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07/20/2007 Entry: "Antiques Roadshow MI-5"

This week's MI-5 is based of the most recent "Antiques Roadshow" I saw on PBS. They were in Portland, I think.

1) For the kid who brought in the Summer, Winter, and Fall figurines (Spring was missing): Do you have something that you've held onto, even though it's missing some pieces, or may even be broken? What is it? Why do you hang onto it?

I have some old Star Wars toys that are missing pieces that I still hang on to. My nephew Eben is into Star Wars, and he's been known to play with the Hoth Playset even though the entire droid is missing. And, I have four tires and rims in my garage that were for my old '85 F-150 (the Blue Turd). I haven't thrown them away because it costs money to throw away tires. If you can use them, they're yours!

2) For the guy who brought in original transcripts from the bombing of Pearl Harbor: Tell us a story about something that happened to you, or something special you remember, that happened on a historic date. If you can't think of anything, fall back on the "Where were you when Kennedy was shot" sort of thing.

I was born on December 7th, so I carry that with me every birthday. When the Challenger blew up, I found out about it after leaving Mr. Hanc's math class. Someone told me in the hallway. I didn't believe them. With Shuttle Columbia, Susan and I were watching it on TV while on vacation in Florida.

3) For the lady who had her great-great-who-knows-how-many-greats grandmother's clothes from the Bahamas: What's the oldest piece of clothing you own? Do you still wear it? Why do you have it?

I think the oldest piece of clothing I have is a shirt from my high-school band days. It's a white polo with a tiger on it, and I think it says "RDHS Pep Band." I also have my letterman's jacket.

4) For the guy who brought in a working model motorboat: Tell us something about an interesting toy from your childhood.

Uncle Roger gave me and old CB radio. It wasn't a little thing like you might have in your car; it was a huge base station thing. I spent lots of time playing with it. When I played "war" with the other boys, it would come with us, a valuable piece of equipment. I also would take it apart, play with the pieces, and put it back together. Maybe thats why, even today, if I have a piece of equipment go bad, I won't hesitate to take it apart and see if I can fix it. In fact, I fixed the door on my laserdisc player not even a month ago.

5) One lady brought in what she thought was a Native American fish hook. Turned out it was a Polynesian cannibal "brain pick'! Have you ever owned something that you thought was one thing, and it turned out to be something else? If not, how about something in your house that you don't know what it is?

I once bought a "canteen" (essential for playing "war") at Arlene's antique shop. Turn's out my canteen was a flask!

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