Saturday, September 10, 2011

Hunter Davies - Friend of the Beatles and a "Recovering" Philatelist

Britain's Times and Star website features an article about journalist and former stamp collector Hunter Davies, who spent 18 months with The Beatles.

According to the article...

"Recovering philatelist Hunter is under no illusions about his compulsive hoarding; it helps to fill the chasm in every collector’s psyche.

“There is obviously something missing in your life, something wrong with you.”

The piece goes on to say, "He is well-named Hunter and loves what he calls the fun of the chase.
But once a collection is complete or (to extend the hunting metaphor) once the quarry is caught, Hunter has been known to lose interest.

“Once I had collected them, I never looked at them again,” he says of his stamp collection.

"Not so with his books which he uses for research and as reference material for his work as journalist and a writer."

As regards The Beatles...

Hunter was close to Paul McCartney and collected more than 250 of the Fab 4's cards and letters for an undisclosed project he's working on.

He is quoted in the article as saying,  “John Lennon [also a former stamp collector] was the most interesting. Often he would have days when he would say ‘I’m not talking, this is a day for not talking’ and we would sit and watch children’s television.”

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM