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September 9, 2013

Local casket maker solicited to participate in reality show

Owners prepare audition tape, receive positive support


Nathan Smith, co-owner of ‘Til We Meet Again, has also been contacted a number of times by reality producers about his casket company.

‘Til We Meet Again is a retail store featuring both metal and hardwood customized caskets sold from mall storefronts. Its nearest retail location is in Fort Wayne.

“If the show is done right, it would be good for the industry,” Smith said. “We are too busy right now running our business to be on a reality show.”

Boots said he has those same concerns.

“We still have a business to run and a product to get out,” Boots said.

Anderson has been fairly popular recently with reality programs including Spike TV’s “Repo Games,” MTV’s “Teen Mom,” HBO’s documentary “Dirty Driving” and a local Gothic family on ABC’s “Wife Swap.”

Boots posted the following message on the “If you grew up in Anderson, IN.” Facebook page: “Interview with Hollywood Producers today for a new reality TV show for custom caskets. Shooting video all day Friday. Thank you Madison County for all your support!!! Cross your fingers!”

More than 130 people have liked and commented on the announcement including Lillian Taylor, Anderson. Taylor is a family friend of Boots and said that while she is not a fan of reality shows, she would watch it if he was featured.

“I’ve known him since he was a teenager,” Taylor said. “He is a good young man. He’s very committed to whatever he takes on.”

Like Traci L. Moyer on Facebook and follow her @ moyyer on Twitter, or call 648-4250.

For more on C.J. Boots Casket Co., see Page A3.

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