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A lot of collectors hold out for the original designs which have the Russel Wright signature on them, but I'm not one of them. To me it's all relevant and part of history. If Lapcor was using the same molds, and although they did reproduce some of the original colors, they had a nice soft pastel palette that is definitely worth a place in my collection.
I was sad to read that Marge Miley, whom I had the pleasure of corresponding with and talking to over the years had passed away this February. She was a town historian and had worked for the paper for years in the Manitowoc (WI) Herald Times Reporter. She helped me greatly in my Russel Wright melmac research when it led me to her town, put me in the paper, and in fact, went above and beyond to solve mysteries for me. She will be missed. What made me smile was the fact, that she decided to have control of her last words by writing her own obituary as any good journalist would do.
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