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Jim Rohrer writes a regular feature, ?Do You Remember??
?Follow the arrows, follow the cars??
Ring a bell?
?The old country boy from South Lebanon, Ohio??
Try this: ?Save cash with Kash.?
Back before big-box retailers invaded every hamlet that had a crossroads and a stop light, local entrepreneurs often erected their own big boxes, and no operator was more flamboyant than Kash D. Amburgy.
Photos: Kash Amburgy
Amburgy was clever, flooding late-night TV from the 1960s through the ?80s with corn-pone ads for his ramshackle Bargain Barn in rural South Lebanon.
Georgia and Wayne Dunn moved to South Lebanon in Kash?s heyday.
?He was just the same in person as he was in those ads,? Wayne said. ?I was looking for a lawn mower one day, and walked by his office. He said, ?Howdy, neighbor.? ? When Kash learned what Wayne wanted, he said, ?My brother Marvin knows all about lawn mowers. He?ll fix you up.?
Friendly, sure. ?But they weren?t gonna let you out of there without selling you something,? Georgia said.
Kash, also a homebuilder, radio preacher and leader of Holy Land tours, died in 2002. His widow, ?My Mary Lou? (frequently featured in his ads, perhaps perched atop a riding lawn mower), donated memorabilia to the Warren County Historical Society before moving to Florida.
The Bargain Barn closed in 1983 and eventually was made over into housing.