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Thrift Store Score! War Stories

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So how were your holidays this season? Spend time with your family and friends? Get stuffed to the gills with food? Any thrift store scores to tell of? I’m dying with curiosity on the last question there, because I live for stories of great scores. So I need your help here. Send in your shift store score story and make my entire week.

I can tell you about my latest score, one of the last of 2016. It was at Value Village in Wasilla. There was a sale on CDs, DVDs, books, records, and tapes for 99 cents a piece. I went ape on that. Well, maybe not that much, honestly. But score I did and, boy in one case, came across quite the find.

That was in the form of a program booklet. A movie tie-in to the smash hit Tora! Tora! Tora!. It was a companion piece to the movie — dated the same year the movie was released in 1970. It is filled with full color concept artwork of the action scenes and pictures of the cast. It tells the story on how the film was made. It appears to be a program that was put out in the movie theater when it first debuted.

The copy I found appears to be in pristine condition, which is perfect for a collector like me. This will go along side my DVD copy of the movie (one of my favorites).

The book ends ends with a quote from Admiral Yamamoto, which put a powerful punch ending to the movie and to that terrible day on December 7th, 1941. It goes like this: “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill with a terrible resolve.”

Those words would turn out to be very true indeed as that brutal war would reveal.

The next one was the TV mini series “Pacific,” Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg’s grand epic of World War Two. For 99 cents, this was a must have steal and then some. It was done along the lines of the hit mini series “Band of Brothers.” And, like it’s predecessor, “Pacific” tells its story very well and pulls no punches. It is a dark gripping story of GIs fighting for their lives, island by island, from 1942 on to the war’s end in 1945.

That would prove to be my last great thrift store score of the year. So what was your greatest score of 2016? I would really love to know. So would a whole bunch of Alaska Commons readers who share the same passion you have. If you do, who knows? Maybe I’ll tell you mine. Send in your story to info@alaskacommons.com.

Daniel D. Grota
Daniel D. Grota retired from the U.S. Army after twenty one years of service.He is a radio personality on KVRF 89.5 Radio Free Palmer and a former columnist for the Mat-Su Frontiersman.

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