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    Miriam, get the school year books. We want to know what this geezer looked like. Was he worth risking getting caught during needlework class?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muv View Post
    Miriam, get the school year books. We want to know what this geezer looked like. Was he worth risking getting caught during needlework class?
    Now THAT'S a good point - but he would be old and perhaps ugly by now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gzuslivz View Post
    Absolutely contact him. I think that most people would find this humorous. Cam you imagine how awesome it would be if his wife had a crush on him in high school, carved his name on the sewing machine and then later got married! Can you tell that I'm a romantic?
    Yeah but what if he divorced and remarried and the new wife is the jealous sort...
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    Oh my gosh. This brings back memories........No, I'm not the carver of the now famous Keith Fowler......I carved my brothers name on my folks toilet seat (I was mad at him for being mean). I just learned how to print his name. The seat was that horrid green color that was all the rage and I was inventive.....I used one of my mothers bobby pins to do the crime.

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    I wonder what 'tool' was used to do the crime?
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    [QUOTE=J Miller;5674094]Oh yeah, in Phoenix, AZ it was called "Operation Identification". Just call the Phx PD at 602-262-6151 (still a current Phx PD non emergency number) and they'd loan you an engraver.
    I had my own engraver and put my drivers license number; D-111X1X all over my tools. They got stolen and I've never seen a one.

    From Lynnie:
    AND for several years the AZ drivers license number was your social security number! My. Dad goes to a lot of yard sales and buys tools...I'll tell him to keep an eye out for yours! Lol

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    [QUOTE=Lyncat;5676208]
    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Oh yeah, in Phoenix, AZ it was called "Operation Identification". Just call the Phx PD at 602-262-6151 (still a current Phx PD non emergency number) and they'd loan you an engraver.
    I had my own engraver and put my drivers license number; D-111X1X all over my tools. They got stolen and I've never seen a one.

    From Lynnie:
    AND for several years the AZ drivers license number was your social security number! My. Dad goes to a lot of yard sales and buys tools...I'll tell him to keep an eye out for yours! Lol
    IF he ever runs across any tools with that sequence of numbers PM me and I'll give you the entire DL #. The X's are substitutes for the actual numbers.

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    Oh WOW here is one like it on CL http://stlouis.craigslist.org/hsh/3415409388.html
    I bet that one doesn't have Keith Fowler's name engraved on it...
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    I'll be on the look out for the culprit.
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    I'm thinking the guy lives in Indiana but not in Shelbyville
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    I bet he did it himself and he used a straight pin to do the deed. High school girls wrote stuff in nail polish, lipstick, and ink pen on the bathroom walls. They rarely carved.

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    Pocket knife. Back then they weren't banned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Pocket knife. Back then they weren't banned.

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    yeah - I even had one... But BOYS didn't take Home Ec until a few years later - this Keith Fowler I found is too old to have been in the class. BUT what if they boys snuck into the room and carved their names on the sewing machines? NAH take another look at the O in Fowler. Looks almost like a heart to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Miriam,

    Contact Keith. I'll be he gets a laugh out of it weather or not he's "that" Keith. I agree with Nancy.

    A couple years ago rumors were circulating in my wife's family that one of her brothers was dead. Nobody had heard from him in a very long time. Yet nobody wanted to call him. Even my wife was tongue tied. So I called the BIL and said: "Is this XXXXX? He said tentatively .... yes. Then I told him who I was and asked , did you know you're family thinks your dead? He sputtered and then started laughing. He was just living his live and not giving the family any extra thoughts.

    Contact him. I'll bet he gets a chuckle out it.

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    Joe, maybe you should call the guy for me.
    I was hoping Mrs. Fowler was a QB member and would come forward.
    Alas if she is a QB member she is keeping her mouth shut right tight.
    I wonder if the lady still sews or did she ever learn? Was she too busy
    day dreaming about Keith Fowler? Nah - how could you not learn to sew on
    a Singer 404?
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    This caused me to remember some cheap, but solid wood dressers we had years & years ago. We couldn’t even afford paint to protect the wood. Any way, the drawers wouldn’t slide out securely, they would drop downwards. In order to prevent this from happening, I got some leftover lumber and cut out the right size to install in the dresser to support the drawers. While cut to size, my children & I used a wood burning tool to write names & draw pictures. I don’t remember what ever happened to these dressers. I think it would be fun to come across them in an auction or household sale.
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    [QUOTE=J Miller;5674094]Oh yeah, in Phoenix, AZ it was called "Operation Identification". Just call the Phx PD at 602-262-6151 (still a current Phx PD non emergency number) and they'd loan you an engraver.
    I had my own engraver and put my drivers license number; D-111X1X all over my tools. They got stolen and I've never seen a one.
    It was a waste of time then and still is.

    I can tell you the other side of this story. I didn't engrave my stuff and it was stolen. The police recovered some things and I couldn't prove it was mine. Sometimes you just can't win!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    NOPE it was not stolen - I purchased the Singer 404s and 401s from Shelbyville High School in a round about way - loaded them all on our truck directly from the school building. I kind of doubt if the Keith Fowler I think is the guy would have been taking home ec - I just don't think with his age they would have opened it up for guys quite yet. I wonder about the first names on the other machine.... Last week, I saw a sewing machine advertised for sale - it said there were words on the machine but no porn. I guess I should be thankful...
    Okay, now you've got me laughing out loud for real. No porn, I should hope not!

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    LOL. I've never seen a "custom engraved" Singer. Back in the '70s when my mom taught home ec, the guidance department scheduled some of the delinquent guys for home ec, if they were considered too dangerous for the shop classes, haha. Seam rippers were pretty substantial, so that's probably the tool that was used.

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    Lyncat, I believe that is called karma!! That story is SO fun!! May I share that?! =))

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    That is funny. Keith had gone down in history or immortality. I learned to sew on one of those machines in 1964 in Illinois. They sure took a licking and kept on ticking. My home economics teacher was a saint. I sure miss her.

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    I ran across that machine on the shelf the other day. I never did work up the nerve to get a hold of Keith Fowler... or his wife.......
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    You haven't run out of time. You can still try to reach him. I bet he would get a kick out of it.

    I have a 201 that was heavily graffitied. I don't see any last names so I guess the perpetrators will never be caught! *I wonder if a french polish would take these out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Maybe there was a fad for awhile... maybe someone was tired of those 404s and thought they wanted Touch & Sew machines like we got in my home ec class... When we got the Touch and Sew machines everybody was MAD. MAD. MAD. we spent all our time trying to wind a bobbin. Then had to sew at home because we all ran out of class time to use the stupid Touch and Sew. Those 404 and 401 machines would at least teach you to sew - I LOVED the one I had and asked my mom to get one of those - nope she had a FW and that was that... I gave up on Singer sewing machines for years after that. Then I found a 401G in the trash - it was easy to love and no going back. I'm a fan of the 403 especially. That one is very simple and it does what I tell it to do. Bobbins wind just fine - no lost time. I screwed up though - I should have invested money in the thread company - with the T & S you waste so much of it...
    this is too funny Miriam!
    my SIL was a home ex teacher and she figured out a way to solve that bobbin winding problem... I'll have to ask her to make sure, but I think the transition was between the same two machines and they liked the old ones better too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. SewNSew View Post
    You haven't run out of time. You can still try to reach him. I bet he would get a kick out of it.

    I have a 201 that was heavily graffitied. I don't see any last names so I guess the perpetrators will never be caught! *I wonder if a french polish would take these out?
    Well I do see Brian... JM Paul and I'm sure there are more. If you hit CONTROL + a couple times it blows the pic up. To get it small hit CONTROL - as many times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Well I do see Brian... JM Paul and I'm sure there are more. If you hit CONTROL + a couple times it blows the pic up. To get it small hit CONTROL - as many times.
    Haha! I have a Larry, a Lee, a Barbara, and an Oscar.
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