This article, titled "After 40 years, a personal relic rediscovered" appeared in the North Raleigh News portion of The News & Observer on Wednesday, August 25th. I thought you might find it interesting.
"The old Swiss Army rucksack caught Ronald Bobeck's eye, sticking out of the flea market clutter like a childhood friend spotted in a ball game crowd. Forty years ago, he'd carried a pack just like that in the Civil Air Patrol, before he's joined the Air Force and gone to Vietnam, before he'd spend Sundays at the NC State Fairgrounds sporting a shirt that says "Old Guys Rule."
The sack was field gray and white, made to blend in with snow, and Bobeck pointed it out to the vendor, calling, "Oh, wow, I used to have one of those." Then something crazy happened......the vendor Mark Aman picked up the rucksack, opened its flap and said, "There's a name inside and it says Bobeck."
Bobeck got quiet, and his jaw dropped a little, but he managed to fish out his driver's licence and show Aman that his old rucksack had indeed managed to cross three state lines and come to meet him after four decades.
"It wanted to get back to me," said Bobeck.....It was one of those strange karmatic events. The universe made it happen.".....
He'd last seen it near Wilkes-Barre, PA., in about 1970, when he worked on search and rescue teams for CAP....."
Aman sells mostly military items, and this was his only pack. He'd had it for about five years, bought from another military collector at a show in Raleigh. The coincidence makes him shudder. He only sets up shop at the fairgrounds on occasional weekends. Bobeck just happened to walk past on the same Sunday, notice the pack among all the other paraphernalia and ask about it out loud......Aman almost didn't read the name out loud. If he hadn't, the man-pack reunion wouldn't have happened. "It had been just wandering around in the ether," Aman said. "It made the journey not to Arizona or California. It came to right where he was walking by."
Bobeck paid $10 for his old pack, a bargain for such a relic....."
If you're the praying kind, please send up a few for my best friend, who is being taken to Cleveland Clinic tonight by ambulance because of heart/lung problems her doctors cannot pinpoint.