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Mitch Albom: Blockbuster is near extinction -- and so is a daily experience

They were blue and yellow and you could see their signs from far away. At their peak, they averaged nearly 100 per state, and it felt as if there was one on every corner. We joined their ranks. We had their membership cards. We knew their hours.

They were called Blockbuster, and if you are under 20 and reading this, you may not know what I'm talking about. Blockbuster is the American buffalo of the home entertainment world, once mighty, now all but gone.

I thought about this when I read that Blockbuster will soon close two of its remaining three stores, leaving it with one -- one? -- in all of the United States. From 4,500 stores in this country, from nearly 85,000 employees...

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