In childhood I collected stamps, coins, fossils, and other items. For over a decade prior to writing my Pen, Ink and Evidence (1990), I collected antique writing materials (and then, after publishing their photos in that book, donated some 60 archival storage boxes of them to the University of Kentucky for their library's department of special collections). I have also collected postal ephemera, Lincoln memorabilia, and (currently) paranormal and pseudoscience-related items. (See

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