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From: John Helmut Merz <>
Subject: Books, there will always be books!
Date: Sun, 04 Oct 1998 15:45:07 -0700
Dear subscribers to this Ontario list, ever since Gutenberg invented
the printing press and printed the first Bible, books have been
printed and have been under one's most prized possessions.
I have mentioned that in my own little library I have over 600 books,
because I love books, I love to read, I love to take them of my shelf
once in a while and leaf through. Most of those books I bought myself
with hard earned money, some I got very cheap at library sales, or
even Saturday morning garage sales, some I paid 25 cents for, or
a buck, one I have costs me $100, it's is so old I am scared to handle
it with my hands. Now those 600 books, and the number is growing,
do take up a lot of space, in fact the whole long wall in my study,
our married daughters former bedroom, which I got when she moved out,
and the money I spend for all those books? Many of you told me that
you cannot afford to buy books, well honestly, neither could I, but...
I quit smoking in 1981, I figured out it saves me $100 or more a
month, so - I set aside half of that amount for books. $50. a month
saved from quitting to smoke, and got an extra $50 to spend.
This is $600 a year, in 17 years over $10.000, one can buy a lot of
books with that. That what I did.
Now you all heard the story of the young man who got a book for
Christmas, oh, he said, a book, but ......I got one already.