September 19, 1999
Better late than never, I always say. I'm back in NYC after having weathered Floyd in Chesapeake, VA (actually, it was a breeze, except for the cabin fever part), I sort of took yesterday off. So, even though this newsletter is quite tardy, I'll be sending you another one on Friday.
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF OH NO, NOT THOSE COWS AGAIN
It seems that one of those silly enhanced bovines recently inhabiting the downtown area of Chicago has gone missing. The red-and-black-flame-painted cow, named "Be-bop a Re-bop" (I'm not making this up), disappeared last week from in front of a Michigan Ave. shoe store. The store owner, one Peter Henig, has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of the lifesize fiberglass member of the World's Most Over-publicized Herd of Cows. "Be-bop a etc., etc." is valued at $3,500, which makes her theft a felony. Mr. Henig also revealed that he is the person who thought up the idea of doing the whole cow expo, with the exhibits being auctioned off for charity November 9th. No word on the number of death threats he may have received as a result of this revelation.
FINE KETTLE OF FISH DEPARTMENT
In April of 1990, four robbers overpowered an unarmed guard at the Archeological Museum of Ancient Corinth in Greece. They stole more than 270 priceless Greek artifacts, including a bust of Julius Caesar, believed to have been created shortly after his death in 44 BC. The FBI recently announced that it has located the artifacts in Miami, as the result of a tip, and that the precious relics have been shipped to New York, where they are being held, pending an investigation. You could say the case was solved because something just didn't smell right. The artifacts were disguised as a shipment of fish.
NASA AUCTION RESULTS
Space fans jumped at the chance to own a bit of history, flocking to the auction of NASA space memorabilia at Christie's last night. Here are the biggies: James Irwin's NASA patch and nametag, covered with moon dust, made $280,000. An autographed flight plan from a Gemini mission went for $3,000. And Neil Armstrong's suit from a training mission sold for $160,000. Out of this world!
I'm on the run, Accumulators. The Yom Kippur holiday begins in an hour or
so, and Artie and I are off to my Mom's house. To all my fellow
Accumulators of the Hebrew persuasion, I wish you a good fast and a good
year. To all Accumulators, I wish you a super week. Happy hunting!
© 1999 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #100
U.S. Library of Congress
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