Sally Johnson of Riverside has been looking for Ergophene , which she calls a wonderful salve and all-purpose, old-fashioned remedy (and which is perhaps now available under another name). Can you help soothe Johnson's anxiety, or will she continue to be frustrated because she feels you are rubbing it in?
Bob Pierson of Yucaipa wants to get hold of some heavy orange gift - tying yarn ; he needs that specific color for coding luggage on international tours, and he says all the colors are available except orange. Can you help Pierson continue to live his colorful life out of a suitcase, or will he start seeing red over this international conspiracy?
Reader-to-Reader Help Line: Barbara at (213) 378-7282 is looking for something called Pick-a-Dent , which evidently has been discontinued. Please help without making a dent in your resources; no need to give Barbara a chance to sink her teeth into something else. . . . James at (619) 375-2298 needs replacement handles for Rena-Ware stainless-steel products; please help James get a handle on the problems in his kitchen.
Note: The Reader-to-Reader Help Line is only for one-time items or for products no longer available in stores. And you must give us written permission to publish your telephone number, so that others may contact you directly.
Harold Rogers of Reseda, who wanted us to smoke out a source for Kaywoodie pipes, can breathe a little easier. Josephine Wilde of Corona del Mar says Barry Levin has a mail-order business for pipes and may be able to help; the address is RFD 1, Box 83, Craftsbury, Vt. 05826. And Hertha Gold of the B/G Smoke Shop, 9161 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, (213) 271-2939, may still have a matched set of seven in a fitted case; she also may have a single, sand-blasted pipe in stock. Both were made many years ago.
For Mrs. William Castle of San Pedro, who was looking for a gadget that keeps ironing cords out of the way (and for Mrs. Eunice Roberts of Mission Viejo, who has recently moved here from England and who was looking for a similar item), we have a number of sources. For Castle, the nearest place might be Brookstone Homewares at the South Bay Galleria, Redondo Beach (retail outlet of the Brookstone mail-order firm). Mrs. R. St. John says she bought a Kordway cord minder from Blind Industries some time ago. Mrs. R. Villalobos of Pasadena found an iron-cord holder at K mart near the brooms and mops. Betty Chun of Irvine suggested Crown Hardware. Patte Clancy of Fullerton says Fullerton Hardware on Commonwealth Avenue carries two types of cord minders, and a Van Nuys reader says she bought one three months ago at Holiday Hardware in Thousand Oaks.
Adell Benkert of South Pasadena, who was looking for a place that converts long ties into clip-ons, may yet feel fit to be tied. One reader says he will convert a tie for Benkert if no other sources are forthcoming, and a woman says she will do them for $10 each, with a minimum order of 12; we forwarded both names to Benkert.