Based out of Pittsburgh, H. J. Heinz Company came up with their most famous Heinz ketchup in 1876. I have been a huge fan of Pennsylvania’s best ketchup ever since I was a little kid. I knew Heinz was “sloooow good” and “what ketchup tastes like” but until this past summer I was in the 89% who didn’t know that Heinz says to release ketchup faster from the glass bottle, apply a firm tap to the sweet spot on the neck of the bottle— the raised “57.” Thanks Amy & Arron for adding to my good ketchup knowledge.
Although the Heinz Endowments’ monies originate from the Heinz family (founders of H. J. Heinz Company) there is no connection between the Heinz Endowments and the H.J Heinz Company. I am still going to use the name of the good Pennsylvania ketchup as a clumsy segue to the Marcellus Shale drilling that has been fracking up Pittsburgh and the rest of PA.
To get up to speed on what all the fuss is about, give a listen to This American Life, specifically Sarah Koenig’s Game Changer. Then read the defensive
Penn State press release and Sarah Koenig’s response.
Armed with that knowledge, I hope you can understand why I was pleased to read that Heinz chose to end support for Shale Gas Research Programs. I hope it has an effect, like a firm tap to the sweet spot on the neck, that will make other donors want to free up flow their funds in other directions that won’t poison the tomatoes and ketchup of PA.