The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on June 9, 1988 · 102
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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California · 102

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Thursday, June 9, 1988
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You lloo Anjjcleo STimes Thursday, June 9, 1988 Part V 23 You Can Help! Prospecting for Special Jewelry Repair Your Bookshelf Cats, Dogs Top Comeback List By HERBHAIN Barbara Hedden of Orange County inherited some beautiful antique jewelry, but she is having a difficult time finding someone to repair the pieces, because the gold in antique work is of a different color and the parts are difficult to find. Can you help Hedden out of that heavy-metal fix, or will she be full of gild for even having broached the subject? Donna Hope of Lakewood would love to find a product called Living Nails, available at Gemco stores before they went out of business. Can you help by putting your finger on a source or two, or will this be nail-biting time for Hope until somebody comes up with a handy address? For a bedridden person, Elizabeth Benton of Inglewood needs some unscented talcum or cornstarch powder. Can you nose around for some, or will Benton have to keep her powder dry because our input wasn't worth a cent? Gloria Lee of La Crescenta has been hammering on her need for some six-foot grape stakes to repair an old fence, but nobody seems to carry them any longer. Can you enclose a few sources for Lee, or will her only of-fence be that she graped too much when so little was at stake? Reader-to-Reader Help Line: Carol at (213) 454-0234 would like to locate an old railroad baggage cart, the type used years ago on train platforms; she doesn't care how old it is, as long as it is movable. Please help by seeing to it that Carol's wish is in the cards and in the bag. . . . Pam at (805) 584-2428 would love the cross-stitch embroidery kit (or just the chart) of a jointed teddy bear sitting by an old black Singer sewing machine. Now don't double-cross Pam for baring her problem; put her in stitches instead. . . . Joe at (213) 596-9738 is trying to locate a can of the original Simoniz car wax (yellow can with red lettering); he finds the newer formulas unsatisfactory. Instead of rubbing it in, please make this a red-letter day for Joe. Note: The Reader-to-Reader Help Line is only for one-time items or for products no longer available in stores. And you must give us written permission to publish your telephone number, so that others may contact you directly. Bern Bennett of San Pedro, who needs shorts with buttons or snaps in front and ties on the sides, will not be caught short much longer. Moyna Harris of Anaheim says after a long search she got the manager at Eagleson's Big & Tall, 123 Orangefair Mall, Fullerton, to order them from a firm on the East Coast. Nikki Allen of Beverly Hills says elastic-less shorts are available (at $45 for three pair) from the Vermont Country Store, P.O. Box 3000, Manchester Center, Vt. 05255-3000. And a reader who lives just a short distance away from Bennett has a number of these shorts; we have forwarded the information to Bennett. Anyone else interested should drop us a short line in a self -addressed, stamped envelope. For William Schnell of Los Angeles, who was looking for ski pajamas, things are warming up considerably. Harold Helton of La-guna Hills and E. B. of Los Angeles both suggest Lieberg's Department Store, 421 E. Main St., Alhambra (ask for Bill Hutton). Ruth Sein of San Clemente says she finally found some ski pajamas in the Penney catalogue. Orcutt Ranch, a facility of the Los Angles City Department of Recreation and Parks, will open July 16-17 to fruit lovers. The annual fruit picking will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The public is invited to come with bags and boxes to pick fresh oranges and We also heard from a San Diego reader who has some unused (still in original plastic bags) ski pajamas Size M (145-170 pounds); she'll take $20 plus shipping. If anyone is hot for those, send us a stamped,., self-addressed envelope. And Shirley Patrick of Cucamonga and Lucy Edwards of Palm Springs both recommend L. L. Bean, Free-port, Me. 04033, 24 -hour phone, (800) 221-4221. On the other hand, Ethel Baxter of San Fernando says that 100 -cotton thermal underwear (available at K mart) is better than ski pajamas; they never lose their shape, she says. More on unusual place names: Tom Militello says he has set up a computerized information data base for Italian surnames. Anyone interested should write to POINT (Putting Our Italian Names Together), 6932 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. 90274. Herb Hain cannot answer mail personally but will, space permitting, respond in this column to readers who need or have helpful information. Write (do not telephone) to You Can Help!, You section, the Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles 90053. grapefruits. Pickers will be assessed $1 for each bag and $2 for each box of fruit picked. Orcutt Ranch is at 23600 Roscoe Blvd., Canoga Park. For more information, call (818) 883-6641 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. If I Were in Animal by Fleur Cowles, with a forward by Prince Philip (Morrow $14.95). Artist and socialite Fleur Cowles, former editor of Flair magazine, which has been defunct for some years now, has produced an amusing "fun" book. It might be used to spark a friendly gathering for some lighthearted psychoanalysis and in support of the World Wildlife Fund (because part of the book's sales are earmarked for this cause). Cowles, whose friends number among the world's most glittering rich and famous, asks 100 of them: "What would you choose to be if you could be reincarnated as an animal?" Felines came in first. Writer Helen Gurley Brown wants to be reincarnated as a Siamese cat "who is adored, cosseted, catered to and utterly spoiled." Elizabeth Taylor, with her famous violet eyes-chooses to return as a "jungle cat." Jackie Collins, who knows a thing or two of the Hollywood jungle, opts for what else? a leopard, while fashion designer Bill Blass identifies with the extremely rare snow leopard. Dogs rank second. Romance -writer Barbara Cartland thinks returning in the body of her white Pekingese Twi-Twi would be heavenly. Jimmy Stewart would like to be reincarnated as a "great big dog," living in the bosom of an indulgent family that believes in house privileges and frequent walks. As for other performers, Deborah Kerr, who has a hideaway in Spain, admires the "exotic and unusual" hoopoe bird; Olivia de Havilland seems content with her own personality and settles on a dove, while Beverly Sills, in a stretch of the imagination, chooses the giraffe. She reflects in a little poem: "I would hold a high noteand watch jealous birds take wing!" The endangered elephant is chosen by Charles de Haes, director general of the World Wildlife Fund, because "it doesn't abuse its power." And the kudu, a "rare and uniquely handsome antelope," is the reincarnation choice of S. L. Edu of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation. Finally, Prince Philip of Britain, whose forward to this strange species of anthology, written on Buckingham Palace stationery, laments the near extinction of a great many animals caused by population explosion and human depredation. He suggests revenge: "I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus, but that is perhaps going too far." -ROSELLEM. LEWIS Orcutt Ranch Open to Fruit Pickers July 16-17 Our lovely Lladro May Flowers figurine: exclusively pre-signed for us by Jose Lladro Liladro puree In ins arc internal ionally renowned anil prized ly collectors the world over. Tin1 Mav Mowers figurine is wonderfully linnd-cral'tcd anil hand-painted in pastel shades, ( inches, lot). 00. A limited number o pre-signed figurines are available. Also from our extensive Lladro collection: Spring, 120. anil Napping. 150.00. Please visit our officii Lladro galleries in our Nnrl bridge, South Co; Plaza anil Scollsilale stores. Selection will va by store. Iti (Jilts. f j" IK) .1 :V ry i Mm To open a Bullock's Charge Account call toll-free I -800-527-3592 ext. 185, or use your VISA or MasterCard. To shop by phone call toll-free 24 hours a day, 1-800-347-0347.

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