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It’s all about dressing dolls and listening to music idols

October 26, 2008
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There's still time, folks, to be part of the annual Dress-A-Doll/Design-A-Toy program through Wells Fargo Bank.

It's the 43rd annual, so, for sure, I'll be part of it - 43 is one of my favorite numbers.

That's the number worn by Steve Foley, free safety during the Denver Bronco's orange crush years. He made his 43rd career interception with 43 seconds left in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

That's too special to forget. I don't know where he is now, but I think he's still in Denver. If ever I ran into him when I was out there visiting my daughter, I'd probably go tongue-tied and wouldn't even be able to talk.

That tying of the tongue likely happens to the young girls who get a new doll at Christmas through this dress-a-doll program. Some of the women who makes dresses go whole hog and make a trousseau. Some make elaborate wedding gowns.

Whatever they make, they're gorgeous and make some little girls mighty happy at Christmas.

I'm dressing a doll this year. Since I don't sew much, it could be a flight of imagination that made me take a doll. Last year I made a plane, and I fell in love with that. I offered to give them money so I could keep my plane, but they wouldn't let me. I just can't go through that separation anxiety again.

Chances are I'm not gonna fall in love with my doll.

Anyway, if you want to get involved, stop in at Wells Fargo Bank, 822 Central Ave., and pick up a doll or a toy kit - trains, planes and tractors - from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to check out a doll or kit.

The dolls and toys should be completed and returned by Nov. 21 so they can be displayed in the main bank lobby for judging and until distribution.

I get to be a judge again, and no, my doll won't be judged.

Another thing I'm looking forward to is the Dance for a Cure out at Shimkat Motors Showroom. I can't dance, but I love to listen.

Tom Steinkoenig's Sentimental Swing big band will perform and bring Dick Dale to town to perform with them. I met Dick more than a year ago when I did a story on him moving back to Algona. He was a staple on the Lawrence Welk show and the one person I refused to miss when he sang.

OK, so I was star struck. Still am. And I consider him a friend, even though I've not seen him in a long time.

The $5 ticket will raise money for the American Cancer Society. That's why it's called Dance for a Cure. It's 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 8.

Tom told me they were fixing up a stage so the band and Dick could be seen better. Last time, Dick was surrounded by so many people standing, those sitting couldn't even catch a look at him.

And he's nice to look at, whether he's your singing idol or not.

So long friends, until the next time when we're together.

Contact Sandy Mickelson at (515) 573-2141 or



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