Archive for Friday, December 28, 2012

Lawrence boy receives more than 600 Pez dispensers for Christmas

Seven-year-old Isaac Godsey is pictured below six shelves of his nearly 700-piece Pez dispenser collection. Deacon Godsey, Isaac's father, began collecting the dispensers in 1996 and decided to give them to his son for Christmas. The collection contains everything from the Simpson to dispensers featuring the likenesses of the cast from the Lord of the Rings.

Seven-year-old Isaac Godsey is pictured below six shelves of his nearly 700-piece Pez dispenser collection. Deacon Godsey, Isaac's father, began collecting the dispensers in 1996 and decided to give them to his son for Christmas. The collection contains everything from the Simpson to dispensers featuring the likenesses of the cast from the Lord of the Rings.

December 28, 2012


Like any father, Deacon Godsey wanted to do something special for his son, Isaac, for Christmas. He didn't want to give him a store-bought present; he wanted to give Isaac something close to his heart, something handed down from father to son.

So on Christmas morning, he told his son to close his eyes and carried him into his office. When Isaac opened his eyes and saw a whiteboard that was adorned with a large bow, he read the words written there with a huge smile: “Merry Christmas Isaac! All of my Pez are now yours. Love, Daddy.”

Hundreds of colorful characters have filled Godsey’s Lawrence office wall-to-wall for years, a collection of Pez candy dispensers he began accumulating in 1996. As a youth pastor, he found that the candy packages created a connection between him and the children he worked with. On Christmas Day, Godsey passed down 685 Pez candy dispensers and Pez collector’s items to his son.

Godsey’s collection includes everything from common Pez dispensers such as Disney and Pixar movie characters to rare items from France and Australia. The most expensive dispenser is a $20 gold-colored Jack Jack baby from The Incredibles. His son now owns many large dispensers, about a foot tall, and miniature dispensers, about 2 inches tall, along with hundred of standard-sized dispenses, collector’s key chains, cars and tins.

Chris Godsey said his brother Deacon's choice of Pez as a collectible was interesting and never got out of hand. “He’s a geek in the best way,” he said.

Pez, which originated in Austria in the 1920s, is a chalky tablet-like hard candy. But it's the dispensers for the candy that are prized by collectors. Over the years, the company has produced thousands of variations, based on cartoon and movie characters, historical figures and many other inspirations. Prime examples can be worth hundreds of dollars.

Thousands of people collect the dispensers—there's even a Pez museum, in Connecticut—and the average Pez collector has between 750 to 1,000 dispensers, according to Chris Jordan, owner of the online Pez Collector Store, said. She said about 4,000 collectors are subscribed to her store’s newsletter.

“My personal collection has approximately 6,000 different Pez, and mine is in no way complete or even among the largest collections,” Jordan said.

So Isaac and Deacon have a ways to go. But they're off to a good start.

Godsey said he was more than happy to pass the collection down to his son. He said collecting Pez started to become less fun and more stressful as he spotted examples he wanted to acquire. “I would see one and I would feel this intense need to get the next one in the collection. It didn’t feel good anymore," he said. "But now, I know that he has the collection, and it’s something that he and I can bond over. It can bless him and it feels more life giving now.”

After reading the whiteboard and looking over his new collection, Isaac asked if he could open the collector’s tins. After given the go-ahead, he smiled and hugged his father and insisted that he keep some of the dispensers as well.

Godsey said his son plans to keep adding to the collection. “This will be something that if he choses to carry it on, that’s totally up to him,” Godsey said. “But I know that giving this to him will speak value and blessing to him. That was the real goal.”


broddie 4 years, 11 months ago

this is the headline of today's JW web edition? I respond with a prediction and some advice.

My prediction: the Journal World will never EVER be considered for a Pulitzer Prize until it gets a new owner who cares about journalism.

Advice: reporters who write for the JW are advised to keep this fact OFF their resumes if they ever want to work for a legitimate news organization.

Gary Denning 4 years, 11 months ago

The lack of meat to this front page story aside, how disappointed would a little kid be to receive a collection of Pez dispensers for Christmas?

Deacon Godsey 4 years, 11 months ago

As the dad in this story, I obviously thought it was pretty cool seeing my son's pic on the front page! That being said, I was pretty shocked to see the story placed we said to our friends & family who saw the story, "Must have been a slow news week!"

As for the disappointment a random gift, it's true, most kids probably wouldn't want a PEZ collection for Christmas. For a young boy who loves his dad & thinks the collection is pretty cool, however, it was kind of like the "Red Rider" to his "Ralphie," if you catch my meaning...he loved it - & the other cool stuff he got for Christmas - & that's what mattered to us!

broddie 4 years, 11 months ago

I certainly don't want to disparage the human interest angle of a father's great git to his son. But it's not a front page story. Perhaps the JW randomizes front page content, or worse, tries to somehow decide what their readers would like to see based on facebook metrics or something.

Just that the JW still feels like Lawrence has a population of 4,000. There's a great J-school here. Lots of talent. This paper still has that "small town newsletter" feel. Nothing controversial that would offend the advertisers. The thing is, they can offend anyone they like because they're the only newspaper in town.

Where's William Allen White when you need him?

Toni Brou 4 years, 11 months ago

Mr. Godsey, please don't let the negative comments here get you down. They are always there, no matter what the story is. It's more of a way to connect with your son than a lot of other gifts would have been, and he will always cherish it. Great photo, too.

Lawrence Morgan 4 years, 11 months ago

This is a great story. Some of you apparently think that the newspaper should only have political stories. But there is much more to life than politics, and an event in the arts often leads to changes in the political scene.

For example, I know of a father who has worked for days, in his spare time, preparing special wood toys for his kids. They loved them - and to my mind, this would be very much a lead article. People want and need to see what their fellow citizens are accomplishing.

You may make fun of all the creative aspects of life, but I can tell you, one of the reasons why all the gun killings are taking place, besides the presence of so many guns - is the fact that people don't receive the warmth and attention they need, at all ages, from friends and family.

Newspapers are about much more than politics.

That is what makes the Journal-World so wonderful. It is very creative.

The only problem is that they no longer put any heading to lead readers to readers' blogs. As an example, look at two of my most recent blogs, which were posted this week.

Despite what you think, many readers care about Ravi Shankar, and just as much about the birth of orchestras from thrown-away junk. Kids and people of all ages love music - and it should be just as much a part of the paper as politics. Many other people discover Ravi Shankar for the first time in their lives from an article such as this. But they can't find it now.

The second blog is part of a new series of blogs about Lawrence, the attraction of visitors, and innovation. And where is it? No one can find it now either. It used to be on the front page, but no longer.

You don't want streetcars in Lawrence?

Let me tell you another side of this. Streetcars are one of the greatest reasons as to why tourists visit San Francisco. If Lawrence had streetcars downtown, not only would citizens be served but people would come from many states to see the downtown.

But when we have a mayor who doesn't even read the Journal-World (he said so in a blog to me) and the Journal-World discourages citizen journalism, then I think something is badly wrong. They should give equal value to readers' blogs instead of placing them in almost impossible places to find!

The Journal-World has great stories, and a link to the creative side which is missing in most large and medium-size newspapers, but these things need to be corrected. I think this is what newspapers are all about! Citizen journalism is important!

It's a great story, a great photo, and front page news!

Terry Sexton 4 years, 11 months ago

There's NO pezness like SHOW pezness...!

James Minor 4 years, 11 months ago

I see the father and son in the future watching Seinfeld reruns with their PEZ dispensers have a good laugh!!!

riverdrifter 4 years, 11 months ago

Ten years from now, sell on Ebay and buy a car for college.

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