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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations 
December 19-20, 1998:

A stamp collector who helps pick U-S stamps

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries

Of the dozen people on the Citizen Stamp Advisory 
Committee, only two are card-carrying stamp collectors. 
One is American Philatelic Society president John Hotchner; 
the other is Ron Robinson of Little Rock, Arkansas. 
Robinson collects certain U-S stamps, and says he reminds 
the non-collectors on the committee not everyone wants the 
same thing.

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"I think the people who have been involved in the stamp 
program many times don't understand how many branches of 
philately there are, and how specialized collections can 
be and how diverse they are."

Even though he owns his own public relations firm, he 
says he's not there as a marketing expert.

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"I don't get involved in the advertising programs or the 
promotional programs and all of that. I am there primarily 
as a stamp collector, who has a marketing background. I 
tell them, 'if we want to talk about the marketing program, 
you should have hired me rather than appointed me."

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News. 

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