Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Man In Irving, Texas, Campaigns To Put Anne Frank On U.S. Stamp

IRVING, Texas (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Anne Frank may have been Dutch, but a man in Irving, Texas, believes she deserves her own postage stamp.

John Michael O’Loughlin is running a one-man campaign to get Frank honored on a U.S. postage stamp as well as Samantha Smith, the teenager who helped thaw the cold war in 1983 by sending a letter to Soviet Union prime minister Yuri Andropov.

O’Loughlin says the two teens deserve a stamp because their efforts inspired others to pursue peace and freedom.

He admits it might be easier to get a stamp for Smith – who died in 1985 in a plane crash – because she was a U.S. citizen, but O’Loughlin hopes the Postal authorities don’t hold Frank’s Dutch citizenship against her because, as he puts it, “She’s a citizen of the world.”

He figures it might take another decade before Post Office bigwigs sign on the stamps, so O’Loughlin’s declaring the winter and summer solstices “Anne and Samantha Day” and wants folks to use the days to barrage the U.S. Post Office with holiday and birthday cards demanding Frank and Smith get their tribute.

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