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The Dayton Daily News reports that Ohio native Gregory Johnson, who currently is aboard the space shuttle Endeavor, which launched on March 11 and returned on March 26, carried with him a Dorothy Lane Market shopping bag.

According to the story, the folks at Dorothy Lane figure that their bag traveled 6.5 million miles during the course of the 12-day trip: “That might be a new record for the program, called A Famous Name in a Famous Place, which encourages loyal DLM customers to send in photographs of themselves holding a Dorothy Lane Market bag in any internationally famous place they visit.

“The bags usually visit Disneyworld, the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore, but they have also been to the North Pole, Mt. Everest and the Brazilian rain forest. The program is so popular that the board where the photos are displayed is taken down each year to prepare for the next round of photos. Customers can earn a gift card for submitting their photos.”

KC's View:
There aren’t many retailers that I would describe as out-of-this-world…but Dorothy Lane Market is among them.

So this somehow seems both poetic and appropriate.