Monday, January 08, 2007

Yo, Fred! You've Got Mail!

When I saw the following, I had to try to solve the mystery myself:

Pa. man receives letter postmarked October 1954
1/7/2007, 4:55 p.m. ET The Associated Press

FERNDALE, Pa. (AP) — Brian McAteer got a big surprise when a letter arrived at his home a couple of weeks ago: Not only was it not addressed to him, it had been mailed more than 50 years ago.

The letter, with a 3-cent stamp and postmarked Oct. 26, 1954, was encased in a large, United States Postal Service window envelope.

. . . . . .

However, McAteer hasn't had any luck finding the intended recipient — Frederick Zane Yost.

He said he has contacted Yosts in the area, spoken with longtime residents and searched on the Internet, all to no avail.

"I haven't given up trying to find him," said McAteer, a road foreman for Ferndale Borough, about 65 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

Read more here.

And I think I found him! Frederick Zane Yost was in the Class of 1969 at Westmont-Hilltop High School in Cambria County, Pennsylvania. See the yearbook at This likely would make him about three years old in 1954, and about 55 years old today. In 2001, a Frederick Zane Yost, born April, 1951, resided in Houston, Texas. As of 2004, Frederick Zane Yost lived in Ormond Beach, Florida. (Thanks to ZabaSearch!).

If you're still there, Fred, check your mail back in PA!

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