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Newsletter #123

June 3, 2000

Greetings Accumulators!

We had a short, but spectacular, thunderstorm here in NYC last night. Since Artie we live on the forty-second floor, and our living room is all glass-fronted, we have a pretty great view of weather phenomena. It looks as if we're set for a beautiful hot day today, so I've decided to type to you while it's still cool.

FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF WELL, DON'T WE FEEL FOOLISH NOW?
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We spent last summer having a hearty laugh at the expense of the City of Chicago and bovines everywhere, poking fun at "Cows On Parade", the fund raising event that involved planting individually decorated fiberglass cows all over downtown Chicago. Well, it seems that The Big Apple, not to be caught in the throes of anything that could be considered creative, is going to be joining the moo-vement this summer. We are expecting at any moment an invasion of the large and udderly placid milk-producers, in NYC. They will spend the summer here, no doubt being abused in creative ways (New York is a town of rugged and colorful individualists who are many things, but dull isn't one of them. We leave that to our city government officials) by the mischievous denizens of New York's streets, and will be auctioned for charitable purposes come Autumn. Those that can still be found, anyway.

ANYTHING BUT USELESS DEPARTMENT
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So, you thought the name was apt because it doesn't actually *do* anything. You were so wrong! Silly Putty has just awarded its top prizes to the winning entrants in the "Silliest Uses For Silly Putty" Contest. The contest was held to mark the 50th (yes, 50th!) anniversary of the sticky stuff (and perhaps drum up some publicity, too). And the winners are: Peter Hyde of Collinsville, CT, who suggested dumping your stockbroker in favor of throwing Silly Putty against a copy of The Wall Street Journal and investing in whatever stock it lifts off the page. Peter won a 14 Karat gold Silly Putty Egg and a lifetime supply of Silly Putty (no, it wasn't the "Most Useless Grand Prize" Contest - it just seems that way). Second Place went to Judith Daly of Norwich, CT, who suggested getting away from a bad date by using Silly Putty to simulate a swollen gland and feigning illness (Ms. Daly did not enter the "Honesty In Relationships" Contest. Pity). Charles Garrett, the Third Place Winner, notes that if you try to mold Silly Putty, it will eventually return to its old shapeless mass, making it ideal for the impressed handprints of one-hit-wonders and future has-beens, at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Personally, I think Garrett should have won First Prize in the "Evidence That Fame Is Fleeting" Contest. For the complete list of "The Top 50 Silliest Uses for Silly Putty" visit the Sillyputty.com Web site. Anyone besides me think folks in Connecticut may have way too much time on their hands?

MIDWEST CENTENARIANS TO GET LOVELY MEMENTO
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This month, folks who have attained 100 years of age or more, and who reside in Colorado and Wyoming, will be receiving instant and special collections from their local Post Offices. Each will receive a special 20th Century stamp collection and special postmark memento. Now, that's a great idea!

YESTERDAY'S NEWS
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So sorry to be reporting this historically significant event a day late. If my dear sister-in-law and adorable niece had not been visiting from California, I would have gotten home early enough to send this out last night, but at least you'll have the information for next year, right? Yesterday was Yell "Fudge" At The Cobras In North America Day. To keep cobras out of North America, everyone was supposed to go outside at 12 noon and yell "fudge"! Supposedly, fudge makes cobras gag (frankly, I'll never accept that one until I see someone go to the Bronx Zoo and feed one of the cobras some fudge) and just the mention of it will make them go away. Seems to be working so far.

Accumulators, He Who Is The Light Of My Life is anxious to hit the road. Now that the holiday weekend has passed, we are going to resume our deckbuilding activites. I already managed to sneak in a garage sale yesterday (hee hee), and we have the gala Bar Mitzvah of Spencer Dylan Goldman to attend this evening. Go out there and enjoy the day. Have a great week, Accumulators. Happy Hunting!

Best,
Judith

2000 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #123
U.S. Library of Congress
ISSN 1520-4464

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