MOOGLE? Posted January 8, 2004 Share Posted January 8, 2004 The rescue of a 7-year-old Sheboygan boy from an arcade game machine in a local grocery store apparently started the clock running on his 15 minutes of fame. After failing in an attempt to win a stuffed animal from the coin-operated game, Timmy Novotny climbed into the machine Saturday through the 8-by-10-inch opening where the toys come out. But once in, he couldn’t get out. A Sheboygan Press story on the hourlong rescue sparked media interest that resulted in Timothy, his parents and a Sheboygan fire official being flown to New York to be interviewed on Tuesday’s “Good Morning America” news program. Timmy’s father, Frank Novotny, told Diane Sawyer, co-anchor of the ABC show, that he was talking on a nearby pay phone at the Piggly Wiggly, 3124 S. Business Drive, while his son played the game. When he turned around, Timmy was inside the glass-enclosed machine among the stuffed animals. “There was no way to turn him around inside the machine and get him back out,” Novotny said to Sawyer. Timmy told Sawyer that getting into the machine was pretty easy. “Never in my 29 years have I seen anything like this,” said Fire Commander Mark Zittel. Instead of breaking into the machine, the fire department called S J Locksmithing of Sheboygan and moved the machine to the back of the store. A shy Timmy told Saw-yer that when he got out of the machine, he thanked the firefighters and then dashed to the bathroom. Piggly Wiggly has since removed the game. Gina Speckman, Timmy’s mother, who was not at the store during the incident, said she had a hard time believing what happened. “Just to get in there in the first place was amazing to me,” she said on the show. Speckman is now calling her son, “little Houdini.” Timmy’s story also was featured on Monday night’s “Countdown” news program on MSNBC. Timmy and his parents were still in New York on Tuesday evening. Attempts to reach them at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York were unsuccessful. Sheboygan Weather Temp: 22 °F Hi: 29 °F Lo: 13 °F ...........but on the other hand the busy sheboygan police still manage to give me a ticket for being on my longboard downtown on the street.. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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