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As I walked home one freezing day, I stumbled on a wallet someone had lost in the street. I picked it up and looked inside to find some identification so I could call the owner. But the wallet contained only three dollars and a crumpled letter that looked as if it had been in there for years. The envelope was worn and the only thing that was legible on it was the return address. I started to open the letter, hoping to find some clue. Then I saw the dateline--1924. The letter had been written almost sixty years ago.

It was written in a beautiful feminine handwriting on powder blue stationery with a little flower in the left-hand corner. It was a "Dear John" letter that told the recipient, whose name appeared to be Michael, that the writer could not see him any more because her mother forbade it. Even so, she wrote that she would always love him.
It was signed, Hannah. It was a beautiful letter, but there was no way except for the name Michael, that the owner could be identified. Maybe if I called information, the operator could find a phone listing for the address on the envelope.

"Operator," I began, "this is an unusual request. I'm trying to find the owner of a wallet that I found. Is there anyway you can tell me if there is a phone number for an address that was on an envelope in the wallet?" She suggested I speak with her supervisor, who hesitated for a moment then said, "Well, there is a phone listing at that address, but I can't give you the number." She said, as a courtesy, she would call that number, explain my story and would ask them if they wanted her to connect me. I waited a few minutes and then she was back on the line. "I have a party who will speak with you."

Continued next month... Click here for the second part of this story.

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JANUARY 2000
Page 2 - Chirpy and Leah Arrive
Page 3 - Let Me Introduce You
Page 4 - The Wallet
Page 5 - If God Had Voice Mail
Page 6 - Can You Guess?
Page 7 - Computer Tips & Tricks
Page 8 - Links of Interest
Page 9 - Look What We Found!
Page 10 - Differences -- England vs. America
Page 11 - Answer to "Can You Guess?"
Page 12 - Tips For Microsoft Word


It was written in a beautiful feminine handwriting on powder blue stationery with a little flower in the left-hand corner.