Pablo Hoffman and Alan Luedeking alerted me to the passing of Art Morowitz of Champion Stamp Company of New York City. Arthur's son Jonathan provided the following photo. Thank you; very sorry for your loss.
I have no doubt that many remembrances and reminiscences will also be coming your way, of great interest to many of your readers, in the near future. Arthur was, to put it in the mildest terms, a
colorful character, known and cherished for his uninhibited individualism, daring, and sagacity. He was a successful captain at the helm of Champion Stamp Company, still operating and the last of what were once numerous street-level numismatic/philatelic businesses in New York City. He was a towering figure in the disparate arenas he operated in, and was a mentor, role model, and supporter in many ways, not only for his three sons, but for virtually everyone with whom he interacted, including myself.
"I owe a number of the best banknotes in my collection to him. He was profoundly knowledgeable on banknotes and the processes of their creation and manufacture, and it is thanks to him that so much of the ABNC archival material was able to be preserved after it had originally been discarded."
We'll look forward to publishing more information in subsequent issues.
Morowitz was a pioneer in other fields as well.
Arthur Morowitz, a key figure in the early days of the home video industry, died Sept. 11 at the age of 80.
Morowitz, of Short Hills, N.J., is best known as the founder of the Video Shack chain of video rental stores, which he launched in 1979 just as consumers were beginning to catch on to the novelty of renting their favorite movies on video cassette.
At the time, the studios were fighting retailers over the right to rent movies, which they wanted to sell directly to consumers. The studios ultimately lost in court, and the video rental business flourished, prompting Morowitz and other early retailers to band together as the Video Software Dealers Association, or VSDA, of which he was a founding board member.
Arthur was a pioneer of our industry back when video rental stores were in their infancy and learning how to serve content to the consumer for home enjoyment, said Mark Fisher, president and CEO of OTT.X, the trade group for streamers that is a direct descendant of the VSDA.
If he were starting out today, I could see him leading the streaming revolution with that same objective and same spirit, Fisher said.
Morowitz later founded the WWF Coliseum Video label.
To read the complete article, see:
Arthur Morowitz, Home Video Industry Pioneer, Dies at 80
Wayne Homren, Editor
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