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PostScripophily, Numismatics, Pezmatics: from Ric Mauricio (John Eipper, USA, 09/02/17 5:50 am)
Ric Mauricio writes:
JE, yes, you are quite the amazing fellow (oh, my goodness, starting to sound like a Brit from Oxford), but indeed you do an amazing job with the ways of the WAIS.
Here is a stock certificate commemorating your 11 years as editor. And yes, I do collect stock certificates (scripophily) as well as coins and paper money (numismatics) and stamps (philately). But the collecting I enjoy the most is collecting PEZ dispensers--Pezmatics?
One of our esteemed colleagues questioned why there are so many disparate opinions from the WAIS family. Well, quite simply, it's because the family thinks. Imagine if we were all in lockstep with our thinking (non-thinking?). Oh, definitely not good. Before you know it, we would be genuflecting before a statue of JE. Oh, so not good.
As for statues and such, here in San Francisco, we are not to be outdone. We have a prominent statue and on the base is a depiction of American settlers lording it over a fallen American Indian. There are discussions as to whether to take down the statue or just somehow redo the base to render it not so despicable.
Now, when I visited Germany, we took a tour of a museum and the golden elevator to Eagle's Nest, Hitler's homage to himself. The reason this "monument" is not destroyed is to remind us of the dangers of such a leader, as is Dachau, a place I also visited. Sobering.
Of course, one can latch onto a statue and revere the person it depicts in the wrong way. How many times have I seen a depiction of saints where a person will pray to him/her? I once saw a movie where a auto repair shop had a back office with a lot of St. Christopher statues and medallions and when asked where all it came from, the response was that they came from cars that were wrecked.
And now ESPN, in all its wisdom, pulled Robert Lee, an Asian American, from its broadcasting team in Virginia. Like what? This is getting absurd. In fact, Bruce Lee's brother was named Robert Lee. Disney should really sell ESPN.
Again, congratulations, JE, for 11 years.
JE comments: Scripophile, numismatist, pezmatist, fitness guru, finance wizard, friend: You, Ric Mauricio, are a fine fellow, too.
I append the image of the US Steel certificate. It came out a tad blurry from the enlargement, but American steel is not in good shape, either. I don't do scripophily, but I am always curious: What are some of your more interesting or historic certificates, Ric? Anything from a defunct car company--Packard, Hudson, Pierce-Arrow? Something more recent and sinister--Enron, Bear Stearns?
I've been a numismatist since age 5, and am still at it. I asked this question before, but let's do it again: What do WAISers collect? And why do people collect? There's something psychological, perhaps primeval, about having a totality of things. It gives structure to, and mastery over, a small slice of the universe.