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 Posted: Wed Mar 25th, 2020 01:51 pm
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Kim Frank
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While a lot of us are stuck at home, I thought maybe some of the newer members might enjoy this read....Back in early 2012, I was buffing a 16 inch Century cage when my buffer ate it. Before I could get out of the way, it probably hit my wrist a dozen times. I decided to take a few days and when I was talking to Jeter, we both discussed the recent posts on the forum that a member would do any time someone started a thread on their restoration of a fan. This individual has a passion for untouched and original condition fans and wasn't shy about letting anyone and everyone know his views, mainly that fans never leave the factory that way and never were fans blinged out. Well, I mentioned to Ron that wouldn't it be funny if a fan showed up somewhere and had been a factory customized model. The wheels started turning and after several days we hashed out a plan to create this fan and make it seem real. After bringing our friend Ted into our scheme, we went to work making it happen. We also contacted certain members of the AFCA, letting them know what was going on and if they would weigh in on it's authenticity once the thread was posted.It was going to be an April Fools joke, but when we introduced it in March, another member that was in on the prank contacted me saying that while my "copy" of the fan was good, the original would have to exist too. To that end he said he would donate a stump to me to make it happen, so we let the joke continue while I made another example. The original was a bit more involved because of trying to add 107 years to it's appearance. Once that was done, a story was done in the December issue of the Fan Collector Magazine about these fans...That was when I received a phone call in January of 2013, telling me the BOD and powers that be were not amused that a falsehood was printed in our magazine...Well, to appease them, we came clean in the original post and did a display at Fan Fair showing the lengths we all went to, just to have a bit of good natured fun with one of our respected members....This should also be a tale of caution to our members about what too much spare time fueled with copious amounts of alcohol can lead to...just saying!   One last thing...the person that we played the prank on came up to me at FF and said he had just found out what the name of the fan meant...thankfully we had a good laugh about it.

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http://www.afcaforum.com/view_topic.php?id=21731&forum_id=1&highlight=GE+research+pays+a+dividend





Last edited on Wed Mar 25th, 2020 06:10 pm by Kim Frank

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 Posted: Wed Mar 25th, 2020 02:47 pm
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Sean Campbell
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THAT is hilarious. Kim, do you still own the Foss fans? XD

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 Posted: Wed Mar 25th, 2020 02:52 pm
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Kim Frank
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Yes, they are still on display at home...We had a lot of laughs over these two fans.

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 Posted: Wed Mar 25th, 2020 02:52 pm
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I loved it!

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 Posted: Wed Mar 25th, 2020 04:50 pm
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Steve Sherwood
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It was very funny.

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 Posted: Wed Mar 25th, 2020 05:16 pm
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Kim Frank wrote:  the posts on the forum that a member would do any time someone started a thread on their restoration of a fan. This individual has a passion for untouched and original condition fans and wasn't shy about letting anyone and everyone know his views, mainly that fans never left the factory that way and never were fans blinged out. 
Geez, is that the way I used to be?   Well, someone had to stand up for preservation of the old fans and patina and keep them from all being blinged out.    It seems way longer that the FOSS fan was discovered.   My now it should have a nice patina so I hope you never polish or restore it Kim.   I never did completely buy the story accompanying the fan although I did have a bit of a "could it be true?"   Can you tell us what "FOSS" really stands for?

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 Posted: Wed Mar 25th, 2020 05:36 pm
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I think it was "Funny ol' Steve Stephens" or something like that. :cool:

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 Posted: Wed Mar 25th, 2020 06:12 pm
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Kim Frank
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Yeah, something like that......lol.

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 Posted: Wed Mar 25th, 2020 09:28 pm
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I remember...the suspense...drama...great story.


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 Posted: Wed Mar 25th, 2020 09:39 pm
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Louis Luu wrote: I remember...the suspense...drama...great story.
  Yeah, I too remember the suspense and "what are they trying to do to me...??"

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 Posted: Thu Mar 26th, 2020 02:23 am
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Richard Daugird
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I was late to the game but enjoyed reading the old posts. They only messed with you because they like you Steve...

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Yeah I was a little late to the game as well, but not by much, but I did read that thread and got a chuckle out of it when I first joined this site a few years ago. 

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Lane Shirey
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What a funny story in these times of stress.  Kudos to Steve for being a good sport about it.  
Thanks for sharing it Kim!   

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 Posted: Thu Mar 26th, 2020 10:41 am
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I remember that Richmond , VA. I wasn't clued in to the joke fell for it myself. Kim graciously explained .

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 Posted: Thu Mar 26th, 2020 11:24 am
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James Pinette
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:imao

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 Posted: Thu Mar 26th, 2020 11:29 am
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Thats a cool story! Keep em coming y'all. We have plenty of reading time on our hands!

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 Posted: Thu Mar 26th, 2020 12:17 pm
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To this day, I still think that is one of the neatest fans I have seen. Most of us try to make a fan look like new again, but it takes a real special talent to make one look old, but in mint condition. The paint worn off of the switch to me was the best part.

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 Posted: Thu Mar 26th, 2020 08:43 pm
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This is a great story, and the craftsmanship shown is stunning! Thanks for sharing it. This happened before my time with the AFCA so first time hearing it.

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I have a beautiful picture of that fan on the front door of my showroom. I dust it off everytime I use the door. We had a company in town. HEINTZ ELECTRIC, that sold Fanimation fans. The owner brought a chandelier in to repair. He noticed the picture and he said, Is that the FOSS fan? I said Yupp and he didn't ask what FOSS stood for. Thought it stood for a guys name. GOOD MEMORIES.

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I have to agree with SS in one regard: You guys need to put the can of wax away more often.

(In any case it was a great prank!)

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Ted Kaczor
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 8 Years FOSS by already??? crazzy.

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 Posted: Mon Mar 30th, 2020 01:41 am
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Bobby Gaines
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I have gotten some pretty good laughs reading this forum but this one takes the cake (Pancake)!

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 Posted: Mon Mar 30th, 2020 11:33 am
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Ted Kaczor wrote:  8 Years FOSS by already??? crazzy.I know. It's amazing how fast the time has flown. I remember after you did the first FOSS blade and cage, you said you didn't ever want to make that blade again.... And then I had to call and ask for another set....

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Ted Kaczor
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heirloom memories we have... well and fans.

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I've seen those fans at Kim's home when he lived in Florida. They are amazing restorations!

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