Photos: Spengler Plumbers Model For Fire Department Charity Calendar

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Bathing for a good cause. Big photos below.
You know those calendars where good-looking firefighters take off their shirts to raise money for charity? This is like that -- only it's plumbers.

But it's still a good cause! And some of them are, you know, hunky. For your viewing pleasure, Daily RFT brings you the "Men of Spengler," an O'Fallon, Illinois, charitable endeavor.

The company, Spengler Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, is now spreading the word about its 2013 calendar, which the business hopes will help them donate $20,000 to local fire departments through its newly formed "Spengler Everyday Hero Fund."

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"Sign Man" Marty Prather Reserves His Best Work For Chicago Cubs

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Marty Prather, 53

For the Cardinals' home opener series against the Cubs last weekend, "Sign Man," also known as Marty Prather, came prepared. Well, Prather always comes prepared -- the Springfield resident has upward of 40 hand-painted signs jammed in beside his seat along the first-base line -- but he goes all out when the Cubs are in town. During Saturday's game, we counted ten different signs meant to humiliate the Cubs, not to mention the white banner with a dark blue "W" on it, not unlike the one that flies over Wrigley Field after a Cubs' victory, only Prather's says "When?"

"What is the source of this hatred?" we wondered. Why go to such efforts to denigrate the opposing team? We maneuvered our way through the crowd to ask him. We were wearing a Cubs cap and T-shirt, but the Cards had just scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth, so we figured he'd be in a good mood. Anyway, being a Cubs fan makes you strong and immune to most heckling.

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Albert Samaha Dresses Like Hemingway Writes

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Albert Samaha, 22
Delmar Blvd. near Westgate Ave.

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​In an effort to celebrate the people who keep our city interesting, Daily RFT is launching a new weekly blog post, "Bold Types," featuring photos and street interviews with the fashionistas, fresh faces and free spirits of our town.

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Lauren Stafford Wants to Be a Cards Fan

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Lauren Stafford, 22
Washington Ave. and Tucker Blvd.

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​In an effort to celebrate the people who keep our city interesting, Daily RFT is launching a new weekly blog post, "Bold Types," featuring photos and street interviews with the fashionistas, fresh faces and free spirits of our town.

So you're a tourist? Yes. I'm visiting my friend who works for the Rams. I'm originally from Baltimore, and now I live in New York. By the way, you're really a reporter, right? These photos aren't for personal consumption?

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Brandon Cavanagh Is Ready for Game 5

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Brandon Cavanagh, 29
Euclid and McPherson avenues

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​In an effort to celebrate the people who keep our city interesting, Daily RFT is launching a new weekly blog post, "Bold Types," featuring photos and street interviews with the fashionistas, fresh faces and free spirits of our town.

I'm guessing you're either a Cardinals fan or a shopping mall Santa Claus with too much time on his hands. [Laughs.] One of the two. I'm not sure which yet, I haven't figured it out.

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Edna Dieterle Wants to Hear Your Ghost Stories

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Edna Dieterle, 54
Market St. and 10th St.

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​In an effort to celebrate the people who keep our city interesting, Daily RFT is launching a new weekly blog post, "Bold Types," featuring photos and street interviews with the fashionistas, fresh faces and free spirits of our town.

Are you going for the Mary Surratt look? Thank you I appreciate that, I admire Mary Surratt, and I think she was set up and framed!

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Jessie HarlaQuinn Will Get You Motivated

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Jessie HarlaQuinn, 26
Texas Avenue, near Utah Street

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​In an effort to celebrate the people who keep our city interesting, Daily RFT is launching a new weekly blog post, "Bold Types," featuring photos and street interviews with the fashionistas, fresh faces and free spirits of our town.

I've never heard of a last name with two capital letters like that. It came from my dad. When he moved from Texas to Wisconsin he changed his name to HarlaQuinn and had fun with the letters. He never told us his real name.

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Don't Tell Josh Sparks' Mom About His Horse Tattoo

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Josh Sparks, 26
South Grand Boulevard and Wyoming Street

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​In an effort to celebrate the people who keep our city interesting, Daily RFT is launching a new weekly blog post, "Bold Types," featuring photos and street interviews with the fashionistas, fresh faces and free spirits of our town.

What do you do? I work at a tattoo shop, TRX Tattos. I run the counter.

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Sethe Gabel Could Probably Kick Your Ass at Angry Birds

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Sethe Gabel, 4
Star Clipper, University City

In an effort to celebrate the people who keep our city interesting, Daily RFT is launching a new weekly blog post, "Bold Types," featuring photos and street interviews with the fashionistas, fresh faces and free spirits of our town.

Hi there. That is a fetching shade of green you're wearing! Is that related to Star Trek? Angry Birds!

What brings you out the Loop this fine afternoon?
Angry Birds! Uh, hey. You get them down?

Do you have a favorite Angry Bird? Uh, yeah.

Which one? A red one. He's too high up. You get them down.

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Understandably, you tire of the paparazzi. I'll speak to your P.A., also known as Dad, also known as Mike Gabel. You fellas having fun? My brother-in-law is visiting, and we took the Metrolink from Illinois. He doesn't get that much opportunity to run on a train.

How is Sethe at the game Angry Birds? Frighteningly good. Better than I am. I'm surprised he hasn't asked for my phone yet.


Diana Cojocaru Doesn't Look Naked People in the Eye

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Diana Cojocaru, 23
Delmar Boulevard and Westgate Avenue

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​In an effort to celebrate the people who keep our city interesting, Daily RFT is launching a new weekly blog post, "Bold Types," featuring photos and street interviews with the fashionistas, fresh faces and free spirits of our town.

Where does your last name come from? It's Romanian. I was born here, but that's where my parents are from.


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