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Sahara in Vegas donating sign to Neon Museum

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Written by OSKAR GARCIA, Associated Press   
Thursday, 30 June 2011 11:41
The lights of the Sahara went out last month when the legendary hotel-casino closed after 59 years. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. LAS VEGAS (AP) – Owners of the closed Sahara hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip say they're donating one of the property's iconic signs to the Neon Museum, a collection of Sin City's historic markers.

SBE Entertainment officials tell The Associated Press that the donation is part of celebrating the cultural significance of the casino that closed last month after 59 years.

The sign faced Sahara Avenue at the back of the casino.

Neon Museum Chairman Bill Marion says the sign is a classic example of Las Vegas' storied past and the historic art form of neon signs.

The museum, also known as the Neon Boneyard, is often referred to as the place where neon signs go to die.

The donation comes as SBE mulls what to do with the space.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 30 June 2011 12:01
 

Beatles' photo exhibit begins Friday in Memphis

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Wednesday, 29 June 2011 11:22
Photo by Paul Beriff. Courtesy of the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - An exhibition of photographs of the Beatles is coming to Memphis, the home of Elvis Presley and the birthplace of the blues.

The photos will be on display at the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum beginning Friday through Sept. 11.

According to The Memphis Daily News, the 36 photos were taken by Paul Beriff in 1963 and 1964. They chronicle the band's meteoric rise as part of "Beatlemania'' and the close friendship among the four.

The exhibit coincides with the 45th anniversary the Beatles' two shows in Memphis in 1966.

Visit the museum online at www.memphisrocknsoul.org.

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Information from: The Memphis Daily News, http://www.memphisdailynews.com

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Last Updated on Friday, 01 July 2011 11:40
 

Margaret Thatcher's famous handbag sells for over $40K

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Written by AFP Wire Service   
Monday, 27 June 2011 16:02
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, now titled The Right Honourable The Baroness Thatcher. Photo provided by Chris Collins of the Margaret Thatcher Foundation.

LONDON (AFP) - Margaret Thatcher's famous handbag that struck fear in the hearts of British ministers during the 'Iron Lady's' tenure has sold at a June 27, 2011 charity auction for £25,000 ($40,350, 28,000 euros).

Thatcher frequently used the black Asprey bag on important occasions, such as summits with then US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev during her 1979-1990 premiership.

The former prime minister donated the bag to her Conservative Party's ex-lawmaker and author Jeffrey Archer for a charity auction held at Christie's in London.

Proceeds from the bag's sale will go to armed forces charities Combat Stress and The British Forces Foundation and to Debra, a charity helping sufferers of the genetic skin blistering condition Epidermolysis Bullosa.

Cartoonists often portrayed Thatcher clobbering opponents with the blunt instrument while Lord Kenneth Baker, who served in Thatcher's cabinets from 1985 to 1990, called the bag her "secret weapon".

Thatcher often placed her handbag on the cabinet table as a symbol of her authority and "would usually get from it some paper with a conclusive argument," Baker recalled.

Archer's auction realized £402,100 in total, with the stopwatch which timed British runner Roger Bannister's first four-minute mile going for £97,250, the evening's top price.

Other celebrity donors included guitarist Eric Clapton, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and former England rugby star Lawrence Dallaglio.

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Last Updated on Monday, 27 June 2011 16:14
 

Super Bowl II player's ring to be auctioned for payment of back taxes

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Monday, 27 June 2011 09:10
 1967 Green Bay Packers Super Bowl II Championship player's ring presented to Frederick 'Fuzzy' Thurston, to be auctioned by Heritage Auctions on Aug. 4, 2011. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - A former Green Bay Packers lineman whose teams won the first two Super Bowls will have at least one of his championship rings auctioned off to recover some of the $1.7 million the federal government says he owes in back taxes.

Fuzzy Thurston, 77, played for the Packers from 1959 to 1967. U.S. Marshals have seized his Super Bowl II ring, and authorities are trying to track down his other Super Bowl ring along with other sports jewelry and memorabilia.

The auction announcement resulted from a court order this month calling for the sale of Thurston's rings from Super Bowls I and II, four other NFL championship rings, other sports memorabilia and a gold watch.

Heritage Auctions, based in Dallas, said the only items it has so far are Thurston's Super Bowl II ring, his 1960 Packers helmet and two 1960 footballs signed by members of the Packers and coach Vince Lombardi.

"We hope to reach out to fans who might wish to purchase the material to return it to Thurston,'' said Chris Ivy, the auction house's director of sports auctions.

The ring will be auctioned at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Rosemont, Ill., on Aug. 4. The helmet and the footballs will be available in the Fall Heritage Sports auction, which closes Nov. 11.

The Super Bowl ring is expected to fetch at least $20,000, although auction officials said bidding could push the final price much higher. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide the Internet live bidding for the sale.

Other rings from the first two Super Bowls have also been sold in recent years. Running back Paul Hornung's Super Bowl I ring fetched about $40,000 in 2002, while former offensive lineman Steve Wright sold his Super Bowl I ring last month for $73,409.

And a Super Bowl II ring belonging to running back Elijah Pitts once sold for about $30,000, although the diamonds in that ring had been replaced with faux gems.

Messages left at Thurston's Waupaca home weren't immediately returned. Green Bay lawyer Owen Monfils, who represented Thurston in some of his tax cases, told the Green Bay Press-Gazette (http://bit.ly/j30bho ) he was certain Thurston didn't owe "nearly as much as the government claims.''

The tax fight stems from Thurston's post-Packers days, when he and his business partners opened a chain of restaurants. According to a federal complaint, Thurston and the others withheld federal income taxes from their employees' salaries but failed to turn all the money over to the Internal Revenue Service.

The allegation eventually led to a protracted court fight in which Thurston was ordered to pay about $190,000 in 1984. With interest, the debt now stands at just over $1.7 million, according to court documents.

Prosecutors conducted depositions of Thurston's relatives and business associates to compile a list of his assets. The depositions revealed that his personal property included the championship rings, court documents said.

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Online: Heritage Auctions: http://www.ha.com

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Information from: Green Bay Press-Gazette, http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com

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Last Updated on Monday, 27 June 2011 09:54
 

Blenko design celebrates W.Va.'s 148th birthday

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Monday, 20 June 2011 11:01
Examples of Blenko Glass. Image courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center. MILTON, W.Va. (AP) – Blenko Glass has designed a guitar-shaped piece to celebrate West Virginia's birthday this year.

This is the 31th year Blenko has designed a collectible glass piece to celebrate the state's birthday. The annual celebration was Saturday in Milton.

The Herald-Dispatch reports only 148 pieces have been produced for 2011 – one for each year West Virginia has been a state.

The cobalt-and-topaz piece also sells for $148. Each is 19 inches tall and signed by designer Arlon Bayliss and company President Walter Blenko Jr.

Sales are first-come, first-served.

The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month and is continuing operations.

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Blenko: http://www.blenkoglass.com

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Information from: The Herald-Dispatch, http://www.herald-dispatch.com

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Last Updated on Monday, 20 June 2011 12:11
 

Famed leaky faucet neon sign drips again in Saginaw

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Wednesday, 15 June 2011 10:15
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) – A whimsical neon sign of a leaky faucet is dripping again in Saginaw for the first time in 14 years.

The Saginaw News reports the sign last was lit up in 1997 when Brenske Plumbing Heating & Supply Co. was razed to make way for a Rite Aid Pharmacy. On Monday night, the drops made of neon began dripping again at an intersection on the city's West Side.

The sign had been in storage at the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History. It was restored by Barrett Sign in Saginaw.

Tom Mudd, president of the Saginaw Valley Historic Preservation Society, wants the area to become a historical neon sign park, incorporating signs once adorning now-demolished buildings. Another sign that hung for 67 years on the Merrill Building is nearby.

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Information from: The Saginaw News, http://www.mlive.com/saginaw

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2011 10:29
 

Late broadcaster’s baseball collection languishes at library

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Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 13 June 2011 10:15
Ernie Harwell broadcasting a Detroit Tigers game for WJR radio, circa 1960s. This file is from the Prelinger Archives, which released it explicitly into the public domain, using the Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication. DETROIT (AP) – Friends and custodians of a massive collection of baseball memorabilia donated by the late Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell to the Detroit Public Library say the artifacts are typically inaccessible to the public and that pieces are at risk of theft.

The primary caretaker of the collection that's worth an estimated $4 million was laid off in the year since Harwell's death, further limiting access to the appointment-only display at the library that had only 500 visitors in 2010, The Detroit News reported Thursday.

Library spokesman A.J. Funchess said the system has tightened security and the collection is not at risk, and the most valuable items are archived and secure.

“It's still available to people,” Funchess said. “It may not be the ideal access they may like, but that is pretty much how we have to do it.

“We are doing the best we can do with what we have to work with. We are committed to these collections.”

Harwell, a baseball announcing legend, died in May 2010 at the age of 92. The collection includes thousands of baseball cards, letters and other artifacts.

Theft already has been an issue. Four years ago, a former library staffer was fired for stealing some of Harwell's baseball cards. The cards were returned, but the employee wasn't prosecuted and the newspaper reports officials can't be certain they got all the cards back.

A former librarian said many boxes of artifacts are stored – but uncatalogued – in the basement, meaning it is difficult to know if items have been removed.

“It's sad,” said Ashley Koebel, who was laid off in March. “They are understaffed under the best of circumstances.”

Harwell's friend and attorney Gary Spicer said Harwell was pleased by the library's organization of his pieces, but that the display isn't what the broadcaster envisioned. “The Lulu and Ernie Harwell Display Room,” which opened in 2004, is dark most days, visible through a window.

“He really wanted it to be open and accessible to people,” Spicer said.

The library has cut staffing for its special collections by almost a third since 2007, including the National Automotive Heritage Collection and the E. Azalia Hackley Collection, which started in 1943 as a music collection devoted to black performers.

Only about a dozen employees remain to staff special collections. Mark Bowden, the Detroit library's coordinator for special collections, is now the only person overseeing the Harwell collection. He said special collections like Harwell's help make the library unique.

“This is so important for Detroit to have collections like this,” he said.

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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Last Updated on Monday, 13 June 2011 10:30
 

Future of Corporal Klinger's beloved hot dogs in doubt

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Written by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press   
Monday, 13 June 2011 08:23
Tony Packo’s was a Toledo, Ohio, landmark long before the café gained national recognition on ‘M-A-S-H.’ This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – A family feud slathered with accusations of financial misdeeds is threatening the future of an Ohio restaurant whose hot dogs were made famous by cross-dressing Cpl. Max Klinger on M-A-S-H.

The fight centers on the ownership of Tony Packo's, a corner bar and grill that grew out of the Great Depression and whose chili-topped hot dogs, stuffed cabbage and roast beef platters continued to please fans even after the iconic TV show ended its run three decades ago.

“If you're ever in Toledo, Ohio, on the Hungarian side of town, Tony Packo's got the greatest Hungarian hot dogs,” Jamie Farr's character Cpl. Max Klinger said on an episode in 1976.

The son and grandson of the restaurant's namesake have been trading accusations for nearly a year, and each is trying to buy the company. The restaurant's lender foreclosed on its loans, and a judge put a third party in charge of the restaurant while he sorts out the mess.

Both sides were in court Friday, when a Lucas County judge heard arguments on a number of pending motions.

The character played by Toledo native Jamie Farr put Packo's on the map when he portrayed a homesick U.S. soldier in the Korean War who longed for Packo's hot dogs and wore dresses in hopes of convincing the Army he was crazy and should be discharged.

Packo's was mentioned in six of the 250 episodes of M-A-S-H – notably, in the final episode in 1983, which until last year's Super Bowl was the most-watched TV show in history.

The original Packo's – there are five outlets around Toledo – remains a destination and is decorated with M-A-S-H memorabilia, including glass-encased hot dog buns autographed by celebrities ranging from Bing Crosby to Alice Cooper.

It's still common to see out-of-state license plates in the parking lot and visitors snapping photos inside and out.

The family for years resisted offers to expand, although it does sell Packo's hot dog sauce and pickles in stores across the nation, including some Kroger stores in the Midwest.

The restaurant first opened in 1932, when Tony Packo and his wife got a $100 loan from relatives.

Trouble among the owners surfaced in 2002 when Nancy Packo Horvath, daughter of the founders, accused her brother, Tony Packo Jr., of trying to force her out of the business. They settled their differences and agreed to reorganize the company's management structure.

Packo Horvath died a year later, leaving her share of the business to her son, Robin Horvath. All seemed fine until July, when he sued Tony Packo Jr., and his son, Tony Packo III, accusing them of blocking him from looking at company financial records after he began questioning them about company spending.

Horvath claimed he found $400,000 in unauthorized payments dating to 2006. He said his cousin, Tony Packo III, used company money to repair his wife's car, pay for construction at his mother's home and buy golf balls and golf shirts without providing receipts.

The Packos have denied any wrongdoing. They countered in court documents that Horvath had not been involved in day-to-day operations for years and had little knowledge of the business.

Since then, Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bancorp has foreclosed on almost $4 million in loans to the restaurant and seized about $100,000 Horvath had at the bank. It also foreclosed on properties that Horvath owns next to the restaurant, trying to reclaim personal guarantees he made on the business loans.

A bank attorney said in February that Packo's lost a lot of money last year – he did not say how much – and that its future was in doubt if it continued business under the court-appointed third party. An attempt to resolve the dispute with the help of a mediator failed this spring.

James Rogers, an attorney for the Packos, said they haven't closed the door on reaching a settlement. He wouldn't discuss what is at the root of the differences.

“Family business disputes can be complicated situations,” Rogers said.

The Packos have not talked publicly since the dispute arose. Messages seeking comment were left with Horvath and his attorneys. Horvath told The Blade newspaper in January that he didn't think Tony Packo Jr. misappropriated the company's funds but was trying to protect his son.

The upheaval doesn't appear to be hurting business – at least judging the number of cars filling the parking lot recently.

Customers say they can't imagine Toledo without Packo's – the hot dogs are what cheesesteaks are to Philadelphia and deep-dish pizza is to Chicago.

“It's too big of a name,” said Jim Zywocki, who lives in the suburb of Holland and stopped in for lunch because he was working nearby. He took home a map for some out-of-town co-workers who wanted to stop in, too.

“Tony Packo's is Tony Packo's,” he said. “It's a landmark.”

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Last Updated on Monday, 13 June 2011 09:23
 

Redesigned Rock Hall opens exhibit on The Beatles

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Thursday, 09 June 2011 10:26
The I.M. Pei-designed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Jason Pratt of Pittsburgh, Pa., licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland has opened the world's most comprehensive collection of items from The Beatles as part of the first redesign in the facility's 15-year history.

The exhibit announced Wednesday features nearly 70 items, including several that are being displayed for the first time, such as Paul McCartney's handwritten arrangement for the song Birthday. Visitors also can see guitars played by John Lennon and George Harrison, the logo drum head from the kit that Ringo Starr used on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964, and notable clothing worn by each group member on tour or on film.

"For many years now, we have been fortunate to have a great relationship with Yoko Ono, which enabled us to have many John Lennon artifacts,'' said Jim Henke, vice president of exhibitions. "This time around, we were able to work with Ringo Starr and with George Harrison's estate, so they are well-represented in the exhibit. We also worked with some collectors who had other key Beatles pieces, and before we knew it, we had an absolutely incredible collection.''

The items have gone on display as part of a museum redesign that is funded by part of the Rock Hall's $35 million capital campaign and is expected to be complete by next year. It includes technology upgrades and changes aimed at presenting the history of rock and roll more chronologically. Visitors can learn more through interactive kiosks and listening stations, new exhibits and oversize images of inductees like Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. The Hall of Fame also got a bit of the Hollywood treatment with a 50-foot (15-meter) red carpet welcoming visitors.

The facility expects to have the final upgrades, including a new video wall, in place before the Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies in 2012.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 09 June 2011 10:42
 

A 20-year-old surprise arrival for baseball card collector

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Written by O.K. DAVIS, The (Ruston, La.) Daily Leader   
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 10:52
Front view of 1991 Upper Deck #494 Kevin Reimer baseball card. Image courtesy of www.CheckOutMyCards.com. RUSTON, La. (AP) - Neither rain, nor snow or gloom of night can keep the United States Postal Service from delivering the mail, even if it's more than 20 years late. Just ask Jeremy Telford.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the former Ruston High School and Louisiana Tech University pitcher was into collecting baseball trading cards big time.

He would work odd jobs, from mowing yards to washing cars, to save up enough money to buy the latest pack of cards that would arrive at Baseball Card Mania on Ruston's Mississippi Street.

Telford and I.A. Lewis classmate Derek Schorsch would bicycle down to the shop and check with Owner Mark Cramer about the latest collectibles.

"Mark was always willing to talk to us about cards and such and I know I probably drooled more than a few times looking and dreaming about the day I had enough money to buy cards like a Nolan Ryan rookie, a Mickey Mantle card and others,'' Telford said.

But such superstar cards were too expensive for Telford and Schorsch, so they settled for lesser known players and did so often via a Beckett's Price Guide, considered the "Bible'' of sports collectibles.

"The Beckett's Price Guide included addresses of players, and Derek and I talked about how we should send cards, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope, to see if we could get some autographs through the mail,'' Telford said. "We figured that our chances might not be as good if we sent them to well-known players like a Ryne Sandberg, Barry Bonds or Cal Ripken, Jr. So we chose to send our requests to the lesser known players on each roster."

Players such as Kevin Reimer.

One day in 1990, Telford enclosed a card of the Texas Rangers' outfielder-designated hitter in an envelope, along with an SASE, and mailed it from his home.

Then he waited.

"I can remember sitting in the house, looking out the window and getting nervous when I saw the mail truck,'' said Telford.

While cards of other players eventually made their way to his home, the one bearing Reimer's signature didn't.

The years would pass and Telford would marry and become a successful businessman - the owner of Dowling's Smokehouse B-B-Q in Ruston.

He never knew what happened to that Reimer card _ until just recently.

"I am working with my crew during lunch at Dowling's Smokehouse,'' he said, "and one of my employees walks in the back and tells me that a lady is at the front counter claiming to have mail for me.''

It was a woman who had moved into Telford's childhood home.

"She tells me that a letter had recently come to the house and that whoever had sent it obviously didn't know that I hadn't lived there for over 12 years,'' Telford said. "That was how long ago she had bought the house and moved in.''

Telford immediately recognized the envelope.

"It was mine because I used to write much more legibly when I was younger than I do now,'' he said.

This particular envelope had the logo of the Texas Rangers on it.

"I guess I looked at it for what seemed like an hour, wondering what treasure might be inside,'' he said.

The 29-cent stamped envelope carried a Seattle postmark and was dated May 21, 2011.

And inside was a signed, mint condition 1991 Upper Deck Kevin Reimer card.

"I am still in shock over it,'' he said.

Reimer, a Macon, Ga., native made his debut with the Rangers in 1988 after being selected in round No. 11 of the 1985 draft. He retired in 1993 after playing for the Milwaukee Brewers.

The value of the 1991 Kevin Reimer Upper Deck edition is listed just below $2.50.

No matter. To Telford, it's priceless.

"As far as I'm concerned, it's the best autographed card I have ever received,'' he said.

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Information from: Ruston Daily Leader, http://www.rustonleader.com/

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 June 2011 08:57
 

Kentucky city would like to have part of Coca-Cola museum

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Monday, 06 June 2011 08:59
Sheet metal crossing guards sponsored by Coca-Cola protected children walking to school during the mid-1900s. Image courtesy of Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Collectibles. ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) – A tourism official in Elizabethtown is hoping she can keep some of a valuable Coca-Cola memorabilia collection headed for auction together as part of a permanent local display.

Sherry Murphy, executive director of the Elizabethtown Tourism & Convention Bureau, has approached the head of the Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia about the possibility of donating some items for a display at the Hardin County History Museum.

The museum's collection is valued in the millions and includes one-of-a-kind posters, rare serving trays, century-old lithograph calendars, unique bottles, colorful jewelry, lighted signs, vending machines and toys. The Schmidt family recently closed the museum and decided to auction 80,000 items piecemeal, beginning in mid-September.

Murphy said the tourism bureau has received numerous calls about the museum since it closed. Murphy told the News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown that the Schmidt family was receptive to the idea of putting part of the collection in the history museum.

“The museum would be willing to give them space,” said Susan McCrobie, president of the Hardin County History Museum's board of directors. “That was an important industry (for many years).''

McCrobie said she planned to meet with Murphy today.

The family collection started in the early 1970s when Bill Schmidt, a third-generation Coca-Cola bottler, picked up some memorabilia to decorate offices at his bottling plant in Elizabethtown.

Schmidt, who died four years ago, and his wife, Jan, amassed a treasure trove rivaling the company's own vast collection. Their items fill a museum and warehouse covering 32,000 square feet.

The museum drew about 30,000 visitors annually before closing in April. The family plans to create the Schmidt Family Foundation, which will give to local and national charities.

Mayor Tim Walker said the exhibit is appropriate to honor the Schmidt family's contributions to the city.

“I believe it keeps a part of the Coke museum in the community, and we could tell a little story that (illustrates) the history of the museum,” he said.

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Information from: The News-Enterprise, http://www.thenewsenterprise.com

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