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Out of the Humidor

CA Readers
From the Print Edition:
Kevin Costner, Nov/Dec 00

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The 1996 Olympics was a travesty of packaging; more resembling a nightly three-hour infomercial set to a soundtrack not unlike John Tesh. That Vecsey would take NBC's bait so fully makes one wonder whether he possesses a shred of objectivity at all--of course it looks like particular women's sports seemed a success story in '96 because that's mostly what NBC aired!   At least Vecsey is on the right track by mentioning some of the traditional sports left by the wayside, but there are others, like most track and field events and fencing. I think the last time I saw an Olympic fencing or shot put event live on television was when I was living in England in 1972. European Olympic coverage is general, by the way, and clearly not tainted by the overwhelming hegemony of marketing and advertising and selling and shilling pickup trucks and sports shoes and really god-awful American beer.

But then again, most industrialized European countries are thought of as "socialist" here because marketing is not the god there that it is here.

George Leake
Austin, Texas

Dear Marvin,

I read with interest the article on Internet auctions and eBay's Great Collections (October 2000). As the only individual bookseller registered with Great Collections, I value the site's increasing exposure. I did want to add, however, that a substantial amount of high-end business takes place over "regular" eBay. I concentrate my selling in the Antiques, Books/Manuscripts section of eBay, where I have seen books sell for up to $10,000.

There are a large number of collectors here who visit because they know there is a regular listing of antique books from as early as the 1400s to the nineteenth century. This is the same with other categories. A customer of mine, in order to raise money to purchase one of my manuscripts, sold some of his glass collection; several items sold for nearly $1,000 each (I checked).

The readers of Cigar Aficionado should be aware that there are high-quality and rare items in the regular eBay. While they might not find the Declaration of Independence, there are bargains to be found, which explains why a great number of book dealers visit eBay to purchase inventory. In any event, keep up the good work, and happy bidding.

Ari Millner
Alexandria, Virginia

Dear Marvin,

It is so refreshing to know I am not alone when it comes to the namby-pamby attitudes of our elected officials. When will it end? Voting, I feel, has come down to picking the lesser of the two evils. I saw a glimmer of hope when Jesse Ventura was elected in Minnesota. His article (August 2000) was very refreshing. I only hope more people would follow Minnesota's lead--and vote. Imagine what would be said if more than 60 percent of the voters actually voted this November?! An individual who said what he/she truly felt would have my vote.

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