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~ Mike ~ Los Angeles, California ~

Donald, I just saw your site about your trip to Los Angeles in 1963, specifically Dorandos Restaurant in Hollywood.
Joseph Dorando was my grandfather. I was just just a youngster, 8, when he was killed in the Restaurant.
After that the Restaurant closed as his wife at the time was unable to remain open. That occurred in Feb 1964.
You must have been there just prior to the incident.
I have fond memories of going there every Sunday night for dinner and walking to the Ranch Market across the street,
although those memories are a bit cloudy nowadays. Anyhow, just a note to say thanks.
I get goose bumps and tears just looking at the photo... Mike

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~ Bob ~ Saint Paul, Minnesota ~

Hello Don,  Just a note to thank you for the great collection of photos from your van days
I was just a teen in the 70’s, and couldn’t afford a custom van, but I have made up for it lately
I am currently restoring a ’74 Custom Ford which made it thru the years intact, and still has it’s original interior and paint [ and mural ]
A few years ago, I restored a ’73 Ford, which I now drive daily

I am a big fan of the Supervan Movie, which seems to be the best film made, depicting the custom van era
Ironically, in 1981 I passed thru St. Joseph MO, and my buddy and I stayed overnight in the Pony Express Motel
Whenever I watch the movie, I always wonder if any of the various featured vans – still exist today?
I would imagine they are all long gone, but do you ever see any around?

I also wonder if they actually crushed the brown Ford [ Morgan] at the beginning of the movie?
It has a Kansas plate on it, so someone must have supplied their van for the movie [ and to be crushed?]
Anyway, thanks for sharing your photos and experiences online, I enjoy looking at your pages

Sincerely, Bob [ St. Paul, MN ]

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~ Devin Keigley ~ Fargo, North Dakota ~

~ Leavenworth Kansas ~ St Joseph Missouri ~ Farmington Missouri ~ Phoenix Arizona ~

~ Some 70s Truck-In Photos for Devin ~

Hello, My name is Devin Keigley and I am a 27 year old living in Fargo, North Dakota
I stumbled upon your website while I was looking for information on the movie Supervan
I would like tell you that I enjoy the website that you set up. I really appreciate the Supervan and van sections
I have always been a fan of custom vans that are from the 60's and 70's
Most people are into muscle cars or sports cars but I have always been a van guy since I was a child
I also thoroughly enjoyed that Supervan movie also. It has always been a dream of mine to someday own a van
like one that would have been in the Pony Express Van Club. I have only been able to own a 1992 Astrovan so far
I am a little jealous that you got to be around that culture and were able to live in the prime of the van culture
I would love to somehow find a time machine and be able to go back to that era
Until that happens, I will have to look at photos like the ones that you have posted on your website
I will also refer people to your website for reference on what type of van I actually want
This site in general is great asset. I also find it neat that there are photos of the Kansas City area on the site also
I have always been a big Kansas City Royals fan that has lived in Minnesota Twins territory
I like the fact that you have documented so much stuff over your lifetime via photograph

Thanks, Devin Keigley

Like I always end everything....Go Bison (North Dakota State University) and Go Royals!

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~ Wayne S. Clark ~ Born in Vesper Kansas ~

Hello, My name is Wayne S. Clark....I was born in Vesper in 1926
My father Lindsey Reuben Clark had been hired by the school to be the administrator/superintendent
We only lived there a few years and then moved on to Kanopolis Kansas

My son was looking on the internet and found that there were a few houses and a grain elevator left in Vesper
He found your Web Page and found the Stone Building where my father was superintendent
What a nice page... Of course I don't remember Vesper at the age of two, but my father spoke of it fondly

I am a painter/artist. I plan on visiting Vesper this summer to take a few pictures
You may visit my Web Page at:

http://www.waynesclark.com/

Thank you for your interest in keeping the memory of my birthplace alive
As it states on my web page, I thought the town was completely gone

Wayne S Clark

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~ Don Mueller ~ Vesper Kansas ~

Dear Mr. Smith, I just ran across your web page and video that you produced for your family
It is because of individuals such as yourself that we are able to experience history that may only be a distant memory at best for many
My father set up his shop (a welder by trade) in one of the old buildings in the main street circa 1963/1964
I spent a few weeks with him there and remember going across the street to the gas station for a cold pop
I had other relations just outside of town and remember thinking I could walk down the hill to town
I was about 7 and it was 2 or 3 miles I think
Someone who knew my dad and me ended up coming by and giving me a ride the rest of the way
Again, thank you for all your hard work and effort on this. It is greatly appreciated

Sincerely, Don Mueller ~ My dad: Lennis Mueller

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~ Andrew J. Morgan ~ Director of Photography ~ Little Cabin Films ~

Hi Don, My name is Andrew Morgan and I am currently co-directing a documentary on vannin'! (www.vanninmovie.com).
We are currently in post production on the film, editing away. The film is shaping up nicely!
However, there a few things that are still coming together for it, which brings me to why I'm contacting you.
We are currently looking for vintage / archival photographs that depict vanning in it's hey-day (the 1970s).
I came across your work online at your website and took a look at all your great photos from your days in the Pony Express van club.
I was wondering if you'd be interested in letting us use any of your photographs in our film?
We are hoping to use them in a short segment on the history of vanning as well as throughout the film,
to reference the scale and popularity of vanning back in the 70's.
To be sure, we would be happy to give you screen credit at the end of the film.
Let us know if this is something you would be interested in participating in and let me know if you've got any questions!
Thanks for your time and keep on trucking!

PS: Check out these links to see a trailer for the film and learn more about the project!

www.vanninmovie.com
www.facebook.com/vanninmovie

Andrew J Morgan
Director Of Photography
andrew@littlecabinfilms.com
www.litlecabinfilms.com

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~ S/Sgt Barry K. Grimm ~ USAF Veteran ~

Really enjoyed your site. Brought back many fond memories of my Air Force time
I also was stationed at Lowry AFB. Had a wonderful time while stationed there
Again, thanks for the memories. S/SGT Barry K. Grimm, AFSC 46250, Weapons Release

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~ Jerry Hibala ~ USAF Veteran ~

Hi!, One of your pics was posted on facebook of the main gate at Scott AFB
I was there about 15 years after you and it had not changed much. ;-)
Then I visited your site and just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the other photos
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~ Gerry Cromwell ~ Classmate of my Cousin Harold Smith ~
An email Commenting about the Web Page I made for Harold's Book ~

* Vesper Kansas *

Harold, I found the Vesper website while doing some research on something totally unrelated
You probably don't remember me since I was 6-7 years younger than you. I am the son of Ralph Cromwell
Back in the day, my nickname was "Shorty" but once I gained adulthood, my adopted name became Gerry Cromwell
I've always been fascinated by our upbringing in such a small community
I sometimes find myself amazed that from that background, I have been so fortunate to have lived a life of vast experiences
My business career took me to many cities including Boston, Los Angeles, Detroit, St. Louis, Kansas City
Washington DC, Atlanta, and Charlotte NC. Additionally, spent 3 1/2 years running a company in Tokyo Japan

I now live in Sarasota FL mostly in retirement, although I still own a business in Charlotte NC

Anyway, gosh so many memories from looking over the pictures
I recall the fabulous baseball team that you and your brother played for in about 1952 or 53
So many good players on that team and I seem to recall, one of those teams was in the State finals and lost to Silver Lake
Gerald Woody did an awful lot for Vesper as an educator and his interest in developing good baseball teams
I can still remember the starting line up for the most part... Catcher: Charles/Dale Sheldon after Charles graduated
First Base - Dean Dohe, Second Base - you (Harold); Third Base - Paul Sheldon and Dale Dohe; Short Stop - Bennie Sheldon
Left Field-- not sure, maybe Dale Dohe? ; Center Field and Right Field - memory fading on those positions

I applaud you for undertaking the project and seeing it to completion. That, as well as the monetary contributions you made

Gerry Cromwell, Class of 1961

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~ "Garfield" (my handle on Vannin) ~ http://vannin.com

I just wanted to drop you a note and say how much I enjoy your web page! I'm into vannin and that is how I found your page
Your collection of pics from back in the day are amazing! I am so glad you took, kept and scanned them
I could look at another 3000 of those pics and not get bored
Your write up was enough to get me off the fence and order Supervan The Movie
You should get a commission from the current distributor (who is named Cheezy Flicks by the way )

I shared the links at at vannin.com Here we are talking about how great they are:
http://vannin.com/threads/ubbthreads.php/topics/578232/1.html
The motorcycle info was of particular interest to me. My dad had a 68 CB 450 and I had a 78 CB 750F Super Sport
I loved the Honda's back when they had a style all their own

I was fascinated by your career at IBM
I remember seeing those IBM clocks at court houses and college and I took a keyboarding class in Jr High on a Selectric
I happened to be at a college when the PS/2 roll out happened. I was in the 6th grade at the time, I had ridden in with my older brother
I was killing time in the student center and found this ballroom full of computers and give away stuff. I think I still have the T shirt
My brother had a student work job in college repairing PCs (and the hot new XT's)
He managed to scavenge enough parts to build a PC. I still remember what a big deal it was
to look at the green letters on the monitor and there it was IBM
A REAL computer right in our house. I thought I was on the Jetsons!

I haven't made it all the way though your page I am sure I will find more stuff I like
Feel free to pop in to vannin.com and say hello. I'm sure many more would like to thank your in person

Thanks, "Garfield" at vannin.com

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Once Again ~ from Barbara MacRobie, Public Information Coordinator, Missouri Arts Council

Dear Donald, Thank you again for your invaluable help with our current website feature
Sculptural Fountain: Art That’s Meant to Get Wet. I used your beautiful photo of the Sea Horse Fountain in the “Bonus Ending” section
and linked to your video of the Children’s Fountain in action in the section describing that fountain
The article went live via our website’s homepage www.missouriartscouncil.org in early June and will be up through Sunday, July 1
After July 1, I hope to have the article permanently archived on our website in a new section on which I am working
I will send you the link once that section is up. Sincerely yours, Barbara

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~ Barbara MacRobie, Public Information Coordinator, Missouri Arts Council ~

Dear Mr. Smith: What a great section of your website with the beautiful Kansas City fountains.
I found your website this week while researching information for a feature article I am creating for our own website, www.missouriartscouncil.org.
Every month, as the State agency supporting the arts in Missouri, we create a new article focusing on some aspect of the arts in our state.
For June, we are taking a look at some of the fountains in the state that include sculpture as an integral part of their design.
I’m planning to include a link to your Fountains pages and your video of the Children’s Fountain on Vimeo.
I am also wondering if I could use your close-up photo of the seahorses in the Meyer Circle fountain in the context of the article.
It’s gorgeous! If this is okay with you, I would love to have a high-res jpg. I will of course credit you as the photographer.

The article currently highlighted via the link on our website’s home page is about Storm Country:
The Anthology, a new book created by the Missouri Writers Guild to benefit the school libraries of Joplin.
The PDF that pops up when you click “more” will give you a good idea of how we use photos in our features.

Sincerely yours, Barbara MacRobie

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~ Stephanie Parsons ~ McCormick Distilling, Weston, Missouri ~

Hello, I saw the pictures and information on McCormick Distilling from the internet, very cool.
Do you have any additional pictures of McCormick Distilling?
I would like to link these pictures to our McCormick Distilling website.

Please give me a call, xxx-xxx-xxxx, Have a great day,
Stephanie Parsons, Marketing Manager, McCormick Distilling

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~ Jo-Nancy Stine ~ Norman, Oklahoma ~

Donald, what a beautiful tribute you have made to Vesper, and what appropriate music you chose. I especially like the Evening Song.
I am forwarding a link to this to my children and nieces and nephews.

I knew practically nothing of this area until I started scanning the diary's, and reading them as I do.
What has impressed me the most is how everyone worked together, sharing their farm implements, visited in each others homes, and had meals together.

Also impressive is how hard they had to work just to provide shelter, warmth in winter, and food.
Eventually the Stine's moved away. John L. and my grandfather, Louis Philip moved to Holton north of Topeka, and Samuel to Palmer, Kansas.
I don't know the date Louis moved. Louis moved to Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1899. He died in 1908, twenty years before I was born.

I'm not sure how I will distribute the CD's. I have no thought of making money with them.
I would think that historical societies and museums would be interested--those that are in the general areas where he lived and recorded his activities.
Perhaps local newspapers might have an interest. I have been video taped for my memories for the Muskogee Historical Society.
I live in Norman, Oklahoma. Nancy and I have a little museum in near by Noble devoted to the rose rock, the State Rock of Oklahoma.

Harold and you are to be commended for your work in preserving the memory of a small, but not insignificant community.
I for one appreciate what you have done, and I know many more will feel the same way.
Thank you. You and Harold will be among the first to get a copy of my CD. I will send Harold an email now.

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~ Bob Fluchel ~ Director, Parkville Nature Sanctuary ~

(Email about the latest Web Site revision)

Thank you very much, Donald. I will check it out today! I sure appreciate the great job you do keeping the web site up to date.
This is our best way of communicating with those interested in the nature sanctuary and everyone is proud of how good the site looks. Bob.

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~ Gilz Net ~ Old Time Regular in Kitchen Chat ~

Gil wrote: "Cheers mate! I love your web site! You are the man
I'm looking forward to your Thanksgiving posts to your site. Have a great holiday."

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~ Chris Bauman ~ Great Nephew of Harold Hatfield ~

Starting in 1965 I bought 10 Honda motorcycles from Hatfield Sporting Goods in St Joseph, Missouri
Owned by Harold and Newt Hatfield... Seemed most of the family worked there
And yes, I think there was some relation to the famous Hatfield and McCoy feud...
Here is a nice Email I got from a relative:

Love your website! My name is Chris Bauman and my family is the Hatfield's
I have been searching for information about Hatfield's Honda so I can create a website about the history
When I was a young I used to walk to the store and my great uncle Harold would give me free soda
I thought that place was so cool. Tim and Lucy Hatfield still run the place and sell guns
I love your pictures and what you had to say. Your registration was signed by my grandfather Newt
I hadn't been born yet when you bought this bike but I know it was a good one cause my father bought one too.
Thanks for the walk down memory lane and God bless. Sincerely, Chris Bauman, Largo FL

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~ Dr. Dan Ives Retired School Superintendent ~

Don Smith - Hey feller, figure you are still kicking.

My daughter found your Vesper site on the net and sent me a link. Appreciate the picture novel of Vesper memories.
As a kid, my sister and I visited Vesper with our parents for about a week in the summer of 1950 or 1951 to see our grandad, Edwin Burke Ives
We stayed in his house (saw picture on net which is now gone) across the tracks from Grandad's general store (Stone Building)
At the age of 14, I traveled alone by train from San Antonio, TX to Vesper to be with my grandad for several weeks
In fact I celebrated my 15th birthday in Vesper on August 15, 1953
Grandad had moved to a room on the second floor of the store, where he fixed me up in an adjacent room.
Leona worked for my grandad and lived in a house back to the southeast of the store (last street/1st or 2nd house on left going south.)
She fixed meals for us at her house. Leona had a son close to my age (maybe 1 or 2 yrs older) at the time, who was a very talented young artist/painter
Can't recall name, but would recognize it. Do you have any idea of his full name and about where and what he is these days????
I can remember that we hiked straight south of town for a ways and went swimming in a cow pond on the left not too far from the road
I can remember the large upstairs meeting hall in the Stone Building that had a stage with a classic vintage canvass type curtain
with advertisements and sponsorships painted on it. It was in full color, but slightly drab and worn
There was a classic two holer out back that was a necessity. The basement was full of damp mud and glass bottles.
My dad sold the building after Grandad passed away to avoid liabilities. I think it was torn down for the stone in the building
We were dismayed that lots of rubble was left on the site with the vault still standing in tact
My sister and I still have several inherited property lots located behind and south of the store
and a couple of small tracts across the now gone railroad tracks. Some of the property is currently being free-shared by Richard/?Dee Ann? Ansell
At one time a nearby resident's son put some old cars on a couple of lots just north of the tracks and it took the Lincoln Sheriff to get them removed
Thanks so much for your time and effort to salvage some history of what once was a thriving little rural community

Dr. Dan Ives, Retired School Superintendent, msdives@sbcglobal.net

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~ From Jim Brooks, Ward 1 Alderman, City of Parkville, Misouri

Don, I discovered your website a few years back, and I liked your pictures of English Landing Park
and the Missouri River so much that I created a shortcut to your site on my desktop
I check in now and then to see what's new and interesting
Thanks for the positive things you are doing for Parkville through your website!
Jim Brooks, Ward 1 Alderman, City of Parkville

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~ Mike Thompson ~ Chief Meteorologist ~ WDAF-TV, FOX4 ~ Kansas City, Missouri ~
Hi Don,Thanks for your kind words, and your wonderful blog! My wife and I decided to come back up to Parkville on Saturday afternoon
And enjoyed walking around the festival! We had a lot of fun! We both enjoy Parkville a lot..you all have a wonderful town!
Have a great weekend, and we'll be back sometime soon...I hear Frank's has some great Italian food!

~ And then... I got this nice Letter ~

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~ From Lemmy ~ Oklahoma ~ Yahoo Kitchen Chat ~

Hey Duck, I just read your blogs and now I remember why I loved them so much when you were on 360 ..keep up the good work..Lem

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~ From Trey Brandt ~ Researching Arizona's Military Bases ~

Hi Don, Great website, I really enjoyed the photos of your time at Luke. It is very interesting to see images of Luke back in 1952
The wooden buildings are long gone, replaced with newer brick ones, and of course, all the great old planes have been replaced with F-16's
In fact, Luke today hardly looks anything like it did back then.

I enjoy researching Arizona's military airbases and aircraft from WWII- 1950's
In particular, I enjoy hiking out into the desert and locating some of the older military aircraft wrecks
It is quite enjoyable to get a copy of the old crash report (declassified about 15 years ago)
and see if I can locate what is left of one of the great military aircraft
So of course I was interested in the footage you mentioned where a student had shot off the tail of the tow plane
Do you recall the date? I am guessing it must have happened by the Gila Bend Gunnery Range

As a base photographer, did you ever photograph crash sites?
Just yesterday I spoke to a fellow who was a P-51 tow pilot involved in a midair collision
Not too much was left of his crash that I found a few weeks ago
but part of the tail was there that still had "Luke" painted on one side.

All the Best, Trey

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~ From Doug Cramer ~ Air-O-Lator Corporation ~

My name is Doug Cramer of Air-O-Lator Corporation, www.airolator.com right here in the south side of Kansas City
This web site is very well done and quite relaxing while listening to the Missouri Waltz
For your information, the fountain that is shown at Loose Park Lake was manufactured by my company
and donated to the City in perpetuity in the name of my father Roy A. Cramer Jr. founder of Air-O-Lator Corporation
Thank you for your efforts,Doug Cramer

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~ From Steve Swam ~ Webmaster at www.cb750sandcastonly.com ~

Hi Don Stumbled into your website ! FANTASTIC pictures and stories from "back in the day."
I'd really appreciate hearing from you to learn more about stories you have buying, owning and selling your CB750
As you know, that bike is what CB750 enthusiasts call a "sandcast." Your bike was an early sandcast
you must have bought it in Spring or early Summer 1969.

Sincerely, Steve Swan - www.cb750sandcastonly.com Ft. Collins, Colorado

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~ Chuck Conner, Air Force Veteran ~

I just looked at your pictures they are very impressive and bring back a lot of good memories. I also got to Randolph in 1953
I had just finished mechanics school at Sheppard AFB. I worked at Transit Alert over by the East Runway
I also remember a minor truck accident on the Flight line. A truck ran under a wing of a plane and knocked the plane sideways
stricking an Officer who had just got off the plane. He wasn't hurt to bad but was very mad as I remember
They had the truck driver thinking he was going to have to buy the Plane. We had a lot of B-29's b-25's over in that area and several T-33's
I saw my first F-86 over there also. I saw you pictures and just wanted to respond. Randolph was a heck of a base.
Take Care.. Chuck Conner

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Sam Archer * Deli/Bakery Director * McKeever's Price Choppers *

Don, my name is Sam Archer. I am the Deli/Bakery Director for McKeever’s Price Choppers. I have a cool story to share with you
. This morning in a marketing meeting, the folks from Healthy Ones Deli Meats, formerly Healthy Choice, came in to go over a marketing planfor the upcoming year
They brought in some of their “Big Gun” marketing guys. Partly thru their PowerPoint presentation, a slide comes up that I recognize
It’s the Parkville Deli. Well, they didn’t realize it yet, but they had stopped by the Parkville Chopper on their way in from the airport
and commented on how cool our stores were.. So I asked them where they got the image that they used
The main guy told us that he had Google’d Price Chopper Deli and came across a site from a Customer
So I did the same when I got home today. WOW! I’m your biggest fan!
You did a super job of representing our store and what we try to do in our business
We are currently remodeling some of our other locations for the “Parkville” theme as well as building a new location
It’s really cool to see your site, and to see how “you” see us. If there is anything we can ever do for you, please do not hesitate to call.
Sam Archer
Thanx again for being a customer!

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~ From the Parkville Nature Sanctuary ~
James Reed * Director, Parkville Nature Sanctuary * Comment on 'Ghost Story Night' web page *

Don, What a great job! The pictures and captions are accurate and very good
Hope your ribs were good today. Thanks for all the good work you do for the Sanctuary. Jim

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~ From the Yahoo Kitchen Chat Room ~

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Glen Crawford * Kitchen Chat * Ohio *

Here's to a great picture taker. And if all that food tastes as good as it looks, to a great cook as well.

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Rainbow Rabbit * Kitchen Chat * Australia *

Ok I finally got round to looking at some of your work. Gonna take awhile to look at all of it
well worth the time if what I've seen is just a taste. Love the air force album and the tour of Parkville
Gonna check out the famous fountains tomorrow

Love ya heaps Rabbit


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Kerri * Kitchen Chat * Kitchen Chat * Texas *

Kerri * In Texas *
Don, I really enjoyed your web pages, they are very nice in content and they show you've put in a lot of work and time
I enjoyed the pictures and the different themes and I hope some day to get to these places
I love to see and go to different places that are simply breath taking
I am happy to have met you and have shared your wonderful pages with me. I am glad we met, I Hope to become great friends
"I LOVE PUMPKIN PIE LET'S SHARE A SLICE OVER A HOT CUP OF COFFEE OR TEA"

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Gidget * Kitchen Chat * New Zealand *

Awesome web page - enjoyed reading it... Now you know my real name isn't Gidget!... Ragards, Diane...

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Lori 'Lost Lamb' * Kitchen Chat * Indiana *

Lori 'Lost Lamb' *Indiana*
'Great Web Site!!! Love chatting with you in the mornings too! You are a true gentleman!!! Love ya Don!!!
You are the best!! Hugs!! Lori aka Lambikins! From Kitchen Chat ;-)

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Asia * Kitchen Chat * West Coast *

"Wow Don...great site.." "Those pictures were beautiful Don..." "I've never seen a profile like that before..."
"I need to do something to get famous, yes...I am a legend in my own mind aren't I ? LMAO"
(comments from Asia in the Kitchen Chat)

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~ From the Old Saint Joseph Website ~

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Bill Campbell * From the Old School (East High) * BCamel1@aol.com
"Looking pretty good Don but didn't get any pictures except the first two"
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Ted Kneebone * E-Mail Correspondent * ugth94@prodigy.com
"Your page looks better and better each time I see it. Cheers!"
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Michael Demars * Former IBM Co-Worker (retired) * JRFK@prodigy.com * Michael.L.Demars@exp.com

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Frank Brant * E-Mail Correspondent * fbrant@cei.net
"Very nice site. Yes I got sound, music in a couple places, and World War III on the gun page

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Joyce C. Borba * Long Time E-mail Friend * Joyceba@aol.com
"Nice job"
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E.S. Engling * engling@mbox.azure.net * engling@lu.lincoln.edu
Associate Professor of Spanish, * Chair of the Dept. of Languages and Linguistics
Lincoln University, Pennsylvania
Senior Fulbright Fellow in Morocco, * Affiliated to the Faculty of Letters - Rabat
http://pages.prodigy.com/engling

"I like the page very much, the new format is more convenient. Thanks for my own Home Page, Regards, Ez
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Bill Hinners * DGRF74B@prodigy.com *
http://pages.prodigy.com/casinos

"Nice page Don"
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Raymond H. Lee * 'PhotoGraphic Lee' Mesa AZ * photolee@mcione.com
http://www.photographic lee.com

"Number One for a very, very long time."
"I may have to send you info on my business for my web site after seeing and hearing yours. (Cool Man)
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Dean Culver * cyzz85a@prodigy.com
Best Keyboard Player ever Taped by JoeTown Recording
"Don't know why they keep throwing me out before I can send this"
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Famous Firearms Afficionado Guests

The Next Guys are Talking about my Guns Web Page at: http://www.donlsmith.net/guns

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Dean Speir * Worldly Expert Gunzine Writer * DeanSpeir@prodigy.com
Prodigy Shooting Sports BB MemRep
Successfully Terrorized The Donald For Over Three Years
"Sheesh! My second visit... laughed, cried, wanted to get out my S&W 686 and shoot it!
(new 4/12/97) "The "mover" works great... but still no sound. Next week my new Pentium 200 arrives
Complete with all the bells and whistles, so I'll be able you hear you pouring your Manhattans."
(Manhattan Page Added 4/12/97)

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Michael Stern * Dealer/Shooter/Collector * MikeGUNNER@prodigy.com
'Own more guns than any one person could possibly need'

"Nice Page Don!!!" (Added 12/17/96): "Don --- page keeps getting better with age --- you got too much time on your hands!!
You must spend a lot of time on this page --- you should spend more time shooting! It will only help your accuracy."

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Bob Henning * Prodigy SS BB Regular Contributor * kframe.38@prodigy.com
"Dean was too kind! Hey, just kidding. Nice page job

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JGage-FL-NRA * Special Contributor *P* SS BB * JGage@prodigy.com
Assistant Chatmeister (BGdig)

"Nice page Don... How come there are no pictures of women like you said there would be?"

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Joseph Forte * Prodigy SS BB Regular Contributor * joef@prodigy.com

"Dean hit the nail on the head. Too much time on your hands. Nice job Don."

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Schmit * Prodigy SS BB Regular Contributor * schmit@prodigy.com
USMC, NRA, SJHFM

"Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa......."

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Charlie Petty * Shooting Editor-'American Hangunner' *
Special Contributor, Prodigy Shooting Sports BB

"Hey Don, if those are wine bottles in the background of your 'bar' picture you're gonna have a visitor. "Drinking Red Wine"... maybe there's hope...

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John Hunter * National Director IWLA * JohnHunter@prodigy.com
Prodigy SS BB Special Contributor & Chatmeister

"Nice job Don, lots of changes since I was here last
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Mas Ayoob * Law Enforcement Editor-American Handgunner * Ayoob@ibm.com

"Just a casual visitor who heard about the good work you've been doing. Keep it up, partner!"

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Mike Anderson * SS BB Regular Contributor * EZGB59A@prodigy.com
Mike_N_Jayne@prodigy.com

"Hmmm! This type of thing could start a trend here. Did you say your name was Dirty Harry?
Nice to see guns I have only heard about. Nice layout and color combinations

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Charles Croshier * USMC-NAM VET * DKWB41B@prodigy.com

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David Armstrong * Assistant Professor of * FDFQ59A@prodigy.com
Criminal Justice, McNeese State University

http://www.mcneese.edu/depts/socsciweb/crim-jus/armstrng/armstrng.htm)

Spiffy page, but you should have got a 'real' Model 25 like I have!

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Marty Flores * Basic Firearms Instructor CA DOJ * Sr.Sig@prodigy.com
Certified Instructor, Range Master, "Shooters Paradise"
Indoor Shooting Range, Oxnard CA

"History is knowing where you have been, to know who you are and to find where you are going."

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Chuck Stevens * Prodigy Shooting Sports BB Contributor * PEFM12a@prodigy.com
"Position: Sitting in front of my computer screen"

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James D.Nicholson * President, Texas State Rifle Assn. * jamesd@iamerica.net

http://www.tsra.com

"Nice page Don. I found it. The .htm file extension was missing.

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John Farnam * President, Defense Training Intl. * JSFarnam@aol.com

http://www.frii.com/~dti

"Good page Donald... it is everything Dean, Jillian and John Hunter said it was, and more! Come visit mine sometime
Remember, willingness is a state of mind. Readiness is a state of fact

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Elmer Kieth * UncleElmer@heavensgate.org&Site

"Wonderful... another big bore guy. Man after my own heart!"

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John McNamara * Keeper of the Antelope Herd * XRMS83A@prodigy.com
At the Wyoming Antelope Club

"Neato! (Grief - that IS dated.) And famous people too. For what else could anyone ask?"
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