New Jersey Jackals, Yogi Berra Stadium, Little Falls, NJ

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1998 New Jersey Jackals lapel pin
 
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2.25-inch pin-back button purchased in 2022
 
 
 
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After the 2004 game the Jackals allowed kids to run the bases. When the boys reached home plate they would reach down and grab some dirt. The dirt would be rubbed into a baseball related first day cover to commemorate the event and to bring home some “game-used” dirt.

The hand-drawn cachet features the stadium layout, the red dot indicates our seats.
The cover is signed by Chris Rowan, Jackals infielder. Rowan would also play for the Ogden Raptors of the Pioneer League, Stockton Ports and Mudville Nine of the California League, and North Shore Spirit of the Canadian-american Association

The Jackals announced that 2022 would be their last season playing at Yogi Berra Stadium, so I made one last visit to see them play. Not sure where they will relocate to, they may stay in New Jersey, who knows

Marvin the Martian

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Marvin the Martian, was created by Chuck Jones and first appeared as an antagonist in the 1948 Bugs Bunny cartoon Haredevil Hare. He went on to appear in four more cartoons produced between 1952 and 1963.

“ I think man is the most interesting insect on Earth. Don’t you? There is a growing tendency to think of man as a rational thinking being, which is absurd.”

“I’m just about to solve the Earth’s fuel problem. I’m going to blow it up!”

Turtle Back Zoo – West Orange, NJ

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A very nice small zoo, a great family day out

Situated on 20 acres in the South Mountain Reservation, it is part of the South Mountain Recreation Complex, which is managed as part of the Essex County Park System, the oldest county park system in the United States. Founded in 1963, the zoo was originally a showcase for animals indigenous to the New York metropolitan area, but currently features species from every continent except Antarctica. As of 2018, it houses approximately 1400 animals, including several hundred birds in a free-flight aviary (a favorite of mine)

The Turtle Back Zoo has been an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 2006. In 2017, the zoo became an accredited member of ZAA (Zoological Association of America)

Doctor Who Fan Club of America

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1978 – When Doctor Who, the long running British television show, came to the New York area by way of PBS (channel 13) I became a fan immediately.

Without the availability of internet access, we relied on magazines to provide information about the show. Joining the Fan Club of America sounded like the thing to do. I don’t remember much about the perks, most likely a newsletter, ability to make purchases not found elsewhere and of course a fantastic enameled membership pin

I taught my boys about Doctor Who and we all still watch, although somewhat irregularly

Anti-Nuclear Proliferation

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I was fortunate to work with a gentleman who vacationed in the Soviet Union, during the late 1980s. Upon his return he gifted the staff with a couple of Peace pins he picked up while traveling.

While doing some research on this pin I was pleased to find the same pin was part of the National Air and Space Museum collection. The pin they have was owned by Astronaut David M Brown, who collected pins from his travels.

After Astronaut Brown’s death during the return of STS-107 in 2003, his wife donated his collection of pins to the Air & Space Museum