MINNEAPOLIS - Four-year-old Shira Rabkin wanted to ask just the right questions, so she thought long and hard. 'Dear Mr. Little Guy,' she finally scrawled in big letters across a sheet of paper. 'Do you like mints?' After some more pondering, she added, 'and going to Camp Snoopy? Love, Shira.' 

Mr. Little Guy was nowhere in sight this early August evening, so Shira stuffed her letter behind his door at the base of a hollowed out ash tree. It's always open, and always full — of letters, pens, flowers and coins. The elusive elf has enchanted Twin Citians ever since the 6-inch wooden door appeared eight years ago, just off a walking path around popular Lake Harriet. Double takes led to messages, and messages to answers — and somehow Mr. Little Guy keeps up, responding to the queries in typed notes half the size of business cards. 

Some of his notes are left in the tree for children to find; others, if he has an address, are mailed. So many children visit that a patch of grass once leading to Mr. Little Guy's door is now powdery dirt. A flower bed bordered by stone surrounds one side of the tree...

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Do you think this `elf` is really just a pedophile?
MINNEAPOLIS - Four-year-old Shira Rabkin wanted to ask just the right questions, so she thought long and hard. `Dear Mr. Little Guy,` she finally scrawled in big letters across a sheet of paper. `Do you like mints?` After some more pondering, she added, `and going to Camp Snoopy? Love, Shira.`

Mr. Little Guy was nowhere in sight this early August evening, so Shira stuffed her letter behind his door at the base of a hollowed out ash tree. It`s always open, and always full — of letters, pens, flowers and coins. The elusive elf has enchanted Twin Citians ever since the 6-inch wooden door appeared eight years ago, just off a walking path around popular Lake Harriet. Double takes led to messages, and messages to answers — and somehow Mr. Little Guy keeps up, responding to the queries in typed notes half the size of business cards.

Some of his notes are left in the tree for children to find; others, if he has an address, are mailed. So many children visit that a patch of grass once leading to Mr. Little Guy`s door is now powdery dirt. A flower bed bordered by stone surrounds one side of the tree...

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19 yrs ago - Wednesday 8/27/03 - 5:25:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ha ha
19 yrs ago - Wednesday 8/27/03 - 8:26:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
It seems a little iffy to me, LOL ... I don't know if I'd want my kids hanging around some tree a guy stuffs letters into pretending to be an elf
19 yrs ago - Wednesday 8/27/03 - 8:38:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
Aw... that's the cutest thing ever *happy sappy smile* I don't think he's a pedophile, he sounds like the kindest person ever. I want a Mr. Little Guy in my town...
19 yrs ago - Wednesday 8/27/03 - 8:57:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
awww thats so cute... so has anyone actually seen 'mister little guy?'
19 yrs ago - Wednesday 8/27/03 - 9:01:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
Sounds like Boo Radly from To Killa Mockingbird.
19 yrs ago - Wednesday 8/27/03 - 9:06:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
i thoughjt that too noel.
19 yrs ago - Wednesday 8/27/03 - 9:07:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
He certainly could be a paedophile, but I'll just take the optimistic route and assume he just loves kids and making them happy.
19 yrs ago - Monday 9/1/03 - 2:03:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
Sounds demonic to me. The kid should be sat down and explaine that there is no such thing as a elf. If it is some person, then they are very sick in the mind. Watch out for your kids, their in danger.
19 yrs ago - Monday 9/1/03 - 2:05:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
That's so adorable!
19 yrs ago - Monday 9/1/03 - 2:07:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
lol awww
19 yrs ago - Monday 9/1/03 - 2:10:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
AWwwwwwww! how CUTE!!!!!! how come nobody sees him?
19 yrs ago - Monday 9/1/03 - 2:21:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
Demonic? Give me a f*cking break.

Rayn said it best!

19 yrs ago - Monday 9/1/03 - 5:43:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
I am not sure but it sounds real cute that story does, "do you like mints?" awwwww
19 yrs ago - Monday 9/1/03 - 5:49:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
awwww. i think it's cute, too.
19 yrs ago - Thursday 9/4/03 - 2:08:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think it's a little creepy to stick notes in a tree and get a response... Sounds espionage-ish...
19 yrs ago - Thursday 9/4/03 - 2:11:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
Awwwwwwwwwwww, that's so cute!
19 yrs ago - Thursday 9/4/03 - 2:12:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
haha. uh, is this real? thats so weird.
19 yrs ago - Thursday 9/4/03 - 2:23:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
That's....disturbing.
19 yrs ago - Thursday 9/4/03 - 3:35:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
Nah, it doesn't sound too bad to me. It's a little odd, but honestly, the first thing in my mind isn't pedophilia. Pedophiles want to be around their targets. They have a sexual attraction to the BODIES, not the MINDS of their victims.
19 yrs ago - Thursday 9/4/03 - 3:38:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
He doesn't sound like a pedophile. It doesn't sound like the children ever actually see him. And it must be in a fairly obvious place, so there is no danger there. I think Rayn has the right idea.
19 yrs ago - Friday 9/12/03 - 6:37:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
That is so sweet. Betcha the elf is a woman.
19 yrs ago - Friday 9/12/03 - 6:43:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
Someone I associate pedophiles with a more predatory type where communication's concerned. This just seems too cute for words.
18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 10/2/03 - 9:12:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
has my computer messed up or is this sentence in there, 'Double takes led to messages, and messages to answers ?'
18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 10/5/03 - 1:22:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
Wow...he gets coins?!?! Hook me up. I'll be the town's Miss Little Gal and take a piece of the profits.
18 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 10/21/03 - 6:43:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think that is really nice of the person, whoever does it...

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