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I just finished reading your exceedingly telling piece about Home and Garden Television. As a producer of several series for HGTV HGTV Home and Garden Television , I appreciated your wit and insights. However, I must pick a bone with you. I am executive producer of "Flea Market See computer flea market.

flea market

yard sale of used items at low prices. [Pop. Culture: Misc.]

See : Inexpensiveness
 Finds with the Kovels," which you have redubbed "Shopping for Junk with Old People." First of all, the show is about finds, and while there are $1.00 and $5.00 items, we also uncovered a trade sign selling for $24,000, American Indian American Indian
 or Native American or Amerindian or indigenous American

Any member of the various aboriginal peoples of the Western Hemisphere, with the exception of the Eskimos (Inuit) and the Aleuts.
 rugs selling for $50,000, and other real treasures. Ralph and Terry don't go to flea markets to buy sunglasses, T-shirts, and jeans and other people's crap; they go to them to find the collectible treasures that enable us to appreciate our history and traditions.

But it is to the "Old People" that I object. This is an outrageous example of young whippersnapper whip·per·snap·per  
A person regarded as insignificant and pretentious.

[Alteration (influenced by whip) of dialectal snippersnapper.
 ageism ageism Geriatrics A bias or belief that may be held by a health care provider that depression, forgetfulness, and other disorders are a normal part of aging and that older individuals will not benefit from treatment of mental disorders. Cf elderly. . The Kovels warrant a great deal of respect in the antiques and collectible field. For 50 years (meaning, yes they are old, but they are also experienced) they have written more than 70 books on the subject of antiques and collectibles; they publish a monthly newsletter with a paid circulation of 200,000 (and just how many copies of The Washington Monthly are sold?).

In point of fact, had you a fraction of the success in writing and publishing that the Kovels have had, you could buy any house you wanted in the overpriced o·ver·price  
tr.v. o·ver·priced, o·ver·pric·ing, o·ver·pric·es
To put too high a price or value on.


costing more than it is thought to be worth

 Washington, D.C., area, pay cash for it, and not blink an eye.

George Merlis

Fisher/Merlis Television Production and Consulting

Los Angeles, Calif.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Merlis, George
Publication:Washington Monthly
Date:Oct 1, 2003
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