This page includes The "Who's Who in the WFSC" columns from the 2005 issues of Across the Fence Post.
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WHO'S WHO IN THE WFSC
Member: Paul Zientek
Paul Zientek was recently presented with the WFSC District Representative's Award and after chatting with him for this article it appears that it was well deserved. Paul has been a long time member of the Northwestern Mutual Stamp Club in Milwaukee and it sounds as if he is one of those people who act as the glue to hold things together. He has served as the club president for some time and only recently gave up the job to Brian Liedtke. The two of them switched jobs so he still is very involved with club matters. Paul has exhibited a number of times in the Northwestern Mutual club shows and has won awards for his efforts. He has not attempted to exhibit at other shows however.
Paul has two grown children, Lori Beth and Sheri Ann, but neither of them has taken up their father's hobby of stamp collecting.
He worked for the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company here in their home office in Milwaukee for 41 years and retired in 1997. He was Field Orders Editor and was responsible for a wide range of activities including promotional ventures, and dealing with company agents. He served as an officer of the Office Professional Employees International Union while employed at Northwestern but resigned that position when he retired.
His stamp collecting began as a young boy and endured like many of us until he reached his teen years when other activities took up his time. He put the stamps aside for a number of years until after he was married and had children, when he again got interested. Paul had a deep interest in American History and this was his favorite subject in school. This interest has carried over into his stamp collecting. Today he collects United States, United Nations, U.S. First Day Covers, and Christmas On Stamps.
He attended MILCOPEX last September and was impressed with the Christmas Philatelic Club. This club had put up a nice display at the entrance to the show and he liked their newsletter so much that he joined the club.
He enjoys basketball and played the game when he was younger. He is a fan of the Marquette basketball team and also of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He has a small coin collection but other than the state quarters he does not pursue that hobby very actively. He has collected Dickins Village Christmas Houses since 1980. He says that Dickins is the Cadillac of the house-collecting hobby.
He collects First Day Covers and one of his New York United Nations Covers is an unofficial First Day with the cancel on the day of issue but without the First Day killer bars. He also has picked up some covers with the wrong year date in the circular portion of the cancel.
Paul has these words of advice to stamp collectors: "To further the interest of the hobby you should join a club and take an active part in the organization". We agree, and note that Paul has taken his own advice and has certainly furthered the interests of the Northwestern Mutual Stamp Club. Thanks Paul.
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Latest update: November 28, 2005