Dear Heloise: When I read your column, I particularly noticed the hint about reproducing OLD PHOTOS on a copying machine.
It stirred my memory. At merely the cost of a videotape, I have taped all my still pictures and added some music. I got the idea not only because of the minimal cost but also because of the fact that a lot of people can see the pictures at the same time. Besides, it saves the originals, and by doing it in the proper way, it can (or should) capture the interest of the audience. -- V.R. ''Mike'' Mitchell, Peoria, Ill.
A homemade video is just the ticket. Please note, as in the original column, that any copyrighted photos really are not supposed to be copied. I heard from a few professional photographers who took me to task thinking that was the suggestion. I would never knowingly suggest that my readers do anything illegal! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: Other use for small potato-chip cans:
Keep one in a drawer for paper clips.
Use to store rubber bands.
Keep bread tabs in one.
Store small spools of thread in them.
Now you won't have messy drawers, you can find things easily and quickly, and it looks neat. You won't have to waste time cleaning drawers. -- Nayana Parikh, Great Meadows, N.J.
FILLING A STEAM IRON
Dear Heloise: When filling a steam iron, instead of trying to pour the distilled water from the big jug, save your next plastic squeeze bottle (like the kind that honey comes in). It is easy to fill through the pop-up top. -- Ron Balsam, Shoreacres, Texa s
Dear Heloise: My concern is background music being played while a show is on television. Many times you cannot hear what the actors are saying.
I know the musicians have to make a living, but must their music be so overly loud at the time the actors are talking? Who would one complain to if it would do any good in the first place? -- Paul Hartz, White Haven, Pa.
Loud music that drowns out conversation is very annoying!
I'm really not sure if you should write to the director or the studio. Any hints, readers? -- Heloise
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