Iowa family featured on "Wife Swap" reality program

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A Cass County family is featured tonight on the ABC TV reality show "Wife Swap." The show takes two families from different backgrounds and the wives trade places.
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Moved away from Iowa

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Feb 19, 2007
 

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Boy, this show brings back memories of our nightmare of living in Iowa.

Boy, we sure are glad to have moved back to California!

Backwards, backwards, backwards, and ignorance are all we saw in Iowa. So glad to be gone!
Iowan

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This show was disgusting and very disturbing. Rather than air it the producers should have turned the parents in for neglect and abuse. No education, the nasty conditions they live in, not to mention endangering the childrens lives by subjecting them to dangerous molds and bacteria. The father and son were clearly psychologically unbalanced....very scary.

ABC should be charged for exploiting these children, and doing nothing about their situation.....and the State of Iowa needs to step up and do their job of protecting these kids.

mom in dm

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This situation was not typical behavior for Iowans.I have lived here all of my life and I love it. That being said I would have called on them myself if I was their neighbor because they need help and to me that is what you do if you see someone in trouble you help. I feel sad for you if all you saw of our amazing state was ignorance and backwards people because that means you were not looking for the good.
Longtime Iowan

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Moved away from Iowa wrote:
Boy, this show brings back memories of our nightmare of living in Iowa.
Boy, we sure are glad to have moved back to California!
Backwards, backwards, backwards, and ignorance are all we saw in Iowa. So glad to be gone!
I think we all see where the ignorance is. It left Iowa with you! I'm sorry this is the way you feel, but I can assure everyone you are wrong. I've traveled to many of the states and Iowa is not backwards. In fact, I've found that it is probably one of the best places to raise a family. Ignorance is everywhere and I'm sure Iowa is no different. However, Iowa is always near the top in education; maybe the ignorance has been imported.:) One silly television show, involving one family and their unusual lifestyle, is not a fair assessment of a state as a whole, or its people.
If so, I think California would be one of the top backward states with all the Beverly Hillbillies.
Ignorant In Iowa

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Feb 21, 2007
 
Moved away from Iowa wrote:
Boy, this show brings back memories of our nightmare of living in Iowa.
Boy, we sure are glad to have moved back to California!
Backwards, backwards, backwards, and ignorance are all we saw in Iowa. So glad to be gone!
You think we're all the same here in Iowa, obviously you didn't live here long, and probably near the that family that was on Wife Swap. I'm from Iowa and it's beautiful here, nothing like what that family was like. Shall we start talking about how ignorant and fake the people are from California? We all have opinions on who lives in what part of the country... but you know what, you don't know anything until you've been there! And like I said, you obviously didn't live in Iowa very long! So drop it!
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Moved away from Iowa wrote:
Boy, this show brings back memories of our nightmare of living in Iowa.
Boy, we sure are glad to have moved back to California!
Backwards, backwards, backwards, and ignorance are all we saw in Iowa. So glad to be gone!
You know what's funny about your comment? I meet new people everyday that move their families from places like California to Iowa to give them a better life. And they are very happy they did! Sorry you went the wrong direction!
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Hey California...did you notice that mom in dm's location says Denver, Colorado!!!But yet she says she's lived here all her life? Or am I just confused? anyway, California, if you lived in Cass County drop me a note at gonecountry1963@excite.com. I would like to talk to you. I always got good entertainment when I lived in Iowa. Mostly from the "officials." I have the most amazing thing to email you. I think you will be well entertained. I still can't believe what these people did. And they left the biggest paper trail I have ever seen. No IQ needed there folks!
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Aug 1, 2008
 
hey did you learn how to read. Mom from dm is from des moines iowa not denver.
man of steel wrote:
Hey California...did you notice that mom in dm's location says Denver, Colorado!!!But yet she says she's lived here all her life? Or am I just confused? anyway, California, if you lived in Cass County drop me a note at gonecountry1963@excite.com. I would like to talk to you. I always got good entertainment when I lived in Iowa. Mostly from the "officials." I have the most amazing thing to email you. I think you will be well entertained. I still can't believe what these people did. And they left the biggest paper trail I have ever seen. No IQ needed there folks!
iwannapuke

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Nov 28, 2008
 
I just saw this show for the 1st time today. While I don't believe this super f*cked up family is represenitive of the entire state, I do think this family should have kids and animals taken away, and the parents and kids sterilized--as you can see by their behavior they are lacking in the mentak stability department. I can't believe that the mother isn't knocked up by the 'son' and the daughter by her 'daddy' they are so backwards and brainwashed. Yes, I feel bad for the kids and if there is any hope for them I hope they get it. The parents should be publicly drowned in their spoiled milk vats!!
fat guy

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Jan 14, 2009
 
I ate at that bar that they got sick at it kicked butt. i took a big dump also
Atlantic IA native

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Feb 4, 2009
 
I am from Atlantic IA which is miles from Messena. I do not know that couple personally but my aunt and uncle do, as they basically run the town there. Also I have eaten at the Messena bar several times, and the food is WONDERFUL! Iowans are not like this couple. We are smart, clean and friendly people. I cannot believe that this is the family that got to show IA off. It is absurd and disheartening to see some of the posts say IA is so backwards. If that is the case, why do some of the most famous newscasters come to IA to learn broadcasting? To speak fluently with no accent? What presidents were born here? Anyone know that Grant Woods ' American Gothic' painting was done in IA? Or that Herbert Hoover always called IA home? Who was born in IA? George Washington Carver, Johnny Carson. I just cannot belive that this is how IA is shown and Im disgusted by it. We do not all eat raw meat, and live so filthy. I am a neat freak and almost burn food to make sure it is done. We are not all like that so please dont compare us all. IA is a great place to live, I wouldnt live anywhere else and am proud to raise my children in this great state.
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Aug 12, 2009
 
Iowa is not full of hillbillies, thank you very much. At least we know how to drive, unlike Cali-people
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Aug 12, 2009
 
those people give Iowans a bad name, I am from Iowa and think that is disgusting and would NEVER live like that.
Mary Eblen

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Jul 9, 2010
 
Actually, there was a Thomas Eblen, who had sex with young girls even though he was married. He just passed away. He left several illegitimate children behind that wanted a father. Their mother's were teenagers. Money can get you out of trouble in Atlantic, Iowa. I saw this with my own eyes as these girls were my baby sitters. He definitely made passed at his own sister and my mother. This guy lived too long but it should have been behind bars.
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Oct 7, 2010
 
what?
Donahue Iowa

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Mar 7, 2012
 
Living in Iowa is not bad as what was shown on the program of wife swap. Us kids went to school, then college. We had a clean house, otherwise mom/dad got mad at us. So just letting everyone Part of Iowa is not all that bad!!!! lol
Renee

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May 3, 2012
 
I thought this was a "wife swap" forum, not a dialogue about the "beauties of Iowa". I'm not for or against Iowa. I really don't care.

What I came here to talk about is how freakin' nuts and confrontational the Iowa family was. Horrible, horrible people.
Campinh

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Jul 6, 2012
 
I watched the airing of this episode a few months back. And least to say I gagged quite a bit. But looking at both ends of the wife swap you had two extremes. Overly clean/OCD karma then there is overwhelming germs/Raw diet. There are restaurants with raw food, ppl eating veggies etc. While personally I'll or my family wont eat raw and old food it is a persons personal decision. If this family believes it the cure for their dd ADHD problem, so be it. But I will deal with preservatives and such for a safer more meaningful diet.
On the matter of state vs state.... Seriously?!?!? California is strapped in everyday. Has a lower education turnover, an drives less. But look at comparison of other states. Ca is bigger in population , politics are different which mundane into cutting most programs such a's schooling. Homeschooling is a great way to educate at any level for any state. As for driving yep.... Ca has more carpooling, transportation next to NY. Because it's 48% metropolitan. I haven't been to Iowa but can imagine it much like MO. Graceful and pretty. I won't move there just because of the weather.
JLG 76

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Sep 25, 2012
 
I don't care where they are from either, the Father is just plain horrible! What a jerk, somebody should show him what it's like to be bullied! He's a piecce of shit!

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