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Does anyone remember the guy who would get a coconut every year at Christmas?

Dec 8, 2008 - 06:34 am
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I remember reading the story in the newspaper during the holidays.

Dec 8, 2008 - 06:51 am
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Yes. Didn't he die a few years back? or the coconuts stopped coming? or something like that?

Dec 8, 2008 - 08:19 am
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Ummmmm, why did he get a coconut every year for Christmas?

Dec 8, 2008 - 09:37 am
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I remember that story. I don't remember who it was, but I do remember he passed away a few years ago. He had received an anonymous coconut every year in the mail for something like 40-50 years in a row. He always figured it was an old military buddy, but never found out who it was.

Dec 8, 2008 - 09:56 am
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I remember they followed up with a story about who sent the coconuts.

Dec 8, 2008 - 09:58 am
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Yes I remember it being done over the years and also wasn't there someone going around putting silver dollars in the Salvation Army Kettles or some huge amount of money ?

Dec 8, 2008 - 10:08 am
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I found this partial of the article...

Journal Star (Peoria, IL) - December 24, 1998

COCONUT CAPER FINALLY IS SOLVED<CULPRIT IS REVEALED FOLLOWING 50 YEARS OF HOLIDAY DELIVERIES
PEORIA -- Police couldn't crack the case. Neighbors and friends were dumbfounded. And self-proclaimed sleuth Ed Clinch was stumped as to who delivered him a Christmas coconut for the past 50 years.But on Wednesday, the culprit came forward. Theresa Schaub, Clinch's niece and goddaughter, told radio host Marc Truelove on WIRL-AM 1290 that she carried on the tradition for more than three decades, after her parents started the mystery deliveries in 1948.

Dec 8, 2008 - 10:55 am
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"The Coconut Guy" that you are all so lovingly referring to was my grandfather, Edward Clinch. And even though you found the news story, here's a few facts that the press got wrong. He never thought that it was his war buddies that were sending the coconuts, because he had made the comment around his family that no one could pull the wool over his eyes, so they very much wanted to prove him wrong.

The coconuts came from the year that my father was born until I was in 1st grade. Most of the coconuts still survive in many places in our house and in the houses of my aunt and uncle who still survive Ed Clinch.

I realize this is an old thread, but I still thought I would put in my 2 cents. =)

Oct 17, 2011 - 12:25 pm
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Cute story. Thanks for sharing. May he rest in peace.

Oct 17, 2011 - 12:52 pm
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