From: Gonzalez, John

To: Ford, Bob; Salisbury, James T.
Subject: Stamp act

Sub! Once more, Talkin' has made a switch. Ashley is out for a while, and The Captain, James T., is back in. (You should see the Talkin' lineup card. Total mess. Looks like a Rorschach test.) Welcome back, Jimbo.

And to the Fox clan: congrats on the newest member of your family - Austin Waller Fox.

Down to business: Our friends at the Philly Tribune have been pushing to get Wilt Chamberlain his own stamp. After letters were sent by Ed Stefanski, Ed Snider, David Stern, Pat Riley, Mayor Nutter, Sen. Arlen Specter, Jerry West and others in support of the effort, the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee recently said that Chamberlain was now under consideration. Stamps for 2009 and 2010 have already been selected, but Chamberlain could be in the mix for 2011. If he makes the cut, he would be the first basketball player to have his own stamp.

What do you think about sending letters with Wilt's mug on them?

From: Salisbury, James T.
To: Ford, Bob; Gonzalez, John
Subject: Stamp act

Like the idea of Wilt getting his own stamp, but let's wait till they go up to $1. (Won't be long.) That way they won't need to put the price on the stamp; just use that great picture of him holding up the handwritten 100 sign. Two more potential iconic Philly stamps: The picture of Concrete Charlie standing over Gifford and Lidge on his knees looking skyward.

From: Gonzalez, John
To: Ford, Bob; Salisbury, James T.
Subject: Stamp act

Wilt would make for a fine stamp. And I like where you're going with the iconic Philly sports images. I usually get the Liberty Bell stamps or the American flags, but if the Post Office was selling Lidge and Concrete Charlie, I'd make the switch.

Who else would you like to see?

From: Salisbury, James T.
To: Ford, Bob; Gonzalez, John
Subject: Stamp act

Gus Triandos.

From: Ford, Bob
To: Gonzalez, John; Salisbury, James T.
Subject: Stamp act

My cousins had a rat terrier named Gus, in honor of Gus Triandos. I remember when he caught Hoyt Wilhelm he had a glove the size of a bed pillow. Want me to tell you about Abner Doubleday, Gonzopunk?

The Phillies should be on a stamp. Everyone seems to be licking them lately.

From: Gonzalez, John
To: Ford, Bob; Salisbury, James T.
Subject: Stamp act

I'm returning that joke to sender.