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By Gerry Lore "Finder's Keepers: The Story of a Man who Found $1 Million" By Mark Bowden One fall afternoon in 1980, 28- year-old longshoreman Joey Coyle was driving around his South Philadelphia neighborhood with two friends, look- ing to score some drugs. Spotting a yel- low tub lying in the street, they stopped to investigate. Jumping out of the front seat, LORE Joey opened one of the two large canvas bags in the tub andhis life was forever changed. Seeking bundles of $100 bills, Joey shrieked, threw the bags in the car and they took off to Joey's moth- er's house, where he lived. The three men were speechless when the counted the money in the bags they had emptied on Joey's bed. They had just found $1.2 million in used, unmarked $100 bills'. Thus began the tragi- comedy true tale of what hap- pened to the money, to Joey and to his working class south Philadel- phia neighborhood over the next 10 days. Mark Bowden, who made his name with "Black Hawk Down," first wrote about the bungling Joey Coyle in the "Philadelphia Inquirer." Now turned into a thin- nish, but intriguing book, "Find- ers Keepers" will keep you shak- ing your head, sometimes laugh- ing, sometimes feeling sad, at the bizarre antics of Joey and a large cast of relatives, friends, total strangers and assorted misfits. This was no inside job; the guards IFINDERS1 "Finders Keepers" is a gripping tale of how a $1.2 million windfall became a living nightmare for Joey Coyle and many others who touched that money over that 10-day period of hell. on their armored truck hadn't se- curely locked the back doors, and the tub with the money bags fell out when the truck hit a pot hole. Bowden details how Joey im- mediately gave two-thirds of the money to a relative and a "friend" of the relative for safekeeping. When he realized what he had done, Joey and other assorted friends spend the next 10 days frantically chasing down the mon- ey, which changed hands several times, landing in a money laun- dering scheme at an Atlantic City casino. Bowden keeps us in stitches as Joey, now in a panic, tries to find a safe hiding place for his $350,000 to no avail. He ends up carrying most of it around in a black bag. All the while, Joey hands out $100 bills to everyone he meets; all of south Philadelphia knows he's the guy who found the mon- ey. Bowden chronicles how, with the police and the armored car Continued on page 100 Holiday decorating contest upcoming in Millsboro; deadline set Dec. 13 The Greater Millsboro Cham- ber of Commerce is reminding area residents and business own- ers that the registration period for the eighth annual holiday d.rc0rat- ing contest is now open. Cosponsored by the Rommel's Ace Home Center, the contest is open to all residences and busi- nesses within the 19939 and 19966 ZIP codes. The contest is free, but partici- pants must call the chamber office at 934-6777 to enter. The deadline is noon, Friday, Dec. 13. Judging will be from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 16 and 17, and prize packages from local businesses will be awarded. Four categories will be judged: Best Residence, Best Business, Best Nativity (residential or com- mercial) and Judges' Choice (resi- dential or commercial). Scoring will be on a points ba- sis for originality, creativity and illumination. Santa Continued from page 98 chandise will be priced at under $10, so children can shop too. In addition to serving a hot lunch, the seniors will host a bake sale and knit goods booth. The cham- ber will have a bake sale as well. To complete the day, parade watchers and participants are in- vited to take advantage of the shoppers' specials offered by Millsboro's merchants and restau- rants. Points of interest include the holiday decor throughout town and the floating Christmas tree in Millsboro Pond. For more information, call the chamber at 934-6777, or email Millsboro @intercom.net. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Dec. 6 - Dec. 12, 2002 - 99