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Sep 21, 2016

A Combyandsaurus Story

Back in 1994 there were several newsstands we were in competition with, but over the years they have all shut down but one, making us the last remaining newsstand in our area. This is why over a decade ago I adopted this particular dinosaur as our mascot, icon, brand and symbol of our newsstand. I've put the dino's image on all of my business cards, stationary and letterheads. I also had this great beast painted on the side of my building. I call him the comebyandsaurus. He's old and weather beaten now but he still does a good job of getting folks to stop-in for a minute to say hello. Even if they don't come in the store, they'll stop and take a picture in front of him. He has seen everything from children talking to him, to entire wedding parties pretending to run away in fear. And lately he's seen many young people walking around, eyes focused on their high-end cell phones while they look for pocket monsters. After all, he is an official pokestop. But recently he saw one person who called him graffiti and would have him obliterated from her sight: our local code enforcement officer. But thanks to the hundreds of dinosaur lovers, art appreciators and Pokemon fans who signed my petition to save our beloved dinosaur, and my unwillingness to give-in without a fight, we will be able to enjoy our comebyandsaurus for a while longer. 

Rumors of our dino's predicament started some wheels turning that didn't stop after everything was finally resolved. In our local newspaper, Domingo Ramirez Jr shared the positive results of our battle with a very nice article in the Fort Worth Star Telegram. That story attracted attention from WBAP radio, and the morning news on NBC...  15 minutes of fame behind me, now its back to work.
Please use the link below to read that original Fort Worth Star Telegram article.

The proliferation of digital devices has made the printed word nearly obsolete.
Helps us stay in business, Comebyandsaurus,

The Andrews Newsstand building needs to be repainted, so we're going to lose our painted-on dinosaur in the process. This will be a major step in the preparations in closing the store so we can rent out the space. Do you know anyone who's looking for retail space near a busy intersection?
This very large painting of a brontosaurus has been in the a background of many, many photos. It's been a pokestop for a couple years now, and a landmark for the last 12 years.
I don't believe I'll be the only one missing it once it's gone.

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