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Time for another installment of 20 Questions, this time with member Jazzman99.

1. How long have you been watching "The Simpsons"?

Pretty much since the beginning. I remember watching the shorts on the Ullman show, and then watching the Christmas special when it first aired. I canít claim to have seen every episode, or to have the encyclopedic knowledge of some of the folks around SCS.

2. Who is your favorite Simpsons character?

I guess Iíd have to go with Homer, though in any given episode it might be somebody else. Homerís evolution over the course of the showís history, from easily angered buffoon to a sort of zen master of passivity and immediate gratification, has been a pleasure to watch, while Bart has stayed pretty much the same and most of the other characters are fairly one-dimensional.

3. What Simpsons character are you most like and why?

Ignoring the whole gender issue, Iíd have to say Lisa. Iím fairly smart (and, youíll note, modest), but tend to be on the fringe of things socially.

4. Are your friends and family fans of the Simpsons?

My father enjoys itóthe Simpsons and baseball are two things we can bond over. My girlfriend, sadly, doesnít care for it (or for most other things I find hilarious-Monty Python, for example). Many of my coworkers are fans, and quotes from the show often fly back and forth over our weekend beers. After enough beers, songs start flying back and forth too.

5. What is your favorite quote from a Simpsons episode?

There have certainly been funnier quotes on the show, but the moment that hooked me forever was from the first season episode where Bart goes to war against Nelson. Heís consulting with Herman, who asks, ďHow many men do you have?Ē When Bart replies, ďNone, sir,Ē Herman clenches his fist and says firmly ďYouíll need more!Ē OK, it doesnít sound like much, but I was on the floor. Canít wait for the Herman figure.

6. What types of Simpsons collectibles do you collect?

WOS is pretty much it for the moment. Iíll get the DVD sets eventually, but since I can watch The Simpsons every day and Iím already spending so much on WOS, I spend my AV dollars elsewhere right now. I do have a couple of other things: the RC skateboard, the PVC chess set, the wind-up tin Homer.

7. What item in your collection is your favorite?

Tough one. What I love about WOS is the sheer size of the line, the impact of seeing all those figures together, so I want to say the entire line is my favorite ďitem.Ē If forced to go with one, Iíd probably say either THOH2, because K & K are so perfect, or the wind-up Homer, because it was an unexpected gift from my father.

8. What is the most outrageous (or difficult) thing you have done to obtain a Simpsons collectible?

Iím fifty miles from the nearest TRU, and when THOH2 came out I made the drive almost daily, regularly referring to SCS and the latest sightings. It did pay off, as I got a set for retail price.

9. What's the most you ever spent on a Simpsons collectible?

Itís not the most, but so far Moe is the only WOS Iíve had to pay more than retail for--$14 off ebay. Since then Iíve been going through New Force, and Rick is my hero. Since Iíve paid retail for everything else, Moe stands out in my mind as the thing Iíve paid ďmostĒ for. Does that make sense?

10. What World of Springfield figure would you most like to see (that has not been announced)?

Iíll confess that Iíve begun to lose track of what has and hasnít been announced. Assuming she hasnít been, Iíll say Belle from La Maison Derriere. She has a unique look that would contrast nicely with the other figures.

11. Are you a completist? An opener or a MIMP collector? Why?

I'm a completist, and an opener. Iíve always opened my toys; I just donít see the point of leaving them in the package, though I certainly wish well to those who do. As for why Iím a completist ó again, because they just look so darn cool all together.

12. What are your favorite television shows (excluding the Simpsons)?

Mystery Science Theater 3000, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sports Night, The Sopranos, The West Wing, Home Movies, Friends, WKRP in Cincinnati, Picket Fences, The Twilight Zone, Hill Street Blues, Homicide: Life on the Street, The Daily Show, The Muppet Show, Dexterís Lab, Sportscenter, Alias, Cracker (British version), Family Guy, Space Ghost: Coast to CoastÖyou know, it occurs to me that I maybe watch too much TV.

13. What celebrity do you want to see guest star on the Simpsons?

If I say Harlan Ellison, will anybody know who I mean?

14. How and when did you find the SCS site?

Iím pretty sure I first came here because of the plugs MWC was giving the site in his postings on other toy boards, around the time that Playmates first answered questions from the board. I lurked for quite a while before I posted.

15. In what ways do you think the hobby of collecting Simpsons has changed in the past few years?

Thereís been a decline in scalper activity, which is good. The fact that pretty much everything can be preordered online is a huge improvement. I think the biggest changes will be in the coming year, with the possible rereleases and the possibility of other attempts to keep the line fresh and moving.

16. What was the first Simpsons item you ever bought?

The Mattel Bartman figure. It was the only thing I got from that line, and itís now in a box somewhere in my parentsí basement.

17. What is the one Simpsons item you want the most but do not have?

Iíd love to have an original production cel, but those are waaaay out of my price range.

18. What else do you collect?

Books and magazine appearance by Harlan Ellison. Books in general, particularly mystery, true crime, contemporary fiction; I could name specific authors, but there are a heck of a lot. St. Louis Cardinals stuff, especially featuring Lou Brock. The New Yorker magazine. The new Muppets toy line. MST3K, on tape and DVD. DVDs in general. Really, though, most of my disposable income is spent in used book stores.

19. Who influenced you the most from the show (be it character, writer, actor, etc.)?

The showís irreverent attitudeóits willingness to make fun of everything, including itselfóis valuable to me. I donít know how much itís influenced me, but it is similar to my own attitude, and itís played a part in the development of the persona I use when I teach.

20. Anything you would like to add?

I love this board. The interest, intelligence and dedication that the mods and most of the members bring to it every day make it a daily (often hourly) pleasure, and have certainly fueled and furthered my interest in the WOS line itself (Iíd enjoy it even more if everybody knew the difference between itís/its, their/there/theyíre, youíre/youróbut hey, thatís an internet wide problem). I just want to offer sincere thanks to everybody whoís made SCS what it is.

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