Newsletter #219

June 6, 2003

Greetings Accumulators!

Aha! I have it on good authority that there will be no rain in New York City today. This is important because it is the only day this week we have been given such a guarantee. Tomorrow, it's back to wet stuff. Thank goodness He Who Is The Light Of My Life and I have saved all our scuba equipment. You never know when you'll need to go out for a quart of milk around here.

FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF MAJOR MOOD ELEVATORS Oh yum! The American Museum of Natural History in New York City is about to unveil a new exhibit that won't just look great and smell great - it'll taste great too. It will be all about chocolate. To whet appetites for the exhibit, museum officials unveiled chocolate sculptures of animals and artifacts concocted by New York pastry chefs on Tuesday, according to WINS radio in New York. They will be joined later by chocolate sculptures of reptiles, African artifacts and an Amazonian feather headdress. The exhibit, named "Chocolate" (what else?) which opens on June 14, will run until September 7 and will include lectures, tastings and other activities in conjunction with it. Dig those wild endorphins and meet me online.

According to The Associated Press, a man has been convicted in Orlando, Florida of attempting to sell a collection of moon rocks and meteorites stolen by three NASA interns last year. Gordon McWhorter, 27, was convicted Wednesday in federal court of stealing property of value to the United States and interstate transportation of stolen property. He faces up to 25 years in prison and $250,000 in fines. McWhorter was the only defendant tried for the July 15 thefts from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Tiffany Fowler, 26, Thad Roberts, 26, and Shae Saur, 20, the three interns, have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft and interstate transportation of stolen property. They will be sentenced Aug. 5. The stolen rocks came from every Apollo mission from 1969 to 1972. The FBI began investigating in May 2002 when a Belgian rock collector alerted investigators to Internet offers to sell moon rocks for $1,000 to $5,000 a gram. McWhorter, Roberts and Fowler were arrested in Orlando, and the rocks were found in their possession, according to AP. The rocks, meteorites and NASA records documenting their authenticity were stored in a fishing tackle box, according to court records. Saur was arrested in Houston the same day. Jeez, I could have provided them with all the rocks they could ever want. Up at the country house rocks are our primary crop.

A couple of years ago I wrote here about The International Spy Museum under construction in Washington, DC. It is now open, and they have a web site too. The site is quite useful if you're planning a trip to the museum, but it also has a funfeature: games like Whack A Spy, and Codemaking and Breaking. Whack A Spy gives you a chance to wipe out Cold War moles like John Walker, Robert Hanssen, and Christopher Boyce. There's plenty of information on each, and a trivia bonus question. Worth a visit:

We're off to the country house tomorrow morning, to attempt to do some outside work. It's been months since it's been dry enough to do any outside work there. The grass is now knee-high. Tomorrow night we'll be in Cuddebackville, enjoying the fun auction and great food at The Old Red Barn on Rte 211. Also, auctioneer Vince Bambina will be selling items from the last Montel Williams Show I did - a sectional couch, a cowhide, and some prints. All proceeds from the sale of these items will go to the Montel Williams MS Foundation. If you're in the nabe, come by, and bring money - the furniture is fabulous at The Old Red Barn! Have a great week, Accumulators. Happy hunting!
Best, Judith

2003 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #219
U.S. Library of Congress
ISSN 1520-4464


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