Minnesota GI Joe Collectors Club
We have a new url and our own domain. So if you're at our old location on the web, take a jump to our new home and bookmark it.
The Minnesota GI Joe Collectors Club is a loose knit group of guys that share a love for a particular childhood toy, GI Joe. We get together every couple of months at a members house and show off, trade, sell and talk Joes. Well many other topics also come up, but mainly its just a chance to get together with friends sharing a common interest.
As an informal club, we get take turns holding meetings in our own homes. We try to get together every other month, but this can vary.
Next Meeting - We're planning on sometime in January. Given the holidays tend to break up the next few months, that will be our hoped for meeting month. We'll probably finalize the date, time and place in December. Keep an eye on your email for and update from Tony.
Last Meeting - Our last meeting was back at Hiedi's home. We had lots to talk about and a good turn out. Of course the big news is official now, the national GI Joe Convention is coming to Mineapolis Minnesota in 2005. Mark your calenders for the weekend before the 4th of July.
We also decided to put together our own T-shirts and hats. I was busy talking away with someone in the other room, so the details are not too clear to me. But I think everyone like all the art work that was brought so we're doing are best to use all the entries. We had three different logos presented, unfortunately I have just two of them in digital format. The third was and adventure team based logo. If someone has an electronic copy, could then send it so I can put it up here?
Tony Stice - Commanding Officer of the Minnesota GI Joe Collectors Club
- Secretary of the Minnesota GI Joe Collectors Club, which means I occasionally update this web page.
My First Joe by Cary Hostrawser
I remember when I received my
one and only GI Joe as a kid. He was the coolest thing I had ever seen.
No longer was I constricted to a tiny fixed position army man. This guy was
big and he could move into any position I could imagine. In fact he could
move in positions I couldn't even imagine. Boy that would really hurt!
Together me and Joe explored our world. Climbing mountains, jumping from trees, and fighting imaginary bad guys. I set up the danger and he took the fall. Oh, look at the way his head twisted around. I wonder if this is where they got the idea for Linda Blair in the Exorcist.
Eventually my Gi Joe became a Sky Diver. No he never had a jump suit or G-pants, just his olive drabs and a homemade parachute. But he was my fearless hero and into the sky he went. Eventually these short jumps, obtained by throwing him into the air as hard as my small arms could manage, was not enough. But the garage offered a significant increase in height. I learned how to climb onto the fence and get on the garage roof. It was in one of these jumps that my 12 inch hero earned his purple heart. Broken and battered beyond the call of duty, he was laid to his final rest. But never was he forgotten.
A few pictures from Cary's collection
Cary's Page 1
PT Commander, Sea Wolf and a Deep Sea Diver
West Point Cadet
Cary's Page 2
Line up of 7 military Joes
Patton on his Harley
Army Joe in OD
Cary's Page 3
Fighter Pilot - late rendition
Close up of same
Cary's Toppers Fighting Tigers Page
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