Loaded: A Message from the Editor top
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to a wealth of content in this month's issue of Pezhead
Monthly, I will keep this column short. I do have to
say that I am looking forward to the cooler weather that
autumn will bring, if for no other reason than I will finally
be able to leave my Joe Cool Pez dispenser attached to my
steering wheel without fearing it might melt in the summer
hard to match the high I came off from after July's fantastic
convention. Still, August was a pretty good month on the
collecting front. Not only did I come across the new Glow-In-The-Dark
Halloween dispensers, but I also stumbled upon the new Homer
Simpson Giant Pez and the new set of Sourz dispensers. Oh
happy day, indeed.
month's Pezhead Monthly is jam-packed with lots of
stuff. The feature article explores the goings on at Pezhead
University, a trailblazing educational beacon for Pezheads
everywhere. Also in the issue is the Five Questions feature
with the Jungle Mission Pez dispenser, and the ever-present
Pez Poetry and Pez Almost-Quote of the Month.
care, and thanks for reading. See you next month!
Editor, Pezhead Monthly
University: Be True To Your School
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the 2002-2003 college season set to start, Pezhead Monthly
poses the obvious question: where do Pez collectors and
enthusiasts go to expand their awareness of the Pez universe?
Sure, conventions come to mind, as do great online groups
such as www.pezlist.com.
But what about the Pezhead who is aching for a more structured
never-ending quest to fully serve the academic Pez community,
Pezhead Monthly would like to shed some light on
the hypothetical college known as Pezhead University. Below
you will find a welcome message from Dr. Tmeback, Dean of
Pezhead University, followed by a closer look at the faculty
and some of the courses at the college.
Welcome to Pezhead University
Dean of Pezhead University, it is my pleasure to welcome
you to this fine bastion of Pez higher learning.
in 1952, this institution has become in increasingly high
demand over the years for all those wishing to advance in
the Pez studies. Our nationally recognized curriculum, as
well as our top notch, professional faculty, make us the
place to come for Pezheads around the world.
award winning academic departments include Collecting, Displaying,
Pricing, Pez Technology, Pez Culture, and Liberal Arts.
These departments offer a variety of challenging and stimulating
classes created specifically with the Pez enthusiast in
we have a very active student life here at Pezhead University.
We have guest speakers come in, we have the occasional concert
from such top bands as Less Than Jake, and I have had many
students come up to me and say that Pezhead University is
"a great place to get loaded." And I agree with
that sentiment, because at Pezhead U, not only do your Pez
dispensers get loaded with delicious candy, but your minds
get loaded with an in-depth knowledge and appreciation for
the wonder that is Pez.
those of you who want to learn about law, I suggest you
go to Yale. For those of you interested in a career in technology,
may I humbly recommend you to MIT. However, for those of
you interested in the vast and promising field of Pez studies,
Pezhead University is where you need to be.
Tilliam "Till" Tmeback
Dean, Pezhead University
University boasts a wide array of professional faculty who
are experts in their field and who are dedicated to serving
the academic needs of their students. Here are brief biographies
of two of the university's most esteemed faculty members.
Pez is Pezhead University's most veteran professor. Joining
the faculty team in 1978, Dr. Pez has taught more than 200
classes and has seen almost 5,000 Pezheads earn their degrees.
His areas of expertise include Dispenser Psychology, Pez
Addiction, and Pez Rehabilitation.
Pez is the author of the internationally recognized book,
"Our Dispensers, Our Selves" and has had no less
than 73 articles published in at least somewhat reputable
medical journals. His latest article, "The Effects
of an Accidental Pez Candy Release on the Human Eye,"
has recently achieved a "Possibly Pending" from
The New England Journal of Medicine.
not lecturing at Pezhead University, Dr. Pez is known for
his active involvement in the community and his work as
a paid consultant to the
literary newsletter Pezhead Monthly.
addition to Pezhead University, Dr. Skull is no stranger
to the academic world. Although he looks menacing, with
his bony head and missing front tooth, his credits as an
instructor are actually quite noble.
Skull's particular forte is placing Pez within a broader
realm of psychology, sociology, and popular culture. He
explores the motivations for people to collect and the patterns
of Pez collecting across societies and across cultures.
While some elder professors scoff at his unconventional
approach to Pez studies, he is a consistent favorite of
students because of his candor, wit, and trademark high
than just an engaging character, however, Dr. Skull has
authored 14 books, including his quintessential sociological
study, "The Pezhead Mystique" in 1986. In his
spare time he is an aspiring playwright and one of the grooviest
Pez dispensers of all time.
Academic Departments and Course Descriptions
is a sample of some of the better-known departments and
courses offered at Pezhead University.
101: Fundamentals of Pez Collecting
course is a requirement for all Department of Collecting
majors. It provides a broad overview of what it takes to
be an exceptional Pez collector. Specific topics touched
on include flea market hunting, convention hopping, basic
eBay theory, and realizing your financial limitations.
141: Advanced eBay Theory
good collector will tell you, eBay is the place to find
some of the best Pez deals. However, a keen eye and a cautious
clicking finger can save time, money, and heartache. This
course touches on when to place a bid, how to cope when
you cannot meet the reserve price, and the importance of
leaving honest feedback for your seller. Also covered are
items of concern to sellers, such as items without pictures
and the proliferation of Darth Vader dispensers with the
outrageous asking price of $5 each.
COL 101: Fundamentals of Pez Collecting
101: Introduction to Pez Collection Displaying
importance of displaying one's Pez is not to be underestimated.
This course touches upon ways to show Pez collections to
the world. Specific topics include the curio cabinet, the
Wal-Mart Expand-a-Shelf, and the always engaging world of
of Pez Technology
201: Pez and the World Wide Web
Internet has provided excellent ways for Pezheads to connect,
learn, organize, and grow. This class covers some of the
websites in each of these areas that have allowed Pez to
become such a wonderful hobby. Examples include eBay,
Pez.com (the official site
of Pez Candy, Inc., and not affiliated in any way with Pezhead
among many others. Also covered in this class are internationally
recognized techniques to help you interact with your fellow
Pezheads online, such as list etiquette and effective use
COL 101: Fundamentals of Pez Collecting
Recommended: COL 141: Advanced eBay Theory
of Pez Culture
101: Pez in Pop Culture
class is a good introduction to the variety of ways Pez
has been represented in pop culture. Examples include early
magazine advertisements all the way up to the Tweety Pez
episode of "Seinfeld."
121: Becoming Part of Pez Culture
hands-on class covers ways in which you can creatively express
your own love of Pez, such as joining the online Pez community,
creating Pez Web sites, wearing Pez Halloween costumes,
and submitting your literary
work to Pezhead Monthly for consideration in
a future issue.