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About the Book

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Softcover 6x9 60

What Do You Collect?

That depends on what demographic you belong to. If you grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, you are either a Trekkie or a Star Wars fan. Or maybe you’re more into Marvel or DC Universe. Either way, you know you were hooked into reliving the adventure. For me, I was there in the beginning as a baby boomer with all that was on TV, music, and movies. It was all a good place to bring you back to all the thrill of your heroes and how one day you, too, can ride off into the sunset. For me, I did one better. I got to act out a role just like my hero and do the very things they did. With what you collect, you buy movies, music, toys, and anything connected with these treasured moments. I am very sure what I collect is what people stored in their closets. So sad, I thought, they should be sure what they collect to their friends and to the world.

For what your collect and are attracted to is part of a million—no, trillion—dollar industry that grabs your attraction.

Here it begins—my search on how we as baby boomers and generations beyond get caught up once in a never-ending spend cycle that must be met, as each decade unfolds, as each generation get sucked into being duped and persuaded. This would be the beginning of your spending habits. You are very much targeted. Many do not care! I, too, get caught up in this friendship. Difference is, I care and dare to ask why. Why do we need to collect so much? So says I, your friendly neighborhood self-appointed baby boomer consumer advocate.

About the Author

I was born on June 18, 1946, in Canada in the capital city, Ottawa. I dropped out of grade 10. A few years later, I started taking courses to finish high school. I began making my own movies in Super 8mm in the 1970s, writing, and starring in other people’s productions. I moved to Toronto in the fall of 1980 and got to working right away. I finished grade 12 through taking many night school courses. I continued taking courses in George Brown College with 16mm, basic, and advanced cooking. I had lots of fun learning and always working. My longtime love was scuba diving. I ended up taking courses in ice diving and went Trinidad and Tobago, where I filmed underwater. I got into collecting toys. Again, I also sold toys at toy shows.

Meanwhile, I somehow managed to write a four-page magazine article with photos and a byline. I wrote my first book, Baby, Boom, Boom—Baby, It’s You! I am a photographer and filmmaker. For over seven years, I was part of a community garden. I’m now bringing out my films and videos and getting them digitized. This past year, I got into art. As always, I’m reinventing myself. I am now retired and still collecting and writing books and taking on new challenges. My collecting is ever changing and growing.