July 30, 1999
I want you to all get out there and dance. We need rain in New York! We're the Big Dried-Up Overcooked Apple. Better yet - if you could modify the dance so it will rain ice cubes....
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF WHY DIDN'T SHE ASK FOR SOMETHING BETTER, LIKE
Carol Penland, a Georgia teacher, has been suspended without pay and transferred to another school for giving her students extra credit in return for Beanie Babies. Penland, who was voted Teacher Of The Year last year at Campbell High School in Marietta, says she'll appeal the Board's decision. She gave extra credit to students who brought her Beanie Babies. She says she had planned to donate the toys to charity. That's funny - I always thought higher grades were supposed to be given for extra schoolwork.
BUT ARE THE RESTROOMS CLEAN? DEPARTMENT
Anyone who's travelled by car knows that the countryside is dotted with eccentric individualists who maintain various offbeat exhibits known collectively as "roadside attractions". It's this loopy individualism that has given us The Hair Museum and The World's Largest Ball Of Twine. But, do families on vacation actually stop to visit the giant igloo or the beer-drinking goat? According to a recent survey sponsored by the Target Travel Club, 64 percent of the families surveyed say "no" - they only stop for potty breaks and leg stretching. Even worse, about 13 percent of respondents say they make no stops at all (ouch!). However, that leaves 22.5 percent surveyed, all happy campers who do plan to stop and see such exciting attractions as The Soap Woman, The Secret Tumor Of Grover Cleveland (and other celebrity body parts) and The Big Colon, at The Mutter Museum. To incorporate these and other great tourist attractions into your next road trip, visit Roadside America
COULD WE ALL PLEASE LIGHTEN UP?
It was reported here ages ago that Christie's auction house will be selling Marilyn Monroe memorabilia in October, including the dress Monroe had painted on when she sang "Happy Birthday" on TV to President John F. Kennedy in 1962. The two were allegedly involved in an illicit affair at the time. Christie's has begun its preview exhibit of these items, and has apparently been the recipient of complaints from some who are offended that the exhibition opened so close to the death of John F. Kennedy Jr. Oh, come onnn! What's next? A ban on Schwartzenegger films for the next year? The dress is expected to sell for more than $30,000.
WHAT WE COLLECTORS GO THROUGH TO GET THAT PRIZE!
Will helmets and padded suits become the working uniform of autograph hunters? Gary Coleman, 30, late of the TV show, "Diff'rent Strokes", paid a $400 fine on Monday, for punching Tracy Fields. He had been arrested earlier in the month for failing to pay the fine. And why did Mr. Coleman hit Ms. Fields? She asked for his autograph.
FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO BE IN THE "BIZ"
Have a hankering to open your own online antiques and collectibles shop? The folks at TIAS have made it easy for you with their online "makeshop" feature. It comes with credit card processing, shopping cart and lots of extras - and, best of all, there is no setup fee, and no fixed monthly fees. You can try it out risk free by going to TIAS
And so, Accumulators, we come to the end of another newsletter. Artie and I
are doing The Great Paper Chase at Fairliegh Dickenson University in
Hackensack, NJ. on Sunday. If you're in the nabe, stop by and say "hi".
And bring money. Have a great week, Accumulators. Happy hunting!
© 1999 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #94
U.S. Library of Congress
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