Here it is, the one that started it all. This is my mint-condition and Janzen-stapled first issue of The "E" Ticket. I am fortunate to have a complete run of issues 1 through 45, the final one.
With the NFFC show coming up this weekend, I think back on the innumerable hours I spent with the brothers Janzen as we swapped stories, shared tales of recently-found treasures, and kibitzed about the upcoming issues and how I could be of help. It was always my honor and privilege to be asked and to do so. When I was regularly selling at the shows, the highlight of the morning was when Leon and Jack would saunter up to my table, root around, and try to gently low-ball me on some of my wares. Usually, it worked. What a couple of charmers.
I started my subscription with issue 6 and filled in the back issues over the years. I would never, ever have become a Disneyland collector without The "E" Ticket, something I'm sure many can say. I don't know the particulars of its demise after Leon's death other than Jack put out a couple of solid issues on his own, and then it was gone. Whatever the cause, its folding was a major loss to collecting and to me personally.
I can still smell the fresh "E" Ticket paper scent that used to emanate from the envelope containing the newest issue as I greedily ripped it open. You probably can, too.
RIP Leon Janzen
RIP The "E" Ticket
Just spoke to Jack Janzen here at the NFFC show. He tells me that Issue 46, the last one, is coming soon. Very cool to hear that they'll be one more before The "E" Ticket packs it up for good.