"My mom and my dad just both liked the color pink. Some people like green, some like blue, they liked pink."
-- Clarence Hartwig, Jr., quoted in Linda Godfrey's "The Gobbler Lives"
Many of the websites that were featured on the original post are now defunct, but archived links have been provided where available courtesy of the wonderful Wayback Machine.
You can obtain information on the current status of the property by contacting the real estate agency representing the current owners. More information is available at www.buythegobbler.com. (Please note, I am not connected with the property owners or the real estate agency in any way, and I can not answer any inquiries about the property.)
The Gobbler Motel and Restaurant now has its own Facebook page. (Please note that while this page lists this blog's link in the "About" section, I am not connected with the page, or its authors/owners.)
- Wisconsin State Journal: "Gobbler Supper Club, icon of Wisconsin kitschiness, heads for auction block"
- MissionCreep: The Gobbler Supper Club and Motel: "Romance Meets Turkey Filling in the Midwest," by Kitty Kocol and Lois Mathison
- The Sighs and Whispers blog featured a colorful post on the Gobbler.
- HotelChatter.com mentioned Requiem for the Gobbler Motel in their March 2005 story, "The Mystery of the Gobbler Motel," and a follow-up, "The Gobbler's Last Supper," dated February 17, 2006.
- On March 12, 2005, the Madison, WI Capital Times featured an article by columnist Doug Moe, "The Gobbler was one of a kind."
- James Lileks' "Grooviest Motel In Wisconsin" - One of the definitive Gobbler resources. This extensive site features a selection of images from the motel and restaurant's promotional brochure, accompanied by Lileks' deliciously twisted commentary.
- Via Archive.org: Linda Godfrey has a newly-renovated page on www.cnb-scene.com devoted to the Gobbler, Remembering The Gobbler Supper Club: A Turkey of A Restaurant, where you'll find some very nice photos of the restaurant interior (and that four-sectioned sofa that I didn't have the presence of mind to shoot when I had the chance!).
- Via Archive.org: 30-second TV ad for the Gobbler Restaurant (from 1980) in Windows Media Player (.wmv) format! Listen/watch at your own risk - just try prying that insanely catchy jingle out of your brain. It's a kaleidoscopic blend of classic Americana, with sections devoted to CB and amateur radio, transportation, old advertisements and more.
- Architect Helmut Ajango's Gobbler page - Links directly to his 'Gobbler' page, but you can navigate the entire site from this location and view images of his varied creations through the years - including over one hundred churches, and a memorial in Ajango's native Estonia. Come to think of it, the Gobbler restaurant would make a dandy church; Protestant, of course.
- Via Archive.org: chez smartygirl: live - Another fun personal account of a Midwest Gobbler pilgrimage (with photos) taken prior to the motel's demolition, during the "John-John's Rib House" (pre-2001) era.
- Via Archive.org: The Gobbler Lives: the great icon of 70's kitsch returns to Johnson Creek by Tenaya Darlington - Tenaya writing for the online Isthmus Daily Page (Madison, WI); here she provides an aesthetic and gastronomical critique of the 2002 'Round Stone Restaurant' incarnation of the Gobbler Restaurant.