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July 16, 2007



Larry, I've got a hilarious cassette tape of my brother from when he was about 12 years old. He was home alone, and shut himself in his closet, and started the recorder. He explained that he was trying to determine if he could record the beating of his own heart with just the recorder - no stethoscope. He realizes within just a few moments that he has somehow locked himself in the closet, and the rest of the 15 minute tape is the half-panicked narration of his attempts to open the door and reassure himself that "someone will be along soon" to let him out. The tape ends when you faintly hear the sound of our big wooden front door opening and slamming shut, and he starts pounding on the closet door and shouting "HEY!! HELLLOOOO!!!" to whoever's now in the house. It's quite the family treasure, actually. :)

Karen L. Alaniz

Years ago, a teenager I didn't know had a class assignment. He sat down with my grandmother and video taped as he asked her questions. I had no idea it existed until my aunt gave it to me recently. Now to find a video player that will work. What a treasure.


Larry Lehmer

Great story, Janet. I've heard of skeletons in the closet but tape-recording-brother-in-a-closet is a first for me.

What a treat, Karen. If you can't find a video player you can probably find a place that will convert it to a digital file and put it on a DVD, if that helps.

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