John Williams of Los Angeles and Carole Chan of Alhambra are looking for electric hot-lather dispensers. At one time, Gillette and Sunbeam made these items, but today they seem to be difficult to find. Is anyone still making them? Our two readers want to know. Can you help with this hot request, or will Chan and Williams end up foaming at the mouth, instead of just around it?
Marlene Sigismonti of El Toro is looking for a book that will tell her how to operate a CB radio. All the stores she visited--and even Radio Shack--tuned her out. Can you help before Sigismonti starts to make waves, or will this whole episode be a turn-off for her?
Dawn Peters of Claremont is interested in purchasing a futon or two, but she has not been able to find any in the furniture stores that she’s investigated. Can you help by going to the mat for her, or will Peters never be accused of lying down on the job?
With the fragrance of spring in the air, Shirley Fishkin of Camarillo is trying to locate two colognes--Polly Bergen’s Tortue and Carnet de Bal by Revillon. Both, she says, are very difficult to find. Can you help, or will Fishkin continue to have to raise a stink at all the perfume counters she “nose”?
Reader-to-Reader Help Line: Diane at (714) 951-5493 is desperately looking for dinner and bread-and-butter plates for Noritake Mirana No. 6878 china; the color is white with a one-inch trim of black with flowers. Neither Noritake nor the several china-search companies Diane contacted had this pattern, which has been discontinued for a long time. Please help, so that Diane will soon be able again to invite all of her friends over for dinner. . . . Nita at (213) 851-0015 needs to replace the glass on two turn-signal lights for a 1967 Chrysler Imperial . None of the wrecking yards in her area carry the item. Please help, or else Nita will have to go straight for the next 10 years. . . . Norene at (213) 876-0226 would like to find some Love Pats Warm Beige compact makeup, which has been discontinued by Revlon. Please help bring the color back to Norene’s cheeks by coming up with a source. . . . For a surprise birthday gift, Terry at (714) 894-0675 or (714) 832-5955 is looking for a Terri Lee doll and matching doll clothes; the firm that made the products went out of business about 10 or 15 years ago, she says. Please help, so that Terry can really get dolled up for that birthday party.
Note: The Reader-to-Reader Help Line is only for one-time items and for products that are no longer available in stores. And you must give us written permission to publish your telephone number, so that other readers may contact you directly.
Cele Schreiber of Goleta, who was looking for the Fuzz Finder (made by Lois Noyes) that cleans under appliances and other hard-to-reach places, can find out where to get the item--from Lois Noyes. Noyes, who heads California Unusuals, 7831 Paso Robles Ave., Van Nuys, Calif. 91406, (818) 987-1150, says at the moment she has no outlets in the Goleta area, but if Schreiber (or anyone else) contacts her, she will be happy to supply addresses of retailers. Depending on the store, the price should be about $2.50, according to Noyes, who sells wholesale only. While Schreiber is searching, we shall forward to her some DeeDee Crafts foam rubber that Nola Richards of Arcadia sent us; Richards uses the foam on a yardstick to clean hard-to-reach corners.
For Evelyn Sapiro of Venice, who was looking for goose-quill toothpicks, we have toothsome tidings. Laurie Kilian of La Habra writes that Le Negri goose-quill toothpicks (50 for $9.50) are available through the Caswell-Massey catalogue, 111 8th Ave., New York, N.Y. 10011. We also heard from a Glendora reader, who will send some goose-quill toothpicks to Sapiro while she is gritting her teeth waiting for her order to come from New York.
B. B. of Alta Loma, who was looking for 100% cotton sweat shirts in tall sizes, will soon be able to stand tall again. Carol Nadler of Sun Valley says Lands’ End, Lands’ End Lane, Dodgeville, Wis. 53595, has 90% cotton sweat shirts in sizes up to extra large. And Col. William A. Ryan of San Gabriel recommends Wittman Textiles, 11570 S.E. Dixie Highway, Drawer A, Hobe Sound, Fla. 33455. Ryan is very pleased with this company’s 100% cotton sweaters and nightshirts, although he does not know about the firm’s sweat shirts.
Herb Hain cannot answer mail personally but will, space permitting, respond in this column to readers who have--or need--helpful information. Write (do not telephone) to You Can Help!, You section, the Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles 90053.