Scouting Service at 1964 NY World’s Fair

Posted on June 18th, 2012 in BSA Info,Camps,General Commentary on Life,Legacy Interviews by ramore

We recently received some patches from a Scouter out of New York. While asking about his involvements, an Eagle Scout and 1960 National Jamboree participant, he mentioned he served on the Boy Scout Service Corps for the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

 

Less and less we come across participants let alone staff members from the World’s Fair so I asked him about his remembrances. Here’s what he had to say (nice piece of personal history about his guiding Vice President Nixon btw):

Working the fair was a great experience. I think I worked a week or two mainly weekends and holidays (it was during the school year) before they rotated in other than local scouts to man the pavilion over the summer. Our principle jobs were to demonstrate scouting skills (I remember demonstrating a lot of first aid), give directions, help with lostchildren, and escort dignitaries. I do remember taking the then King of Burundi around and the then former Vice-President Richard Nixon, whose foot I stepped on. I was kidded for years about that.

I went to the 1960 National Jamboree,  went to Philmont in 1962, worked the Scouting pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair, and I was an Order of the Arrow member (Horicon 246). I grew up in  southern New York State, Washington Irving Council, and was a  counselor at their Camp Read. I was later active in the explorer  program.  I always felt that scouting was tougher than the   peacetime Army.

Nine Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime

Posted on May 28th, 2012 in General Commentary on Life,Hobby Trends by ramore

This list was broadcast around via e-mail, at least that’s how I first found out about it. Its from a blog out of England . It makes for an interesting read but I here want to focus on item ‘8’.  Now as collectors we truly never ‘own’ our things but are caretakers for the next provider. But, will we go virtual as is described in this write-up? I sincerely doubt it.

Here’s why, IMHO. OAImages.com is a great reference site (as is OABlueBook.com) but images are not the real thing. Back in 2005 I took a group of youth including my son to Washington, DC and then the National Jamboree. In touring the National Museum it struck me when looking at an original Andrew Wyeth painting and then later looking at high-quality coffee-table size books that reproduced the original. Its just not the same. I blogged about it at the time. We’re seven years later but the observation still holds true.

A book can be digitized as well as music although those with ears better than mine will rightfully say that the original has to be modified going from something that is inherently analog when converting it to digital. Oh well… here’s the list. I think generally its true with many coming much quicker than many realize.

 

Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part, on how we adapt to them. But, ready or not, here they come.

1. The Post Office

Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.

 

2. The Check

Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with cheques by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process cheques. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the cheque. This plays right into the death of the post office. If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business

3. The Newspaper

The younger generation simply doesn’t read the newspaper. They certainly don’t subscribe to a daily delivered print edition. That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet Devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.

 

4. The Book

You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn

the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes. I wanted my hard copy CD. But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books. You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less than half that of a real book. And think of the convenience! Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can’t wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you’re holding a gadget instead of a book.

 

5. The Land Line Telephone

Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don’t need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they’ve always had it. But you are paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes

6. Music

This is one of the saddest parts of the change story. The music industry is dying a slow death. Not just because of illegal downloading. It’s the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing. Over 40% of the music purchased today is “catalogue items,” meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with. Older established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, “Appetite for Self-Destruction” by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary,

“Before the Music Dies.”

7. Television

Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. Not just because of the economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. And they’re playing games and doing lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I say good riddance to most of it. It’s time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery. Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.

  1. The “Things” That You Own

Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in “the cloud.” Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. But all of that is changing. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest “cloud services.”

 

That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider.

 

In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device. That’s the good news. But, will you actually own any of this “stuff” or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big “Poof?” Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical? It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.

 

9. Privacy

If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That’s gone! There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7, “They” know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits.

Michigan Councils Vote To Integrate

Posted on November 1st, 2011 in BSA Info,General Commentary on Life,Hobby Trends by ramore

Previously I’ve shared information about what is called “The Area Project”, Area Project – Designing Scouting for the 21st Century and Michigan Councils Take Next Step In Integrating,  an effort by Central Region’s Area 2 volunteers to create a new structure for Scouting. Tonight all nine (9) councils who put the recommendation to join together to their governance approved the recommendation. That is, we’ve agreed to integrate together to become one, new council. This is the first new council since the 1940s as it is not a merger of existing councils into one successor council.

I’ve shared with some recently a quote from futurist Buckminster Fuller:

You never change things by fighting the existing model.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

Well we’re on this course. Tonight’s a night of celebration but when we wake up tomorrow we have to begin the implementation. The bottom-line will be bringing more youth to Scouting in Michigan.

Update: Here’s a note I just sent to a friend from outside the area:

Deal is done. Vote passed state-wide. Of votes turned in it was 9 to 1 in favor. Basically we’re creating a new structure by pealing away a lot, unfortunately not all, of the calcification that has come from the bureaucracy over the past 100 years. Scouting-sclerosis I call the disease we have. We’re competing with each other rather than growing the pie – that is more kids in Scouting rather than “We’ll fill our camp by recruiting Scouts from other councils.” That any Board would suggest this is myopic thinking at best.

Implementation is the next hurdle.

159 Ganosote

More Lameness From The Post Office

Posted on August 13th, 2010 in BSA Info,General Commentary on Life,Hobby Trends by ramore

Earlier I blogged about how poor a design we got form the Post Office for the 100th anniversary of Scouting. I didn’t think they could be any worse but I was wrong. I bought some of the stamps the other day. Here’s the write-up on the back:

Since the creation of the international youth scouting movement some 100 years ago, hunreds of millions of children have benefitted from ooportunities for adventure, skill building, leadership, personal development, and community service provided by scouting organizations.

Normally I see “scouting” capitalized when we’re talking about the movement. It is the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. The organization that helped with raising 100s of billions of dollars (in today’s dollars) of war bonds during WWI, providing food and supplies during WWII, providing the most service hours of any organization during the recent volunteer campaigns. The political correctness crowd has taken over the US Post Office. What a shame. Maybe we should not be surprised they’re a failing organization.

A sad top ten picture

Posted on June 29th, 2010 in General Commentary on Life,Legacy Interviews by ramore

There is a web site that creates and posts top ten lists across numerous topics. Destry just sent me one of the top 10 famous final photographs. Now we don’t typically blog about other web-sites and this one does not on first glance seem relevant to our blog about Boy Scouts and collecting but look at #7 – Jeffrey Miller – one of the students National Guards killed at Kent State University in 1970. Its a Pulitzer Prize winning picture. For our younger collectors, they may not be connected to the events but for those of us with more age this event and this picture captured a traumatic era in the USA.

Now for the connection to Scouting. Jeff was an Eagle Scout. He was collector Bernie Miller’s son.

This is wrong!

Posted on March 23rd, 2010 in BSA Info,General Commentary on Life,Hobby Trends,Merit Badges by ramore

At the recent Pittsburgh TOR I was going through Joe Klos’s merit badge collection. Joe has a very extensive collection and is passionate about this area of the hobby. Flipping through the recent issues I did a double take. I saw something that was not supposed to exist. Joe was with Ron Oslin who also collects merit badges. After seeing the patch in Joe’s collection, I asked Ron if he had it. He did. See the two patches below.

BSA merit badge Made in China

BSA merit badge Made in China

Now what is wrong with this you might ask? Most of the current BSA merit badges are made in China. Lets look at the front:

This is the American Labor merit badge. It recognizes the contribution of the American labor movement to this country. The Boy Scouts of America are having this patch from China! This is BS (I want this to be a non-R rated blog but it is VERY HARD with this one not to get very coarse.) I am not a “union man” but I respect their impact on this country and to Scouting. Is the BSA asking China for financial contributions? For volunteer leadership? For help in building our camps? The BSA can’t excuse this away as being a fluke. This was two separate collections from two different areas.

What adds insult to injury is that I forewarned the BSA in 2007. In my position in Scouting and as a member of the National Council I am allowed to submit resolutions. I actually submitted the resolution which first runs through my council and then through the Central Region. I received a timely and nice set of exchanges with the then Region Executive Brad Farmer. He checked with the Supply Division and said they were on top of this. Wanting to be a team player and since it had gotten the attention of leadership I withdrew my resolution for submission at the upcoming national meeting.

Well Brad’s been promoted. I don’t fully fault him as this is not his area. It was clear I could have gone ahead with my resolution but I did not want to make waves where they were supposedly not needed. Wrong. I hope this does not get picked up by those who want to attack the BSA. Head(s) should roll on this. This is a slap in the face of all of the American labor supporters of Scouting. I wonder if they have added a new merit badge requirement: “Describe how your job will be shipped overseas? Describe how to sign-up for unemployement. Describe how to get food stamps and get aid from food banks.” Maybe we need to out-source the Supply Division. They can not be any dumber.

If someone knows the union representatives to the BSA Relationships Committee, please pass this on to them. This needs to create some pain in our organization if we are to improve. What did Forrest Gump say? “Stupid is as stupid does.”

Where is the George Meaney Award now made? The knot? The Whitney Young Award and knot? The American Flag patches on our sleeves? If you find any with “Made in China” stickers, please let me know.

A story about Trey

Posted on June 26th, 2009 in BSA Info,General Commentary on Life,Legacy Interviews by ramore

I am a member of one of the local Rotary International clubs. Rotary is one of the civic service clubs. It started in Chicago a hundred years ago. It has over 32,000 clubs and 1.2 million members. Its motto is “Service above self” which I can relate to as well as its “Four-way Test” that is a great foundation for business, family and life.

Rotary clubs continue to do a lot for youth and Scouting in particular. Most states have or have had a Camp Rotary in them.

The organization publishes a monthly magazine. Since not everyone is in Rotary I thought I’d share an article from a Rotarian about his son.

Bill Gates, Jr. or Trey from Rotary International maazine

Showing up for Life

…When Trey was a Cub Scout, his troup earned the money they needed to support their activities by seling raw nuts for the holidays. Groups within the pack competed against each other to see who could raise the most money. So Trey spent countless hours going door to door soliciting orders for nuts.

On evenings and weekends, I went with him, driving to different neighborhoods and waiting in the car while he went from house to house.

It turns out that way back then Trey was recording his impresions on such things as what it’s like to go knocking on doors trying to sell a product, what factors influence buying decisions, and to what degree finding the right market for your product influences your overall success. …

Now as the late Paul Harvey would say, “And now for the rest of the story.”

This article was written by a Rotarian about his son. The dad’s name is Bill Gates, Sr. father of Bill Gates, Jr. Founder and former Chairmen of Microsoft Corporation.

Profound Statements – some levity during serious times

Posted on February 17th, 2009 in General Commentary on Life,Hobby Trends by ramore

There’s an e-mail making the rounds that I thought was worth saving here for posterity. It gives a chuckle more so that some of these statements go back hundreds of years. We are in some messed up times. Government ‘coming to the rescue’ is really us – we are the government. The mint might print the money but we are the ones who pay for it. That being said, there are such things as public goods – items that individuals can’t afford but want and thus only happen if we all pitch in (e.g., the Interstate system comes to mind).

We, the country, will be paying for mis-deeds of a few and the complicity of many. “Bankers” on Wall Street were alchemists turning lead into gold but like all such alchemy it truly was just lead and its weighing us down. These bankers thought it normal to make $10million, $20million, or more per year for shuffling paper around. The original purpose of their endeavors, securitization of financial obligations, was a productive use but it got too carried away to the point they were paying folks to sign their name on increasingly bad loans.

This is a blog about patches so how does this relate? Well, there are corrollaries. Why are the values of our items holding up? Because they weren’t made to necessarily be collectibles. Because the program creates strong emotional attachments that last a life time. Its supply and demand. As those remain solid then the hobby will remain solid.

So if without further ado:

Profound Statements

1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress.
— John Adams

2. If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.
— Mark Twain

3. Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself.
— Mark Twain

4. I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle …
— Winston Churchill

5. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
— George Bernard Shaw

6. A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.
— G. Gordon Liddy

7. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
— James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

8. Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money frompoor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
— Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University

9. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
— P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian

10. Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
— Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

11. Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
— Ronald Reagan (1986)

12. I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
— Will Rogers

13. If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free!
— P.J. O’Rourke

14. In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.
— Voltaire (1764)

15. Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you!
— Pericles (430 B.C.)

16. No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.
— Mark Twain (1866)

17. Talk is cheap…except when Congress does it.
— Anonymous

18. The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.
— Ronald Reagan

19. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.
— Winston Churchill

20. The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
— Mark Twain

21. The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
— Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

22. There is no distinctly native American criminal class…save Congress.
— Mark Twain

23. What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.
— Edward Langley, Artist (1928-1995)

24. A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.
— Thomas Jefferson

Some Timely Reminders from GSTC DCD for Ambassador Ron Weiser

Posted on December 11th, 2008 in BSA Info,General Commentary on Life,Legacy Interviews by ramore

Last night I participated in a local Scout recognition dinner for former Ambassador Ron Weiser. One of the presenters was Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Clifford W. Taylor. His remarks, I think, are particularly important not just about our honoree but about the need for Scouting in this country. I asked him if I could share with you and he gladly said yes.

Remarks of Chief Justice Clifford W. Taylor to the Great Sauk Trail Council Boy Scouts of America 14th Annual Washtenaw County Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award Recipient Ambassador Ron Weiser

Good evening.  It’s a great personal pleasure to join all of you this evening in honoring Ron Weiser.  The expression “patriot” has fallen out of fashion, largely because of the media’s and entertainment industry’s repeated efforts over the decades to portray patriots and patriotism as laughable at best, sinister at worst.  But I persist in thinking of Ron and people like him as “patriots”;  that is, “great Americans.”  The term will always fit men and women who, like Ron, have given unstintingly of their best to this country.

You all know Ron’s record:  a great business success in Michigan, ambassador to the Slovak Republic under President Bush; board member of numerous companies and nonprofits; champion of education and the arts.  He has received the Slovak Republic’s White Double Cross, the highest honor that government can bestow on a non-Slovak, and the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, to name but two of his many honors.  We rightly laud Ron for his accomplishments tonight, for all his contributions to this community, this state, our country.  However, I have particular reason to have affection for him.  He has personally befriended me in my various campaigns for the Supreme Court and through those efforts I have gotten to know his wonderful character and dedication.  He is one of the great assets in my life.  I hold him in the highest esteem  Yet, I would like to look past this moment, reflect a bit on Scouting’s current situation and from that consider what all this means as to this country producing men like Ron in the future.

This is no light question.  Take, for example, the depressing findings of the Josephson Institute for Youth Ethics, which has been surveying the ethics of American youth since 1998.  The 2008 report, based on a survey of nearly 30,000 high school students across the United States, found that 30 percent admitted stealing from a store within the past year.  Twenty-three percent said they stole something from a parent or other relative within the same time frame.  Forty-two percent admitted to lying to save money; 83 percent admitted to lying to parents about something significant.  Sixty-four percent reported cheating on a test during the past year, with 38 percent doing so two or more times.

With that being the case, you’d think that a youth organization that seeks to instill such values as trustworthiness would be a much-needed remedy for the cultural and ethical vacuum in which so many young people grow up.  At least you would not expect such an organization to be under attack.  And yet, that’s precisely what’s going on with the Boy Scouts.  As the journalist and author William Tucker, a former Scoutmaster himself, pointed out in an article for the National Review, entitled “Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Persecuted,” the Boy Scouts have, in his words, “been dragged onto the front lines of the culture wars.”  Who knew that the thrifty, brave, clean and reverent could become “controversial,” which is media-speak for “unpopular with the left”?  Who would have imagined that an institution that urges its members to be trustworthy, loyal, friendly and courteous would be under assault by the American Civil Liberties Union?  And what parents, until about 20 years ago, could have forseen that organization dedicated to teaching their sons kindness, obedience, cheerfulness and thrift would be engaged in a struggle to not be whipped from the public square?

If you doubt that there’s a concerted effort going on to either destroy or remake the Scouts to suit the left’s agenda, consider this.  You may recall how in 2000 the U.S. Supreme Court, in Boy Scouts of America v Dale, ruled that the Scouts’ First Amendment right of free association meant that they could keep homosexuals from serving as Scoutmasters.  Since then, the ACLU and its allies have used the Scouts’ position in that lawsuit to argue that the Scouts are a kind of church or religion, and hence are not entitled to public benefits such as the use of public schools, military facilities, and the like.

The ACLU has used the religious organization argument to push Scout councils out of property that they have leased from public entities.  Take, for example, the ACLU suit against the city of San Diego over property that the Scouts leased from the city, and had developed into parks and run for decades.  The Scouts spent millions of their own money developing these properties, with both parks being open to the public.  But the ACLU filed suit, arguing that the leases violated the Establishment clause because the Scouts were a religious organization.  Similarly, in Philadelphia, the Scouts have leased a half-acre property from the city for $1 per year since 1928, and have built a 7,500-square-foot headquarters at their own expense.  The Philadelphia city council first tried to evict the Scouts from this property and then demanded $200,000 a year in rent; litigation is still pending.           

Other forms of support are at risk as well.  In 2004, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a Boy Scout appeal of a Connecticut decision to target the Scouts for exclusion from a list of 900 charities that were part of a state worker voluntary giving plan.  Under the pressure from gay rights advocates, the United Way has stopped supporting the Scouts in dozens of cities.

In short, we are in the situation that a person my age surely could have never thought would develop:  the Scouts’ very existence may well be seen increasingly as antagonistic to our nation’s aspirations.

Should this eventuate, the primary victims would be the nation’s boys, particularly those from poor families because the urban programs of the Scouts, the ones that are the most needed, are the hardest hit when the Scouts lose public support.  Yet, to speak of this in financial terms misses the point:  what price tag can we put on millions of boys learning discipline, responsibility, unselfishness?  What’s the worth of a stable male role model to a boy who has none?  What price character?

The Scouts are, make no mistake embroiled in a battle of epic proportions.  Their opponents seek to either destroy them or cow the Scouts into becoming an organization that satisfies its critics’ secularist agendas.  The relevance of a dinner such as this one is to make us pause to consider that it is not beyond us to stand up and salute the Boy Scouts unashamedly.  And, while doing so, to also salute this fine man who has allowed us to recognize him this evening, all in the greater service of an America where the values of the Boy Scout Oath are not murmured softly by persons of character but are proudly proclaimed to be the very essence of this country that Lincoln so well described as the last best hope for mankind.           

Thank you, Ron, for the life you have led and the model you have provided.  With countless events such as this, across America honoring prominent citizens in their communities, and the many Scouting events in our communities across our land in this and the years to come, we can be hopeful that the seeds will continue to be planted so that men of your caliber will arise.  This great institution that has served our nation so well for a century is a national treasure.  It is my hope that it will continue to prosper and assist in giving meaning to the lives of boys who will, as men, be patriots just as Ron Weiser  is.

Dave Leubitz, THE Trader, passes away

Posted on September 9th, 2008 in General Commentary on Life,Hobby News,Hobby Trends by ramore

We heard from Ray Czech that Dave Leubitz passed away the morning of September 9th.

Dave Leubitz at the 1993 Rochester, IN trade-o-ree

Here’s Dave at the 1993 Rochester, IN TOR. This was after he sold his collection. The storage boxes next to him contain approximately 150 patches each and there are over 100 of them. These were just his DUPES!

I first met, and traded with, Dave at the 1973 Jamboree. It was a one for one CSP trade. I was just amazed at a guy having a suitcase crammed full of patches on both sides. Later, after being out of collecting for a while, I ran into Dave at a Pittsburgh TOR. He had a lodge 206 issue I needed and we again traded one-for-one from my dupes. I’m sure what he got from me was a dupe for him, a 101 blue twill flap, but he made a trade to help me out.

Most collectors never knew the breadth of Dave’s collecting. He collected everything Scouting related. In part it was to have trading stock so if a cross trade need came up he could cover but it was also just how passionate he was for Scouting memorabilia. Most know of the OA but he also had CSPs, RWS, merit badges, merit badge books, handbooks, national jamborees, world jamborees, insignia, camps (and not just one per camp but every camp patch). His mind for patches was incredible. Having tens of thousands of patches in his collection he could remember what he needed as to what he already had.

Dave told me once that he and his trading friend, Tom Baskay, hit 13 weekends in a row going to TORs or conclaves to trade. He brought along many of the Ohio patch gang like Warren Kuhfeld, Ray Czech and Gary Gold. It was not uncommon for Dave to call them up and say “Lets go to a TOR this weekend.” They’d say, “Sure. Where?” And Dave would reply, “Florida.” Fourteen hours later, after stopping at every council headquarters possible getting what ever that could be gotten to trade, they’d be set-up their patch blankets and trade away all weekend long. Dave created many new collectors as he shared his passion.

I called Paul Myers to pass on the news of Dave’s passing. We discussed some of the contributions he made to the hobby. He was an editor of the Trader magazine. Certainly at the time, it was the most influential hobbyist newsletter. Actually some think we probably need something like that again even in the age of e-mail and the internet. Dave also resurrected Forest Reynold’s Blue Book of OA issues. This listed what issues lodges had but we only had the detail of twill (F) vs. solid (S) flaps or odd-shapes, pies and arrowheads. We didn’t have the detail as to border color, edge, background, etc.. Still it was better than anything else out there. Later it was Dave’s collection that was the basis for Arapaho II that Al Hoogeveen compiled. This was the OA images before there was oaimages.com. EVERY serious collector had a copy of Arapaho II just to be able to identify issues and know what you had. If it wasn’t for Dave’s collection, we wouldn’t have had the book that moved this hobby to a whole new level.

We handled the sale of Dave’s collection after he made his original transaction with Dr. Horne and Bill Topkis. Dr. Morley at the time observed that he thought Dave had the best middle-issue collection ever put together. It still took us years to work through its sale given its size. Just amazing. Its probably fair to say that most collections these days have a piece that came through Dave’s hand.

Dave’s later years were very hard. He commented how his father passed away at an early age, 52 I believe. This, combined with very bad health side effects due to diabetes, lead to a certain fatalistic view. It was sad. He’s hopefully in a better place now. I miss him.


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