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Just for Fun. . .
What do you collect?

Don Burleson


As a part-time auctioneer and antique dealer I've come to believe that humans are naturally hunter-gatherers and that people have a natural instinct to collect things.  From the dawn of time, cavemen collected shiny stones and I believe that we all have a hoarding instinct.

Your first response might be "No, I'm not a collector", but if you think closely you will remember the baseball cards or shot glasses that you have kept as souvenirs.  Some people are Philatelists (my that sounds dirty doesn't it: "I heard that Joe is a philatelist") and others collect beanie-babies or Pez dispensers.

I once knew a woman who collected cookie jars, and her house was filled floor-to-ceiling with shelves to display her collection.

We all know that computer professionals are unique people, we would like to hear from you about your collection, large or small. For example, I collect rare marbles, Roman and Greek antiquities, old books, prints and maps (especially incunabula), and I have a prized collection of Maxfield Parrish prints.

Janet is more focused, with an extensive collection of Carnival and depression glass, and her antique horse memorabilia.

So tell, us, what do you collect?

Just send us an e-mail to and we will publish your collection along with the other Oracle professionals!  Be sure to include you name and occupation!

I collect adventure comic strips from the 1960-current, such as Tarzan, Phantom, Mandrake, Flash Gordon, Modesty Blaise, James Bond, Prince Valiant, etc. When I was a kid, I used to collect them by cutting them from Newspapers and magazines.  Now I scan and save them in my computer or I download them from various websites.

I am missing quite a lot in my collections and would love it if I can get them from others.  I am willing to share my scans with them.


Madu Upadhya, Oracle Developer

As a child I collected:

  • Bottle caps (soda, beer, anything)

  • empty cigarette packs

  • match boxes

  • toys from Cereal boxes

  • coins

  • stamps

  • trading cards

  • toy cars (matchbox and hot wheels)

Once I left home, my younger brother trashed it all. I still hold it against him.

Bill Zeledon, OCA 9i DBA

I collect Oracle books!

Eric Rouvreau

I collect Glass Items

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