In a Spin for 1940s Console Stereo Doc

B. J., who lives in the Hollywood-Los Feliz area, is looking for someone to make a house call on an ailing 1940s console record player and stereo. Can you help console our reader while she is spinning around, or will her stereo go to the dogs before it again brings sweet music to her ears?

An Oxnard reader named Marly would like to obtain a snood to hold her hair, which extends to below her hips. She has seen entertainment people wear snoods, but can’t find them in stores. Perhaps a mail-order house or a specialty shop, she wonders. Can you help at length with this possibly snoody request, or will Marly never be accused of hiding (her hair) below the belt?

After remodeling her kitchen, Dori of Woodland Hills was unable to purchase a freezer with door hinges on the left side, which is what she now needs. All the appliance houses she contacted told her right out that no such appliance is available. Can you help before Dori is left holding the bag, or will she have to put her search on ice until her stove freezes over?

Reader-to-Reader Help Line: Jack at (213) 382-3313 is looking for one or two Paul McCobb bookcases, which are no longer being manufactured. He would prefer the “tobacco” finish, but will settle for the “blonde”; the dimensions are 36 1/2x24 1/2x12 inches. Please help before Jack either is up to snuff with tobacco or really is ready to settle down with a blonde. . . . Andrew at (714) 626-7838 is trying to locate an old, pear-shaped GE electric coffee maker; the model number is 68P40. Please help perk Andrew up and see to it that something is brewing in his kitchen. . . . Sharon at (213) 258-5070 loved her all-cotton K-Factory Japanese sweater with a map of the world on the front and back; unfortunately, her dry cleaner ruined the garment, which is no longer being manufactured. Please give Sharon the lift she needs to be once more an all-World sweater girl.

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.


Florence Wasserman of San Marcos, who was looking for a personalized children’s book in which a child’s name is inserted in place of the hero’s, will soon be able to go by the book. Many readers told us that Walter Drake & Sons, Drake Building, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80940, mail orders a number of such books for $4.99; titles include “My Christmas Adventure,” “My Magic Undersea Adventure,” “The Space Adventure Book” and others. This information comes from Phyllis Brown, Eleanor Bardeen and Keiko Fehmel, all of Los Angeles; Phyllis Schilt of Beverly Hills; Rhoda A. Smith of Corona; Anita Staggs of Inglewood; Marie Herbst of La Habra; Barbara Moe of Santa Ana; Jean Preish of San Clemente, and Catherine Wolff of Lancaster.

Personalized Story Books, M. B. Enterprises, P. O. Box 2117, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29578, has a similar series of adventure books for $2.95 (deluxe edition $4.95); this came from Liz Rignola of Goleta, Marcia McGuire of Flemington, N.J., Debbie Bates of Huntington Beach and Gwynn Robinson of Studio City. Lucile S. Way of La Habra Heights reports that Neiman-Marcus, P. O. Box 2968, Dallas, Tex. 75221, has “The Greatest Circus Story Ever Told” and “The Holiday Dragon” for $20 each; and another reader said Create-a-Book, 6380 Euclid Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236, personalizes books for $6.95 each. Joanne Mark of Los Angeles and Betty Stephens of Irvine wrote that ME Books of Burbank published such books about six or seven years ago, but that firm seems to have moved.

We’ve had a number of requests for all-cotton socks recently. Donna Hurst of Woodland Hills says K mart recently sold three pair of women’s mercerized cotton anklets in various sizes for $3.29.

Kate Reeves of Fullerton reports that if you are looking for out-of-date watch parts and / or obsolete watch bands for Bulova watches, you should contact Bulova’s parts division at 75-20 Astoria Blvd., Jackson Heights, N.Y. 11370.

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.