Q: Do you find that the collectors you encounter on “Collector’s Call” have common traits or characteristics?
A: Yes, absolutely. The primary common trait is – I don’t know that I’ve met a collector where what they collect doesn’t somehow tie into their childhood. You know, some kind of hold from their childhood that they’re still trying to hang onto and feed through almost like a … tether or the feeding tube from their childhood. That whatever brought them memories or perhaps it’s a relationship from childhood that they connected with, whether it was a real relationship or a relationship with someone on television that they’re just keeping connected to.
Q: Have you come across collections that have changed your perception of a performer, TV show, musician or band?
A: Yeah, I would say it’s really taught me that if you go deep enough into anything, everything and anyone, they’re just fascinating. And so it’s a good lesson to me not to have a cursory judgment about something that’s good or bad or I like or I don’t. Because for instance, even last year, if you had asked me to name one KISS song, I don’t think I could. But this KISS collector, man, by the end of it I really appreciated their artistry and their relationship and their innovation.
And the same I would say with like videogames. It’s not something that I really had grown up with or been that interested in and yet by the end it was just fascinating to see how much it’s grown and how much it affects the culture. … Even Nike shoes. Man, I didn’t know there was such a subculture. I think “sneaker heads” is what they’re called, and I didn’t know it but there’s a lot there and it’s fascinating. And so yeah, I would have to say that that’s part of what’s been really, really wonderful for me, is an appreciation of things that I probably wouldn’t have looked at twice had I not been on this show.
George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.