The U.S. Postal Service has announced most of the subjects for its 2000 stamp program. The subjects, says CBS News Reporter Lloyd de Vries, include the serious Â— like the Library of Congress and author Thomas Wolfe Â— and the fun Â— like Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, with stops in-between, such as Thanksgiving and the Pacific Rain Forest.
There are at least two stamps next year that are the results of lobbying: Veterans have been campaigning for Audie Murphy, the most decorated American soldier ever, for several years; and even the State Department called for a stamp honoring American Samoa.
There's a healthy helping of pop culture in 2000's stamps: Christmas and space stamps, and one for Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ol' Opry, plus the still unannounced Legends of Hollywood stamp. CBS News has learned that subject will be actor Edward G. Robinson.
|Adoption is one of the subjects planned for next year's stamps.|
Two of the 2000 subjects are Washington favorites: Claude Pepper, a congressman known for his advocacy of elder rights, and Patricia Roberts Harris, the first black woman cabinet secretary, are slated for stamps.
Four of the space stamps were designed by kids, and Deep Sea Creatures and Youth Sports are also aimed at younger collectors.
Here's the complete list released by the Postal Service Thursday:
- Lunar New Year: Year Of The Dragon
- Patricia Roberts Harris
- University Of Utah
- Louise Nevelson
- Pacific Coast Rain Forest
- U.S. Navy Submarines
- Edwin Powell Hubble
- Wile E. Coyote And Road Runner
- American Samoa
- Library Of Congress
- Summer Sports
- Youth Team Sports
- Middlebury College
- Distinguished Soldiers (Alvin C. York, John L. Hines, Audie L. Murphy And Omar N. Bradley)
- The Stars And Stripes
- Space Achievement And Exploration
- Stampin' The Future
- California Statehood
- Claude Pepper
- Deep Sea Creatures
- Thomas Wolfe
- Holiday Celebrations: Thanksgiving
- Christmas Traditional: Jan Gossaert "Madonna And Child"
- Christmas Contemporary: Santas
- Ryman Auditorium
- The White House
- Celebrate The Century 1980s
- Celebrate The Century 1990s
Some of next year's stamps were designed by kids.
By Lloyd de Vries