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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Sept. 20, 1984)
Thursday, September 2D, 1C04
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Just 13 years co when tha
Dworak family of Lincoln became
Christian, there was only one
Christian bookstore In the city.
Now, with the opening of the
second M&ran&tha bookstore in
downtown Lincoln, there ere
three within six blocks of each
ot her, and 1 1 others listed in the
Lincoln yellow pzz?x
"We rerJly don't see this cs a
competition with Loses or anyone
eke, sdd Dou Dworak, man
ager o! both the new store in the
Gunny's building and the 6-year-eld
ttore at 032 N. 70th St.
"We ssll only items with Christian-related
themes. Logos sells
some items with secular themes.
We really see this as an opportun
ity to Joint minister with them,
not compete with them."
The Dworak family started the
Maranatha stores in 1078 to help
Last time, McDvgan took a trip ing his lips. "Fine, Walt. You have a necd that existed with the
down memory lane. He went back a chance to vin $25,000 and a linilted amount of Christian sup-
to trip to Mexico." Wink smiled and PIles available.
"The real reason behind that
was to provide a ministry,"
Dworak said. "In fact, the com
mitment was, and still is, that all
the money that comes into the
store goes right back into the
store. It's really a non-profit situa
tion for us."
The store sells paperback and
hardback books by Christian aut
hors with Christian themes. Wood
"That was a tremendous day
for us," Dworak edd. "We had
over SCO people in here at one
The new store was a surprise to
the Dworaks themselves. The
original plan was to remodel the
old store, a process that added
more music merchandise and in
creased the store's sLe.
Dut, even though the store
tripled its income in a year's time,
the Dworaks still wanted to move
to a more central location.
"We had taken a survey, and we
found out that the msjor prob
lem was our location," Dworak
said. "We found out that most of
the people who said location wrj
a problem were from downtown
or west of Lincoln."
The Gunny's space is ideal
because of its large size, Dworak
said. He said the Maranatha store
can now offer its ministry to a
larger group of people, and can
do a better Job with the people
who were already regular cus
tomers. Ccr.tir.acd on Pag a 13
aid McDonald?" The clock ticked
to the police station he used to
work at and tripped over the old blinked both eyes at once. "Ready
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and had filed charges aginstMc- ,
Duganfur punching him. McDu- ... l8Wk founded
gandtdnt punch Wait, but they f dirt clod. "Ready I sure am."
struck and cp-ccrU: I Salt drops v1,t c,r!d at hl3 P"ammar cn
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McDunan McGruder and his
new buddy Walt walked into stu- "Kins' Moodvi" Walt shouted. "I
dio 6-H. That was the studio where saw it on the back of a Happy plaques, jewelry and other gift
the most popular television came Meal He also was Starker On 'Get itATTifl rtp avcilaWf with xrrinsn
show in history was taped, "Tic, Smart.'" Christian and religious themes.
Tic, Tsk. The object of the game Winkydink choked. "Riht. Do The biggest selling item has been
was to answer the questions be- you want to stop or go for the records the downtown store
fore the clock stopped. If you tester oven?" Wink wanted to opened Sept. 1 with a visit by
answer wrong, host Wink Wrnky- sing his song. Christian recording artist Amy
dink would do his well-loved and "Toaster oven, Wink." Walt peer- Grant, Grant signed autographs
much-mutated theme song, "Tsk ed into the audience and McDu- in the store for an hour before
for Two." The audience would can save him the thumbs ua- An0in at. t.h Thri-a stt.
root for the contestant to lose.
A woman with a Colgate smile
and ruby fingernails escorted Walt
to the contestant podium. Walt
thought the set looked more ex
pensive on TV.
The orchestra boomed and in a
hot-white spotlight of his own,
the tuxedo-clad Wink Winkydink
strutted on stage waving to his
fans! There he was! Hair sprayed
and perfumed! His face was lined
with a thousand wrinkles from
laughing at his own jokes and hi3
eyes reflected every neartiight in
the studio audience. The game
Wink Winkydink spoke. "Walt,
tell us about yourself." The audi
ence sighed in unison at the vocal
strength of their idol.
Wait stood up straight for the
first time in his life. "Well, Mr. s
Winkydink. I like the show. I
watched it all the time when I
was a kid. My mom used to watch
The pearly smile froze on Wink's
face and he sooke without rr.ov-
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