For These Two Sodaholics, a Big Thirst Never Fizzles Out
updated 02/22/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 02/22/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST
Linden, 41, has been drinking Shasta since 1969. Katz, 37, has been a Shastaholic since 1971. Soon after meeting five years ago, Linden went to Katz's home. "When I opened the refrigerator and saw it stocked with Shasta," he recalls, "I said, 'This is it!' It was love at first cola." Married four years (with no kids), the couple maintains a stash of 48 bottles in the garage, with five more chilling in the fridge. Katz keeps an ice bucket by the bed. Linden keeps a portable urinal in his car. They don't worry about the health effects (Dr. David Melchinger of Yale-New Haven Hospital says their habit "is probably not a significant health risk if they eat a balanced diet"), and they even guzzle after sex. "You get thirsty," says Katz.
But the couple's life isn't always such a gas. That $2,500 grand prize, for example, turned out to be 25 $100 gift certificates from Safeway—and Safeway doesn't stock Shasta. "It's a pain," says Katz. "I know they would have to order 300 cases at a time, but I'd buy it from them. If they had Shasta, life would be great." In fact life without Shasta would hardly be worth living. "If I couldn't get it," says Linden, "I'd probably feel that I'd died."