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May 7Liked by Adam Rockwell

I, too, am a World Book graduate.

You know the old thought experiment: "which historical figure would you like to have dinner with?"

I want to be in the room at World Book Headquarters the minute the Board learned about the existence of the internet. I wanna know what exactly was said.

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Ha! For real.

When our library got a CD rom of an encyclopedia… I made the shift.

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My grandmother collected 33 encyclopedia sets in her time (in addition to very handsome shelves of Nat Geo dating back to the 1920s.). Her intention was for every grandchild to have a set. Have you read A.J. Jacobs The Know-it-All? Maybe that's your pen name? https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28116.The_Know_It_All

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I haven't read it, thanks for the suggestion. I'm always looking for something, and this looks like it is right down my alley. 33!! That is awesome. I actually was looking at the World Book set for my son a few years back and I couldn't believe the price. No wonder wandering door to door encyclopedia salesmen existed. I found a set on eBay for 9$ ... but I just can't justify the shelf-space! I would... for a nice Brittanica. :) Still love the World Book though!

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I don't think thrift stores even accept the sets anymore. Shame! When I was a kid the best way to freak out my sister was to open the health encyclopedia. It was a glossy edition with very graphic images (i.e. childbirth)---best was the coverage of an eye operation. That always guaranteed first and all dibs on the Hostess potato chips as my sister lost her appetite. I can't believe you haven't read Know-it-All. Guaranteed less space than the 'K' volume of any set would take up!

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I'm a trained librarian, not currently librarianing... so I'm surprised I haven't read it either! I also, cannot, read health encyclopedias! :)

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I had a very brief job in our high school library---until I was gently 'fired' for purposely setting off the alarm when friends passed through the high-tech security with their legit checked-out books. Great gig, I'm sure! Librarianing is a great word---glad to be following you here Lutzi!

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You too, Jules! I invented the word librarianing while I was chatting with you here! :)

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It's a sport, really!

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Thank you Adam for connecting us with the before times!

My WorldBook and Childcraft sets were from the late 60s and I enjoyed this connection with the world beyond my world so very much! Any parent that made the investment had aspirational thoughts for us to know a world beyond theirs… and it was a life changer for sure. Love that your mom was a librarian and kept a watchful eye for the set to remain complete. Thanks for sharing your story!

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Thanks so much, Mo! I really appreciate it :-)

Totally agree, our parents should be applauded for being forward thinking. I really do owe a lot to the World Book :-)

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This is excellent Lutzi. When I was a teenager I could read the World Book for hours. It was fascinating! Thanks for the memory.

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Thanks, Shawn! 😄

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I was putting the 1984 World Book into the bibliography of my high school papers through 2000. It is so comforting to know it is still there on the shelf, a window back to the world I was born into. I still consult it on the regular. I can't believe they still make them!!!!

I just picked up Book A and was delighted to find the original receipt - the set cost $911 (with a free atlas). Not a small chunk of change. Thanks Mom and Dad!

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That is awesome. I did the same thing. I was using this 1979 set through high school in 1993, and probably college.

I need to get another set . I kick myself for not getting my son a set. But I am perennially broke. That being said, I found this exact same volume for $10.00 on ebay. I am so tempted. So tempted... (but it is 1979). Shipping has got to be around a thousand bucks!

It must have been so much money for my parents too!!

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There's got to be a local set via craigslist or Facebook marketplace or Next Door. I want this to happen for you!

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I'm always afraid of being murdered off CL haha! Not really.

It's a good idea. Unless I get murdered, then I'm blaming you @PappasBland.

I have seen sets at Goodwills and used bookstore, but they usually cost a bit more. There is also the shelf-space to consider...

Also, I have to consider the age of the Encyclopedia. Probably 2015 or newer...

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Yes please don't take unnecessary risks in the procurement of an encyclopedia! I think it would be cool to get a set from the year my kid was born. Going to keep an eye out (maybe not on Craig's List now...)!

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😄 Good hunting!

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Really enjoyed this! You made me laugh out loud.

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Thank you!! :)

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deletedMay 21Liked by Adam Rockwell
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Thank you so much for the kind words, Amélie, I really appreciate it :) I am going to steal 'heart lightening' for my bio :-) love it.

Now that you mention it, I also would get call-backs for the encyclopedias I had in my room! My mother was a librarian though so she had it in her nature and couldn't abide a missing volume.

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