Feb. 2005

1 hope you have recovered from your shock over receiving this issue of Korean Philately. I must apologize profusely for the long delay in publishing an issue. You will notice from the cover that the intent is to skip 2004 and not try to get caught up or that year. We wi[l continue with a consecutive volume numher, however. As a result, the KSS hoard has agreed to skip a year of dues.

I’m sure you’re not all that excited about hearing my excuses, but I do have many. I have just received galley proofs for my new hook, Organization Development: Pinciples, Processes, Performance, a 454-page textbook! As you might imagine, this has consumed all of my free time. I am so glad to have that project done. I have continued my extensive travels, traveling during the past year to Saudi Arabia (twice), Spain, Ireland, Japan. Taiwan (twice), Korea, and the People’s Republic of China (twice), in addition to travels within the United States and Canada. In spite of the continuing unrest and secuiity concerns. I still enjoy my travels and hope to continue them!

This summer, my father died after a long bout with cancer and Alzheimers. That turned out to be more difficult for me than I expected. And, I am grappling with making a decision about retirement and love being a grandfather of four. And I will he on sabbatical for Spring semester. I said there were a lot of excuses,

However, with the hook done, I now believe that I can be caught up for 2005 by the end of the year. One of the ptoblems I’m facing, however, is a lack of material. I know that the infrequency of publication has a negative impact on the receipt of articles, but it becomes a downward spiral. If I don’t get material, I can’t get issues out in time. Please send me something!

Some of these observations remain from a while ago! I noted in the May, 2004, issue of Global Stamp News that our publisher. Everett Parker, stated that "sometinies that takes the form of a free set of stamps (the Korea Philatelic (sic.) Society did this last year when the country issued a stamp honoring the society)..." (p. 20). Of course, Parker is making reference to the “My Stamp” that we produced and distributed to our members to commemorate our anmversary. The misreference, however, underscores the concerns that some countries express about having personalized stamps—the fear that people will think that the stamps truly are published by the country and not by individuals, organizations, or businesses.

The Summer, 2004, issue of Korean Quarterly (7:4), had a special essay section on “Connecting with Korean Culture.” Korean Quarterly is an international newspaper (the Summer issue had 96 pages) that describes its community as “first and second generation Korean Americans, adopted Koreans and their families, hapa, and bicultural Korean Americans.” My essay, entitled “Collection connection,” was a full page and contained five illustrations of Korean stamps. The editor’s synopsis was, “How a stamp hobby helped one adoptive dad and kids learn Korean culture and history.” Coincidentally, the editor and his son turned out to be Korean stamp collectors, and we plan to get together to ta[k about stamp collecting some time. My hope, of course, is that an article like this will generate interest in the hobby. KSS was prominently included in the essay, including John Talmage’s e-mail, I hope that there might even be a reader or two of this editorial who have joined KSS as a result of that essay!

I last talked with our Editor Emeritus, Jim Kerr, over a year ago. At that time, he had just returned home from the hospital after a two-month stay following a stroke. He said that he had a little diffculty focusing and he stumbled around a bit, but, by and large, he was doing well. I have just gotten off the phone with Michael Rogers, and he says Jim is about the same. We extend our best wishes to Jim!

Please keep those letters and articles coming in! KP

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