Larry Clark — Your Veribest Agent

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Larry Clark — Your Veribest Agent

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As an 9 or 10 year old, I didn’t receive a regular allowance (probably didn’t deserve one) and searched for a way of making some money. I helped occasionally, a friend that had a paper route. I couldn’t get one myself as they had to be purchased from someone giving it up ($20-30) which was beyond reach for me. I found a Veribest ad on the back of a comic-they sold seeds and all forms of greeting cards. The good part was that you didn’t pay up front. My first venture was to send in an order for seeds-I became a salesman. The name of the company was both a blessing and a pain especially with the cards.

The company name was printed on the seed packet for all to see. Not so the cards-people would ask me the name of the company and I always replied, “the very best”. Reactions varied but most would repeat the question and get the same answer, which invoked either a slamming of the door or an engaging conversation-the latter usually to my benefit. Not always an easy career because most people didn’t have a lot of money to spare At some point I must have realized that collecting bottles was more lucrative and less stressful, so thus ended this budding career although I did work at it for a least a couple of Springs.

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About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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