[Zosslist] Introduction

Jon Messer jon.messer1952 at gmail.com
Sat Jun 24 00:14:55 EEST 2017

AND for all who don’t know him or, know him well…?  Rick is a prince, a wonderful husband, father, friend + vital resource reference to all who care to learn, swap, share or discover writing instrument information.

BTW: from the heart, we collectors have over the years built some incredible friendships.  Many survive long distances.  Albeit we’ve lost a good number, nobody’s getting younger so, for those inclined, pick up the phone, exchange emails, ideas, thoughts & questions.  

As always, hat-tip to Tom Zoss who did what few men have for decades and the foundation of this, one of the longest continuing threads in modern-day!

Don’t be shy, say Hi

Cheers, Jon

Jon.Messer1952 at gmail.com 

> On Jun 23, 2017, at 9:47 AM, Rick Propas <rickpropas at comcast.net> wrote:
> I thought it might be a good thing for each of us who are sharing responsibility for the new Zoss list to introduce ourselves, so I will start off and let my colleagues follow suit as they see fit.
> I am Rick Propas and I have been collecting pens since 1984. Initially my focus was on the American Big Four--Parker, Sheaffer's, Wahl-Eversharp, and Waterman's, at least as much as I could afford Waterman's in those heady days. My main focus was, and remains Parkers.
> I began attending pen shows in Chicago in 1985 but was not a regular attendee until I moved back to California in the late 1980s and became a regular at the Los Angeles and then the Ohio Shows.
> In the late 1990s, I became enamored of Pelikans, beginning with a 50th birthday present of a Pelikan M800 set in 1997. The rest, as they say, is history. By 2001 I was actively selling pens, largely to support the Pelikan habit and at the same time I became editor of the Pennant, the magazine of the PCA. Several years later I joined the PCA Board, serving one term during which I was Vice President and then President.
> Today I continue to collect Parkers, Pelikan's, as well as German pens, especially safeties; some Italian pens and basically anything that I find interesting.
> My favorite pens are Parker Lucky Curves, especially my bakelite 28 and my Black Giant; my tortoise and mother-of pearl Pelikans, my Montblanc 139 and 149 silver band models; and a whole array of customs based on Parker 51s and Pelikan 100s.
> I also collect folding knives, God help me, and favor customs from lesser known makers like Alan Davis and John W. Smith.
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