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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations 
March 3-4, 2001:

The non-collecting philatelist.

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

Betsy Towle of Tucson is active in stamp collecting programs 
for children, director of the Postal History Foundation for 
adults, and she manages one of the  country's major stamp 
shows, but here's a surprise.

"I don't collect any philatelic material at all."
RUNS :02

The ex-school teacher learned about stamp collecting from 
her husband...

"I was a gopher -- 'Go-fer' this, 'go-fer' that -- and I 
learned all about the hobby."
RUNS :04

...and  even maintained his collection for awhile after he 
died...but she found  stamps useful not for leisure, but 
for her work.

"I'm an educator. I became very active in the children's 
program using stamps to teach children subject matter."
RUNS :06

From there, her involvement with philately just grew to 
include running the Foundation and the show.

Why use stamps in the classroom?

"No matter what you want to teach, you can teach with 
RUNS :03

The Postal Service is using two of the Foundation's 
computer programs now to educate through stamps, and some 
day, Towle would like to produce software to educate 
children about...stamp collecting.

And that IS stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News.

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