Do you have something in your life you are so passionate about that you would be willing to dedicate time, money and room(s) in your apartment or house to?
If your answer is a resounding Yes!, meet Laurence Sheinman, whose passion for Looney Tunes cartoons and characters - particularly Bugs Bunny - is so over the top it will have you asking, “What’s up Doc?”
That rascally rabbit has always had a special pull on Laurence. ”Bugs Bunny has the cool of Humphrey Bogart and a dash of Jerry Lewis vaudeville.” It’s that connection to a character that is at the heart of this episode of the new OnlyGood TV Series, “Passions”, which is all about people and their unique hobbies, skills, and ... ummm... obsessions.
Laurence doesn’t consider himself a "true collector" – that would put him in the company of those who frown on any item not in “mint-condition”. He is just a guy who likes the adventure of the hunt and finding the fun things that remind him of those carefree Saturday mornings as a kid when watching the cartoon lineup was the best way to kick-off the weekend.
What started out as fun outings with his wife Jessica and infant son Adam years ago, has blossomed into a collection of 1,000 or so items (Laurence claims that he will do a serious inventory count one of these days), big and small, ornamental and functional, valuable and just … unique. Jessica has adopted the curator role, and a life partner’s perspective of the special things that draw and keep two people together. “Its harmless fun, and as long as he’s not collecting wives, I don’t really care.”
Laurence dreams of one day writing a book about his special hobby if he could somehow avoid one inevitable life cycle obstacle….downsizing.