Frances Vose of Moorpark is looking for a small electric ice crusher ; she's had no luck in department or hardware stores. Can you give Vose a chance to cool it soon, or will she be crushed because she seems to have been frozen out of the market?
So that she can pick her high-growing tomatoes, Ruth Stern of La Jolla needs a two-step garden stool with a flat top for standing on--and wide legs that don't sink into the soil. Can you help Stern reach out and touch something, or will she always have that sinking feeling because she has no leg to stand on?
Pearl Wernick of Diamond Bar wants disposable bags No. 44 or No. 5502 for a Shetland-Lewyt canister-type Model A-2865 vacuum cleaner. Wernick realizes that the cleaner is no longer made, but perhaps the bags are. Can you dispose of this matter for Wernick, or will she be left holding the bag because nobody wants to call her on the carpet?
Leona Current of Rialto is in the market for a doughnut maker that can make six doughnuts at a time. (It looks like a waffle iron but has round holes.) Can you help without waffling around too much, or will Current never get out of the hole because there isn't enough dough around?
Reader-to-Reader Help Line: Lyn at (213) 944-6930 would like to find an electric roasting pan with a blue liner and a domed lid; these were popular in the '50s, she says, but are impossible to find now. Please see to it that this burning request pans out quickly. . . . Elyse at (213) 473-5581 has been searching for the original Wishnik Troll dolls that were popular in the '60s and were made by Uneda. Please make sure that the bell trolls soon for Elyse. . . . Speaking of dolls, Marjorie at (818) 246-7942 is interested in a Kermit the Frog muppet that's about 19 inches high and has a green felt collar around the neck; evidently these are no longer made. If you could help, Marjorie would jump a mile.
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.
For Toby Ann Kelson and others interested in table-top hair dryers, we also have some private sources: Almost a dozen readers said they might be willing to part with a hair dryer. If you send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to this hair address, we'll dry our best to accommodate you.
For Anna Carlton of Las Vegas, who wanted Daniel Green bedroom slippers, we have one source, but Carlton shouldn't try walking there, with or without slippers. Marianne Balcom of Carlsbad says to contact the Daniel Green factory, Main Street, Dolgeville, N.Y. 13329.
For Nancy Bird of Laguna Beach, who wanted "chicken" earrings, we have quite an earful. Almost in her back yard is Alice Zemojda, who designs and distributes Barbara Barnett's Hooker earrings. She works out of her studio in Laguna Beach and can be reached at (714) 497-9697; the mailing address is P.O. Box 1070, Laguna Beach, Calif. Muriel Campbell of Westminster also told us about Barnett. Also, thanks to Ethel Sirote of Los Angeles for the information about the "convertible" earrings, which we have forwarded to Bird.
For Marilyn Casady of Oceanside, who was after panty hose made of cotton or silk, we have a number of sources. Kathy Falkenberg of North Hollywood says to look for Hue-brand stockings in places such as Bullock's and Nordstrom. The others are all mail-order firms: Garnet Hill, 262 Main St., Franconia, N.H. 03580, telephone (800) 622-6216 (from Kathy Weber of Culver City); Showcase of Savings, L'eggs Brand Inc., P.O. Box 1010, Rural Hall, N.C. 27098-1010 (Francis Peterson of Desert Hot Springs and Mary Thomas of La Puente); Wittman Textiles, Department 125, Hobe Sound, Fla. 33475 (Pauline Dods of Harbor City and Audrey Meitz of Santa Barbara), and National Wholesale Co. Inc., Lexington, N.C. 27294 (Mrs. A. L. Britz of Encinitas).
Hain cannot answer mail personally but will, space permitting, respond in this column to readers who need--or have--helpful information. Write (do not telephone) to You Can Help!, You section, the Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles 90053.