Wilmington, Illinois: Gemini Giant - Space Age Muffler ManA fiberglass giant, outfitted for space travel. He'd guarded the now closed Launching Pad Drive-In since 1965, when its owners bought him for $3,500. He was named in a contest by a Wilmington schoolgirl.
Visitor Tips and News About Gemini Giant - Space Age Muffler Man
My parents and I visited the Gemini Giant and the Launching Pad restaurant. I saw no signs the Launching Pad and/or the Gemini Giant are still for sale. The Gemini Giant looks great. We noticed he had a power line running to him, which led us to believe some part of him must light up at night, which would certainly be neat to see.
The Launching Pad is currently selling Gemini Giant t-shirts. We had lunch at the Launching Pad, which was great and only cost about $12 for the three of us. If you stop to take pictures of the Gemini Giant, be sure to go inside, get a bite to eat and have a look around at the cool murals and tables.[Carrie Bachman, 08/14/2011]
Gemini Giant - Business for Sale
The current owner of the Launching Pad restaurant and its Muffler Man Gemini Giant is reported to have his business on the market. The fiberglass statue of a helmeted man holding a rocket is a rare surviving Muffler Man configured as a space man (the space helmet was sold as an accessory by the same company that manufactured the figure).
Morey Szczecin has owned the Launching Pad for four years, and the listed price is $650k, according to a story in the Chicago Sun-Times.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 01/25/2011]
Gemini Giant - Space Age Muffler Man
Well worth a stop. He's in great shape. The Launching Pad had good road food too![J Nichols, 06/22/2010]
Years ago some kids stole the rocket. It was all over the papers and a few months later it was found in the woods nearby.[Stephanie, 01/23/2010]
All is well with the big guy, and not a for sale sign in sight.[Leslie, 09/11/2009]