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572
  How they broke away to Rootabaga Country −by Carl Sandburg ... 7/08  
571
  Beauregard “Bull” Brahma Carved by Cliff Kraft −by V-Dubya ... 7/08  
570
  Carving Chips..... A Surprise From Lake Worth, Florida
569
Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #17 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 7/08 
568
  GRS Basic Western Engraving Class of 2007 −by Jeremiah Watt ... 7/08 
567
Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #16 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 7/08 
566
  OHNS Auction 17 Deadline for Submissions is September 1, 2008 −by Ralph Winter ... 7/08 
565
Click to read Jack London's “The Road” Bulls −by Jack London ... 7/08 
564
  Carving Chips..... Fall BoTales is Progressing
563
  Commemorative Coins for Master Engravers? −by Mark Sedlak ... 7/08 
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562
Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #15 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 6/08 
561
  Introducing “Braidy”/“Telephone Ear #2”, “Merchant” and “Slim Shady” ... 6/08 
560
Click to read Jack London's “The Road” Two Thousand Stiffs −by Jack London ... 6/08 
559
  Newell A. Shireman, OHNS RM#52, dies at 93 ... 6/08 
558
  Carving Chips..... Please Let Us Know If You See Any Of These AWOL Dave Boulay Carved Nickels!
557
Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #14 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 6/08 
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556
  Folk singer Utah Phillips dies at 73 ... 5/08 
555
Click to read Jack London's “The Road” Road-Kids and Gay-Cats −by Jack London ... 5/08 
554
  Summer 2008 “BoTales” Feature Articles ... 5/08  
553
  Carving Chips..... Summer BoTales is Progressing
552
  Carving Chips..... Please Let Us Know If You See This AWOL Jon Dake Carved Nickel!
551
  If the Politicians Don't Quit Lying! −by Bill Jameson ... 5/08 
550
Click to read Jack London's “The Road” The Road... Hoboes That Pass in the Night −by Jack London ... 5/08 
549
  Recent Carvings Going to a San Diego Coin Show! −by Owen Covert ... 5/08 
548
  Classic Carvings Going to a San Diego Coin Show! −by Owen Covert ... 5/08 
547
Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #13 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 5/08 
546
  Carving Chips..... Rita Jean Sledz is “Back in Action”
545
Click to read Jack London's “The Road” The Road... The Pen −by Jack London ... 5/08 
544
  Neither Photos Nor Scans Really Show Carvings Suitably! −by V-Dubya ... 5/08 
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572 
30 July 2008
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How they broke away to Rootabaga Country
−by Carl Sandburg
Sandburg published two works of children's stories: Rootabaga Stories and Rootabaga Pigeons. He wanted to create
"American fairy tales" populated by animals, trains, skyscrapers, corn fairies and other colorful characters.
Illinois native, author, and poet Carl Sandburg travelled as a hobo in 1897 and learned folk songs
from hobos which he later performed for audiences. A true “man of the people,” Sandburg held
capitalism in distrust because of the contrast he noted between the lives of rich and poor.
In this children's story, Gimme the Ax and his family live in a house where
they enjoy turning doorknobs, opening doors, and “nothing ever changes.”
Then one day, they decide to hit the road for a life of adventure. A cute story for kids.
The below story is from Rootabaga Stories and the full book is available online HERE. Audiobook versions are available HERE.
   Gimme the Ax lived in a house where everything is the same as it always was.
   “The chimney sits on top of the house and lets the smoke out,” said Gimme the Ax. “The doorknobs open the doors. The windows are always either open or shut. We are always either upstairs or downstairs in this house. Everything is the same as it always was.”
   So he decided to let his children name themselves.
   “The first words they speak as soon as they learn to make words shall be their names,” he said. “They shall name themselves.”
   When the first boy came to the house of Gimme the Ax, he was named Please Gimme. When the first girl came she was named Ax Me No Questions.
   And both of the children had the shadows of valleys by night in their eyes and the lights of early morning, when the sun is coming up, on their foreheads.
   And the hair on top of their heads was a dark wild grass. And they loved to turn the doorknobs, open the doors, and run out to have the wind comb their hair and touch their eyes and put its six soft fingers on their foreheads.
   And then because no more boys came and no more girls came, Gimme the Ax said to himself, “My first boy is my last and my last girl is my first and they picked their names themselves.”
   Please Gimme grew up and his ears got longer. Ax Me No Questions grew up and her ears got longer. And they kept on living in the house where everything is the same as it always was. They learned to say just as their father said, “The chimney sits on top of the house and lets the smoke out, the doorknobs open the doors, the windows are always either open or shut, we are always either upstairs or downstairs−everything is the same as it always was.”
   After a while they began asking each other in the cool of the evening after they had eggs for breakfast in the morning, “Who's who? How much? And what's the answer?”
   “It is too much to be too long anywhere,” said the tough old man, Gimme the Ax.
   And Please Gimme and Ax Me No Questions, the tough son and the tough daughter of Gimme the Ax, answered their father, “It is too much to be too long anywhere.”
   So they sold everything they had, pigs, pastures, pepper pickers, pitchforks, everything except their ragbags and a few extras.
   When their neighbors saw them selling everything they had, the different neighbors said,
   “They are going to Kansas, to Kokomo, to Canada, to Kankakee, to Kalamazoo, to Kamchatka, to the Chattahoochee.”
   One little sniffer with his eyes half shut and a mitten on his nose, laughed in his hat five ways and said, “They are going to the moon and when they get there they will find everything is the same as it always was.” (Read entire story)
“It is too much to be too long anywhere.”
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571  25 July 2008
Beauregard “Bull” Brahma  Carved by Cliff Kraft
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Beauregard “Bull” Brahma quit growing at five foot twenty inches... his little brother Tychicus “Tiny” Brahma is only five foot seventeen inches. Mama Brahma's boys tend to dominate any room they are in. Bull tips the scales at a substantial 355 pounds when he has been staying away from the junk food at his favorite watering hole, “The Corral.”
Tiny won't say what he weights but he is considerably heavier than Bull.
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The smile you see here on Bull's face is not one of friendly greeting but one of anticipation and those with an ounce of sense know it is time to clear the area when his face takes on this demeanor! While one wouldn't exactly call Bull mean, the bigger
you are the more immediate danger you are in as there is nothing he loves
so much as a good tussle. If you are of small stature he is no threat to you
Beauregard's Tattoo
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unless he just happens to accidentally step on you.
The Brahma brothers went to Tulsa one night and came home with tattoos. Bull's is much as one might expect and he displays it proudly at the slightest excuse. Tiny, being the shy retiring sort that he claims to be, won't show his. We understand that the real reason is that his Mama would tan his britches if she saw his lack of good judgment as evidenced by his choice of tattoo subjects.
When you do something you don't want your Mama to know about you know you've been a bad boy.
Both Brahma brothers agree that Brahma beer will cure what ales(ails) ya!
So with that endorsement I conclude this introduction to Beauregard “Bull” Brahma! ~ V-Dubya
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570 
  Carving Chips.....   • A Surprise From Lake Worth, Florida •  
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   When I saw the return address I though Don Haley was sending me something... then I found that a new friend, Stephen Erenstein, was hoping that OHNS could use 100, or even 250, 2009 calendars. I talked to him and let him know that, as pretty as the calendars are, we were WAY too small a group to be thinking about peddling such volumes but I sure don't hold it against him for working at making a living.
Good Luck Steve! ~ V-Dubya
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569  Click to read all historical dossiers 22 July 2008
De Zwerver Dossier #17  [ stukken en brokken ]  −by V-Dubya
Classic... $182 on eBay
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ANA2008  −by Joe PaonessaClick to view a super sized version of this photograph.
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Edgar Bottoms and Pâ‘anaakalâ(Sunshine)  −by Bill Jameson
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Suspected vandal photographed damaging Colorado College property while attending 2008 “Art of Engraving Course”, underwritten by the Gilroy and
Lillian P. Roberts Foundation, at ANA's 40th Annual Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colo.   Nickel carver Joe Paonessa sought for questioning!
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Eithguy  −by Joe Paonessa ↓
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Yetiman  −by Cliff Kraft ↓
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Joker  −by Finn LaRue ↓
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Jimmy Carter & Childhood Friend  −by Ron White ↓
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Classic Style  −by Steve Cox ↓
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My first pistol!   −by Steve Cox
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Translation... “The Hobo File #17 [ bits and pieces ]”
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568  18 July 2008
GRS Basic Western Engraving Class of 2007
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Hobo coins are one of the fastest growing engraving types on the market today, and my friend Steve Cox made sure he mentioned it to me everyday. Steve, a student with considerable skill in place already, walked past me on his way out of the class on that last day and handed me a small box telling me that it was just a coin......just a coin, see you later on down the road as he left the room. Now at the time I was still working with some of the other students,
and so did not take time to open the box right at that moment.
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Steve I apologize for not stopping and opening THAT BOX WITH JUST A COIN right there.
I opened it a little later when I got to the Motel Room, and I was awestruck and taken by surprise......tears welled up
and I grabbed a tissue......okay, I didn't quite go to the tissue thing......
but Steve you done a heck of a job on this coin and many thanks for it.
I shall keep it close to my heart, until I find a magnet,
then I will keep it close to my fridge......just kidding.
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Steve, just wanted to
tell you that somehow you missed my earring??
Steve had brought his little Gravermiester with him, and sat in the room
at night after class and cut my likeness into the coin......so now I sit
with the likes of Lincoln, Washington......and the Queen.
Oops, maybe that's a buffalo on the other side.
Just put this in for those of you whom don't know what Jeremiah looks like......he looks a lot like this and very little resemblance to the Buffalo.
Good night and God Bless ~ Jeremiah Watt, Instructor ~ June 5, 2007
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567  Click to read all historical dossiers 15 July 2008
De Zwerver Dossier #16  [ stukken en brokken ]  −by V-Dubya
Brigadier General James Gillpatrick Blunt, Campaign: Kansas Territory.
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Bill
 Jameson 
Click to read about Gen. Blunt
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Bose Ikard  −by Cliff Kraft
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Click to read about Gen. Blunt
Classic... $68 on eBay
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OHNS President Rollie Taylor spreading the word at coin shows in West Palm Beach and Clearwater, Florida!
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These castings are too crude to fool collectors!   We wonder what purpose they could have been intended to serve?
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Classic... $186 on eBay
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Translation... “The Hobo File #16 [ bits and pieces ]”
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566 
13 July 2008
OHNS Auction 17 Deadline for Submissions is September 1, 2008
Just an FYI to all you hobo nickel carvers (and any other OHNS member who has carved nickels
that they are willing to part with! ~ V-Dubya)
. The deadline for submission of hobo nickels to
OHNS Auction 17 is September 1, 2008. This date is etched in stone. See Bill Fivaz's message:
I'll be traveling quite a bit during September and August. I'd like to have everything in my hands (NOT MAILED!)
by September 1, 2008 so I can shoot, write up and get the coins to Steve Alpert in plenty of time.
You might put a caveat in the announcement that the date IS etched in stone and I will not accept any received after that date.
People have a habit of procrastinating and then get upset because they were too late.
We have to give Steve time to do his thing and get the info to you for the catalog, so let's go with the 9/1 date. ~ Bill
Please pass this on to anyone I missed. ~ Ralph “Bazoo” Winter
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565     Chapter Nine of Nine
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Confession
Holding Her Down
Pictures
“Pinched”
The Pen
Hoboes That Pass in the Night
Road-Kids and Gay-Cats
Two Thousand Stiffs
Bulls
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564    Carving Chips.....   • Fall BoTales is Progressing •  
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563  3 July 2008
Commemorative Coins for Master Engravers?   −by Mark Sedlak
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   A little known project of the U.S. Mint! This is the first issue of the newly minted coins commemorating current Master Engravers. They seemed to find it fitting to select Sam for their first coin due to the fact that bald portraits are easier to stamp cleanly. The reverse is the famed “Café Buffalo” which is making a remarkable comeback now that hunting them is illegal (except via the Internet).
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   Seriously folks, all the recent threads concerning 3-D engraving got me itching to do another Hobo nickel. This is my 3rd attempt at coin carving and the first time I have ever tried to portray a real person. So look close and decide if you could honestly see Sam before I told you who it was supposed to be. Let me know what corrections you feel are needed. Thanks for lookin', Doc Mark ~ 3 July 2008 ~ 11:10pm


Sam Alfano, Esq.
OHNS RM#594
   I can only think of maybe one correction. Cheers, Andrew Biggs ~ 3 July 2008 ~ 11:20pm
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562  Click to read all historical dossiers 30 June 2008
De Zwerver Dossier #15  [ stukken en brokken ]  −by V-Dubya
“Sharp Ear” $362 on eBay
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The answer to the question... “Where will my wife let me hang these?”  NOT in the house!
“Virtuoso” $387 on eBay
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$37.50 Well Spent On eBay By “GB”... a REAL Delight For The Discerning Collector!
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Bud Neill, creator of “Loby Dosser”Click to read this article
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An Excellent Start To Summer In Squaw Lake, Minnesota!             Rusty, Lobey Dosser, Nick L. O'Honis and Mozart   −by Clifford L. Kraft
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Linda Warren, wife of Craig OHNS RM#861, speculates that she has found pictures of Nick and his girlfriend when they were youngsters... COOL!
Gayla Scott informs us that these are of the “O'Honis” family... Mom, Penelope, Oswald, and Pop. So this is real headline making news. Thanks Gayla!
Click to view an enlargement of Florence Kroger Print “Mom” #954 Click to view an enlargement of Florence Kroger Print “Penelope” #955 Click to view an enlargement of Florence Kroger Print “Oswald” #956 Click to view an enlargement of Florence Kroger Print “Pop” #953
Translation... “The Hobo File #15 [ bits and pieces ]”
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561  22 June 2008
Introducing “Braidy”/“Telephone Ear #2”, “Merchant” and “Slim Shady” Click to read this story
Introducing “Braidy” Click to read this story (a.k.a. “Telephone Ear #2”)     −by Art DelFavero RM552
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Introducing “Merchant” Click to read this story     −by Don Wolfe RM981 and Art DelFavero RM552
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Introducing “Slim Shady” Click to read this story     −by Art DelFavero RM552
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560     Chapter Eight of Nine
Click to view an enlargement of this photograph. Click to view an enlargement of this photograph.  The Road... Two Thousand Stiffs Click to read this article 

Confession
Holding Her Down
Pictures
“Pinched”
The Pen
Hoboes That Pass in the Night
Road-Kids and Gay-Cats
Two Thousand Stiffs
Bulls
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559  10 June 2008
Newell A. Shireman, OHNS RM#52, dies at 93
Published in the Patriot-News ~ www.pennlive.com/obits ~ June 13, 2007
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   Newell A. Shireman, 93, of 118 Andrew Drive, Lower Swatara Township, departed this life on Monday, June 10, 2007 at the VA Medical Center, Lebanon.
   He was the son of the late Edwin Longenecker and Lula Albright.
   Mr. Shireman was a retired Chief of Purchasing at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City.
   He was a member of the Presbyterian Congregation Church, Prince Edwin Lodge 486, F&AM, American Legion Post 594, Elks Lodge 1092, Moose Lodge 410, Liberty and Union Fire Companies, all of Middletown, Harrisburg Consistory, Tall Cedars of Lebanon and Zembo Temple.
   He was an U.S. Army Air Force and Navy Veteran.
   He was the widower of his first wife, Margaret R. Myers Shireman, and was preceded in death by his son, Edwin L. Shireman, Sr.
   He is survived by his wife, June E. Coffrey Shireman; a daughter, Mary Ann, wife of James Davis of Newborn GA; three grandsons, Edwin L. Shireman, Jr., James and Christopher Davis; and two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Edwin L. Shireman III.
   A tribute to his life will be held at 10 a.m., Friday in his church, N. Union & Water Streets, with the Rev. Donald E. Potter, his pastor officiating. Burial will be in the Middletown Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m., Thursday at the Matinchek & Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Middletown. Masonic Memorial Rites will be at 7:30 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home.
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558    Carving Chips.....   • Please Let Us Know If You See Any Of These AWOL Dave Boulay Carved Nickels! •  


The Lost Has Been Found!  
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Click to read all historical dossiers 557  5 June 2008
De Zwerver Dossier #14  [ stukken en brokken ]  −by V-Dubya
Double-sided Classic Carving
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Bill (Jameson) Zach Hobo Carvings
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 ←  WARNING: Vulgar [sexually explicit] reverse carving...
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Dave Boulay Meisterstück
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Tom Mathews' 7th and 8th carved nickels
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Luci Griffiths' 2nd carved 5¢
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Purchased for $15.16 off eBay... Congratulations Keith!
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Donal Wolfe's 1st eBay 5¢
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Quiet Mike ~ Pennsburg 1999
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Bill Jameson's “Broken-backed Ben”
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“Yard Bull” −by Dean O'Shea
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“Najlepszy Kapelusz”
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Mike Pezak's
Najlepszy Kapelusz
Best Hat!
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Oczywiste
As plain as the nose on your face!
“Oczywiste”
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Goode, DelFavero, Paonessa, and Winter
Translation... “The Hobo File #14 [ bits and pieces ]”
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556  24 May 2008
Folk singer Utah Phillips dies at 73
Jordan Robertson ~ www.examiner.com ~ May 24, 2008 ~ 11:55pm
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   Folk singer Bruce “U. Utah” Phillips, a freewheeling storyteller and Grammy-nominated musician known for his extensive touring over nearly 40 years and strong support of peace groups and labor unions in his works, has died. He was 73.
   Phillips died of congestive heart failure late Friday night at his home in Nevada City, Calif., a small town in the Sierra Nevada mountains located about 60 miles north of Sacramento, family spokesman Jordan Fisher Smith told The Associated Press on Saturday.
   Phillips leaves behind his wife, Joanna Robinson, and three children of his own and two stepsons.
   Phillips had been suffering from chronic heart disease since 2004, Smith said. His health problems cut short the touring that had characterized much of Phillips' career, though he kept in touch with fans over the last few years of his life through a series of podcasts and blog postings written by one of his sons, Duncan.
   Phillips, the son of labor organizers, once ran for a seat on the U.S. Senate on the Peace and Freedom Party ticket and was known as a champion for the rights of working people and a comedian on stage.
   One of Phillips' best-known songs in folk circles is “Moose Turd Pie,” a single from his first album that recounts Phillips' tale of serving moose excrement to fellow laborers as a cook in a railroad track gang to dare them to complain about the food. Smith said strong radio support for the tune in the early 1970s helped Phillips book steady shows in other cities and launch his career on the road.
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   That career spanned nearly four decades, and Phillips' collaboration with Ani DiFranco on the labor-themed 1999 album “Fellow Workers” earned them a Grammy award nomination in 2000 for best contemporary folk album.
   As Phillips' health problems worsened in recent years, he stepped away from the touring life and focused on his health along with starting a folk music radio show and helping establish a homeless shelter.
   A funeral date hasn't been set yet, Smith said.
   “He was a man who was amazingly funny,” Smith said. “And what I saw in the last two years of his life was a human being even more beautiful than he was in performance.”
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Utah Phillips: A Short Jog Through A Long Memory Click to visit this website.
A letter from Utah: Thoughts on his life; his home Click to visit this website.
Obituary: BRUCE PHILLIPS Click to visit this website.
Rose Tattoo: A tribute to tramping, trains and Utah Phillips Click to visit this website.
Phillips' musical tradition springs from 'steel thread' Click to visit this website.
Utah Phillips has left the stage Click to visit this website.
From hobo to fame Click to visit this website.
Utah Phillips memorial at Little League field Click to visit this website.
Phillips had a big heart for the homeless Click to visit this website.
Click to watch Utah Phillips video on YouTube.
Excerpt from: “Utah Phillips” ~ Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
   An avid railfan, Phillips has recorded several albums of music related to the railroads, especially the era of steam locomotives. His first recorded album, Good Though!, is an example, and contains such songs as "Daddy, What's a Train?" and "Queen of the Rails" as well as what may be his most famous composition, "Moose Turd Pie" wherein he tells a tall tale of his work as a gandy dancer repairing track in the Southwestern United States desert.
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555     Chapter Seven of Nine
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Confession
Holding Her Down
Pictures
“Pinched”
The Pen
Hoboes That Pass in the Night
Road-Kids and Gay-Cats
Two Thousand Stiffs
Bulls
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554 
22 May 2008
Summer 2008 “BoTales” Feature Articles
Click to view an enlargement of this photograph. Katie “Katydid” McClarren ..... Front Cover
BoTales Banner Banter & Editor's Message ..... 2
President's Message & Invitation to FUN for carvers ..... 3
New OHNS Members ..... 3
New Quality Designation Examiner ..... 4
Bob Shamey published in Woodcarvers Illustrated ..... 4
OHNS Board ..... 5
OHNS Tokens Available ..... 5
Membership & Quality Designation Form ..... 6
“Liberty” Rose O扝onis ..... 7
“Millie Gatawny” ..... 7
“Birdy” ..... 7
“Pretty Penny McGill” ..... 8
Febe “Crackers” O'Bohlrig ..... 8
Pénélope “Polly” Perroquet ..... 8
“Tammifaye” ..... 8
Contest Rules and “This is the Life...” ..... 9
Introducing New Carvers “Braidy” and “Merchant” ..... 10
Introducing New Carver “Slim Shady” ..... 11
Hobos Go International ..... 12
BoRetro, “The Fish Got Hooked” ..... 14
Gary Varvel Cartoon ..... 15
Prices Realized Heritage Long Beach Auction ..... 16
Recent eBay Auction Results ..... 17
The Knothole in Grandfather's Leg ..... 18
“It Makes No Difference...” ..... 18
Hobo Tax Blank ..... 18
BoRetro, “Bo-Cabulary” ..... 19
“Cash and Carry” ..... 19
Three's A Match ..... 20
Update on Rita Jene Sledz ..... 20
“Books” Tucker Cartoon ..... 20
Click to read this story A narrative about Pénélope “Polly” Perroquet of Okeechobee, Florida Click to read this story
Three's A Match
  “Marc Banks”  
  “Art DelFavero”  
   If you know of two examples of hobo nickels carved by the same artist, we'll publish those photos in issues of BoTales to see if other members might have a nickel carved by that same artist. If so, you can collaborate on the nicknaming of said artist once you have three or more examples. Here's a few “two of a kind” sent in by our members: Do you perhaps hold the third example in your collection? Please contact the BoTales Editor Click to EMail this person. if you have a match.
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553    Carving Chips.....   • Summer BoTales is Progressing •  
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552    Carving Chips.....   • Please Let Us Know If You See This AWOL Jon Dake Carved Nickel! •  
Found!!!  
After ONLY  
Six weeks delivery time!  
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Jon C. DakeClick to contact Jon
                        Woodwose (hairy wildman of the woods in medieval Europe)
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551  14 May 2008
If the Politicians Don't Quit Lying!
Click to view an enlargement of this photograph. “Huey Bottoms”, a boy of ten years of age, overheard his grandpa talking one day with a group of other men about politics. G'Pa made the statement;
“If the politicians don't quit lying and making promises they don't intend to keep, lightning is going to rain down on the them!”
If there was one thing a ten year old boy knew, it was that his grandpa knew everything. Huey thought to himself... “I've got to see the lightning rain down on them.” So he put on his fancy derby hat, his best wool suit and headed out to see this sight. ~ Bill Jameson
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550     Chapter Six of Nine
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Confession
Holding Her Down
Pictures
“Pinched”
The Pen
Hoboes That Pass in the Night
Road-Kids and Gay-Cats
Two Thousand Stiffs
Bulls
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549  13 May 2008
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−by Orazio Angelo
Recent Carvings
Going to a San Diego
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−by Owen Covert
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−by Michael Cirelli
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−by Wabon Eddings
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−by Gary Jacobs
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−by Joe Paonessa
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−by Andris Smilga
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−by Elmer Villarin
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548  13 May 2008
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Classic Carvings
Going to a San Diego
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−by Owen Covert
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547  Click to read all historical dossiers 10 May 2008
De Zwerver Dossier #13  [ stukken en brokken ]  −by V-Dubya
A superlative classic carving
−by “Virtuoso”
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Unusual classic carving with curly facial hair... COOL!
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Tudy nabs a ANOTHER
classic carving off eBay!
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“Three Wise Hobos”
−by Steve Adams
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Being offered for sale on eBay from the collection of Steven D. Cox
−by Marcus Hunt
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−by Bill Jameson
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−by Derek Pegnall
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−by Cliff Kraft
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−by Bob Shamey
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−by James Olivencia
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“Hobos in the U.S.A.”Click to visit this website, a photo documentary on hobos by Stephan Vanfleteren, a Belgian photographer.
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One ounce pure gold $50 carved for Adam Taylor  −by James Olivencia
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Edmond Rostand's “Cyrano de Bergerac”  −by Steve Cox
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Translation... “The Hobo File #13 [ bits and pieces ]”
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546    Carving Chips.....   • Rita Jean Sledz is “Back in Action” •  
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   I want to let OHNS members know that Rita Jene Sledz (RM 571) is back in action after an extended hospitalization and period of physical therapy and recuperation. We missed seeing Rita Jene at this year's F.U.N. Show and OHNS Auction. In December Rita Jene went to the hospital to have a cyst removed and developed pneumonia while there and also developed several secondary conditions requiring an extended period of medical rehabilitation.
   Rita Jene was seen at her usual spot in charge of the hospitality suite for the Michigan State Numismatic Society (MSNS) at the Spring MSNS Coin Show and Convention April 11-13th. Rita Jene was also spotted at the Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) Convention in Chicago (Rosemont), Illinois April 17-19th.
   Just this week Rita's doctor gave her the green light to drive again. I'm sure all my fellow OHNS members are happy to hear that Rita Jene is doing so well and is “back in action.” ~ Ralph Winter
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545     Chapter Five of Nine
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Confession
Holding Her Down
Pictures
“Pinched”
The Pen
Hoboes That Pass in the Night
Road-Kids and Gay-Cats
Two Thousand Stiffs
Bulls
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544  3 May 2008
Neither Photos Nor Scans Really Show Carvings Suitably!
Nothing substitutes for actually having the specimen in your hand.
            Marcus' Photo V-Dubya's Scan          
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Ken Hunt's “Across the Pond” No.2
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Truth be told, there are actually two different types of scans shown here. If your eye can catch the subtle difference,
the upper left-center obverse scan is actually a grey-scale (256 different shades of grey) with the color inlays captured
tediously by hand and placed back into the grey-scale scan. The upper right-center obverse scan, and all the enlarged
close-ups, are full color scans that to my eye turn out slightly reddish/purplish. Nothing ever seems to be “just right!”
The reason I spend so much time scanning this carving is that it came out so beautiful that I thought there MUST be
some way I could capture its true essence. That turned out to be a task that is simply beyond my capabilities. ~ V-Dubya
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