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It's in the cards that you'll find it here


© St. Petersburg Times, published April 28, 2001

"I don't know why I didn't think of you guys first," begins an e-mail from Debbie Krenek. Well, Debbie, in the business of locating the close-to-impossible, you've got to go right to the top, and we are glad you finally got here!

Debbie noticed on a restaurant wall a poster that featured the St. Louis Cardinals and their baseball ties to St. Petersburg. It was titled "The St. Louis Cardinals, 50 Years in St. Petersburg." It so happens that Debbie has a friend, a huge Cardinals fan, who also turned 50 recently. What a great gift, thought Debbie, who then set about finding a copy of the poster.

Because Debbie didn't start at the top, she spun her wheels a bit at first. To begin with, the poster, commissioned by the City of St. Petersburg, was printed in 1993, which ensures copies will be in short supply. Debbie has been in touch with the artist, City Hall, this newspaper, the Chamber of Commerce and the graphics company that produced the poster, with no luck.

Then, as hope that she would find the poster was fading fast, Debbie recalled our readers' fame for finding everything from aardvarks to zithers in their pantries and bedroom closets, so, if you have this poster and are willing to let Debbie persuade you to part with it, please give her a call at (727) 524-8997.

Virginia Dvorak recently played a game using two dice, called Put and Take. She hopes you may have a set you no longer use or can suggest a place that sells the game. Virginia's e-mail address is

Marion Balcombe of Holiday truly misses her copy of The Pocket Cook Book, published by Simon & Schuster in the late 1940s. If cooking has become a dim memory in your household, and the books are gathering dust, this one could still have an active future when you call (727) 845-1154.

Janet Cataldo is very fond of her food processor, but right now she needs a lead on getting a replacement part for it. She needs a Sunbeam Turbo-cone disc stem, model 14201, service number 14-20ac. The manufacturer was unable to help Janet because this machine is no longer made. Janet may be contacted by phone at (727) 345-7457 or by e-mailing

Lisa Sabrey tells us that Rosie O'Donnell is always raving about her "favorite caramel apple," but, when Rosie shared the recipe with her viewers a few months back, Lisa missed it. Call Lisa at (727) 321-5440 or e-mail

Elena Smith of St. Petersburg remembers many years ago crocheting the Lord's Prayer and the 23rd Psalm in filet crocheting. She has searched the library and needlework shops but is unable to find these patterns. If anyone can help Elena in her quest, please call (727) 343-6912.

Dorothy Jeanot read her young daughter a number of books by Dare Wright in the Lonely Doll series. Now that daughter has children of her own, and she wants to pass the pleasure along to them. Some titles she remembers are Edith and Lonely Bear, The Lonely Bear, Edith and Little Bear Lend a Hand, Edith Learns a Lesson and Edith and Big Bad Bill, though this is not an exhaustive list of the titles. Please send an e-mail to if unwanted Ediths are lurking in your attic.

Hope Torrey of Bushnell is disposing of 12-dozen canning jars on a first-come, first-served basis. Just call Hope at (352) 793-2561 and be ready to pick 'em up.

Rosemary Spencer of St. Petersburg, who is contemplating surgery, would like to chat with people who have had arterial bypasses performed on their legs, especially the femoral artery. Rosemary's number is (727) 384-4770.

Thank-you notes

Gloria Ann Palmer of Spring Hill wishes to thank everyone who sent her patterns for a needleworked Last Supper.

It took only a year to make, and it is a thing of beauty that she plans to keep in the family.

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