Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/01/19

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Off Topic Personal Add
From: Walter S Delesandri <>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 1999 19:54:59 -0600 (CST)

Hi, Kim

Ok, I'm counting, we're up to 3 out of >700 !!!
And please understand that my <1% count is NOT a statement 
of wife is a Leica photographer (NOT an 
"aficionado"), an advanced class ham (NOT active, nor into 
equipment, but licensed) and she listens to tube audio and 
enjoys it (as she did her boom box before I came along!)

On the subject of Leica, she uses two of 'em, has beaten the 
living hell out of them for >10 years, and only cleans/repairs 
them when they break down (unless I get annoyed and clean/adjust
them).....and she won't buy another piece until one of the bodies/
lenses finally dies.....not an "enthusiast", but a true "user"!

I'm talking about the "hobby" of Leica, NOT the "hobby" or profession
of photography.....they're different animals, and the former is nearly 
always 100% male !


ksherman wrote:

> paul, walt and all,
> i am leaving my usual LURK mode to state that i am a LUG member, a Leica
> user/afficianado and female.
> i own and use several Leica bodies, lenses and accessories.  i also own and
> use innumerable high-end (handmade, mostly) guitars, four high-end bicycles
> (two custom-made), so PLEASE count me among the ??% of Leica users that are
> not necessarily male.  :-)
> interestingly, many of the luthier friends (guitar makers, that is) i know
> are ALSO photography buffs--a couple use the Leica, but as many use Olympus
> and Nikon.  I think it has a lot to do with the appreciation of FINE
> workmanship, beauty AND utility, whether in a musical instrument or in a
> camera/lens.  if one appreciates fine instruments, it is likely to spill
> over into many areas, whether automobiles (i drive a Saab convertible),
> firearms, cameras, bicycles, motorcycles, etc. 
> i spend my days as the co-owner of a small guitar shop in nashville, tn,
> and i must admit most of my time is spent talking with men and women
> (mostly middle-aged, because they are the folks with the disposable income)
> who want to find/buy the NEXT most wonderful guitar (we called MGAS in my
> industry, or multiple guitar acquisition syndrome).  the men and women seem
> to like working with me because i share their DISEASE, i.e., their love for
> the guitar (or Leica, or whatever).  <g>.  
> kim, who is white, 37, female and earns >$25K annually
> At 01:25 PM 1/19/99 -0500, paul wrote:
> >Walt,
> >I would agree with the percentages given for Ham Radio and High End Audio.
>  My wife has
> >ZERO interest in high end audio equipment and Leicas for that matter.
> I'll have to will
> >the equipment to my two sons and let them fight over it.  Tina and Sherry
> come to mind but
> >I'm not aware of any other female LUG members.  Please identify yourselves
> if you are out
> >there!
> >
> >White, 53, male and more than 25K.
> >Paul
> >
> >> Date: Mon, 18 Jan 1999 21:00:37 -0600 (CST)
> >> From: Walter S Delesandri <>
> >> Subject: Re: [Leica] Off Topic Personal Ad!
> >>
> >> You know, it's not often that I post seriously to this group,
> >> without a bit of flame bait, but I have a serious statement/question
> >> for ya'll to cogitate on......
> >>
> >> Ham radio - 99% male, if you exclude "housewife hams"
> >> High-end (particularly tube) audio -- 99% male
> >> "Hobby" cars (other than nice transportation)-- 99% male
> >>
> >> Leica ownership by "enthusiasts" -- ??% male?
> >>
> >> What if they fall into the category of "boys toys"??
> >> And if we limit it to the US, what about racial distribution,
> >> of course adjusted for population?
> >>
> >> Since I got only one response the last time I trolled, what about
> >> personal l998 income?
> >>
> >> What if this guy just ain't gonna find a nice girl interested
> >> in Leica?
> >>
> >> (BTW, White, 40, male, $25K)
> >>
> >> Walt
> >>
> >> ------------------------------
> >