The Stapler Collection is believed to have been founded by Anthony Miksza, though it is not known which was the first stapler inducted. Following auto-induction of
Tony's stapler upon his departure, the fledgeling Collection was passed to David Dalessandro, in whose possesion it remained for a brief period. According to legend, Dave was informed that such a display was
This prompted passage of the Collection to William Easterbrook
III, well known to be openly accomodating of most things inappropriate or undesirable. Bill served as custodian of the Collection during a period of impressive growth which saw a doubling in the number
of inductees. Upon his own departure and stapler auto-induction, the collection of 14 staplers was passed to Craig Bonsignore in a small private ceremony.
Craig fashioned a public display of the collection atop the overhead bin of Cublice 269N, newly dubbed the Stapler Hall of Fame. Under his aggressive leadership, the staplers have more
than quadrupled to over 60. They were proudly displayed atop both overhead bins, hung from the walls (using a design mechanism suggested by Kevin Daubert, after whom the Hall's
Daubert Pavillion was named), and occupied the desktop.
In June of 1999, the collection was "officially
recognized" by upper management for the first time in almost three years. Public display of the Collection was unceremoniously banned, as the Curator was confronted with probing questions such
as "Is this somebody's idea of humor?".
Fortunately, the Collection had made its worldwide debut on the Internet a month prior. Since its launch, Virtual Museum has
been a beacon of hope and inspiration for hundreds of visitors. Inspired by the success of this online venture, the museum's curator relocated to Silicon Valley, leaving his own stapler behind.
In July of 2000, the Collection was officially
renamed the "John S. Kula Stapler Museum and Hall of Fame" in honor of one of its most influential inductees, and the one time supervisor of each of the Collection's custodians. His stapler was elegantly gold
plated and officially donated to the Museum at his retirement party in June.
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