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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations 
July 29-30, 2000:

Why do we start collecting stamps?

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

Philatelic organizations and postal services are spending 
thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of effort 
trying to interest children in  stamp collecting, but 
former assistant postmaster general Gordon Morison says 
most adult stamp collectors were introduced to the hobby 
not through group programs but one-on-one.

"You'll find that there was one person who started them 
in the hobby, as opposed to a group start."
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Morison, now a vice president of the American Philatelic 
Society, says it's not always a parent, but sometimes a 
teacher or a friend.

"In my case, it was a lady who was at the end of my paper 
RUNS :03

In fact, the children of really dedicated stamp collectors 
may be at a disadvantage, Morison says.

"The serious collector perhaps is TOO serious with his hobby 
and therefore does not let the youngster go his own way or 
let the youngster actually follow by example."
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Morison's advice? Lighten up if you want your kids to become 
stamp collectors.

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News.

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