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Posted Friday, March 18, 2011, at 12:31 AM

We have had a few things like this happen over the years but today we received a thanks for selling a 45 record by Dori Anne Gray Rel. Jan 12, 1956 Heartbreak Alley * Pitty Pat Band.

It was from the artist's husband. Apparently this record was not in their collection and we were able to get it back home. Dori Anne released some songs on 78 rpm and this one dated 1956 means she is getting up in age, so we could not be more pleased.

When we were selling a Teddy Bear collection we heard from the artists who made the bears as well as collectors on the West Coast who knew the collector from the East Coast. In fact, they knew bears in the collection before we did!

We have invitations to stop by when we are in Australia, Italy, Greece and the UK from repeat customers. Just some of the "warm fuzzies" that can come from doing business on the internet.

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I had a similar experience once. I have a couple of old posts on my personal blog about the late comedian Grady Nutt, wondering why no one's ever re-released his material on CD. To this day, even though the posts are years old, they still get traffic from people searching for Nutt on the web. I got a really nice e-mail once from his grandson.

Nutt, for those of you who might not remember, was a Baptist minister who did standup comedy about religious themes and topics, including the lighter side of being a minister.

For a while, he was a regular on "Hee Haw," telling one of his stories every week, and he shot a pilot for a sitcom which wasn't picked up but which aired one summer as a special. Tragically, he died in a plane crash, far too young.

My all-time favorite story of his was "The Tea Totallers," about a preacher's family hosting a visiting evangelist for an everything-has-got-to-be-perfect Sunday dinner at which one of the children knocks over a glass of tea. You have to hear Nutt tell the story, which is both screamingly funny and a wonderful little fable about what's really important.

-- Posted by Jicarney on Mon, Mar 21, 2011, at 2:03 PM

When you first said his name I knew I had heard him but could not place him. Yes, he did have some great stories and how amazing he could do it without a bunch of expletives.

I've had responses about gardening and our pets from folks overseas, so you never know what you will get when you post on here.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Mar 21, 2011, at 9:02 PM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.