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Newsletter #122

May 26, 2000

Greetings Accumulators!

Ah...at last, sunshine in the Big Apple! Well, this puts me in a talkative mood, so here's what I've heard this week:

FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF COURTSIDE SEATS SPIKE LEE WOULDN'T BUY
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Yes, Accumulators, we thought we'd seen everything. And where else would we find proof that there is always someone even crazier, just waiting to be discovered, but on eBay? Michael Toney, on Death Row in Texas for a bombing attack that killed three people, apparently tried to auction five seats to his execution. He was planning, he said in his listing, to use the money to start a trust fund for his two daughters, from whom he is estranged (somehow, this doesn't seem like the way to smooth things over). The ever-vigilant eBay pulled the auction before anyone could bid on the seats, which is a good thing, because prison officials in Texas say the winners wouldn't have been allowed to attend anyway. Condemned prisoners in Texas are each permitted to invite five people to witness their executions, but the intent seems to be that they actually know each other. No word on whether the tickets came with backstage passes.
In a related story, someone tried to sell, also on eBay, the remains of a gun they claimed was taken from the ruins of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, after the FBI raid there. The folks at eBay yanked that one too, because it violated their prohibition against the selling of guns. Jeez, can't we all just stick to wind-up toys and Fenton glass?

CROSS-DRESSING, SUPPOSEDLY WELL-ENDOWED OLD-TIMERS DEPARTMENT
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Milton Berle, now 92 years old and still hilarious, is suing NBC. It seems that Mr. Television and the network jointly owned the kinescopes of his early 1950s TV shows. Berle claims it was the network's responsibility to safeguard and preserve the films, but 130 reels of them are missing. And, Berle says, the network "appears to have lost and/or dispersed the original films to others, including donations to entities for NBC's benefit." Uncle Miltie discovered the kinescopes were missing when he contacted NBC with a proposal for marketing them to the public, and he wants 30 million dollars in compensation. The Los Angeles Times reports that NBC attorneys claim there never was any agreement giving Berle rights to the films
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A GENUINE WOODY
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If you can get yourself to Washington, DC between May 27 and August 13, you will have the opportunity to view, at the Smithsonian Institution, some never-before-seen artifacts which are part of a tribute to an American legend: folk singer and writer Woody Guthrie. If he doesn't sound familiar, it might help you to know that he wrote "This Land Is Your Land" and that he was Arlo Guthrie's (think "Alice's Restaurant") father. Guthrie died in 1957, of ALS. The exhibition includes films, artifacts, recordings, and even some unreleased music.

FELLOW ACCUMULATOR ADOPTS WEIRD TRIANGULAR HAIRDO
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Just kidding. There's an oddly cropped photo of me at The Collecting Channel's website. It's there because they are webcasting an interview I did with Accumulator Tony Brooks, about board games. If you have the chance to go there, please do. There's sound and everything! Here's the link:
http://www.collectingchannel.com/cdsHomeBC.asp?CID=1

Okay, Accumulators, time to run. Artie and I are heading up to the country house for the holiday weekend. I hope your holiday is wonderful and joyous and filled with good friends, good food and great yard sale-ing. Please remember to either designate a driver, or have your last drink more than an hour before you hit the road. And watch out for the other guy - maybe nobody loved him enough to take away his keys. Have a great week, Accumulators. Happy hunting!

Best,
Judith

2000 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #122
U.S. Library of Congress
ISSN 1520-4464

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