January 27, 2001
Hoo-rah! The manuscript's at the publisher's and I'm a free woman again -
for now, anyway. Will let you know what's new in future editions. Lots of
changes ahead. It is, however, still January in New York, which means it's
cold and the streets are sloppy. That never stopped anyone in the
collecting world, did it?
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF FAMOUS CUSTODY BATTLES
The judge's decision is in. The family of Rufus Rose, late master puppeteer, can kiss Howdy Doody good-bye, pack his little suitcase, and walk him to the car. The Detroit Institute of Art has been awarded custody of the little simp, after a long and protracted legal battle. The Institute's claim was that Rose, who died in 1976, had promised the original Howdy Doiody to them, to be displayed alongside other famous puppets, such as Kermit The Frog. The Rose family claimed that no such promise was ever made, and that it wasn't even certain that the Howdy in question was the original. Several copies had been made, including a stunt double, called Double Doody (I'm not making this up). The judge ruled, however, that the marionette in question is, without a doubt, the puppet in use when the show ended. So, off Howdy Doody goes, to his new home in Detroit. No word on visitation rights.
STRANGE MONUMENTS DEPARTMENT
A team of archeologists with either great musical taste or a silly snese of humor have named a newly discovered dinosaur after Dire Straits lead singer Mark Knopfler. Remains of the six foot dinosaur, said to be a vicious meat eater, were found on Madagascar and will be named Masiakasaurua knopfleri, which means "vicious lizard of Knopfler". The scientists cum music lovers say they frequently listen to Knopfler's music and named the dinosaur as a tribute to him. No comment from The Vicious Musical Lizard himself.
BUT HOW WILL ANYONE FIND IT?
A new museum will be opening in Washington DC. It will be a museum devoted to espionage. This is not a joke. The Cleveland company putting together the museum claims it will be displaying some of the behind-the-scenes tricks used by real spies (and they don't mean Sean Connery). Dennis Barrie, the man behind the concept, says the museum will look at things like the role of the CIA in American politics, and that consultants include former employees of the CIA, KGB and FBI. One of the exhibits will be a World War II German Enigma machine. The museum is set to open in Fall, 2002. If no one rigs explosives to the front door, of course.
Well, Accumulators, Artie and I are hitting Pennsylvania today, for some
serious shopping, along with our dear friends the Fergusons.
Would you mind terribly doing me a favor? If you have been enjoying these
newsletters, please forward this one to a couple of friends who might enjoy
it too, and might be interested in subscribing. The more the merrier! I
hope you get out there and have fun today, on the hunt. There may some
hidden gem just waiting for you to arrive and pick it up. Have a great
week, Accumulators. Happy hunting!
© 2001 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #138
U.S. Library of Congress
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