Cautionary New Year's Tale

jenne at jenne at
Tue Jan 6 23:24:45 EST 2004

A similar but more tragic incident took place in New York city around the
turn of the century. Two brothers, one blind and crippled, were living in
the family home. The sighted brother was crushed under a pile of reading
material and the other apparently starved to death.

 > >
> > Avalanche of paper traps man in his room
> > 12/31/2003
> > NEW YORK -- A man who says he sells books and
> > magazines on the street
> > was rescued after being trapped for two days under a
> > mountain of
> > reading material in his apartment.
> Some years ago there was a well known character in
> Sydney fandom to whom something similar happened. As
> his collection grew (and this person was obsessive -
> he collected anything that was paper and had writing
> on it) it took over his house until he was living out
> of only two rooms in the back, with only a narrow
> passage between boxes of books to get from the front
> door. After they collapsed, blocking the front door,
> he had to climb over the roof to get into his house
> from the back. Later he aquired the house next door to
> live in. Eventually various members of Sydney fandom
> were given bits of his collection to mind. I have had
> two boxes of his Marvel comics from the sixties for 20
> years now. A quick Google on his name reveals that he
> is still active in Sydney fandom.
> Jon
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