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© St. Petersburg Times, published June 2, 2001

Readers of this column recently made a valiant attempt to quash a family feud, but they may not have succeeded. When Dot Byron and her brother argued over the name of radio character Jack Armstrong's high school, neither refused to budge, so Dot urged readers to weigh in with their recollections.

For those of you who wanted to know the outcome, we report that, of 27 callers, 26 agreed with Dot that Hudson High was the lad's alma mater, and only one supported Davis Piper Hudson High, her brother's choice.

Case closed -- sort of. Brother is questioning the balloting; he refuses to relent despite the tally. Even at that, the feud may be over, if we can take Dot at her word when she writes: "I give up! He can't be helped!"

Another recent outcome to a reader's request only reinforces our frequent assertion that readers locate the darnedest things. When Sonya Snyder wrote to ask where to find spring-type clothespins with an extra metal hook, many readers expressed a hope that, if she got her answer, she would share it with them. She got it, and here it is for those who were worried about their dwindling supplies.

These clothespins may be purchased through the Vermont Country Store catalog: Web site; phone (not toll-free) (802) 362-0285. Within a week of getting the information, Sonya was happily unwrapping her new supply of those favorite clothespins.

Now, let's forge ahead and try our skills on new requests. A reader has several volumes of Opera News magazine back issues languishing in her garage. They might have historical value in the library of a group with operatic interests. The magazines are bound by year and cover the seasons of the Metropolitan Opera from 1965 to 1970. If you or your group wishes to have them, please send a letter in care of the column. We will put the reader in touch with you.

Nora Nelson of Port Richey wishes to find new homes for some of her books: an Encyclopedia Britannica and yearbooks from 1957 to 1983, three Northeast High School yearbooks, 1968, '69 and '70, and two Riviera Raider yearbooks, 1967 and '68. If you are interested in adding these to your bookshelf, please call (727) 848-5580.

Barbara Oliver of Seminole has two large boxes of material and a box of yarn that she would like to donate to a charitable organization willing to pick them up. Her number is (727) 398-2687.

Larayne Carlson, a volunteer at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital in Tarpon Springs, can put your leftover yarn to good use in crocheted and knitted lap robes for the patients. Unwanted afghans and lap robes are also welcome. Donors may leave items at the volunteer office in the hospital or give Larayne a call at (727) 937-4078 to arrange a pickup.

Larayne goes on to say that she will be happy to take any leftover cloth handkerchiefs and buttons, items actively exchanged a few months back, for arts and crafts work.

Chester Olszewski of New Port Richey has taken up a new hobby; he's enrolled in a beginner's stained glass class. After he learns the basics, he will need tools, patterns and glass to put his knowledge to the test. He's wondering whether a reader who may have had this hobby but no longer pursues it might be interested in passing along these items. If so, please give Chester a call at (727) 841-0098.

Norm Weaver, volunteer clerk for Pasco-Hernando Hospice, is writing on behalf of a client who loves to play cribbage but has poor vision. Norm hopes readers can help him locate a large cribbage board made for folks whose failing eyesight can no longer cope with the regular-size board. Norm may be reached at the Hospice office: toll-free 1-800-486-8733 or (352) 597-1882.

Recently, one of our readers loaned another Exchanger a book, and, unfortunately, it was lost by a third party, who was returning it to the owner. Understandably, both readers are upset; it is a book that isn't easy to find, and it also had a lot of intrinsic value to its owner, so the staff is hoping to put the minds of both ladies at ease by asking whether there might yet be another Sears Home Comfort cookbook (circa 1940). Please call Cyrena Young (727) 544-1970 if you can help.

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