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    40 plus year old unsolved crime

    40 year plus unsolved crime:

    SCENE OF HEINOUS CRIME:
    Shelbyville High School home ec class

    DATE:
    probably in the 1960s

    CRIME:
    defacing school property

    SHOCKING EVIDENCE:
    name KEITH FOWLER engraved on Singer 404 sewing machine

    Suspect may still live in Indiana
    Suspect may be married to Keith Fowler
    Suspects may be between 60 and 66 years old
    Please come forward if you are the guilty person
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    Shocking evidence: Name:  electric and Rodney 040.JPG
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    The victim:
    Name:  electric and Rodney 041.JPG
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    That is hilarious! How did you come to own the machine?

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    If the guilty party comes forward you gonna give 'em the machine .... or a knuckle sandwich?

    Joe

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    When I was 6 years old I scratched my 4 year old brother's name into the lid of my grandma's piano. He didn't know how to write so I was caught! Now the piano is mine, and his name is still there!

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    I bought the machines from the school - I think there were 15 machines - all but two work - those two were the parts donors. I learned a lot about the Singer 404s and 401s from that lot of machines. I was looking at the bed of that machine and saw looked like letters so I rubbed it with a crayon and could see what it said.

    I did a google search - I think I know where a Keith Fowler lives and I found his wife's name. But did he marry the gal who wrote his name on the Home Ec class machine? If so are they still married? Did they have any children? Does she sew? Is she a QB member??? What if he married someone else? Does Keith Fowler know some gal engraved his name on school property? Did she get caught by the teacher? Am I the first to figure out the dirty little secret?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lyncat View Post
    When I was 6 years old I scratched my 4 year old brother's name into the lid of my grandma's piano. He didn't know how to write so I was caught! Now the piano is mine, and his name is still there!
    We bought a brand new car 30 some years ago. Our oldest son wrote his name all over the place on one of the doors. the next day. Then he took a stick and drew all the way around the car.
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    This is intersting.. back in the day.. people where encouraged to engrave there names on valuables.. along with there social security number.. so in the event its was ever stolen.. it could be returned. I have my mom's 306W.. good thing it never left the family , since her social security number is etched into it. Funny I never thought about this until you posted this .

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    If the guilty party comes forward you gonna give 'em the machine .... or a knuckle sandwich?

    Joe
    I have a lot invested in that machine. I want answers...
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    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.

    Strange how I remember all that information. That had to be 35 years ago. Geeze I'm gettin old.

    Miriam,

    Contact Keith and see if he's the one. I would love to hear the rest of this story.

    Joe

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    You've got to give that Keith a call. It would be hysterical if it turned out to be the same one. Oh how funny!!!

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    Soo funny! You really need to investigate this one!

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    BUT what if he isn't married to HER and I contact him - I don't want his wife upset if she isn't HER. HER name isn't on that machine - just Keith Fowler. I have an idea where a Keith Fowler with the right age lives. The funny thing is we used to live near there. We have friends who do live there. We don't know the engraver's name for sure. What if we contact him and it IS her - will she confess to such a HEINOUS crime? What do you do show up at their door and say "We are selling a sewing machine and it has your husbands name carved in it???" Should I contact the local news paper? Maybe I should put it in the want ads in their local news paper... I have another one of those machines with names engraved but not as easily understood as this on.
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    more shocking evidence but possibly a different suspect and a more difficult case to track... Name:  electric and Rodney 048.JPG
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    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...
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    At the high school I attended the boys had to take home ec and the girls had to take shop classes for a little while. Maybe Keith carved his OWN name into your machine. Contact him for further information. He can plead the 5th if he doesn't want to be convicted!

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    Contact Keith and at least you will know one way or the other if it is him. Go girl!!!
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    Miriam I think you should contact this guy! If he engraved his name, he might want the machine! Even if he didn't engrave his name - he might want to own the defaced machine with his name on it! If he is the right guy, it will bring back memories of that time frame! Bring a smile to his face if his name was engraved by a girl friend - whether he married her or not! But, of course if he carved his name during a class, he could of turned out really bad with no respect for other people's property! Or, maybe he owned the machine - put his name on it as we were all told to do with our things - then it got stolen? You might find out something very interesting!

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    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...
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    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.

    Joe

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    Is it not possible that Keith Fowler himself took Home Ec and engraved his own name on the machine? Boys took Home Ec when I was in high school -- I was in a class with the first boys (most were our friends) to ever to enroll in a Home Ec course. They did it mostly as a joke...and to be around girls....but the teachers LOVED it and encouraged them. They had great fun and so did we. We were all ahead of our time, I think.

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    That is so funny. I would think he would get a hoot out of it, even if he was the culprit! LOL

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    Oh, what a great story. I would contact him and just take it from there. Please keep us updated!
    Such a great mystery!

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    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?
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