Monday, February 20, 2006

Ron Robinson interviewed by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

In yesterday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Kyle Brazzel interviewed newly appointed chairman of the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee, Ron Robinson (see Round-Up posting for Feb. 10).

Calling him, "Equal parts philatelist and bon vivant," Brazzel says Robinson has post-office booth from 1935 in his Little Rock condominium.

According to Brazzel, "Robinson briefly considered removing the cage and retrofitting the counter as a cocktail bar, but ultimately couldn’t bear to dismantle any part of U.S. Postal Service history."

As regards what he and the committee looks for in a stamp subject, he is quoted as saying, "We look for stamps that represent American achievement. And we want it on a national, not regional, basis. We do not commemorate disaster. We have received some criticism for that, but so be it. For instance, there was not a stamp this year on the 20th anniversary of the shuttle explosion."

To read the entire interview, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:02 AM