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AMERICANS PREFER FAMILY TO FAME AROUND THE THANKSGIVING DINNER TABLE

November 7, 2002

CLEARFIELD, UT -- Lifetime Products, Inc. asked Americans who they would most like to sit next to at the Thanksgiving dinner table, and the most popular answer was family. Given the opportunity to have a hypothetical “Dinner of a Lifetime” with anyone they wanted, 29% of Americans overlooked celebrities and political figures in favor of their own family members, especially deceased grandparents and long-distance relatives. Another popular choice (22%) was to share Thanksgiving with a historical figure, with Jesus Christ and Abraham Lincoln being the most requested, while 13% of Americans would choose to have a celebrity such as George Clooney or Jennifer Aniston at their table. Of the remaining categories, Rudy Guiliani and Ozzy Osbourne were the most popular choices.

The results were cultivated from a nationwide “Dinner of a Lifetime” essay contest sponsored by Lifetime Products, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of plastic folding tables and chairs. Thanksgiving is traditionally a time when people come together to share a special meal and with this in mind, Lifetime® posed the question: Who would you most like to sit next to at the Thanksgiving dinner table? Contestants composed essays describing a meal with the guest of their choosing, and the essays were evaluated based on originality, creativity, and reasoning. Kevin Burk of Sioux City, IA is the Grand Prize winner and will receive a trip for four to New York City over Thanksgiving weekend. Burk described what it would be like to have Thanksgiving dinner with himself at the age of seven. During their meal, the grown-up Kevin would impart wisdom and worldly advice to little Kevin, as well as encourage him to take the risks that would ultimately lead him to find his future wife.

Ten runners-up received a Lifetime® table and a set of Lifetime® chairs. In alphabetical order, they are Sherri Brinkley of Bonne Terre, MO, who wanted to have dinner with her recently deceased mother, Dave Francis of Edmond, OK (Bill Cosby), Lisa Johnson of Pleasant Grove, UT (her great-grandparents who immigrated to America from the Ukraine), Brenda Jones of Gresham, OR (Benjamin Franklin), Clinton Kelly of Everett, WA (a former neighbor), Barbara LeGrand of LaGrangeville, NY (Abraham Lincoln), Marcy McCabe of Lawrence, KS (her hypothetical future daughter), 13-year-old Kelsey McCallum of Draper, UT (her mom at age 13), Julie Price of Salt Lake City, UT (Dr. Seuss), and L. Sue Schinke of Rochester, MN (her long-lost birthmother).

Thanksgiving is a time when there are always extra faces around the dinner table – and most people, at one time or another, have shared this meal at a spare folding table. Lifetime® products are sturdy, lightweight, and will not crack, chip or peel. Best of all, they are stain resistant and easy to clean – neither turkey gravy nor cranberry sauce will stain Lifetime® tables or chairs.

Established in 1986, Lifetime Products, Inc. is a privately held company in Clearfield, Utah. Lifetime Products manufactures high-impact polyethylene folding tables, picnic tables and chairs, as well as state-of-the-art basketball equipment.

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For more information on Lifetime or its products, contact Communications Manager Katie Salter at (801) 728-1599, or send an email to Katie.