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to the debut issue of Pezhead Monthly, a newsletter
dedicated to the noble hobby of Pez collecting. Starting
up a newsletter is something I've always wanted to do, and
as a big fan of Pez I am assured to bring not only my interest
in the craft but also my enthusiasm for the topic itself.
a few words on what this newsletter is not. I don't intend
for this newsletter to be a go-to source for the latest
breaking news in the Pez world, such as release dates of
new dispensers, convention dates, and things like that.
If you're looking for that type of information, I recommend
the fine newsletter Pez Collector's News (www.pezcollectorsnews.com)
or the PEZheads Online e-mail list (www.pezlist.com).
Also, Pezhead Monthly is not in any way affiliated
with or endorsed by Pez Candy, Inc.
what I'd like for Pezhead Monthly to be is a monthly
periodical featuring news, opinions, and literary pieces
about Pez collecting. In the debut issue, for instance,
I share some thoughts and pictures of my first Pez convention,
Pezamania 11 in Cleveland, Ohio. Also included is an exclusive
interview with the Homer Simpson Pez Dispenser, in a "Five
Questions" format that I'd like to make a regular Pezhead
Monthly feature. Finally, other pieces like Pez Poetry,
The Pez Almost-Quote of the Month, and The Month in Pez
provide different perspectives on Pez than you'd find elsewhere.
is the first edition of Pezhead Monthly, I am sure
that the format may undergo some changes as time goes on.
But I am confident that Pez collectors, fans, and others
will eventually look to this newsletter as an information
and entertainment resource about the world of Pez.
Pez because it is a symbol of youth and fun, and it is also
an essential part of American and world pop culture. I look
forward to bringing "the treat to eat in a toy that's
neat" closer to you every month. Welcome to Pezhead
Editor, Pezhead Monthly
11th Annual Pezamania Convention: A World of Pez
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just returned from Pezamania 11 in Cleveland, Ohio, it's
safe to say that I was completely overwhelmed by the experience.
Never in my life have I seen, heard, and breathed so much
Pez. I was quite literally like a kid in a candy store.
first thing that I noticed at Pezamania 11 was that
there is a whole world of Pez collectors out there.
Sure, I had built up my personal collection to approximately
300 dispensers, and I had some idea of the history and
depth of the Pez collecting hobby, but until this weekend
I was largely a Pez island unto myself. The convention
was really the first time I witnessed, shared with,
and ultimately became a part of a worldwide Pez community.
I met people from states as far as California and from
countries as far as Holland and Germany. I noticed hundreds
of people wearing the very same Pez t-shirts I was wearing.
I saw license plates that read "ILUVPEZ."
The one common bond we all shared was that of Pez.
Cleveland rocks, as Pezheads from
the world experience Pezamania 11.
these lines, I also realized how the online world has made
this community smaller and closer. As a Web designer and
surfer myself, I know that the Web is a valuable source
of information and that there are many Pez sites out there
(including my own). But at the convention I was told of
the PEZheads e-mail list (www.pezlist.com),
through which global Pez collectors buy, sell, and trade
Pez on a daily basis. This e-mail list is also used as an
information source for new online and offline Pez sightings,
from exclusive Web offers to flea market findings. A world
of Pez, at your fingertips. Suffice it to say that one of
the first things I did upon returning home was subscribe
to this list. I am looking forward to using it as a valuable
resource in my Pez collecting.
of course, there was the Pez itself. I saw more Pez dispensers
than I had ever seen in my life, and for the first time
had the chance to see and even hold vintage dispensers like
Snow White, Bullwinkle, Astronaut, Uncle Sam, Popeye, and
the Psychedelic Eye. I had a look at some "fantasy
dispensers," those created by individuals and not by
Pez Candy, Inc. (including the famed Elvis Pezley dispenser
featured in "The Client"). I also saw countless
other Pez related items, such as t-shirts, advertisements,
trading cards, and even a vintage Pez vending machine.
realized very quickly that even though I had a lot of Pez
dispensers and related items in my collection, it didn't
hold a candle to what some others had in terms of both quantity
and value of dispensers (besides an old lion Pez, the majority
of my pre-convention collection consisted of more modern
items). But there weren't any lasting feeling of envy or
inferiority, rather a wonder and gladness that I was amongst
fellow Pezheads. As one Pez collector told me, with so many
Pez already in my collection, "there's no turning back
A 1970s Pez gun. Nice shootin',
did get a chance to add to my collection as well. I
rounded out several of my dispenser sets like those
of Star Wars, Simpsons, and Pink Panther. I also bought
a few older dispensers, including a Road Runner, a rare
Smurf, and what is now the crown jewel of my collection-
an orange Pez gun, otherwise known as a candy shooter.
I spent an incredible amount of money on an incredible
amount of Pez, and my only regret is that I didn't know
of the convention any sooner, as I could have saved
more money beforehand.
11 was a tremendously rewarding experience for me. In the
course of one weekend I beheld more Pez and met more Pezheads
than I ever knew possible. I anxiously await Pezamania 12,
and although I'm not a convention "rookie" anymore,
I will always possess the wonder and gratitude that, as
long as the sun is still shining, the Pez is still dispensing.
Almost-Quote of the Month
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not what your Pez can do for you, ask what you can do
for your Pez"