Gents, these posts are heart-warmers for me. Thank you.
Jim Alfredsons post discussing Al Munroes influence on Jim and Bob Lund was pleasant news to me. Jim was the first stranger (i.e., he didnt know me when I first wrote to him) to really engage me in correspondence, back when I was a very young teen (12-13 years old) and had very little to offer other than my enthusiasm. Jims responses werent great to hear from you, and good luck, kid. Most of his letters (and they were legion) were 2-4 typed pages, full of answers, advice, recollections, and pleas for patience when I complained that the other guys wouldnt answer my letters. I know now that Jim would cite Al Munroe as a reason why he bothered with lesser lights like me, because he felt thats what Al did for him. Ive thanked Jim for indulging me in my youth, but here Ill thank him again!
Reading Dustins comments about Todd Karr brings back more memories. When I started collecting as a youngster, I wanted to publish a little magazine called Magic Collector and Historian. I asked for contributions, and actually did get one from Jim Alfredson, bless him, titled Leats Leaflets. Somewhere in the dusty archives sits a paste up of the first issue. Well, MCH never saw the light of day. But Todd Karr had the same idea as well, and his periodical was called Periodical for Collecting Conjurers, or something very close to that, which was published for a respectable amount of time. I dont know if Ive ever told Todd this, but I always admired Todd because, as a young man, he actually did it.
Too bad that Collectors Corner is no more in Genii. I remember a piece on a Doebler figurine which was quite beautiful. The good news is that RKs made up for this loss by emphasizing magic history to a degree unprecedented in Geniis history. Keep it up, Richard!
Gord, youll miss out if you don't heed Dustins advice re Magicol.