Thursday, July 05, 2007

The Reading Reptile

Meet the Reptiles!

According to the Missouri Secretary of State, the Reading Reptile, Books & Tapes for Young Mammals, appeared in Kansas City, Missouri on May 22, 1988. That much is true. Other details about the store's origin and early history are sketchy, at best. Some accounts describe a young woman from New York in her mid-20's, "oddly frocked and unversed in simple scripture," arriving in Kansas City sometime in March of 1988. The same accounts contend that she "had not a dollar to her name, yet somehow wrought a storefront from the ether ... it was the devil's work ..."

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