John Ratzenberger's Made In America

Season 1 Episode 20


Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jun 15, 2004 on Travel Channel
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First stop is Steinway & Sons, the piano company operating out of Astoria, Queens, New York. Company president Frank Mazurco demonstrates why Steinway is the preferred piano of professional pianists, boy wonder pianist Josh Bouchette mops up the floor with John, and Director of Manufacturing and Engineering Andy Horbachevsky discusses why it's a challenge to continue this business in NYC. Later, Andy takes John into the factory room to see how a Steinway is handbuilt. Next stop is Middlebury, Vermont, home to Maple Landmark Woodcraft, a family-owned-and-operated handmade toy company best known for their NameTrains. Founder Mike Rainville, his wife, Jill, sons, Adam and Andrew, mother, Pat, sister, Barbara, grandmother, Harriet, and other employees all declare their pride for crafting educational toys for children of all ages. After a tour of the factory, Mike presents John with a laser-engraved train whistle containing the "Made in America" name. Finally, John gives a history lesson on Jell-O.moreless

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    • QUOTES (3)

      • John Ratzenberger: In this episode, we trek to Middlebury, Vermont to play with some old-fashioned wood toys; we visit LeRoy, New York, where there's always room for sugar, flavors, colorings, and gelatin; and we tickle the ivories in Astoria, New York.

      • John Ratzenberger: When you think about it, Maple Landmark Woodcraft represents the quintessential American dream story. Mike Rainville took his passion, and carved it into a living, one letter at a time.

      • John Ratzenberger: New York City. People who live here have to endure a non-stop cacophony of horns, shouts, breaks, sirens and jackhammers. But in the burrough of Queens, the most enduring sound of all comes from a piano.

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      • Features archival footage of Billy Joel, among other pianists.

      • To learn more about Kraft Jell-O, visit their website at

      • To learn more about Maple Landmark Woodcraft, visit their website at

      • To learn more about Steinway pianos, visit their website at

      • Here's some little-known facts: Steinway & Sons was founded in the U.S. in 1853 by Henry Engelhard Steinway (a.k.a. Steinweg), a German cabinet maker. Mike Rainville founded Maple Landmark Woodcraft in 1979, and set up his first shop in 1984. Jell-O was created by Pearl B. Wait in 1897. Today, Jell-O comes in 70 different flavors, with over 300 million boxes sold each year. LeRoy, New York, Wait's hometown, houses a Jell-O museum, containing 158 historical items.

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