April 27, 2001
I hope this is reaching you. My mail server appears to be ailing, so He Who
Is The Light Of My Life has rigged up this old mailbox for me. We've had a
string of nice days here in The Big Apple, which is good, but the work
fairy has dumped a lot of deadlines on my head, which is bad. I really
appreciate this few minutes of respite we can share together. Hope you got
to watch The Sally Show on Tuesday. It was fun to do, and the overwhelming
attendance at the evening chat caused the server to crash. We'll be doing
the chat on Wednesday, May 16 at 5PM Eastern, so please join us.
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF DIRTY MEMORABILIA
Christies' is having a space memorabilia auction on May 9, and features, among other choice items, a framed set of four patches from the space suit worn by James Irwin during the July 1971 Apollo 15 mission to the moon. During Irwin's three walks on the moon, the patches got covered with lunar dust. They're expected to fetch $250,000 to $350,000. There's also a lunar map, also covered with moon dust, used by Astronaut Charles Duke when he was riding around on the moon during the Apollo 16 mission. Thank goodness they gave him a map because, as we all know, male astronauts will never stop to ask directions. My personal favorite is a journal kept in space by Yuri Gagarin, the first Cosmonaut, in which he described Earth's "blue halo". Or so they say. I'd like to have an American translate the whole thing. What Gagarin probably actually said was "Help! This is blue hell! Land me at 57th and Fifth, so I can stop at Tiffany's". So, hurry on down to Christies' for the sale, and bring your feather duster.
SPOONING IN MASSACHUSETTS
The Northeastern Spoon Collector's Guild will hold its spring meeting at the Comfort Inn in Chicopee, Mass., from May 10 to 12, which is Brimfield Week in nearby Brimfield, Mass (I know - where else would you hold Brimfield Week?). Friday night's buy/sell/swap session is open to non-members and I understand Saturday's luncheon will be special, as well. The menu reportedly consists of soup, porridge, pudding and applesauce. For more information, contact Erwin Goldman at (201) 662-1342 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORE ON SILLY SKIVVIES
You may member that, in a previous newsletter we mentioned an auction of Madonna's used underwear. This week the New York Post (and they wonder why we call it The Compost) named the lucky bidder who paid $13,800 for the leather bra and panties. He's Brian McFarland of Grand Island, Nebraska, a rock musician, who says "I'm proud to have it. I'm going to display it, and all my friends who want to see it can come on by". Well, Brian, that's mighty nice, and we're sure it looks great on you, too!
Accumulators, that's all the silliness you need to see for one Friday.
Artie and I are headed up to the country to work on the house and hunt for
treasures. Hope you get to do the same. Sunday evening, we will be
welcoming our good friends the Clarkes, and Judi and Jill from Albuquerque
and Dallas, respectively. Have a great week, Accumulators. Happy hunting!
© 2001 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #147
U.S. Library of Congress
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