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    From: (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: OT Super hero questions
    Date: 2/16/2002 6:36:00 PM  

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>Many of us have known for a long time that you have been a
>Superman fan and collector of Superman memorabilia for a long
>time. What is your most cherished Superman related item?

I have a number of very cool Superman things, some costing a fair bit, but the
one thing that is emotionally the closest to me is the one that came freely.

Long time ago, former Superman editor and living monument Julius (Yes I'm Older
Than The Pyramids But I'm a Nice Guy So What Of It?) Schwartz used to give out
these gold Superman emblem tie-tacks, cheap but cool. I managed to snag one of
them a few years back.

A couple of years later, I'd been wearing it on a sport coat and discovered, to
my horror, that it had come off somewhere and was just gone.

Now, every Thanksgiving, we'd all get together for, Harlan, Susan,
Julie Schwartz, and Ellie and Robert Bloch. Sometimes more if the situation
merited, but that was the core of it.

That Thanksgiving, I explained what had happened and asked Julie if he had any
more of the tie tacks. He didn't. So I figured that was pretty much the end
of it.

It was about a year later that we lost Bob Bloch. It was a great loss to the
core group and to the field and to all Bob's fans.

About three, four months after that, I got a note from Ellie, by way of Harlan,
containing a gold Superman emblem tie tack, one that Bob had gotten from Julie
years earlier. She said she knew that Bob would've wanted me to have it.

So of all the Superman items I have, that is the one that I cherish most.


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