CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is OneLetterWords.com.
"The newest thing in freak photgography: sitters posing for their portraits in sphinxes and a mummy-case, in Egypt. Our illustration shows visitors to Egypt being photographed in model sphinxes and a mummy-case, in a desire to possess curious—if somewhat gruesome souvenirs of their wanderings by the Nile. The mummy-case and the sphinxes are of cardboard, and, as may be seen, a hole is left for the face of the sitter." From The Sketch, 1908.
"We wear our years like a red badge of courage — and some of us even admit our age" (Kay Allenbaugh, Chocolate For A Woman's Blessings). Our photo is courtesy of the San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive.
Every writer has experienced this: "When the weight of the paper equals the weight of the room, we'll spin-up!" Astronaut training photo with speech balloon as scanned by the San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives.