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    Default At 92, Bandit to Hollywood but Hero to Soldiers

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/27/ny...nted=1&_r=1&hp

    "MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. — One of the world’s most prolific bootleggers of Hollywood DVDs loves his morning farina. He has spent eight years churning out hundreds of thousands of copies of “The Hangover,” “Gran Torino” and other first-run movies from his small Long Island apartment to ship overseas.

    “Big Hy” — his handle among many loyal customers — would almost certainly be cast as Hollywood Enemy No. 1 but for a few details. He is actually Hyman Strachman, a 92-year-old, 5-foot-5 World War II veteran trying to stay busy after the death of his wife. And he has sent every one of his copied DVDs, almost 4,000 boxes of them to date, free to American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan."

    Pretty interesting read.

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    That's a great story
    Thanks for the article

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    Hyman Hood!

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    You know what good for him.

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    He is probably the lowest scum on earth in the eyes of violet fashion.

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    This gave me a chuckle. Keep rocking on, Big Hy.

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    Haha! The old WWII veteran at 92 exploiting modern technology at the chagrin of Hollywood. I bet he'd never pirate any movie from the 30's to the 50's though! He must think Hollywood today sucks ass.

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    Why is the military allowing these to be sent through? Kim Dotcom could learn something from this guy.

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    Really nice read. Thanks a lot. And welcome to mp.net

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zorro C9 View Post
    Why is the military allowing these to be sent through? Kim Dotcom could learn something from this guy.
    I have sent USB sticks with movies to my friends before, he isnt the only one.

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    Good read. His picture reminds of me of Carl from Disney Pixar's "Up".

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    Quote Originally Posted by socom6 View Post
    Haha! The old WWII veteran at 92 exploiting modern technology at the chagrin of Hollywood.
    If Hollywood was smart, they'd make a movie out of him

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bro Jangles View Post
    I have sent USB sticks with movies to my friends before, he isnt the only one.
    Big difference between a small USB and thousands of full size DVDs.

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    That is amazing...and to me I am glad he did it. Think of the money he spent on blank DVDs and postage and the duplicator machine. I know it was against the law, and millionaire moviestars lost money as did the studios and millionaire directors etc, but I know his heart was in the right place. If he were tried and I was on the jury....he would walk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IconOfEvi View Post
    If Hollywood was smart, they'd make a movie out of him
    Don't give 'em ideas now. Clint Eastwood as old Hy, flashbacking to WW2 when he is depicted by Sean Penn - a 50 year old big budget saga culminating in a courtroom battle where Eastwood starts slinging DVDs and pieces of his fried chicken skin at Hollywood lawyers.

    I think we got a movie!

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