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Reader's Exchange: Aspiring writer seeks typewriter or laptop

Today's economy has been tough on everyone, which is one of the reasons so many people turn to Reader's Exchange to help them find things they need but can't afford. Like so many others, Darien Wyckoff of Clearwater has been out of work for some time and has no income. Because he would like to write some things that he hopes to have published, he is looking for an electric typewriter. He doesn't have a computer, and says the typewriter would be a blessing. Or perhaps, Darien says, someone out there might have a laptop computer they are willing to part with. He says he knows that's an extravagant request, but "it's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease!" Darien also keeps busy by crocheting items, which he then donates to charity or gives to friends. He is looking for crochet patterns and crochet thread. If you have any or all of the items Darien is looking for, please call him at (727) 557-4905.

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Once again, Doris Palmer is hoping that a REXer will have a book she's interested in acquiring. It is called Flee the Darkness, by Grant Jeffrey and Angela Hunt. She is willing to pay the proper postage if someone wants to send it to her. She can be reached in Bushnell at (352) 793-8091.

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Louise Williams has a great friend named Bob Stanton, who was an Army buddy of Louise's late husband. Bob wrote in on Louise's behalf because she needs a manual for a Smith-Corona electric portable typewriter, Model CXL 4500, with Spell-Right II Dictionary. If anyone out there has a copy they can share with Louise, please call Bob at (727) 398-3675.

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Joan Siggins of Dunedin is looking for parts for a very old Electrolux tank model vacuum cleaner, Model G. She has the hose and needs the metal wand/tube (the end is approximately 1 1/4 inches in diameter) that attaches to the hose and any other attachment parts for the wand/tube. Joan can be reached by phone at (727) 474-7434, or by e-mail at

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Colin of St. Petersburg, who is on kidney dialysis, is a lover of music. He is looking for all types of music to help him pass the time during his treatments. He is seeking records (33s, 45s and 78s). He would also like to find 1950s hi-fi stereo equipment. If you have what Colin is searching for, please contact him by phone at (727) 328-1977, or via e-mail at

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Fran Hutchinson of Spring Hill has a Hewlett Packard HP DeskJet 930C Series printer that she would love to give someone. She recently got a new computer that came with a printer, and says that this one is working just fine. She has the manual, the CD, a black toner cartridge and a tricolor cartridge as well. If you would like the printer and accessories, Fran says, "Come and get it!" She can be reached at (352) 683-9242.

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Steve Morin of Port Richey has fond memories of playing music with his father, who has passed away. Steve has many cassette recordings of he and his father playing together, but he needs a cassette player. He has tried to find one, to no avail. If you can help Steve relive some precious memories, please call him at (727) 267-2191.

Send requests to Reader Exchange, Floridian, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731, or e-mail Please put "REX" in the subject line. 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. Due to the volume of REX requests, it might take several weeks before your item appears in the paper.

Reader's Exchange: Aspiring writer seeks typewriter or laptop 04/16/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 15, 2010 1:22pm]
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