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Post# 387408   3/7/2018 at 08:19 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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The annual VCCC convention will be held in Spokane, Washington, June 21st Ė June 24th. We will be touring Marc Turbyfillís vac shop and vacuum collection. More details to come. Hope to see everyone in Spokane.

Please click on the link below for more information.


Post# 387433 , Reply# 1   3/7/2018 at 12:58 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Thanks, Kenny!

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I know some have already "gotten ready". I'll be on that soon, too. As you know, LAST year's convention was exceptional, truly worth every cent. One question, for now: will there be anyone else needing to split/share a room? If so..
I'm sure Spokane will be great.
So, let's all get our new belts, bags, attachments, gloves, etc, ready................

Post# 387507 , Reply# 2   3/8/2018 at 09:13 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I am planning on coming, not sure about Shaylee and the baby. She wants too but we shall see.

If I had more vacation time I would drive it in a heartbeat. I LOVE that drive. It's only like 30 hours lol

Post# 387585 , Reply# 3   3/9/2018 at 14:12 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
It'll be great to see everyone again.

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Looking forward to a nice, fun-filled, drama-free great time, again.

Post# 387587 , Reply# 4   3/9/2018 at 14:39 by Westinghouseman (Capron, Illinois, north of Belvidere, Illinois.)        
Ready to go...

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Well, Airline tickets are bought, Hotel, is booked...leaving Sunday, June 21, 2018; Spokane, Wa., here I come...

Ken Wagman

Post# 387594 , Reply# 5   3/9/2018 at 15:00 by vacman1961 (North Babylon, New York)        

How about another convention here on the east coast closer to NY and hopefully not on Fathers Day weekend, there are some Dad's that would love to attend a convention without missing time with their kids.

Post# 387675 , Reply# 6   3/10/2018 at 08:56 by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
"on the east coast"

If any want to see 100s of vacs and parts in the east near Interstates 26,40 & 81 in a former vac shop that MUST be cleaned out and downsized with MOST prices from $0--$20 call me and set up a date of your choosing!!(more later and separately with pictures)

Post# 387856 , Reply# 7   3/12/2018 at 13:55 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I'm hearing exciting thigs so far.

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Anyone still need a roomie?

Post# 389107 , Reply# 8   3/26/2018 at 14:45 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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are being made. !!

Post# 389722 , Reply# 9   4/3/2018 at 13:41 by countryford (Phoenix, AZ)        

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I will be there. This will be my first vacuum convention. My husband and I are driving our motorhome up. Since Spokane is his hometown, we are planning on visiting his family and friends while we are there. Looking forward to meeting new people.

Post# 389725 , Reply# 10   4/3/2018 at 14:26 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
WELCOME in advance!!!!!!!!!

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You'll love it, and, we'll love having you there. As soon as I got to my first one, the great Terry Lattz came up to me, gave me a hug and said, "Hi, John. I'm Terry'.

Post# 389774 , Reply# 11   4/3/2018 at 22:52 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
To quote past VCCC President, Morgan Frazer

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Post# 389793 , Reply# 12   4/4/2018 at 08:05 by countryford (Phoenix, AZ)        

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Since I've never been to one before, is there a place/time to sell some vacuums? I was thinking of bringing some up with m to part with.

Post# 389796 , Reply# 13   4/4/2018 at 09:05 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Yes there will be tables labeled for sale and free and raffel

Post# 389806 , Reply# 14   4/4/2018 at 13:31 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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If you look at posts from last year and before you'll see lots of photos from the conventions. They're listed in the Vintage forum. They'll give you an idea. You'll enjoy it very much.

Post# 389812 , Reply# 15   4/4/2018 at 13:55 by countryford (Phoenix, AZ)        

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Awesome. Looking forward to it. Hope someone will recognize me. I look a little bit different than I do in my profile picture. A couple years older. LOL

Post# 389963 , Reply# 16   4/6/2018 at 14:00 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
It's time to compile the new list of

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deceased members of the VCCC for our "In Memoriam" book, which will be at this summer's convention. Names? I know a few, but, I don't want to leave any recently deceased out.

Post# 389970 , Reply# 17   4/6/2018 at 14:45 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Sadly, the book is

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filling up.

Post# 390668 , Reply# 18   4/18/2018 at 13:57 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I spoke with Chad recently.

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It looks like things are going along nicely. There will be few changes this year. I still have to update the list of deceased members, etc.
It'll be great to see new faces as well as seasoned members. The VCCC... the original, the only............... still going.

Post# 390671 , Reply# 19   4/18/2018 at 14:51 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
We are going to have a blast..

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as always. I know for a fact that we will have some new members at this year's VCCC convention!

Post# 390778 , Reply# 20   4/20/2018 at 14:31 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Convention Registration

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The PayPal link to register for the 2018 VCCC convention is now up on our website. The registration fee is $75.00. The registration fee is needed to pay for the hotel and the convention room along with the free snacks and equipment provided by the hotel. We will have plenty of room for everyone to share and display their vacs.

Please click on the link below to enter the VCCCís convention page.


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Post# 390817 , Reply# 21   4/21/2018 at 00:31 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Thanks, again, Kenny,

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for everything that you do for all of us.
Looking forward to getting away and seeing everyone again.

Post# 390963 , Reply# 22   4/24/2018 at 12:46 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
The convention registration

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form is now on our website with the schedule of events. You can either save and email the form to our club email address: or mail it to me in the mail. The directions are on the form.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Please click on the link below to access the form.

Kenny Loveland


Post# 390964 , Reply# 23   4/24/2018 at 12:51 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
EXCELLENT work there, Kenny!

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Can't wait, either. Imagine: 33 !!!!!! The one, original VCCC.

Post# 391387 , Reply# 24   5/1/2018 at 12:42 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
VCCC convention

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I am really looking forward to this yearís convention itís going to be a blast! One of the wonderful things about the VCCC is that members are encouraged to bring their own vacuums. I enjoy hearing the stories behind our memberís vacuums. This gives our members the opportunity to show off their restorations and enter our non-cleaning contests. Personally, I would rather bring my own vacuum from my collection and set it on display or use it in one of our cleaning contests. Itís more personable for me.

The VCCC is also able to travel every year to a different part of the US. For example this year we will be in Spokane Washington to see one of our long time memberís collection and vacuum shop. I feel that we support our members by traveling to where they are located. Which changes every year! The VCCC has membership dues and a convention fee in order to put on an organized convention. Without dues and a convention fee we could not do so. I have personally been to at least five VCCC conventions starting in 2010 and every year I've had an excellent time. I look forward going to the VCCC convention every year and seeing my vacuum collecting family.

I hope to see everyone in Spokane this year!

Post# 391464 , Reply# 25   5/2/2018 at 19:50 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
You're absolutely right, Kenny!

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We've gotten to see a lot of the U.S. by attending these conventions. Everyone who goes admits that they're worth every penny.Well, they keep coming back!
We reunite w/ old friends, and create new friendships. no bashing of brands, people, events, It's very civilized. It's a lot of fun,sharing, etc. Hopefully, it will remain drama-free.
Get packing, everyone!

Post# 391472 , Reply# 26   5/2/2018 at 22:58 by Swivelsean (Santa Fe, NM)        
Looking forward to the fun and friendship

Brett and I will be visiting Marc's home and shop next week in Spokane to offer what assistance we can in preparation for next month's convention. Can you believe it's just a few weeks away?

Eastern Washington is a beautiful part of the US. Besides the grandeur of the state and the Cascades, Idaho, British Columbia, and Alberta are close by. I've traveled to that area since I was a child as my dad's family is just a couple hours south of Spokane. In fact I'll be visiting my father in Idaho just prior to the convention for Father's Day.
Best Wishes,

Post# 391600 , Reply# 27   5/6/2018 at 14:00 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Sean AND Brett......

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It's great that you're both going to be there. I just printed my form, etc this week. And, I got a roommie!
Kenny is absolutely correct.
Just think: EVERY year, we travel to a different part of the country. We see wonderful sights, are welcomed into so many member's homes, see their personal collections, etc.
For instance, since I joined The VCCC in 2008, we've been to the "Home of Hoover Appliances", N. canton, Ohio. We've been to Kirby, Filter Queen, etc.. Yes, even "I" set foot in those places. We've been to Chicago twice, Autstin, Texas, Portland, Minneapolis, St. Louis.... had a great time at The Fox Theatre. Last year was fantastic, too. We visited BMX Gary's place as well as countless vacuum shops. WE even were wonderfully welcomed at Stark's museum a few years back, as well as Jon Dufore's home, Jeff Parker's place, Phillip's and Shaylee's, Robert Seger's Barb's and Scott's , Dave Olsen's, Kenny's, etc. W even met the great Ruth Hollander. We were at Houston's and his partners home. People were laughing, eating, enjoying the
pool, etc. Because of the number of attendees, there's no possible way to not host these events at a hotel. Cleaning contests, raffles, games, dinners, etc. THAT's why there is a fee involved. It's proven time and time again to be worth every cent.
Even in spite of adverse comments, (some of us have even been referred to as "queens", isn't THAT ridiculous?.. we persevere, actually thrive.
Look up old posts about The VCCC's conventions. You'll relive past good times as well as become enlightened by what we do, who we are, etc.

Post# 391613 , Reply# 28   5/6/2018 at 23:02 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I was in a hurry and KNEW I'd forget

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other great house visits. We were graciously treated at Tania's home,Brett's and his partner's, Duane's,Alex Braun's, Ken Wagman's,John Pease's, and, not to mention, the 'original Tarantula Arms".
Fun times, indeed.

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Post# 391615 , Reply# 29   5/6/2018 at 23:19 by akabent (Orange County)        
Is it just me, or....

...Has anyone noticed that one individual seems to be caught in the endless loop of a 1970's  8-Track, recanting the nauseating, misleading rhetoric of of a so-called 'convention' wannabe in Missouri that touts a no-membership, no registration-fee admission?  Of course there is no fee for a small group of people to hang out for an unscripted gathering at a generous factory where no events, no gathering halls displaying personal collections, and no included banquet/dinner is included.  Does anyone truly find that comparable to stopping by the local Arby's or Waffle House enroute to self-host a sumptuous bag-lunch and call that a 'convention'?  


As mentioned by others, the VCCC provides opportunities to see numerous parts of the country visiting various personal collections, gather in a common hotel for multiple days of discussion and learning, and hang with like-minded people from all over the US,  even attracting collectors from other countries. All this continually makes for a true convention remembered and recounted during the year until its successor convention launches.


The VCCC clearly owes a debt of gratitude to early, founding members, many of which in good standing continue to attend and support their legacy, and we continue to appreciate you!



Post# 391619 , Reply# 30   5/7/2018 at 00:04 by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


I realize this is ancient history, but when the VCCC convened here in Los Angeles in 2005 I hosted an al-fresco luncheon, a presentation of the first 50 years of Electrolux, a look-see into my workshop, and a demonstration of machine-polishing aluminum-body vacuum cleaners.

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Post# 391622 , Reply# 31   5/7/2018 at 01:35 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

With all those lights in the shop-does this mean this collector is a flashoholic,too?Collects lights as well as vacuums as a few on here do.The shop is indeed,well lit!

Post# 391632 , Reply# 32   5/7/2018 at 10:12 by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        
I was wondering

How hot it is working under all those lights.

Nice workshop, I wish I had a dedicated place to work on my hobby.

Post# 391633 , Reply# 33   5/7/2018 at 10:13 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
That's great, Charles

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I'm sure you trust I wasn't excluding you. I was just mentioning everything since I've been a member. I heard sooooo much about "before me'... some great, some kinda dark.

Post# 391635 , Reply# 34   5/7/2018 at 10:30 by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        


Right, I wasn't feeling left out; just reminiscing on past conventions. The one in Los Angeles was really great with lots of stuff to see and do. There was quite a turnout for it.


The lights are vintage stage lights with the original fixtures replaced with incandescent* bulbs 40-100 watts, mostly for "look."


(This was before the ban on incandescent bulbs.)

Post# 391637 , Reply# 35   5/7/2018 at 11:15 by akabent (Orange County)        
2005 Convention and Venues

The Los Angeles Convention was indeed another memorable one for the books!   Charles' was one of two very large collections that were generously shared, and his detailed, in depth display literally did document "50 Years of American Electrolux".  Kyle's very large display was more eclectic but similarly fascinating to see.  The Hotel, vacuum/conference room, and Banquet were amazing and very well coordinated.  I suppose it is true that you always remember your first time fondlylaughing, and that was my entree into the incredible VCCC whose legacy continues, even to the point of attempted replication.  (They say 'imitation' is the highest form of flattery'; apparently, that is still being proved valid.)



Post# 391687 , Reply# 36   5/8/2018 at 14:29 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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The VCCC is constantly changing, and should. However, some of it (the roots) still remain the same.
It was Charlie Watrous who really 'glammed it up'... and,for that, we are grateful.
I look back at photos from past conventions in amazement. Everyone should take a trip 'down Memory Lane'. Of course, there ARE minutes from ALL of the meetings. An amazing story is unveiled every time they are read. It explains a lot.
So, there' still time.
Unfortunately, this time, due to flying, I won't be able to bring any machines. But, they'll be plenty to look at.

Post# 391691 , Reply# 37   5/8/2018 at 14:52 by papasvacs (Lauderdale Lakes, FL)        
I've been absent

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Have been absent for a while.  Have had some health concerns to deal with and the death of my Dad was very traumatic for me.

Back "on the road again."

I need to pay my dues and I'm thinking seriously of flying to Spokane for the convention.

Could someone please give me information on dues paying.

Thanks so much.

Missed you all!

Post# 391692 , Reply# 38   5/8/2018 at 15:02 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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Greg ,

You can pay your dues on our website. The link is below.


Post# 391693 , Reply# 39   5/8/2018 at 15:31 by papasvacs (Lauderdale Lakes, FL)        

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Dues paid, flight arranged, car rented.  Now all I have to do is register and get hotel.

Post# 391694 , Reply# 40   5/8/2018 at 15:49 by papasvacs (Lauderdale Lakes, FL)        
Yay! Spokane Here I come

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Registered, Room reserved



Post# 391695 , Reply# 41   5/8/2018 at 15:52 by akabent (Orange County)        

We'll definitely enjoy seeing you there and you will be surrounded by many kind people.  Very sorry for the challenges you've been through but many of us can attest to there being 'light at the end of the tunnel" as it DOES get better where only love and fond memories remain.



Post# 391746 , Reply# 42   5/9/2018 at 14:52 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Looks like we will have quite a few

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machines for sale or give away! One of our members posted recently in the vacuum cleaners collectors group on Facebook. I've been communicating with Sean and we will have plenty of items to dig through! So I don't think we will be without vacuums this year to find new homes. This is in addition to our free and for sale piles that we have at the VCCC convention every year!

Post# 391777 , Reply# 43   5/10/2018 at 09:41 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Just got my dues paid, next step hotel and plane ticket

Post# 391793 , Reply# 44   5/10/2018 at 15:45 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
That's good Phillip!

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Spokane here we come!

Post# 391804 , Reply# 45   5/10/2018 at 18:37 by countryford (Phoenix, AZ)        

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I just paid for the convention. Won't be staying at the hotel, since my husband and I are driving our motorhome up there. I was looking for an itinerary for the event, but couldn't find one.

Post# 391831 , Reply# 46   5/11/2018 at 09:53 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Hotel booked!! Will buy plane tickets tonight. I am flying out on the Sunday night before the convention to Portland to visit some very special long time friends I have not seen in 5 years that used to live here. Then on Wednesday the 20th I will fly to Spokane to have an extra night with all the cools kids who arrive early.
Can't wait!!!

Post# 391953 , Reply# 47   5/14/2018 at 14:06 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I've just heard that some members are

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re-joining The VCCC after a lapse in time. They were here before I joined. Old members, not an old VCCC. there is was/is really only one. For a minute, I thought it had disbanded at one time and a whole new club was born. But, that was false info.Also, sadly, some famous member will not be attending this year, due to schedule conflicts. :(
I'm not sure if he'll be attending the convention, but, at least 1 "old" member is returning. What a SURPRISE to hear this.
There might also be 2 or 3 "new" members soon as well.

Yes, Kids, some surprises all around.
Stay tuned..........................................................

Post# 391974 , Reply# 48   5/15/2018 at 09:33 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Famous member unable to attend??????

John, Don't worry!! I WILL be there buddy.
hahahaha sorry I couldn't help it

Post# 391985 , Reply# 49   5/15/2018 at 15:33 by Kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        

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I know will we have the most free/ for sale vacuums that we have had at any convention! It's going to be an exciting time! I am really looking forward to it! Our numbers are going up daily by the registrations I'm getting in.

Post# 391986 , Reply# 50   5/15/2018 at 16:18 by pinkge (Indianapolis,Indiana)        

I have paid my dues,registered,got room and plane ticket.I'm looking to the convention and seeing everyone.What a fun time we are going to have.The Banquet is so much fun,good food,laugh's and who know's what else.I know Mark and broad have worked hard.See everyone there.

Post# 392033 , Reply# 51   5/16/2018 at 23:25 by swivelsean (Santa Fe, NM)        
Productive trip to Spokane

Dear VCCC members,
Brett and I had a productive visit to Spokane last week visiting Marc Turbyfill and spending time with him at his shop and home. Brett and I helped Marc organize what he is planning to offer to VCCC members during the convention. The sheer volume of what is available eclipses what I've seen in any VCCC Convention I've been to before. There are approximately 60 vacuums looking for new homes, over 100 hoses, and a deep parts and accessory inventory that Marc has maintained for his customers over the years. While Marc has had his shop in Spokane for over 20 years, when he bought it the purchase included parts inventory that was even considered vintage then! Everything from Apex to Wizard, and so much in between. Are you looking for parts for a vintage or contemporary vacuum...attachments...or new to you vacuums...don't miss out.
Best Wishes,
P.S. Hi 'CountryFord'...I'm looking forward to meeting you and your husband and talking Stratoliners and Mobile Maids. I've enjoyed reading your contributions to for quite a while.

Post# 392054 , Reply# 52   5/17/2018 at 08:47 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Got flights booked, now I will sit back and watch the clock till it's time to go!!

Post# 392066 , Reply# 53   5/17/2018 at 15:48 by kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
Hey Sean

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Sounds like there's a lot to to pick from. I remember the Portland Convention in 2012. What a fun time we had! Looks like you and John are having a fun time as well sitting at the kids table in Stark's museum!

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Post# 392099 , Reply# 55   5/18/2018 at 16:58 by akabent (Orange County)        
Visit to Stark's Museum

Stark's Museum was yet another great opportunity enjoyed by the VCCC as we visit varying cities and collections, and the overwhelming response was a good time was definitely had by all.  That incredible Banquet, which of course is the grand finale of meals included in the Registration Fee was quite the treat.  By necessity, however, the Banquet does include less choices than an individual's self-hosting at the local White Castle or Wendy's.

Of Note: The VCCC Registration Fee does not include or provide any mind-altering options, either.



Post# 392151 , Reply# 56   5/20/2018 at 23:17 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Does the name

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Mike Pupeck mean anything to anyone? Just curious.

Post# 392237 , Reply# 57   5/23/2018 at 09:33 by sleepdoc (St. Louis, MO)        
Infamously, it does.

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He goes by "Power" followed by some numbers on ebay and snipes things from other collectors, something that I think is ungenerous where fellow collectors are involved. Some people might be around who actually know him and can describe him more broadly, perhaps more approvingly if it's justified, so I'll leave it at that.

Post# 392254 , Reply# 58   5/23/2018 at 14:25 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Thanks, Patrick.

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All of the various stories floating around are 'before my time'. I DID hear that he may have deep pockets. If one likes, and can afford machines, well................... But, sadly, I've heard "vile" things............
He may not even know who I am, either. A lot of people do...or "think" they do. Some meet me and are rather surprised.
Who knows?

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Post# 392269 , Reply# 59   5/23/2018 at 20:21 by electrolux137 (Land O Plenty USA)        



Just wondering what Mike Pupek has to do with this thread.


That having been said, we've been good friends for many years. I met him in 1991 via Stan Kann, who had been a friend of Mike's for a number of years previously. Mike was one of the original members of the VCCC -- he joined the club in the mid 1980s.


I have never known Mike to be anything but kind and gentle, with nothing bad to say about anyone. So it seems somewhat unseemly that his reputation is being unfairly besmirched here, without any substantiation whatsoever other than idle prattle and unfounded gossip.


(And I suspect that other Club old-timers would have the same to say about him. Too bad most of them are no longer around for one reason or another.)


Yes, Mike is a "man of means" and can afford to purchase whatever he wants. When did that ever become a crime? With all the small-minded and selfish childish users on eBay who purposely and maliciously drive up the price on things they want but can't afford -- just to be mean -- who can fault anyone for sniping?


I used to feel differently about sniping and frequently railed loudly and publicly against snipers. But over the years I have had a change of heart about this, especially when things I was bidding on were purposely being driven up in cost. The best way to prevent that from happening (and even then, it's not infallible) is to place a bid during the last four or five seconds of an auction's open period. There are even software programs to automatically snipe.


So, again: What does Mike Pupek have to do with this thread?

Post# 392274 , Reply# 60   5/23/2018 at 21:55 by Air-WayCharlie (USA)        

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Thank you Charles. Ditto to the above.

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