Your 39 cent stamp or your life!

As a legendary cheapskate myself, I can’t help but think warmly of Jack Benny, who made joking about being thrifty a core part of his act. This short MP3 of a Jack Benny sketch (tweaked to be an answering machine message) has him responding to a armed robber’s demand of “your money or your life!” with “I’m thinking, I’m thinking!”

Now Benny fans are aiming for something cheap enough even JB would buy a few: a Jack Benny postage stamp. It’s hard to argue with their reasoning. Benny also made joking about being 39 – every year – part of his act. How better to celebrate him than with his image in a 39-cent stamp. Keeping with the theme, there’ll be a 39 man march in our fair city on Feb 14th, which would have been his 74th 39th birthday. Actual attendance won’t be limited to 39, nor only men. If you’re interested in participating follow the above link, or sign the petition or use a premade letter template to contact your congresscritter and/or the USPS’s stamp committee.

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