Bill Rancic Defends His Wife Giuliana After Fashion Police Controversy: 'I Tried to Get Them to Release the Footage' 42 years, 2,191 covers and 55,436 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- Cincinnati Police Investigating 'Circumstances' That Led to Endangered Gorilla's Shooting Death
- Read the Cover Story: Steve Harvey: From Homeless to Having It All
- Kit Harington Fights Sexism Against Men in Hollywood: 'I Like to Think of Myself as More Than a Head of Hair'
- Zoo Regulations Under Increased Scrutiny After Gorilla's Death
- See the First Photos of Harry Potter's Grown-Up Family in the Upcoming Play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- December 02, 1991
- Vol. 36
- No. 21
Pez De Resistance
Self-Proclaimed Pezheads Turn Candy Dispensers into Hot Collectibles
It seems to be catching. Sue and her husband, Richie, 47, estimate that there are 300 to 400 Pezheads in the U.S., with more popping up all the time. Pezhead Mike Robertson of Dripping Springs, Texas, says he has 250 subscribers to The Optimistic Pezzimist, the bimonthly newsletter he publishes. "For years, we Pez collectors thought we were weirdos," says Sue, who met Richie while trading Pez dispensers last year. "Now we're united in this—whatever this is. Pez is going crazy, and we're all coming out of the closet."
For the uninitiated, Pez candy (short for peppermint in German) came to the U.S. in 1952 from Austria and soon after began to be sold in novelty dispensers to spark sales. Since then Pez Candy, Inc., based in Orange, Conn., has created hundreds of different containers—no one has cataloged them all—based on pop-cultural themes. Best-selling models include Mickey Mouse, Roadrunner and Santa Claus; the most valuable include a bride, a cowboy and Mary Poppins. The Sternfelds recently paid $600 for a pear, and Maryann Kennedy, 59, a Marshall, Minn., nursing administrator who is another champion collector, bought a Make-A-Face model for more than $400. "When I buy one that is really rare, I get a tremendous rush," says Sue. "It's a tremendous high."
For the Sternfelds, who live off their sales of baby-boom memorabilia and Richie's disability pension (he injured his hip in 1976 while an employee of the New York City Sanitation Department), that's what makes Pez-collecting fun. "I can't imagine ever stopping," says Sue.
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!