December 10, 1999
It's a miracle that I've carved out just a teensy bit of time for myself
here. It's been such a killer week. But, what better use for the time
than to write to you?
FROM THE DEPARTMENT TACKY PSEUDO-RELIGIOUS JEWELRY
The Millennium Hope Ring, the invention of a real estate developer from Florida, contains teeny tiny messages of hope inscribed on a black dot in its center. The messages are invisible to the naked eye, so we have to take the inventor's word for it that they're there. He claims the ring inspires "faith and belief in oneself". So far he's given one to Bishop Desmond Tutu who is reportedly wearing it. Call me cynical, but I'll bet these rings are for sale somewhere....
BET YOU THOUGHT IT'D BE THE BEATLES OR ELVIS DEPARTMENT
Guess which album is the best-selling of all time. It's the Eagles' "Greatest Hits 1971 - 1975". It has sold 26 million copies since it was released in 1976. You remember the Eagles - a group that got along so well that their reunion tour was named "Hell Freezes Over".
TWELVE VERY EXPENSIVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
PNC Advisors says that, due to increased labor costs and wacky weather, if you wanted to get your True Love one set of gifts for the twelve days of Christmas, it will cost you 5% more than last year - a total of $14,940.17. And, if you wanted to get your True Love every gift in the song (you know eight lords a leaping, five golden rings), including all the repeated gifts, the bill will come to $59,719.33. Maybe you should stick to a new bathrobe and a box of chocolates.
GET A CLUE, RONNIE
Ron Howard, in discussing the current kids' craze for collecting fast food toys, such as the new McDonald's "Toy Story 2" toys, remarked that in his day, they played with the toys "and destroyed them with cherry bombs". That's why people get two of everything, Ron.
FRANCIS FORD WANTS YOU
Francis Ford Coppola has launched a new website to sell wine from his Napa Valley winery, and he's launched a contest with some neat prizes. If you go to http://www.niebaum-coppola.com, you can enter to win a gift package that includes a rare script from "The Godfather - Part III", signed by Coppola, Mario Puzo and Al Pacino, or an autographed DVD of "Apocalypse Now".
GIFT HORSE DEPARTMENT
It seems that, before the Tonight Show each night, as part of the audience warmup, free Tonight Show teeshirts are shot out into the audience - by an air gun. Cute. Now, an audience member is suing the show, claiming he was injured by one of the flying teeshirts. He claims his eye was damaged by the airborne apparel. He's seeking $25,000 dollars for negligence. This should be one of the more amusing trials to ever hit the courts.
Off to the airport, Accumulators. This weekend I'll be appearing at
Superflea in Greensboro, NC. I'll be doing verbal valuations, and giving a
seminar. Next week, it's off to Virginia Beach to do "Treasures In Your
Home". The best part about doing "Superflea" is that I can get in there
early and shop! While I'm working, Artie will be in NC working hard too -
on the racquetball court. Have a great week, Accumulators. Happy hunting!
© 1999 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #109
U.S. Library of Congress
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