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Pass the words to 'Pass the Biscuits'


© St. Petersburg Times, published February 10, 2001

It has been a while since we've played Name That Tune. At least that's what the staff pointed out when the e-mail from Bonnie and Evelyn Baum came bouncing onto the computer screen. The New Port Richey mother-daughter duo wants the words to a song called Pass the Biscuits. Once upon a time, they had it on a 45 rpm single, which has long since gone to that great turntable in the sky.

A man's voice is heard on the record, singing and talking. It's what he's saying that they can't remember. If you have a copy of the song and would be willing to tape it for the Baums, they would be most grateful. They may be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (727) 376-7616.

Now, a quick check of the whatever-happened-to department. Whatever happened to those wooden spring-type clothes pins with the metal clip that fastens onto the clothesline? Sonya Snyder of Brooksville would like to know. She says she's old-fashioned (and probably energy-conscious too).

The clothes pins she's seeking let clothing hang free of the line, avoiding pinched fabric, creases and discoloration. Sonya needs another dozen or two to bring her clothes-pin stash up to snuff. If you have clues as to where these pins hang out, send Sonya an e-mail at

Bonnie used to crochet doorknob Santa Clauses. They were done around a rubber band, and the body used red yarn, the face white and the hat red. Unfortunately, Bonnie has lost her pattern, but she hopes a reader will recognize the item and send her a copy of the pattern. Give Bonnie a call at (727) 785-8954.

Betty Hilling needs page 27, missing from the Columbia-Minerva knitting pattern #752, which begins on page 26 in the #752-23 knitting book. The book came out during the 1960s. If you can provide the page, she can finish her project. Betty's e-mail address is; her phone number is (941) 753-2895.

Cyrena Young writes that many years ago her parents bought a Home Comfort stove that came with a recipe book. She is hoping that if you have this book you will permit her to copy it. Please send your responses to Cyrena in care of this column.

Mrs. McKellar of Clearwater wonders where to find an electric rug shampooer with two revolving brushes that uses powdered shampoo. If you can help her clear up this question, please call (727) 535-1367.

Esther Brown of Spring Hill has scraps and yards of upholstery and quilting material to give to someone interested in picking it up. For details, please call her at (352) 686-6309.

Hallye Eisenbrand of Holiday would love to find a vocal rendition, preferably in cassette, of Alice Blue Gown. If you can put Hallye in the pink, please write to her in care of this column.

Michelle Rodney of Port Richey is looking for two plates in the Hamilton Collection "Curious Kitten" series. They are No. 4, "Chance Meeting," and No. 10, "Cat Burglar" (both made in 1992) by Bob Harrison. Michelle's number is (727) 849-6963.

Irwin Sears of Palm Harbor is looking for a CD set called The Complete Flanders and Swann. It contains the original comedy songs written by Michael Flanders and Donald Swann. It was probably published in England in the early 1990s. Do you know of a source that can locate discontinued CDs? Irwin receives e-mail at and phone calls at (727) 784-8978.

For two years Joanne Montei of Spring Hill has been trying to locate two wastebaskets with mirrored interiors. Reflect on this a bit, please. Joanne's hoping you have the answer and will call her at (352) 684-4238.

Thank-you note

Robert Carey of Clearwater writes to say that transfer patterns of golfers provided by a reader in Holiday were just what he needed. Many thanks to her and any other readers who helped.

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