Just days after the news of the death of Susan Montgomery Williams came the crowning of the first World Champion of The BUBBLEGUM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. BG, who, at the time this is written is now a seven time BWC World Champion and is the BWC’s all time greatest competitor, entered the inaugural contest and blew the biggest bubble ever entered in the BWC. That bubble is also the biggest bubble ever entered in a bubble blowing contest.
Another non-BOMB Blast. Oct. 1, 2008. What a bittersweet day in bubblegum history. After the long push to get the BUBBLEGUM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP up and running, the day after entries for the first BWC closed, came word that the great Guinness World Record holding BOMB Squad Hero, Chewsy Suzy had died, one week after she fell into a coma from a brain aneurism, days short of being able to see the first BWC World Champion being crowned.
Her career included 4 Guinness World Record bubbles, the invention of the Chewsy Suzy Cinch, the co-creation of the BUBBLEGUM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, and many national TV appearances. The lady was a bubblegum publicity making machine, and if it wasn’t for her and her contributions to bubblegum there very likely would be no big bubble future for anyone to contemplate.
The BOMB Squad wanted to make a very big splash, and they chose the date August 8, 2008, 8-8-08, to do it. Since one story about Walter Diemer’s invention of bubblegum happened “in early August of 1928″ it was deemed that 8-8-08 would be bubblegum’s 80th anniversary, and plans were set to launch on that date The BUBBLEGUM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (The BWC), bubblegum blowing’s greatest contest.
The BWC is an internet bubble blowing contest at bubblegumheaven.com that is available to anyone over 18 who can post a picture of themselves blowing a bubble. It is a contest developed by the BOMB Squad in a way that they would have liked to seen when they were coming up. A contest different from one a manufacturer might put on. A contest which is not about any particular brand of bubblegum, but rather about seeing just who can blow the actual biggest bubble with as few restrictions as possible. A contest that is basically open anytime a person has the urge to blow some super huge bubbles.
The plans are for the BWC to lead bubblegum into it’s future, securing the chance for anyone who would like the possibility of bubble blowing fame and glory and to leave their own mark on bubblegum history.j
The first act of the BOMB Squad was to develop a place where all publicity for big bubblegum bubbles could be gathered, with the intent of creating a giant, easily found net that could catch the interest of anyone who loved big bubbles.
Bubblegumheaven.com is the greatest website for bubblegum bubbles, the greatest bubble blowers, the all time biggest bubbles ever blown, and is the home of The BUBBLEGUM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP,
After a flurry of Susan Montgomery Williams/Joyce Samuels versus BUBL publicity, it was finally agreed to that both sides had a valid point in their search for giant bubble greatness, and they all merged into what became known As The Blowers of Mega Bubbles, BOMB Squad, with Susan Montgomery Williams, Joyce Samuels, Dr. Enaught T. Wiseham, Earl “The Gum Bubble Coach” Hartwell, and Bobby “BOOM BOOM” Bickeron becoming the original “BOMB Squad Heroes.” Since that time Susan tragically died and Earl Hartwell has resigned.
The goal of The BOMB Squad has been to create enough publicity to create a new future for bubblegum based on what it has always been from the beginning. The persuit of giant bubblegum bubbles.
Believing that the world of publicity didn’t adequately reward the blowers of the actual biggest bubbles ever, the Blowing Unbelievable Bubbles Bubbles League was started by Dr. Enaught T. Wiseham and Earl “The Gum Bubble Coach” Hartwell, Canada’s greatest Bubble Blower, as an answer to the Guinness World Record and Susan Montgomery Williams.
There claim was that the limitation Guinness placed on the number of pieces a person could chew to break the record was an artificial one, and that consideration should be given to people who could blow bigger bubbles by chewing more pieces of gum. So their idea was to allow people to chew an unlimited amount of pieces. This was the strategy used by Wiseham to blow the biggest bubble ever blown.
2005 marked the last year of the Concord Confections Dubble Bubble National Bubble Blowing Contest. It was likely the longest running contest for blowing bubbles and featured the biggest prizes ever given to winners.
This contest, I believe, led to what I call the “golden age” of bubblegum. It was apparently monumentally profitable, and it elevated Bruce Weiner, in my mind, to a position of prominence in bubblegum history equaling Frank Fleer and Walter Diemer. It was Weiner, who, in my opinion, proved the point of what I think Walter Diemer was all about. Making those bubbles as big as possible and then constantly driving that point home.
After the blowing of his biggest bubbles in the history of bubblegum, Dr. Enaught T. Wiseham created the Enaught’s Bubbles website to promote big bubble blowing. This site offered a forum for big bubble blowers to come and talk and compare notes , and has proven to be tremendous publicity for those who love big bubbles.
Dubble Bubble, the original that dated back to the beginning, was known as the “GOTO” bubblegum by many if not all of the great bubble blowers for those big bubbles, a reputation that had been reinforced at Concord Confections. It has even been mentioned to me that it was believed that Concord seemingly improved Dubble Bubble’s capability to blow monster sized bubbles.
So it was with great dismay that we began getting complaints of bubble blowing quality, an issue which has created a crises with what we do and clouded the future of big bubble blowing.