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#365892 - 02/11/14 02:54 PM The Watery Death of my PB Collection
stbar Offline
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Registered: 08/20/08
Posts: 22
Loc: Comanche tx
On Saturday afternoon as I drove up to a fisheries consult in Jonesboro my phone rings. On the other end was a frantic Comanche County Water employee. He quickly informed me that the water meter on my property is running at an extremely high rate and that they needed to turn off the water to my property. I hung up and told Casey about it. We went back and forth with a thousand possibilities of where we could have such an enormous water leak. We both hoped for it to be outside and an easy repair.

After the consult we drove straight home to investigate. We were both glued to our respective windows as we pulled onto the property and drove past the pond, the garden, and the horse pen, but there was no water to be found. We both new at that point it was in the house or the detached laundry building. Thankfully it was not in the house, but instead in the laundry building. I knew that this was the best result we could have hoped for but I thought of all my things which were housed in this building.

In the winter of 2005 I was introduced to Pond Boss Magazine at the fish farm I worked for during college. Since that time I have collected every single issue Pond Boss has ever printed. I have a complete set from issue 1 all the way to last months. Most have bookmarks and notes throughout them for articles I find interesting or useful to clients. My collection lives on a book shelf, a book shelf located in that very flooded laundry building. Now, in the house I have an office where you would expect 10 years worth of fisheries books, magazines, and paperwork to live but instead my office has scrap book material, a sewing machine, and anything else Casey desires to keep close. I, like many of us try to keep a happy home so my stuff goes where its told.

As I cleaned out this building Saturday night and Sunday I found that about 3/4 of the magazines were completely ruined. The first 4 years were safe and for some reason every issue with Bruce Condello's face on it was completely dry even when the next issue was soaked to the core. As I went through every issue I thought how fitting an end to my Pond Boss collection this was. I mean a fisheries magazine ruined by fire would not be ironic but to be flooded and now completely absorbed in water that just felt a little poetic.


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#365894 - 02/11/14 03:20 PM Re: The Watery Death of my PB Collection [Re: stbar]
outdoorlivin247 Offline


Registered: 03/18/13
Posts: 725
Loc: IL
Sorry to hear about your collection...

I also live in a house of where my stuff is told...I could keep every magazine I have ever read.. My wife get mad when someone ask about something and I go to the attic/garage and pull out a magazine with a specific article on the subject.. Many have not be touched by human hands since BA... (Before Anissa)

On another note, we are remodeling our office at work and I have to clean my desk and filing cabinet... I think I am going to cry!!!

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#365904 - 02/11/14 04:43 PM Re: The Watery Death of my PB Collection [Re: stbar]
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Registered: 11/20/11
Posts: 1892
Loc: East Bloomfield, NY USA
If those were Playboys and you were a teenager, I am sure those magazines would be restored to pristine shape with a hairdryer and a great deal of effort ;-).

Sorry about your loss, but you may be able to get them dried out enough to rescue.
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#365913 - 02/11/14 06:18 PM Re: The Watery Death of my PB Collection [Re: stbar]
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Loc: Phelps county, Missouri
Big loss. Lol! Bruce must repel water like a duck.
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#365916 - 02/11/14 06:36 PM Re: The Watery Death of my PB Collection [Re: John Wann]
JKB Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 6692
Loc: Michigan
I think Bruce is waterproof. Even his image smile

Water has been the root cause of almost everything that has been ruined or destroyed in my life.

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#365925 - 02/11/14 08:18 PM Re: The Watery Death of my PB Collection [Re: stbar]
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WOW, stbar!!

So sad to hear your story.
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#365931 - 02/11/14 08:28 PM Re: The Watery Death of my PB Collection [Re: Sunil]
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Registered: 01/26/09
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Loc: Grovertown, Indiana
That's terrible. I think it's time to call the PB office and see if they have all the water damaged back issues. Get 'em quick, and transfer all your notes to the new ones before the pages dry and stick together in the old ones.
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#365933 - 02/11/14 08:30 PM Re: The Watery Death of my PB Collection [Re: stbar]
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Registered: 05/07/13
Posts: 1747
Loc: West Michigan
I'm sure there is an archives of all the old issues that exist into a digital library? Would it be possible to begin a project to scan the old issues and preserve them for future access even if it is for a nominal download fee? I'm sure many would be happy to purchase digital archived versions as people stumble across this site all the time and would love to read the old issues. An index or searchable file collection would be fabulous (at least search by title?)

Perhaps this is set up already and I'm not aware of how to access it? If all the old issues aren't immediately available I'm sure folks could each scan the issues they have and combine into a file sharing site?

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#365940 - 02/11/14 08:46 PM Re: The Watery Death of my PB Collection [Re: canyoncreek]
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Registered: 12/03/09
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"If all the old issues aren't immediately available I'm sure folks could each scan the issues they have and combine into a file sharing site?"


Copyright on the material. It's called Respect wink

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#365949 - 02/11/14 09:22 PM Re: The Watery Death of my PB Collection [Re: canyoncreek]
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Nope, no digital archives of the old issues that I know of. I believe the old issues weren't done digitally like the newest ones.
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#365950 - 02/11/14 09:30 PM Re: The Watery Death of my PB Collection [Re: stbar]
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Loc: Freedom, Indiana
Also, many of the older back issues are black and white reprints.
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#365953 - 02/11/14 09:47 PM Re: The Watery Death of my PB Collection [Re: stbar]
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Loc: Hurst & Bowie, Texas
I had almost all of them. Last year I donated mine to SDSU.
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#365992 - 02/12/14 01:58 AM Re: The Watery Death of my PB Collection [Re: stbar]
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Registered: 09/01/08
Posts: 888
Loc: Sunbury,Ohio
stbar, you're a hoarder grin grin grin . JK stbar, I bring in way more stuff than I get rid of (but I sneak some of her junk in the trash when she's not looking) wink laugh laugh.

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#365995 - 02/12/14 07:00 AM Re: The Watery Death of my PB Collection [Re: stbar]
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Registered: 02/28/11
Posts: 3735
Loc: Emory TX
stbar, sorry you lost your mags. I've had it both ways in the past. Water damage to some and I was devastated, and others that sat in my garage for years and I wondered why I ever kept them all.
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#365997 - 02/12/14 07:24 AM Re: The Watery Death of my PB Collection [Re: stbar]
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Registered: 10/01/04
Posts: 36
Loc: Northeast Texas
Sorry about your Pond Boss magazine loss. I, too, have saved all the magazines since I started subscribing in 2005. They're not all in one place as yours were. I have them both at my home in Frisco and my pond property in Sulphur Springs. However, give me a little time to go through them and copy the articles I want to save and you can have the hard copies. You're in the lake/pond management business and need them!

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#366010 - 02/12/14 08:30 AM Re: The Watery Death of my PB Collection [Re: stbar]
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Some of you guys need to get some backbone!!

Letting the Woman tell you what to do with your stuff!!!

Next, she'll be sending you shopping for woman's essentials.....
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#366015 - 02/12/14 09:30 AM Re: The Watery Death of my PB Collection [Re: stbar]
outdoorlivin247 Offline


Registered: 03/18/13
Posts: 725
Loc: IL
I was told that my man card was suspended until my boys are old enough to take care of themselves...


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#366039 - 02/12/14 11:43 AM Re: The Watery Death of my PB Collection [Re: stbar]
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Registered: 05/07/13
Posts: 1747
Loc: West Michigan
I would not propose doing anything to hurt the work/intellectual property of those who contributed to old issues but mainly to provide a way for many to benefit. If there was a need to continue to support future authors/issues then a small fee for access to old issues could work well.

I'm not sure there is lack of respect involved, JKB, I would say this situation would not be much different than going to the library to get access to old issues of any other periodical or other members offering to share an old copy with someone else.

The old issues were not digital at time of release but could be scanned for easier cataloging, and indexing.

Am I the only one who wished he had been a member since the beginning so i could have benefited from all the helful info in all of these magazines?

It would be SO helpful to be able to search the old articles by title for articles on 'standard weight charts' or 'pond dam leaks' or 'minnow ID' etc.

Donating old issues to a university library is a great idea!

Whatever works best...

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