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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations October 2-3, 2004:

Twister of Fate

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries. 

On Monday, the Postal Service issues a set of 15 cloud stamps. The five types of clouds 
that ride highest in the sky are on the top row, the ones in the middle atmosphere on 
the MIDDLE row...and those closest to the ground on the bottom.

You don't get much closer to the ground than a tornado, as Edi Ann Otto of Osnabrock, 
North Dakota knows.

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<"A tornado just happened to go by my farmstead one day, and I just happened to have a 
camera loaded, and started to take pictures AFTER it went by.">

Her 1978 photograph is the basis for the stamp in the bottom right corner of the sheet.

[RUNS :03]
<"They've been used, these tornado pictures, all over the world."> articles, ads, even textbooks.

The stamp is probably the biggest honor...

[RUNS :05]
<"or it could be the National Geographic double-page spread">

When she first took the photos, she entered them in a magazine contest, and won--

[RUNS :01]
<"third place">

The stamp certainly beats that.

And that's Stamp Collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News. 

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