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Video alert: waltz and 'West Wing' needed

Published January 29, 2005

By any name, at any age, those lapses of memory referred to by folks of a certain age as "senior moments" are annoying. Marlane Iuzzolino of Belleair blames a brain filled with useless clutter for her failure to remember a recent promise to a neighbor but, whatever caused it to slip her mind, REXers have a chance to help Marlane redeem herself.

On New Year's Day, WEDU-Ch. 3 aired a Strauss evening concert from Vienna. Marlane's neighbor, a native of Vienna, was away on a holiday cruise, so she had asked Marlane to videotape the program for her. That's when Marlane forgot to write herself a reminder, and you can guess the rest. That's why she needs to know if any readers taped the concert. Marlane will gladly pick up your tape, copy it and return it. She knows her neighbor will be thrilled to have this memento of her homeland. Please call (727) 446-6106 if you can help.

Coincidentally, we have another videotape mishap, this one involving a West Wing episode. Jeanne Tipton of St. Petersburg, who has saved all broadcasts of the series, recently had to go out of town; she set up her VCR to record any episodes of the show she would miss. But, we all remember what poet Robert Burns said about the best-laid plans of mice and men and fans of television shows. A storm came along, knocked out Jeanne's power and killed her programming.

If you happened to make a VHS tape of the Dec. 15 episode, the one in which Jimmy Smits was asked to run for the presidency, and will permit Jeanne to make a copy, she, like Marlane, will do the necessary picking up, taping and returning. And we bet that, should you announce your run for the White House, she'll consider voting for you. Please call (727) 526-8948.

Kathy Robinson of Largo has bottles of shampoo and tubes of toothpaste she would like to donate to efforts that help the needy or aid the troops. Kathy has noted past appeals for toiletries for disadvantaged Appalachian schoolchildren and other worthy causes that occasionally appear here. But now that she has a donation, Kathy is drawing a blank on how to contact a place where it is needed.

If groups collecting sample or full-sized toiletries will contact Kathy at 727 581-6077 or e-mail they can tap into her generosity.

Jo May hopes you can help her find a woodworking pattern. It's for that impeccable butler (is there any other kind?), about 3 feet tall, who holds a tray in his hands. The figures are used to hold ash trays, toilet paper and serve drinks and snacks chairside. Jo May can be reached at (727) 939-2087.

Katt Hebert, waxing a bit poetic, begins her e-mail with that famous Coleridge line, "Patterns, patterns everywhere. . . ." She has cleaned her sewing room and is ready to recycle these patterns: a large box of patterns for doll clothes (dolls 5 inches to 28 inches); a large box of children's patterns, mostly girls' (many Daisy Kingdom); stuffed animal patterns; a few patterns for men's clothing; a few craft patterns; a large box of women's clothing patterns, sizes 12 to 22, and lastly, a large box of Stretch & Sew master patterns.

Katt sets one simple requirement for interested parties: If you want any of the patterns, you must take the entire box: no rooting through the lot and picking out only those you want. Please call 727 392-5324 or e-mail

And more on the topic of patterns: Diane Atanasio and her sister have little girls who have fallen in love with their moms' Cabbage Patch dolls. Grandma Honey knitted clothes for the dolls way back when; now Gram needs a pattern to make new garments for a new generation. She definitely wants a knitting, not crochet, pattern. Please call 727 535-3751 or e-mail

Thank-you notes

"Crafters are the greatest," says Dorothea Peterka of Brooksville, and who can disagree? Especially after the vigorous response by crafters to her request for instructions to make a German (Moravian) star ornament. A big thanks to everyone who called.

And Harriet Mettge of Weeki Wachee feels like dancing after the outcome of her query. (But, then, Harriet always feels like dancing, we suspect.) A reader who lives a bare 15 minutes away from Harriet called to offer three pairs of dancing shoes in the size and style Harriet needed. "A dream come true," writes Harriet. "This is the second time your efforts have paid off for me. It pays to ask."

Send requests to Reader Exchange, Floridian, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg 33731 or e-mail Requests will be accepted only by mail or e-mail. This is an exchange column, so we will not run items that are for sale.

[Last modified January 28, 2005, 09:44:05]

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