Love of Learning Triggered By Christmas Stamp Album
Dr. Ray pens, "Uncle Joe was the president of the University of Texas at El Paso and had people around campus collecting stamps for him. My foreign collection grew rapidly with each manila envelope stuffed with colorful stamps from Columbia, Brazil, Argentina, and Bolivia. This collection aided me tremendously in my ability to locate countries on every continent. It also helped me with history. When I saw Simon Bolivar on stamps from five different South American countries, I researched him and found he was the liberator of Bolivia, Columbia, Ecuador, Panama, and Venezuela."
He goes on to say, "Stamp collecting was great fun for me. It also intrigued me to learn about geography and history. The stamps made these topics come alive for me. I thought about the person who put each stamp on a letter and the thousands of miles it traveled to El Paso, Texas and then several hundred miles to me."