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MC Alumni Focus: A Collector And A Collectors Corner Sells Political Memorabilia, Americana

For many years, I have been involved in buying, selling and liquidating collections of political campaign material and historical Americana.

Collectors Corner began in the early 1990s as part of an antique business by the family. That quickly became a significant effort since my background included formal training in history and the political sciences at Methodist College and public administration with a master’s degree later.

Web site (www.oldpoliticals.com) and eBay will continue to be a large part of the company’s efforts.

My Web page is an extension of my efforts to provide the most effective and least costly method to get quality material in front of collectors. The Internet is a great way to accomplish this task. I am excited about extending my capacities by expanding into this arena. My belief is that this medium will become the major method in liquidating and acquiring collectible material.

Several large collections were liquidated including a wonderful find of two Lincoln ribbons and one Daniel Webster ribbon. This effort, as well as earning the trust necessary and required of a client relationship, placed me in a very positive position. Some would ask, “How did all of this come together?” I came through Methodist at a time when things were tough. A large economic recession was building and jobs were tough to find. The Vietnam War was still a large part of everyday life and as a result moved me into a positive long-term direction. Methodist provided the early training ground for building good leadership skills and more importantly interpersonal skills. The small campus meant you either got along or else you were alone. It became my first experience living and interacting with people from outside the state. My roommate, Chet Makowski from New Jerse , is Collector’s Corner has published eight fixed-priced catalogues that included 800- 1000 items each, with the last one issued in late 1998. I had to take a break from these efforts as a result of family and other obligations. That time saw the creation of an Internet effort on eBay (oldpoliticals@mindspring.com) that has resulted in thousands of sold items with many hundreds of satisfied customers. The catalogue effort of Collectors Corner might surface again, but the Gene Dillman manages NCML Human Resource Consulting Services. someone I will never forget Others such as Jeff Olson and Chip Dicks are only a few of the many people in everyday contact that molded me into who I am today. For that I am grateful and wish them well. I was one of the lucky people after graduation in 1973. I served in the Navy, and I took the learned experiences with me and did well. I was a naval officer but could not have been accepted for that high level of naval training and experience without the Methodist College degree. Eugene B. Dillman Born: Nov. 22, 1950 in St. Louis, MO. Residence: Raleigh, NC Current Occupation: Director of Member Services, North Carolina League of Municipalities; Accredited Personnel Manager (Society of Human Resource Management) Education: B.A., History, Methodist College, 1973; Master of Public Affairs, UNC-Greensboro, 1982 Today is no different. I am now mid-century and still listen to the Beatles, Santana, Three Dog Night and Chicago. The first time I heard most of these was in Cumberland dorm. Thanks for the memories and thanks for the push.

  • Gene Dillman

Honors Program Sponsoring Spring Break Trip To Europe

Directors of the Honors Program at the College invite alumni and friends to join them for their 2002 spring break trip, an 11-day tour of London, Paris, and Rome.

The fee for adults is $1,840 and includes round-trip airfare; overnight stays; continental breakfast and dinner daily, full-time bilingual tour director, sightseeing tours by licensed local guides, visits to special attractions, and walking tours. A deposit is due by November 30.

For more information, contact Jennifer Rohrer-Walsh at (910) 630-7076 or jrwalsh@methodist.edu. You may also learn about EF Tours at www.eftours.com


Methodist College Today

Summer 2001

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