っていた

The Netherlands- http://www.nrc.nl/longreads/2015/03/23/een-illegale-miljoenenhandel-in-plastic-prullaria/Een illegale miljoenenhandel in plastic prullaria
A magyar nép méltán érzik rokonságot mutat a karakter Pez Outlaw. mert a többség az ő történet ott a haza és az a tény, hogy a Pez Outlaw született 1994-ben a Rába Hotel Győr tartozik.

Spain- 
Big news Pez Outlaw By Jeff Maysh is in Financial Times. http://www.ft.com/fastft/298673/firstft-we-wired-love-good-bargain FirstFT - we're wired to love a good bargain

In general. There is a real point to all this and that point is not meaningless popularity or momentary fame. Real people, have real lives, that matter.


The following are surveillance photos taken on the sly by me. For this transaction I paid Gunther Leitner for 50 boxes of 12 carded Silver Glows per box. The driver and I were then told where to meet off site by Gunther.

It Fell Off The Back Of A Truck. 


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Photos are of the silver glow Pez buy. The driver was under orders from Gunther Leitner. I paid Gunther, then met the driver for delivery.


That's me on the left. These are Photos I took covertly while buying Pez.


Covert Pez photos I took. That's me on the right. Tell a friend many more to come.

The Raba Hotel in Gyor Hungary
This is the Raba Hotel in Gyor. I spent well over 6 months here if you add up all my stays over a 10 year period. I loved this place. Highly recommended if you visit Hungary. Last few years of my travels my room was in far left corner of picture. The ones with balconies.

Restaurant at the Raba Hotel. I spent a lot of time here smoking cigarettes drinking espresso & Fanta orange as a chaser. Absolutely lovely place, many fond memories. Table with thingy on it was my table.

The Elvis Cafe.
The Elvis Cafe was this really weird restaurant located at the side of the road. I used to pass this cafe every trip in Hungary. Like I said, If you take the M1 freeway you really don't see Hungary. You have to take two lane blacktops if you want to see a passenger plane sticking out of a building. This restaurant was located about midway between the Vienna Hungarian border and Gyor. I actually stopped at this cafe several times. Had espresso up in the plane and bought several T-shirts.
Elvis Cafe outside Gyor in Hungary. Picture courtesy of Rudi.

The Real Pez Truck
The real for real Pez truck. Parked at the Yellow House aka Hungarocany in Gyor. For all the trucks that have been made and sold to collectors. I never understood why someone did not make the real thing. For me this truck is an icon. This truck is also the reason I thought Gunther was disappointed after we made our first Pez buy. He had them back it up to the warehouse, so once we were done it could be loaded for transport. That buy was early days only a few thousand dollars. What am I saying? I never in 10 years bought more than could fit in a good medium size car. Five duffel bags was my limit. I used to see this truck in Hungary, Slovenia and in between. Picture courtesy of Rudi.

Janossomorja
Jánossomorja  was the name of the town or was it the warehouse where Gunther sent me. All you had to do was spot the smoke stack with Pez on it. then find the roads that got you there. This was the warehouse where Pez dispensers were stored. At the time it was also where candy was made and pez were carded. Like Kolinska in Slovenia. More or less the distribution hub for the old Eastern Block countries and Russia. Gunther owned that part of the world when it came to Pez.
Austria, Traun.


This is the building Where I found Gunther Leitner that day. That's my crappy little red rental car turning the corner. Unlike the photo the parking lot was empty and the main door was wide open.
Below Photo of the Ferry Boat I booked passage on with Silja Ferry Lines in Sweden. Inset is Pez Pal Mariner. 
I arrived at Silja Ferry lines & was allowed to board the ferry & go to the gift shop on board the ship. There I met this really wonderful lady who ran things named Tuula. She said we have about 60 or so Pez Pal Mariner available but you have to be on board as a passenger & at sea before I can sell you any. I told her I really needed a lot of them so she checked & said she had 2 pallets of pez pal mariner at the other port. Off I went to buy a ticket. I booked a round trip, in a Tax deductible high end room. It was a room with an exterior window, so a view of the whole trip. This room even had a shower & a TV. Until this trip the idea of being on a large boat out in the middle of a big body of water left me a little uneasy. After this trip I realized it was more like being in a small city that happened to be a boat.

Pez Outlaw dispenser


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The Following Pez Dispensers are just a few that Pez Money bought.



Pez Outlaw - SJ Glew, The biggest Pez Dealer in the world for 5 years in the 1990s. Spent more than 2 million dollars buying over 2 million Pez dispensers. Made over 70 trips to Europe buying Pez, paying bribes and smuggling Pez dispensers. Pez Outlaw had a very big impact on an entire line of Pez Corporate product causing the Pez Color War.  Over 20 Pez Dispensers were produced in direct result of Pez Outlaw activities by Pez Corporation. Distribution procedures in place for decades were altered because of Pez Outlaw Activities. Author of Pez Outlaw Diary. pezoutlaw.com
A bunch of Pez Pal Nurses
Pez Outlaw - SJ Glew, The biggest Pez Dealer in the world for 5 years in the 1990s. Spent more than 2 million dollars buying over 2 million Pez dispensers. Made over 70 trips to Europe buying Pez, paying bribes and smuggling Pez dispensers. Pez Outlaw had a very big impact on an entire line of Pez Corporate product causing the Pez Color War.  Over 20 Pez Dispensers were produced in direct result of Pez Outlaw activities by Pez Corporation. Distribution procedures in place for decades were altered because of Pez Outlaw Activities. Author of Pez Outlaw Diary. pezoutlaw.com
A bunch of Snow White Pez Dispensers



Pez Outlaw - SJ Glew, The biggest Pez Dealer in the world for 5 years in the 1990s. Spent more than 2 million dollars buying over 2 million Pez dispensers. Made over 70 trips to Europe buying Pez, paying bribes and smuggling Pez dispensers. Pez Outlaw had a very big impact on an entire line of Pez Corporate product causing the Pez Color War.  Over 20 Pez Dispensers were produced in direct result of Pez Outlaw activities by Pez Corporation. Distribution procedures in place for decades were altered because of Pez Outlaw Activities. Author of Pez Outlaw Diary. pezoutlaw.com
Approximately 20 Display cases of  No Feet Pez Dispensers Mint in Cello. Super Hero, Disney etc.
Pez Outlaw - SJ Glew, The biggest Pez Dealer in the world for 5 years in the 1990s. Spent more than 2 million dollars buying over 2 million Pez dispensers. Made over 70 trips to Europe buying Pez, paying bribes and smuggling Pez dispensers. Pez Outlaw had a very big impact on an entire line of Pez Corporate product causing the Pez Color War.  Over 20 Pez Dispensers were produced in direct result of Pez Outlaw activities by Pez Corporation. Distribution procedures in place for decades were altered because of Pez Outlaw Activities. Author of Pez Outlaw Diary. pezoutlaw.com
Popeye Removable Pipe



* Interesting thing about Popeye's pictured left and Mickey Mouse C picture just below left. The pipe for Popeye and Mickey's nose are the same piece.



Other Books By Pez Outlaw/sj glew
The Cereal Box Price Guide
Princess Puddy n The Golden Bowl
The Barrel Book
Used Dogs

 


wouldn't these be cool



Pez Oulaw Bad Clown T shirt

Pez Oulaw T shirt
Pez Oulaw Pez Dispenser T shirt


Pez Outlaw Hats