October 16, 1997
Did you miss me? Last week no Newsletter was sent because we were suffering the Mother Of All Computer Crashes around here. All I know is that He Who Is The Light Of My Life secreted himself in the office, and every half hour or so came out and said something like, "It's the motherboard", or "I think I lost all our files". So, if you see me, and you notice the bald patches on my head, it is from pulling out my hair after each of these little news flashes from HWITLOML, who ultimately came through for me and fixed everything. I'm so fortunate to have married a gear head!
WHO WAS THE WISE GUY WHO CAME UP WITH THAT NAME ANYWAY? DEPARTMENT
Leland's, an auction company here in The Apple, is holding what it calls "The Howdy Doody Auction Of The Century". It includes memorabilia from the personal collection of Buffalo Bob Smith and features, and I'm not making this up, "The Original Photo Doody". That's one of the three original Howdy Doody marionettes. The sale also includes props from the show, notably a Phineas T. Bluster (my hero!) oil painting, a near-complete set of show scripts (I understand the puppet made copious notes in the margins) and the 1955 Howdy Doody Emmy nomination. This is a mail and phone auction, and it ends Friday, October 24. Catalogues are $15 each, and may be obtained from Leland's by calling (212)545-0800. Personally, I think Flubbadub rules. Non-gender-specific (come to think of it, nobody could even figure out what kind of animal he was) and he could wear plaid and make it look cool.
PERSONAL FX GOES TO ATLANTIQUE CITY
If you're in the vicinity, drop by the new Convention Center in Atlantic City for the largest collectibles show in the country, and while you're there visit the Personal FX booth. Rich Zelachowski, Diedre Featherstone and John Burke will be there on Saturday. On Sunday, Claire Carter will arrive to take John's place. Go on - you know you want to say hi!
NEWS FLASH FROM THE WORLD OF CLEANING!!
Okay, I couldn't find any way to make this subject exciting. I found a new way to clean brass (don't ask how. You wouldn't believe me anyway). Soda pop! So far, black cherry and cola work the best. I haven't tried lemon yet, but I'll bet it works well too. Buy the cheapest brand you can get, fill up a bowl, throw in the brass leave, come back, rinse it off, say, "what a smart girl that Judith is", and you're done.
This weekend, Artie and I are attending the VF&CJ Convention in Warwick, RI. We hate to miss the
festivities in Atiantique City, and a chance to meet some of you, but we made this commitment first. Happy
© 1997 Judith Katz-Schwartz
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