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WorthPoint Columnist Harry Rinker Appointed to Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee

by WorthPoint Staff (01/12/12).

Harry Rinker’s three-year term on the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee will recommend stamp subjects that are contemporary, timely and relevant, while at the same time representative of the cultural diversity that is the United States to the U.S. Postmaster General.

Harry L. Rinker, who writes the syndicated “Rinker on Collectibles” column published on WorthPoint, has been appointed a member of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) by U.S. Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe.

The three-year term begins this month and will continue through the end of December 2014. Rinker is one of five new members joining the committee.

CSAC is a 15-member committee that recommends to the Postmaster General stamp subjects that are contemporary, timely and relevant, while at the same time representative of the cultural diversity that is the United States.

“I had the privilege of addressing CSAC about collecting trends twice in the past and am honored to have been appointed a voting member of the Committee,” said Rinker, whose CSAC selection was based upon his ability to identify and interpret developments within the national and global collecting field.

As a member of CSAC, Rinker will attend four committee meetings per year. His first CSAC meeting is scheduled for Jan. 19-20 at the headquarters of the United States Postal Service in Washington, D.C. Between meetings, he will work with the professional staff of the Stamp Development Division and CSAC members on subject selection and the promotion of stamp collecting.

Rinker is president of Harry L. Rinker, LLC, doing business as Rinker Consulting, a firm specializing in providing appraisal, consulting, editorial, educational, media, personal appearance, research, and writing services for the antiques and collectibles community. Hi weekly “Rinker on Collectibles” column, recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Rinker hosted 78 half-hour episodes of “Collector Inspector,” a weekly show on Home & Garden Television, devoted to seeking out antiques and collectibles in private homes. He also appeared in two HGTV specials—“Endless Yard Sale” (2003) and “Collectibles: Coast to Coast” (2004). “Whatcha Got?” his syndicated radio call-in show, first aired in March 2006.

Rinker is a prolific antiques and collectibles writer who has authored, co-authored, or edited more than 25 titles. “Guide to Toy Collecting” (for the Smithsonian), published by Collins in March 2008, is his latest title.

His 12-year career as a museum professional began as director of archival research for Historic Bethlehem and culminated as executive director of the Montgomery County (PA) Federation of Historical Societies. He has a B.A. from Lehigh University, an M.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, and an M.F.A in Creative and Professional Writing from Western Connecticut State University. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of English and Communications at Davenport University, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Harry and his wife, Dr. Linda K. Rinker, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost at Davenport University, live in Kentwood, Michigan.

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