Monday, May 29, 2006

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 U.S. 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, in 1983, helped thaw the Cold War by sending a letter to Soviet Union prime minister Yuri Andropov.

O’Loughlin is focusing on the stamp for the next few weeks because June 12 marks the 77th anniversary of Frank’s birth; Smith would have turned 34 on June 29, had she not died in a plane crash in 1985.

He feels it is important to keep both teenagers’ memories alive and thinks a postage stamp is the best way to honor them.

In order to see the stamps become reality, O’Loughlin is encouraging people to send “nice and appropriate” birthday cards in honor of Frank and Smith to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee to show that they mean business.

He admits it might be easier to get a stamp for Smith 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 points out: “She’s a citizen of the world.”

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