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July 28, 2005
Bubba Gump Loves Wild Alabama Gulf Shrimp
Winston Groom supports cause
(Point Clear, Alabama) Winston Groom jumped at the chance to join the
campaign in support of Wild Shrimp last year – and it wasn’t just because his
fictional “Bubba Gump Shrimp Company” had become a household name.
The author of the 1994 smash film “Forrest Gump” had long family ties to
Alabama’s shrimp and seafood industry.
“I’ve seen what these guys have had to struggle with – facing foreign imports
that just cut the prices out from under their feet,” offers Groom from his home
today in Point Clear, Alabama. “One of my best friends was the manager at
one of the biggest oldtime seafood houses in Bon Secour. The consumer is often
just not aware what they’re getting in the restaurant or the grocers’ display is not
caught from the bays or the Gulf but comes from ponds thousands of miles
Groom became the official spokesman of the Eat Alabama Wild Shrimp
campaign as the seafood industry launched a 2004 awareness campaign.
Radio and television commercials featuring Groom – and his depiction of
Forrest’s famous line on “fried shrimp…. boiled shrimp…grilled shrimp…” – ran
statewide in Alabama. The commercials will be seen again this fall as the
consumer awareness campaign is reenergized with help from another familiar
Gulf Coast face – Lucy Buffett.
Groom is the author of ten books, including the bestselling Forrest Gump,
Gump & Company, and Gumpisms: The Wit & Wisdom of Forrest Gump. He also
wrote the acclaimed Vietnam War novel Better Times Than These, as well as the
prizewinning novel As Summers Die, the prizewinning Civil War history Shrouds of
Glory, and the Pulitzer Prize nominee Conversations with the Enemy. He lives in
Point Clear and the mountains of North Carolina with his wife AnneClinton and
Eat Alabama Wild Shrimp (EAWS) devotes its resources to raising the public awareness ab