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Mitchell Tsai
At 92, a Bandit to Hollywood but a Hero to Soldiers: Sent 300,000+ bootleg DVDs to soldiers after his wife died. [Alan Schwarz, New York Times - 4/26/12] http://www.nytimes.com/2012...
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In February, Mr. Strachman duplicated and shipped 1,100 movies. (“A slow month,” he said.) He has not kept an official count but estimates that he topped 80,000 discs a year during his heyday in 2007 and 2008, making his total more than 300,000 since he began in 2004. Postage of about $11 a box, and the blank discs themselves, would suggest a personal outlay of over $30,000. - Mitchell Tsai
After Mr. Strachman’s wife of more than half a century, Harriet, died in 2003, he discovered a Web site that collected soldiers’ requests for care packages. He noted a consistent plea for movie DVDs and wound up passing his sleepless nights replicating not only the films, but also a feeling of military comradeship that he had not experienced since his own service in the Pacific during World War II. - Mitchell Tsai
“I wouldn’t say it kept him alive, but it definitely brought back his joie de vivre,” said Mr. Strachman’s son, Arthur, a tax accountant in New York. - Mitchell Tsai