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Re: Ironing paper
In a note of similar eccentricity, I saw an interview with (I think)
Robin Williams, saying that, influenced by Princess Diana, Madonna has
servants who iron her daily newspaper for her every morning. Interesting ...
On Tue, 27 Feb 1996, Terry Belanger wrote:
> Many years ago I read a delightful essay (I don't remember where) about
> a man who ironed his copy of the Manhattan Yellow Pages.
> The NYC Yellow Pages are a wonderful resource if you're trying to
> buy something exotic or find a special service; but (as the narrator of
> the essay pointed out)--because they weren't distributed to the the
> neighboring counties surrounding NYC--they were a hotly-prized item,
> and difficult to acquire.
> The narrator was driving north out of Manhattan one rainy evening
> when, while stopped for a light, he saw a copy of the current edition
> of the Manhattan Yellow Pages lying in the street. It was soaking wet,
> but he took it in and brought it home. He dried it out as best he
> could, but it was now fan-shaped and still very damp towards the
> To make the book usable, he commandeered his wife's ironing board
> and began, one leaf at a time, to iron the pages flat. His wife thought
> he was a lunatic; but it took him a very long time to do it, and she
> and his family got quite used to watching dad ironing the phone book,
> evening and weekends....
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