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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations February 26-27, 2005:

Honouring A Jazz Living Legend

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


Canada this year will honour jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, whose 80th birthday is in August. 
It's hoped he'll participate in the ceremony.

Canada has different rules than the U-S about putting living people on stamps, but up until 
now, it's done it as part of a larger picture -- Canadian astronauts to honour its space 
program, for example.

The Peterson stamp will be the first time a living person has been honoured on a Canadian 
stamp for an individual body of work. A prominent Canadian collector tells me a stamp for 
Ellen Fairclough, Canada's first woman cabinet minister and a former postmaster general, had 
also been planned for this year, on her hundredth birthday....but she passed away a few 
months ago. Her stamp, however, will still come out in June.

A postal spokesman says he's convinced that honouring outstanding Canadians who are still 
with us for a lifetime of achievement is something the public will support.

And that's Stamp Collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News. 

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