The first thing one notices about Ken when running into him at a bottle show is that he seems surgically attached to a large loose-leaf ring binder. The binder, it turns out, is a record of his entire collection - not just shots, but bottles, jugs, billheads, everything. His introductory message is no exaggeration: the only way he can keep track of what he owns and what he needs is by keeping a physical record, the images gleaned from standard references with "has vs. wants" differentiated using highlighters.
Ken Schwartz lives with his wife in Northern California. I finally had the opportunity to visit him and see his remarkable collection when I traveled to Reno to attend the 2006 FOHBC National Bottle Show. You can read all about the visit and view his collection in the pages that follow.
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