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I have an extensive collection of National Geographic books and Magazines including an original, unbound Vol. 1, No. 1 from 1888
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At 8:47pm on April 14, 2008, Scott T. Shier said…
Hello Gary!

Wow you do have some adventures it sounds like. I like the Easter Island profile picture you're in. There was one of the special publications from the 70's called "ancient mysteries" I believe, with those heads on the dustjacket cover.

So I saw a comment you posted that NG Legal shut down a site you made for collectors? What were there reasons? What harm in a collector's page I can't fathom.

Have a great week!

- Scott T. Shier
At 8:48pm on April 14, 2008, Scott T. Shier said…
*** their (not 'there') : )
At 1:36am on April 15, 2008, Scott T. Shier said…

I don't know about that....they should have taken into consideration the "intent" and the context of your using it. Plus, when you say "nasty", I wonder how nasty it was indeed. I truly feel from the bottom of my heart that this flies in the face of the spirit of the N.G.S. as conceived by Gardiner Hubbard, Alexander G. Bell, and probably Melville Bell Grosvenor.

I am very very displeased w/ the unfortunate transformation the NGS went through inthe 1990's and into the 2000's. It became to corporate, too much of a "brand" thing. I can say alot more, but I'll hold my tongue for the moment.

They should have been happy that such devoted people support them to begin with (collector's & long-standing "members"). Nowadays all I feel like is a customer ID #.

Very sad. And to think Gilbert M. Grosvenor wrote in a 1980's column that he wanted to reinforce the aura of membership, family, home, close-nit values.

Tsk tsk tsk.

~ Scott S.
At 5:56am on April 15, 2008, Gary Arndt said…
Here is what I was able to salvage of the page from

Remember, this was years ago. I don't think I'd have the site look so bad now. The fake text I added after I recovered it.

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