First of all, let it be known that we are not trying to fool anybody. We are not stamp collectors or experts or philatelists of any sort. We are a couple of technical writers who have become fascinated by the participation of this bit of ephemera, however inertly, in history. The Inverted Jenny has hovered there in our awareness most of our lives like Don Ameche or the Teapot Dome Scandal, not something we thought about but rather amazing for its persistence. And then, we learned that a friend had two, and he was willing to give us a glimpse. That’s all it took.
Kellen Diamanti comes at this from a lifetime of explaining science and technology in the private sector. She produced manuals, help systems, online training, and the general blah, blah, blah that comes with software, surgical tools, and urgent demands to “get up to speed” on the issue du jour. She wrote the good stuff, though; not the junk that leaves you more in the dark than when you started. Like so many of the stamp cognoscenti who’ve already contributed to Stamp of the Century, Kellen is also a history buff, pretty good at Jeopardy from the couch, and generally omnivorous in her love of a good story.
Deborah Fisher has been writing since she could write. Choosing the path of journalism and free-lance writing has given her the chance to ask all kinds of people questions that under normal circumstances would be viewed, at best, as impertinent. After finishing a stint in public radio, Deborah went the way of the public sector, writing heaps of books, guides, and trainings aimed at helping people who help kids. She is committed to the notion that “the children are the future,” and to the effort to make it so. Anyone who recognizes that last phrase won’t be surprised to discover that she also interned at Star Trek: The Next Generation during its last season, wrote a zillion articles for the franchise, and has her picture in a set of Star Trek trading cards. Talk about loving a good story!
Friendship led Kellen and Deborah to a writing partnership, Cut to the Chase, which describes an attitude and approach. Together they have authored multiple training packages for White House task forces and contributed to a ridiculous array of government agency products on everything from Asthma to Zforeign aid.
Stamp of the Century has introduced the authors to a subculture of very intelligent obsessives who have also shown themselves to be shockingly generous and kind. The authors hope you find the many associated topics to be as compelling as they do.