February 22, 2002
Thanks for the cute valentine, Nikki! What an exciting week we've had
around here. My brother and sister-in-law welcomed the newest member of our
family into the world. His name is Jeffrey Hudson Katz and he really
resembles his big sister, Miranda Lauren. We are so happy!
And, we've been notified of the air date for the Sally Jessy Raphael Show I taped last week. It will air on Tuesday, February 26th (that's just four days away). Check your local listings for time and station. I got to do a really fun field piece for this show - it was a million laughs doing it, and I hope that shows when you see it.
And, the weather in The Big Apple has been unreal in its spring-like warmth. Artie and I spent yesterday on foot all over the island. We were in Central Park in tee shirts. Apparently all the plants have been fooled too, because many things in The Park were in full bloom. Pretty strange for the middle of February, eh?
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF YOU THOUGHT THE MODELS FOR THE SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
SWIMSUIT ISSUE WOULD BE INTERESTING TO LOOK AT or LOOK OUT ZELDA, YOUR
MILITANCY IS SHOWING
People have their issues in Boulder Colorado. A women's shelter named Boulder County Safehouse sponsored an art show in the public library's Canyon Gallery there, only to have it "tampered with" by one Bob Rowan. The exhibit was called "Art Triumphs Over Domestic Violence". It seems that part of a work by sculptor Suzanne Walker, called "Hanging 'Em Out To Dry" was taken from the library by Rowan, who freely admits he did it. The part he took consisted of 21 multicolored ceramic penises, which had been displayed hanging on a clothesline. He then hung an American flag, accompanied by a sign that said "El Bandito was here". Rowan has been charged with criminal tampering, but not with theft because he apparently never intended to keep the penises. He boxed them up for return to the library. He said "The government doesn't really want us to keep pornography out of our public library". Boulder County Safehouse says it will not re-hang the penises, due to concerns they may be stolen again. No word on how they reconcile their stance against domestic violence with an exhibit of hanging penises called "Hanging 'Em Out To Dry". Still, they might make a colorful display against a solid color background in a breakfast nook.
VINTAGE AND VET-LIKE VALENTINES DEPARTMENT
How sweet of the new teacher's aide in a Cadiz, Kentucky school to distribute heart-shaped Valentine's Day treats to all the kids. He went from classroom to classroom with a trayful and gave them out. Too bad they were made of cat food. Superintendent Tim McGinnis said, "He exercised very, very, very poor judgment". I'll say. The aide has been suspended pending an investigation, and the children were told to wash their hands and mouths, brush their teeth and go to the school nurse, although there were no reports of illness. Once the hubbub died down the children went back to walking on the top shelf in the classroom, hiding behind the venetian blinds, playing with balls of twine, and batting wads of crumpled paper around the floor.
DON'T GET THOSE ALLIES ANGRY
A giant globe supposedly used by Adolph Hitler during World War II to plot his world takeover is on display in a Munich library. The 3 ft, 9 inch orb is 5 ft 7 inches high, and is riddled with bullet holes and bayonet stabs, put there by Allied soldiers at the end of the war. If you remember Charlie Chaplin's hilarious character, Adenoid Hinkle, a broad parody of Hitler, in the film "The Great Dictator", the globe will sound familiar - in the movie he dances around his office with a giant globe. Reinhard Horn from the Bavarian State Library said, "I thought at first about putting a photo of Chaplin next to it, but we're a scientific library so I left it". It was found in the Fuehrerbau, the Nazi party headquarters in Munich. "We believe it stood in Hitler's office," Horn said.
There's just too much great stuff in the news this week, Accumulators. A
bird collector has been indicted in Florida for trying to smuggle more than
40 live birds from Cuba into this country - in his pants. They're charging
him with lying to Customs officials who asked if he was bringing any birds
into the country. Maybe it was the trail of seeds falling out of his pant
legs...Hey, if Lance Bass (of 'N Sync - what a stupid name for a band!)
wants to be shot into space, I say send him! He Who Is The Light Of My Life
and I are headed up to the country house - we have to start getting ready
for next weekend's Triple Pier Expo here in NYC. Have a great weekend, and
a wonderful week, Accumulators. Don't forget to watch The Sally Show on
Tuesday. Happy hunting!
© 2002 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #171
U.S. Library of Congress
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