The Early Years - Bob & Kathy Friedman
Graduated from Port Richmond High School, Staten Island, N.Y. in 1958. Avoided incarceration by being quick of tongue and fast of feet!! My parents swore I was vaccinated with a phonograph needle (if you're under 60, look it up!!)
Enlisted in the U.S. Air Force two days after graduating from High School!
My First Career - The U. S. Air Force
Served on active duty for twenty-seven years, with duty stations in 93rd Bomb Wing, Castle AFB, Merced, Calif; 4157 Strategic Recon Wing, Fairbanks, Alaska; Headquarters SAC, Omaha, Nebr; 553rd Reconnaissance Wing, Korat, Thailand (flew 93 combat missions); SAC Headquarters,Omaha, Nebr; SAC NCO Academy, Barksdale AFB, Bossier City, La; 86th Tactical Fighter Wing, Ramstein, Germany; and Headquarters Army and Air Force Exchange Service (BX & PX), Dallas, Texas.
During my assignments in Omaha, I earned my bachelor's degree in American History through night classes. Served as Chief Instructor the SAC NCO Academy, and as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to both the commanders of the 86th TFW and AAFES. Retired on July 1, 1985 as a Command Chief Master Sergeant.
Activities - How It All Started - Friedman's Cover Corner
While still on active duty, under the business name of Friedman's Stamps, I worked part time as a stamp & cover dealer from 1974 through 1985, devoting some weekends to my future career.
Became a full time dealer on July 2, 1985 by becoming a part owner in stamp & Coin Store in Arlington, TX.
Two years later, Kathy and I left the store, expanded to the major show circuit and haven't looked back!! Changed our business name to Friedman's Cover Corner in 1994.
Business and collector associations:
ASDA (American Stamp Dealer's Association)continuously since 1976.
NSDA (National Stamp Dealer's Association) for ten years or more.
TSDA (Texas Stamp Dealer's Association) continuously since 1974.
APS (American Philatelic Society) continuously since 1974 (#81113)
AAMS (American Air Mail Society) for ten years or more.
UPSS (United Postal Stationery Society) for ten years or more.
I am also a member of the following: IFSDA (International Federation Of Stamp Dealers Association); TPA (Texas Philatelic Association); AFDCS (American First Day Cover Society); GPS (German Philatelic Society); USCS (Universal Ship Cancel Society) and MPHS (Military Postal History Society).
Leadership responsibilities in the following associations:
ASDA - served on the Board of Directors for six years, including four years as Vice President.
ASDA - served as the Chairman of the Ethics Committee for four years.
TSDA - served on the Board of Directors for 16 years, including three terms as President.