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14. Collecting

Stanley Marcus University of North Texas Press PDF


HE New York Times column "Topic of the Times" once devoted its space to the subject of collecting and led off by saying,

"The wish to accumulate material seems to be one of the more important drives in human existence . . . in most people the collecting urge is just a passing step in the process of growing up." If this be true, then I've never grown up. I was bitten by the bug in early childhood and I've never recovered from the infection. I'm glad I haven't, for collecting, next to my family and business, has brought me continuous joy and satisfaction, allowing me to get to know other collectors all over the world, and leading me to rich and varied experiences.

Collecting has meant much more than the mere acquisition of things; it has brought knowledge about the objects I've collected, their use, the motivations of the people who made or used them, and the history of the times in which they were used. Frequently

I've been asked, "How do you start collecting?" Invariably my answer is to start buying things you think you like, cautiously, until you develop some critical standards of quality and value.

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3 ASTP at the University of Oregon

J. Ted Hartman Indiana University Press ePub


ASTP at the University of Oregon

The train we boarded in Paso Robles was the regularly scheduled train that ran from Los Angeles to Oakland. When we reached Oakland, we swung our duffel bags (which held all of our earthly possessions) onto our backs, climbed off the train, and set out to find the railroad car that we were to board for the next segment of our trip. When we asked for directions, we were directed out to the freight yard.

After walking for what seemed like several miles, we found our car, a strange-looking thing that reminded us of a small freight car. It turned out to be the latest in troop transport, called a troop sleeper. Six men rode in facing seats in each compartment by day and then, at night, converted it into three stacked bunks on each side that were crosswise to the car. The head of the bed was at the windows on one side while the feet rested toward the aisle which ran by the windows on the opposite side of the car. Each car contained six similar compartments. We were told that the troop sleeper was smaller, lighter, and held more men (thirty-six) than a typical Pullman car. The bunks were quite comfortable, long enough, wide enough, and definitely better than a short, cramped Pullman bed.

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27 Panama: Another Presidential Death

Perkins, John Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

I was stunned by Roldós’s death, but perhaps I should not have been. I was anything but naive. I knew about Arbenz, Mossadegh, Allende —and about many other people whose names never made the newspapers or history books but whose lives were destroyed and sometimes cut short because they stood up to the corporatocracy. Nevertheless, I was shocked. It was just so very blatant.

I had concluded, after our phenomenal success in Saudi Arabia, that such wantonly overt actions were things of the past. I thought the jackals had been relegated to zoos. Now I saw that I was wrong. I had no doubt that Roldós’s death had not been an accident. It had all the markings of a CIA-orchestrated assassination. I understood that it had been executed so blatantly in order to send a message. The new Reagan administration, complete with its fast-draw Hollywood cowboy image, was the ideal vehicle for delivering such a message. The jackals were back, and they wanted Omar Torrijos and everyone else who might consider joining an anti-corporatocracy crusade to know it.

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16 Divorce, 1968-1971

Richard Westwood Utah State University Press ePub

In 1968 Georgie and Orville returned to Mexico and tried the Rio Grande de Santiago again. They found part of one of the boats from the 1967 trip on the bank near a village and it still said “Georgie” on it. Orville said, “So when we showed up with additional boats saying ‘Georgie,’ there was a lot of excitement. And they had a party for us.”

The local people had cut up the boats and used them to patch knotholes in their canoes and make soles for their shoes. Orville said, “I thought it was a shame that they cut the boats up. They were perfectly good when we walked off and left them. The boats weren’t bad. They were upside down.”1

In July 1968 Joan DeFato made her first of many trips with Georgie. She wound up doing a dozen trips with her, about half of them as a passenger and the others as a helper. On the 1968 trip, Georgie only took the big boat, and she was the only crew. A man called “Bouncer” (George Price) was the only person on the boat who had taken the trip before, so Georgie had twenty-one rookies. She ran the boat all day, then made the meals with help from passengers to open the cans. When she got up in the morning, Georgie would gas up the boat, change the spark plug, go around and jump on all the sections. If they were not as hard as she wanted, she would pump them up by hand. She did all this herself; she had just a fantastic amount of energy. Joan said:

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two: “In this ghetto we were married”

William and Rosalie Schiff and Craig Hanley University of North Texas Press PDF

chapter two

“In this ghetto we were married”

Amber was big business in Poland long before the country had a name. Primitive people thought the sunshine-colored tree resin they dug up out of the ground could bring them luck and make them young again. When Roman nobles started buying the pretty stuff, the Vistula was already part of the

“amber road” that carried Mediterranean and Byzantine traders north to the main deposits on the Baltic coast.

Some of these men were Jews who noticed that locals on the southern banks of the river mined salt, another valuable commodity. A few merchants settled in the convenient town that began to gather around Wawel Hill. Other Jewish settlers in Krakow worked the trade route between Provence and eastern outposts that would eventually bloom as Prague and Kiev.

In the Middle Ages more Jews arrived, fleeing countries where the Crusades had whipped commoners into anti-Semitic frenzies. There were waves of refugees when Jews were blamed for the bubonic plague and later during the Inquisition. Friction with the native population was a given. Eight hundred years before the Nazis came to Krakow, a teacher protested that city authorities had no right to punish his students

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