Editorial Contacts

January 01, 2010 02:41 PM

Donna Houseman (dhouseman@amosmedia.com)

Donna Houseman is editorial director for the Amos Media Stamp group, consisting of Linn’s Stamp News and the Scott postage stamp catalogs, which include the six-volume, worldwide Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue, the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers and the Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940. She is the lead editor of the Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940. Houseman has 43 years of professional editorial, reporting and writing experience in the stamp-hobby media.

She authored five best-selling Philatelic Gems books published by Linn’s, and edited and contributed to numerous other books, including the popular Linn’s U.S. Stamp Yearbook series. She developed and edited the Linn’s Handbook series.

She was editor of Scott Stamp Monthly from 2007 until she joined the Scott catalog team in 2010. She has been the lead editor of the Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940 since 2011.

She was instrumental in the development of Linns.com and ZillionsofStamps.com.

Houseman is a passionate collector of the stamps of Ireland, County Cork postal history and stampless covers, and Great Britain stamps used in Ireland.

She is married and enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, watching basketball and walking with her poodle.

Charles Snee (csnee@amosmedia.com)

Charles “Chad” Snee is managing editor of Linn’s Stamp News and the Scott postage stamp catalogs. Scott produces the Scott-brand of postage stamp catalogs, which include the six-volume, worldwide Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue, the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers, and the Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940.

Snee is an accomplished philatelist, with more than 16 years of professional editorial, reporting and writing experience in the stamp-hobby media. In 1999, he was hired as an associate editor for Linn’s Stamp News, where he worked for seven years, eventually rising to senior editor in 2003. Following a Navy Reserve deployment to Afghanistan, Snee joined the Scott editorial staff in 2007. In 2011, he became editor of the Scott catalogs. He enjoys collecting the stamps of Ireland and Scandinavia, as well as United States postal history.

Snee and his wife Lynne have been married for 23 years. They reside in Troy, Ohio, with their three daughters: Katelyn, Charlotte and Margaret.

Michael Baadke (mbaadke@amosmedia.com)

Michael Baadke is assistant editor of Linn’s Stamp News. He began his journalism career in 1975 as a writer and staff editor for The Michigan Daily in Ann Arbor. He joined Linn’s Stamp News as a staff writer in February 1993 and was named senior editor in April 1996.

He was promoted to associate editor in 2015. He also authored the popular Linn’s Refresher Course column for more than five years, from 1995 to 2001.

Baadke became the editor of Scott Stamp Monthly in March 2001, and returned to the Linn’s staff in November 2007. His 392-page book, Linn’s Complete Stamp Collecting Basics, was published by Amos Hobby Publishing in 2004 and is now in its second printing. Baadke collects Denmark, Germany and the United States. He also maintains a topical collection of beer and brewing.

Denise McCarty (dmccarty@amosmedia.com)

Denise McCarty is a senior editor of Linn’s Stamp News. A graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio with a degree in journalism, McCarty has 33 years of editorial and writing experience with Linn's Stamp News. In addition to specializing in the reporting of worldwide new issues, McCarty oversees the page production of Linn’s Stamp News each week.

McCarty's collecting interests include the postal history of her hometown of Brookville, Ohio, and stamps related to her hobbies of nature photography, hiking and visiting national parks.

Martin J. Frankevicz (mfrankevicz@amosmedia.com)

Martin J. Frankevicz is the new issues editor of the Scott Postage Stamp Catalogue. He started collecting stamps as a teenager, trying to fill his Scott Minuteman album up with cheap 3¢ commemoratives, and building up a small collection of plate blocks fresh from the local post offices. He freely admits he has not used them all up for postage. He began his career in 1981 as Scott’s album and supplement editor, when Scott was located in New York City. In 1985, he relocated to Sidney, Ohio, when Amos Press purchased Scott and became the valuing editor for the Scott catalog.

In 1999, he took on the challenge of listing the never-ending torrent of new stamps. More than 160,000 different philatelic items have passed across his desk during his tenure as new issues editor, which equates to more than 2,000 pages in the various catalogs. He has written the occasional article for Linn’s Stamp News and the Scott Stamp Monthly over the years, many of which humorously describe the historical, trivial, quirky and bizarre sides of philately often found in new issues.

Steven Myers (smyers@amosmedia.com)

Steven Myers is senior valuing analyst for the Scott-brand of postage stamp catalogs, which include the six-volume, worldwide Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue, Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers, and the Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940. Myers started collecting stamps when he was 6 years old. This led him to eventually open several stamp, coin and jewelry shops in Hawaii, Oregon and Idaho. Myers appraised, bought, sold and retailed stamps and also sold the entire line of Scott products.

He has used his experience in valuing in his employment by Amos/Scott for nearly 10 years now, in a capacity to keep Scott products as up to date and accurate as possible. Additionally, Myers has written several articles for the From the Scott Editors column in Linn’s. He also enjoys collectibles of art nouveau and earlier time periods, as well as collecting vintage jewelry.

John Hotchner, a Linn's writer since 1977 and a contributing editor, is the author (since 1987) of the weekly U.S. Notes column. He collects the United States in depth and worldwide EFOs (errors, freaks and oddities), and exhibits stamp separation methods, U.S. auxiliary markings, the 1934 U.S. and Great Britain Christmas seals, and Hubba Hubba handstamps on Korean War military covers.

Hotchner is a national and international stamp show and philatelic literature judge, the founder or cofounder of six ongoing national stamp groups, and an expertiser for U.S. material. He was a 16-year member of the APS board of directors, including serving as the APS president from 1997-99.

He is immediate past president of the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors. He served as vice president of the AAPE from 2006 to 2009. He is a member of the National Postal Museum's Council of Philatelists and served on the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committtee from 1998 to 2010.

Hotchner retired from the U.S. Department of State in May 2008, and in 2011, he retired as a consultant to the interagency Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center.

The same aunt who interested Bill McAllister in journalism gave him his first stamp album, a Minkus beginner album in 1952. His interest then and now has remained U.S. stamps, especially first-day covers and programs. He began his pursuit of first-day programs after covering a first-day ceremony for the 1987 Girl Scout stamp in Washington. That ceremony prompted him to write a weekly stamp column that appeared in The Washington Post and other newspapers for 12 years. McAllister joined Linn's as its Washington correspondent in 1996 and has continued his interest in reporting how individual stamps are created and the intense lobbying for their approval. He also enjoys getting behind the scenes of the U.S. Postal Service, one of Washington's biggest federal agencies. To McAllister how the mail moves – or sometimes doesn't move – is almost as interesting as the stamps that the agency produces.

Matthew Healey, New York Correspondent.

Matthew started collecting stamps at the age of six, when he lived in Rome and would spend sunny Sunday mornings at the Porta Portese flea market, picking used Italian commemoratives out of the street vendors’ fat stockbooks for 5 or 10 lire apiece.

As a teenager in New York, he enjoyed accompanying his father, Barth, to the vast stamp shows at the New York Coliseum and Madison Square Garden.

As an adult, Matthew found that stamps inspired him to study graphic design, typography and printing, and triggered a lasting curiosity about history, geography, art and the parallel declines of colonial empires and monarchic facial hair.

He writes about the auction market for Linn's Stamp News and occasionally for The New York Times, mostly on stamp subjects, like his father before him. He is trying desperately to pass on his love of stamps to his three children, with limited success.