Another lightbulb flashed for Ackerman when he realized he was in frequent contact with world leaders in his capacity as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. His special interest is having stamps “signed by heads of state who are opposed to each other or whose countries are in trouble.”
One notable “get” is a South Africa stamp signed by Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk, who was president of the country before Mandela was released from prison and the apartheid regime crumbled.
During next week’s exhibit, Ackerman is featuring memorabilia alongside the stamp created to honor the victims of 9/11. Ackerman sponsored the legislation that established the stamp and also earned himself one of President George W. Bush’s famous nicknames: “Stamp Dude.”