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Do you know the words to 'Shanty Town'?


© St. Petersburg Times, published July 29, 2000

Loretta Branda of Port Richey asks for help in getting the words to the song It's Only A Shanty In Old Shanty Town. Getting these words would mean a great deal to Loretta. She is 83 years young, born and raised in Chicago on the northwest side, in a poor neighborhood near a railroad track on Crossing Street, later renamed Homer Street and then replaced by the Northwest Highway. Loretta wants to frame the words and some pictures of the house and give it to her son, who was also born there. If you can help, send your response to us and we'll forward the lyrics to Loretta.

Carl Sypnicwski of Port Richey is looking for a copy of the book Spearhead In the West 3rd Armored Division. If you have a copy of this book and would be willing to pass it on, call Carl at (727) 868-3183.

Ralph Diemer of Spring Hill is looking for the words to the song Makin' Whoopee. Ralph says he remembers a couple verses, but would like to get more. If you can help, call him at (352) 686-7811.

Ruth Chliek is looking for someone in the St. Petersburg area to replace the Teflon surface on an electric grill. If you know anyone that does this kind of work, let us know and we'll forward it to Ruth.

Pat Guidry of Spring Hill has a small, self-propelled treadmill and a stepper with handles she is willing to give to anyone who will come and pick them up. If you see exercise in your future, call Pat at (352) 683-8328.

David Bell sends an e-mail stating that he is looking for two albums by the Chad Mitchell Trio. The albums are That's The Way It's Gonna Be and The Slightly Irreverent. Both of these albums are out of print and were never recorded on CD. If you have either or both of these albums that David could borrow and make a CD, please call him at (727) 461-5427.

Dorothy Truesdell of Dunedin e-mails Help! Help! Help! She has lost her favorite crocheted pineapple blouse pattern, 3/4 length sleeves, boat neck, no seams. Done in knit Cro Sheen. If you can help Dorothy replace this pattern, call her at (727) 733-0829.

David Gertsch is trying to find a home for the 34 floppy discs that comprise Windows 3.1 Office, which includes PowerPoint. If you can use these discs, give David a call at (727) 815-8395.

Madeline Giordano is looking for at least eight used duplicate bridge card trays. If you can help, call her at (727) 707-0373 or e-mail

Dolly Denick of Pinellas Park is looking for a set of Spoolie curlers that were popular in the 1960s. These curlers were pink rubber rollers that were shaped like a spool that you wound hair on and then flipped the ends to hold it. If you can help Dolly, give her a call at (727) 526-2313, Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thank-you notes

Thanks! You did it again, writes Mrs. Ralph Zinke of Port Richey. She reminded us that last year she had requested a replacement for a lost St. Petersburg, Russia, book, and a kind reader had her husband, who was employed on a ship, get one and send it to Mrs. Zinke. She was totally amazed at getting any response to that request. Recently, she was trying to locate the company that manufactured Melody in Motion, a ceramic hobo that turned his head and foot and whistled. However, her hobo had stopped whistling and she wanted to get him repaired. She says she got three offers of help, and one in particular had all the information. She ends her note with "THANKS for your help as these two requests were very important to me." Proof again at Exchange Central that our readers are the best!

Joan McMullin of Spring Hill says she was absolutely amazed at the response to her request for sour salt. She had many calls, most of them long distance, and many e-mails. One reader from Tampa even sent her a bottle, so now she's set for quite a while. She sends a heartful thanks to all those to came to her rescue.

Alice Russell of Clearwater sends thanks to all those who answered her request for a pattern for caps for cancer patients who have had chemotherapy and lost their hair. We're sure Alice is knitting, even as you read this.

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