VINYL FEVER ANNOUNCES CLOSING

Everything for sale, including that Rolling Stones autographed guitar

TAMPA, FLA. — December 27, 2010 — The end of an era. After serving the Tampa Bay area for almost 30 years, Vinyl Fever, located at 4110 Henderson Blvd. in South Tampa, will close its doors at the end of February.  Known for its knowledgeable staff and extensive, eclectic selection of new and used CDs, vinyl records and related merchandise, Vinyl Fever has drawn customers from across the state and beyond.  Recently voted one of the Top 25 record stores in the country by Rolling Stone magazine, Vinyl Fever endured in no small part because its crew lives and breathes music, passionately providing customers with information and an experience they cannot get at other stores.

“It has been a great run,” says Owner/Manager Lee Wolfson.  “We feel honored and fortunate to have lived such a long business life doing what we love. We would have liked to make it to 33 and 1/3 [years], but the combination of industry changes, a difficult economy, and the upcoming expiration of our lease has forced our hand.”

A CELEBRATION BEGINS

“We plan to celebrate and commemorate our 30 rocking years in Tampa.  We’ll thank our customers and the community with blowout sales and special events, and hopefully leave everyone with great memories.”

Everything in the store will be sold, including the famous guitar autographed by the Rolling Stones that’s had a “Not for Sale” sign on it for years. For now, most items will be 30%-50% off.

THE BALLAD OF VINYL FEVER

As the independent music scene grew in the late 1970’s, two idealistic bohemians named Sam and Dave pooled their personal record collections, music knowledge, and a few hundred bucks to open Singing Dog Records in Columbus, Ohio.  Through their store they met Mike, who managed a similar store in Cleveland.  Mike had lived in Tampa, was eager to return, and helped open Vinyl Fever in 1981.  A Tallahassee store soon followed.

Dave’s brother Lee followed in Dave’s footsteps.  Starting out at Singing Dog, Lee transferred to Tallahassee in 1984 and took charge of all of the stores in 1987.  Over time, Vinyl Fever Tampa split from its sister stores, still managed by Lee and an amazing crew of music aficionados.

LOCATION & STORE HOURS

Vinyl Fever Tampa, 4110 Henderson Blvd. (West of Dale Mabry), Tampa

Monday – Friday:  11am – 9pm

Saturday: 10am – 9pm

Sunday:  Noon – 7pm

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CONTACT:

Lee Wolfson

727-463-6531

Lee@vinylfevertampa.com

www.vinylfevertampa.com

Will Wellons

Wellons Communications

407-339-0879 office

407-462-2718 cell

Will@wellonscommunications.com

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Releases its Top 10 Strange Stories of 2010

Headlines prove truth is stranger than fiction

ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 27, 2010)Ripley’s Believe It or Not! searches the globe for the ultimate in unusual oddities, strange stories and terrific true tales. After reading and reviewing hundreds of stories from headlines around the world in 2010, the experts and weird-ologists at Ripley’s are releasing their Top 10 Strange Stories of 2010.  They range from the bizarre to the unbelievable – but all are true!

  • Bearded Woman Finds Son:  Vivian Wheeler was born with hypertrichosis (werewolf syndrome) and as a hermaphrodite (both male and female reproductive organs) and was told she couldn’t have children. But at 29, she gave birth to a boy, who was promptly taken away from her by her boyfriend and put up for adoption. In 2010, after years of searching, Richard Lorenc found his mother and they were re-united. Link
  • Ripley the Dog: The living, breathing big pile of fur found in a ditch in Houma, La., turned out to be a one-year-old poodle. As he was being shaved, the vet decided to name the pooch Ripley, because “Believe It or Not!, there is a dog under here.” The before and after photos garnered world-wide attention and less than 6 weeks after being discovered, Ripley was well enough to be adopted. Believe It or Not!  Link

  • Longest High School Football Game Ever: A high-school football game in Texas turned into an endurance battle as Jacksonville beat Nacogdoches in 12 overtimes, 84-81, breaking the old record of nine extra frames. The game ended at 12:54 a.m., after the young boys battled for more than five hours.  Link
  • Spray-on Clothes: Forget about all the medical breakthroughs in 2010, for surely it will become known as the year that scientists developed an instant, sprayable, non-woven fabric that can be sprayed onto a nude body to form clothes that not only cover, but can be taken off, washed, and worn again.  Link
  • Deep Fried Beer: In a competition at the Texas State Fair, Mark Zable unveiled Fried Beer. In a patented process, he puts beer into a doughy pocket and deep fries it. The quick fry hardens the crust, but the beer remains a fully potent brew. Those who sampled it were carded! Link

  • Dead Body in a Car for 10 Months: Shortly after a homeless woman in California was befriended by a motorist, she died unexpectedly. The driver, not knowing what to do with the body, drove it around for 10 months, next to a box of baking soda to help negate the smell. The corpse was discovered by police who smelled the stench, looked in the car and saw a leg poking out from under a pile of clothes. Link

  • Man Shot in Head Finds out 5 Years Later: A man living in Germany walked around and functioned normally for five years without noticing he had been shot in the head.  The .22 caliber bullet was found when the man went to the doctor to have what he thought was a cyst removed.  All he could remember was that it probably happened in 2005 at a New Year’s Eve Party and that he was “very drunk.” Link
  • Dog Chews off Man’s Toe: DETROITA 48-year-old Michigan man credited his dog Kiko with saving his life by chewing off his diseased big toe as he lay passed out in a drunken daze. The terrier gnawed off his right big toe which turned out to be badly infected due to Type 2 Diabetes. The dog ate off the diseased tissue and left the rest untouched. Link
  • Woman Tries to be the Fattest: A 42-year old, mother of two wants to become the world’s heaviest living woman. Donna Simpson currently weighs more than 600 pounds and her desire is to top 1,000 pounds. She works as a model on a website called supersizedbombshells.com, where the curious pay to watch videos of her eating or walking. She spends nearly $750 per month in groceries for herself and admits that she is as hungry for attention as she is for the junk food she eats every day. Link
  • Cat Predicts Death: Oscar the cat lives at a nursing and rehabilitation center in Providence, R.I. He roams the halls, is generally unsociable, and spends little time with anyone who has more than a few hours to live. He rarely errs in his predictions and this year extended his predicting streak to 50. He senses death and cuddles with the elderly patients until they pass.  Link

Media contact:

Tim O’Brien
VP Communications
Ripley Entertainment Inc.
Obrien@ripleys.com
Office- 615-646-7465
Cell – 615-496-5949

About Ripley Entertainment; Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com), keepers of the venerable Ripley’s Believe It or Not! brand, is a global leader in location-based entertainment, entertaining more than 13 million annually at its 80-plus attractions in 11 countries.  In addition to its 32 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Brings the Weird, Bizarre and Unbelievable to Korea

Ripley’s 32nd Believe It or Not! Attraction is Now Open in Korea

ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 28, 2010) – Ripley Entertainment Inc. continues its world-wide growth as it opened Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Jeju Island in Korea on Christmas Eve Day as the world’s 32nd Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium.

“We are delighted to return to Korea with our Believe It or Not! brand, one that was very successful for years at the Everland Theme Park near Seoul,” said Jim Pattison Jr., president of Ripley Entertainment Inc.  “Our Korean franchisee, Island Joy, under the direction of Ki Seok Park, has chosen a beautiful destination resort location on Jeju Island, a perfect site for a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium.”  Park is also Chairman and CEO of Sigongtech, a publicly traded Korean corporation.

Located in the Jungmun Tourist Complex at Seogwipo city, Ripley’s Jeju Island Odditorium is constructed of eco-friendly and green materials and the exterior is built to be reminiscent of a robot. Inside the 14,000 sq. ft. attraction are a sculpture park, a secret garden and 12 themed galleries containing more than 600 exhibits, ranging from amazing and non-traditional artwork to historical items to bizarre artifacts.

Highlights include:

  • A  hand-carved, fully-functional Cinderella’s carriage, complete with wooden horses
  • A replica of the James Bond “Goldfinger” car made from cardboard
  • The world’s biggest lock of Elvis Presley’s hair
  • A large piece of the fallen Berlin Wall
  • A prehistoric Mastodon skeleton
  • A giant redwood tree stump that measures 77 feet around.
  • Three of Ripley’s signature Jivaro Indians shrunken heads.

The museum features a large space gallery that includes Astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s space suit, a meteorite from Mars and a life-size model of a space capsule. There are also 32 wax figures in Ripley’s Jeju Island, the most in any Believe It or Not! museum.

For more on Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Jeju Island.

Visit Ripley’s Newsroom to download high resolution images.

About Ripley Entertainment; Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com), keepers of the venerable Ripley’s Believe It or Not! brand, is a global leader in location-based entertainment, entertaining more than 13 million annually at its 80-plus attractions in 11 countries.  In addition to its 32 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

Media contact:

Tim O’Brien
VP Communications
Ripley Entertainment Inc.
Obrien@ripleys.com
Office- 615-646-7465
Cell – 615-496-5949

Posted by Wellons Communications, an Orlando public relations firm.

Ripley’s St. Augustine Hosts World Renowned Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman

Coleman to appear at Ripley’s museum on January 7 for book signing while researching forthcoming book on the famous 19th century Florida Monster

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Dec. 28, 2010)  – Loren Coleman has spent more than five decades looking for creatures many people think don’t exist.  As the world’s leading living cryptozoologist, Coleman has been involved in researching, writing about, and traveling the world searching for Bigfoot, Yeti, and The Loch Ness Monster since 1960.  Perhaps the only creature as elusive as those cryptids is Coleman himself.  Coleman’s public appearances are rare, and book signings even more so.  But he plans to arrive in St. Augustine Friday January 7 for just such an event at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum.

The author of 35 books and a popular blogger at Cryptomundo, Coleman will be signing his two books published in 2010, True Giants: Is Gigantopithecus Still Alive Today? and Monsters of New Jersey from 6 to 8 p.m.   Additionally, he will have copies of The Field Guide to Bigfoot and his biography of the Yeti hunter, Tom Slick.

Coleman, who is the founder and director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine, also intends to research material for two new books while in St. Augustine.  Over a century ago, the Nation’s Oldest City made headlines for the so-called Florida Monster that washed up at St. Augustine Beach, the mysterious event of 1896 which still has modern day scientists baffled.  Believed at the time to be the carcass of a giant octopus, the 25 foot long body of the unknown sea creature has never been positively identified.  While in St. Augustine, Coleman also plans to profile the Ripley’s collection for an additional forthcoming book.

For additional information, please contact Ralf Ingwersen at (904) 824-1606 or ingwersen@ripleys.com.

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