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Reader Exchange

Big-screen TV is yours for the asking

Published May 5, 2007


Marguerite Gamble of St. Petersburg received a new TV as a gift, so the Magnavox with 42-inch screen she had been watching is now superfluous. She is offering it to a reader. Marguerite also wishes to give away a wheelchair. Please call (727) 544-0612.

Elaine Schwarz of Tarpon Springs needs information on a number of topics, so we'll lay them before you and let you check your expertise before you contact Elaine at (727) 934-0197.

First, do you know where to purchase camphor oil or camphor bars? Other items on which Elaine needs counsel include a grass catcher for an older mower and an old metal TV; she'd also appreciate recipe books for slow cookers.

Ursula Sullo of Dunedin has two boxes of carbon paper sets (carbon and copy paper attached), as well as good bond paper and legal-size bond to give to anyone with a regular typewriter or word processor. Ursula can be reached at (727) 733-4493.

From the Nothing Succeeds Like Success department comes a message from Wendy, who recently requested a Gazelle exercise machine. These are fairly expensive items and, as you know, no items for sale are offered through this column. So the staff was dubious about a successful conclusion to Wendy's quest.

As often occurs even in such unlikely cases, all parties were pleasantly surprised. Although Wendy received only one response, one was all she needed. Not only did Ann of Pinellas Park give Wendy the Gazelle she wanted, Ann's husband packed up the equipment for moving.

Wendy's successful quest encouraged her friend Phyllis to try her hand at securing a treadmill. So, if you are tired of tripping over the treadmill you put in the middle of the living room so you'd be sure to use it, consider calling Phyllis at (727) 271-0416.

Diane Belford of Brooksville wishes to give away a complete vintage set of Encyclopedia Britannica, published in 1961, with accompanying World Atlas and World Dictionary. In addition, annual volumes update the set from 1962 to 1985.

The books' age makes them unsuitable for libraries or charities, but Diane creatively suggests their usefulness in establishing ambiance in a restaurant, theater production or antiques shop. Diane is also divesting herself of a Panasonic record player with two speakers that needs repair. If you want either books or turntable, please call (352) 797-0564 or e-mail

Caroline Brown of Clearwater needs cotton material, thread and miscellaneous sewing notions. Please call (727) 504-8644 or deliver items to the High Point Neighborhood Family Center, 6399 142nd Ave. N, Suite 116, in the Sunshine Business Center.

Ron Getz joins the REXers sorting decades of slides and deciding which ones are keepers. He has about 300 to go through, but his slide projector appears to have retired from active duty. When Ron borrowed a family member's slide projector for the job, he was again stymied by a recalcitrant machine.

So Ron can find plenty to do for a slide projector that's currently sitting idly by. Ron mentions that he needs to view his slides only once, so it may even be that borrowing your machine would do the trick for him. At any rate, give him a call at (727) 785-4350.

Book lovers, take a deep breath before you plunge into the next request. Largo's Jerry Falkenstein "is about to downsize dramatically and wants his personal library of 1, 500 books to go to serious readers who promise to spend the next 20 years getting as much enjoyment from them as he did." Subjects covered: quality fiction, junk fiction, science of all kinds, history, travel, philosophy, religion and a really enormous (about 600) collection of World War II histories.

"Plan to spend several hours looking for some real treasures, and bring boxes and a large vehicle." Call Jerry at (727) 530-5208.

Thank-you note

The precocious pups that recently penned a plaintive plea to REX have displayed their polished manners in a proper missive of thanks.

"Sir Oliver and Lady Jilliana wish to thank you for the great response our mom and dad had when we requested newspaper bags so we can be neat on our walks around Orange Lake in New Port Richey. You were very generous, and we thank you."

Accompanying cute photos roused the staff's urge to give his lordship and his lady an undignified hug.

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. Readers must agree to publication of phone numbers, including area code.


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