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Dick Sampier heads home, and Wendy leaves the Arcade

From the June, 2014 issue

Dick Sampier has semi-retired and moved out of the building behind Stadium Hardware. A sign posted on the door says he'll be doing vacuum repairs out of his home.

Dick Sampier Vacuum was the vacuum world's Willy Wonka palace of wonders. "He had parts from the first vacuum ever made in that place," Jim Young marvels--possibly an exaggeration, but Young has worked at Stadium Hardware for seventeen years, and the folks at Stadium are connoisseurs of the art of repair. "His kids wanted him to retire," he adds.

 
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