Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Give Benny stamp a rest, will ya?

Last Tuesday would have been Jack Benny's 112th birthday.

Famous for claiming to be 39-years-old well into his 70s, Laura Leff, 36, president of the International Jack Benny Fan Club and others have been trying to get the famous comedian on a 39c stamp. ,

On Benny's birthday, she lobbied the offices of Illinois Sens. Barack Obama and Dick Durbin after leading a "39 Man March" - of about 10 people - from the Washington Monument to the U.S. Capitol. U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Ill. said he is already on board and plans to lobby the U.S. Postal Service.

According to the Chicago Tribune, among the hurdles to getting Benny on a new stamp is the fact he was honored on a 29-cent stamp in the early 1990s as part of a series honoring comedians. Postal Service rules say a person can be honored with a stamp every 50 years.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM