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February 29, 2008

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Radakovich Every blog has some corners where independent lives develop. Sometimes readers take over posts, and build them into unusual, unpredictable creatures.

Grow-a-brain being simply a link blog generates only few comments & very seldom any heated debate. 3 years ago I posted a link to the Indian movie star Aishwarya Rai that called her “The world's most beautiful woman”, and that post (with over 150 comments) keeps bringing fans & foes to argue over this point.

Another post that mentioned Warren Buffett, the world's second-richest man brought dozens of indigent people in financial difficulties to request donations from “humble” Buffett to complete their MBA studies, for operations, or just to survive.

The most recent spat occurred in a post that mentioned a guy named Stevan Thomas Radakovich, who restores vintage stoves. Apparently, his restoration work used to be fabulous, when he was featured in this Los Angeles Times story, and his stoves were used & credited on The Food Channel’s Rachael Ray productions, etc.

But by the time I linked to his beautiful website here (The site had since been taken down), things were not going so well, and it seems that there were many customers of his, who ordered & paid for these expensive vintage stoves, and never received them.

So they formed a posse & started using that blog post as a chatroom, gathering information among themselves, forming a community to seek restitution & exposure to their losses.

It’s an interesting read. It involves the Kansas Attorney General, the Wichita BBB, the local paper, and more. I just read it like everybody else. Scroll down to read over 100 250 angry comments there.

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Seems the Vintage Stoves story is far from over....


Looks like the boarded up his property last week without proper legal rights to do so.... Hmm wonder how long that will go on for?

Posted by: Barry Barcrest at Feb 29, 2008 3:29:51 AM

seems blogs have a long half-life, keep up the good work!

Posted by: obscuro at Feb 29, 2008 4:32:23 AM

Thank you for putting this on the front page Hanan.

Hopefully this will continue to help this issue garner the attention it deserves and assist customers of Vintage Stoves that are in need.

It is indeed amazing how communities can come together for a common good.



For those that may have missed the link to the original discussion in the text above:


Posted by: Al Roethlisberger at Feb 29, 2008 9:37:17 AM

wow glad i didnt buy a stove. I wonder how many of you bought one. And why are they gonna tear down the building? Is it in that bad of shape?

Posted by: Jen Love at Feb 29, 2008 12:10:45 PM

I have tried all these links and can only see the posted notice about the building...is there a way to see the back story that is mentioned?

Posted by: Tina at Feb 29, 2008 5:23:40 PM

Hey Hanan.I have been AWOL for a few daze....! I hope you find a workable way of keeping blogging.Much Love+Respect.

Posted by: Tony Zimnoch at Apr 3, 2008 1:49:11 PM

I have some stoves from USSR and Germany that were used in the World War, they do not need fuel to light, only lots of pressure and voila! they light. Someone tells me I could fetch million(s) of dollars from selling these 2 stoves, does anyone know if this is true and where to sell if so?

Posted by: mode_vigilante at Jan 13, 2009 10:35:43 AM