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May 2011

MERITS MENTIONING: Don Burdge has been a Boy Scouts of America merit badge counselor for the Graphic Arts and Pulp and Paper merit badges during the past eight years. Unfortunately, he's been the equivalent of the lonely Maytag repair man, having only one scout inquire about getting a badge (and that youngster failed to show up).

As a father of an Eagle Scout and someone who attained the same level himself, Burdge wanted to drum up interest among scouts in the printing and paper industries, and at the same time help correct some misconceptions. And, he knew that scouts always flocked to Merit Badge Days. So Burdge teamed up with Mark Barbour, curator of the International Printing Museum in Carson, CA, to create a Merit Badge Day at the printing museum on May 7. Flock they did; the program "sold out," with another 100 youths put on a waiting list.

Southwest Offset's Dan Freedland and Cal State LA professor Ethan Lipton helped devise the program, which required the scouts to complete 21 assignments at 12 stations. Along with earning two badges, participants learned about careers in the industry, collegiate programs and paper's positive impact on the environment.

Not wanting to disappoint the waiting list, Burdge has scheduled a second Merit Badge Day at the museum for June 18. He could use about 20 volunteers, so interested people in the Los Angeles area should contact him at (213) 373-1372 or

ROYAL SCREWUP: Prince William has a lot to celebrate these days, what with his royal wedding to Kate Middleton last month and his birthday this month. Or is his birthday next month? When in doubt, take a guess.

That was the tact taken by the company contracted to write the text of a royal wedding presentation pack that contained stamps, first day covers and miniature sheets for New Zealand Post. The postal trinkets were all done correctly, but William's birth date is listed as May 21, 1982, instead of the correct June 12, 1982, in the biographical section of the presentation pack. New Zealand Post was left with egg on its perforations, and it quickly yanked the packets from shelves.

And, perhaps in a case of subconscious foreshadowing, New Zealand Post might have used poor judgment in its choice of perforations for a pair of stamps it issued on behalf of the Pacific island of Niue. The royal stamps show William and Kate, side by side, with their own postage denominations and a perforation between the pair. One slight tug, and it's Charles and Diana all over again. PI —Erik Cagle



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