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The story behind this clock goes: This clock was always on the top shelf of Mother's kitchen. She told me that when my father was in the University of Illinois while he was in the U.S. Army in 1944, he had a very difficult time waking up and getting to class on time. Apparently, he rigged a switch on this clock that would activate a vacuum cleaner electric motor that he had fastened to his bed springs. An eccentric weight was on the shaft of the motor, so when it ran, it violently shook the…