Bern’s family has been in town, and for the next week I’m going to write about the adventures that only took 2 days to create, but are boundless in pictures and explanations.
Vicky and Marty (Bern’s mom and step-dad) love to check out STUFF. They, like us, enjoy looking at junk and antiquing. On a whim, we took them by the “House of Statues and Junk” that we see when riding on Frankfort Avenue.
Jerry Lotz, or “Worm” (his childhood nickname) or “Mr. Peach” (as he’s been called in town), is a man who likes collecting anything and everything. He was outside when we drove up, and he kindly told us his story.
When he was a little boy of 8, his mom asked him if he wanted to go “junkin”, and he fell in love with a statuette of a half naked woman. For five weeks, he mowed lawns and did other types of manual labor, all the while, thinking about his lady. When he returned back to his antique mart, his lady had a big fat SOLD sticker on her, and as he put it, “I never got over it, and now when I want something, I just get it.”
Some of Lotz’s collection:
Lotz will sell some things, but his collection is mainly for him to enjoy and share to people who are curious. He told us that because he doesn’t have a wife, he can buy whatever he wants. I really like this guy. He’s just out enjoying life and having fun. He told us he likes things that are really odd sizes, not proportional to the size they SHOULD be, or just plain large. He likes to build things himself, and adds his own finesse to his collection (like doctoring up his old vehicles) as he sees fit.
Lotz, aka “Worm”, by his home:
Below: Nixon as the Statue of Liberty, made by Lotz.
An old caboose that Worm HAD to have with the old toilet in the center of the car:
If you have anything cool, large, strange, or just plain weird, he’ll probably buy it from you. He’s a self-proclaimed picker who gets the luxury of delivery. He’s one heck of a guy, and he has the craziest house I’ve ever seen. Go and see it!
Jerry Lotz, 502-897-6031, 1734 Frankfort Ave., Louisville KY
PS - the icing on the cake? He gave us old cans of Billy Beer as a parting gift! These are cans that were never cut. What a guy!