Say hi to Mary, aka Skippercollector!

Her favorite movie is Apollo 13, while her favorite book is The Copper Crown, by Patricia Kennealy Morrison.  We had a fun interview with Mary!


Q:  Is there a story behind your username, Skippercollector?

A:  I am a Barbie doll collector, but my favorite doll since I was a little girl is her younger sister Skipper.  My collection focuses on her.

Q:  Do you have any pets?

A:   Milo is my domestic shorthair female cat.  She was a stray in the neighborhood, and the neighbors thought she was male, hence her boy’s name.  I didn’t adopt Milo.  Milo adopted me.

Q:  What is your educational background?

A:  I have a Bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Northern Kentucky University.

Q:  What influenced your chosen field of study?

A:  Even in grade school, I was good at writing and the teachers noticed it.

Q:  What is your occupation?

A:  I work in the PR department of a local hospital.

Q:  Where do you live?

A:  I live in Ohio.

Q:  What life accomplishments are you proud of?

A:  Go ahead and laugh if you want, or snicker that I am obsessed and have no life.  I spent months looking through all of my Barbie doll reference books and came up with a total of how many different versions of Barbie had been made between 1959 and 1999.  NO ONE, NO OTHER COLLECTOR, had ever done this.  Oh, and the answer is about 2,300.

Q:  Do you have any special traveling stories you’d like to share?

A:  The first time I visited Los Angeles was in 1985.  I’d fantasized about the place ever since I learned in first grade that all the people in my TV set lived in a place called Hollywood.  We spent the week sightseeing, but little knocked me over.  Until….we drove down to Huntington Beach.  As soon as we got off the freeway and started driving down Beach Boulevard, I was dumfounded.  This was the LA I’d had in my head all my life–the wide boulevard with the smaller businesses and all the palm trees lining it; the huge pier and the wide beach.

Q:  Where is one place in the world you would love to visit?

A:  Australia

Q:  Tell us about your doll collection.

A:  I have collected more than 900 Barbie and family dolls since the 1980s.

Q:  What enticed you to join the Answers community and what do you like best about the site?

A:  When I started looking through all the Barbie doll questions, I noticed that many were repetitive and the anal-retentive part of me knew that they could be combined.  Plus, I knew a lot of the answers myself.  I also read a lot of misinformation that needed to be corrected.

Q:  What is your favorite thing to do on

A:  Deleting the inane or incomprehensible questions!

Q:  If you were inviting someone to join, what reason(s) would you give them to convince them they would love being a part of our community?

A:  I’ve already done it several times, suggesting that other doll collectors in general or Barbie collectors in particular would want to impart their knowledge.

Q:  If you could be any animal, what would you want to be?

A:  A cat.  Doesn’t everyone?

Q:  What are some random favorites you have?

A:  Some of my favorite things in life are:

Astronaut: Jim Lovell/Shannon Lucid
Athlete: retired professional Australian surfer Cheyne Horan
Car: red Chrysler Sebring convertible
Color: red
Doll: Skipper, of course! (particularly the 1968 Twist N Turn, 1970 Living, 1987 Jewel Secrets and 1989 Cheerleader Teen)
Play: Jesus Christ SuperStar/Mamma Mia!/Man of La Mancha/The Music Man/1776!
Sitcom: Dharma & Greg (1997-2002)/My Family (2000-?)/WKRP in Cincinnati (1978-1982)
Sound: jet cruising at 30,000 feet/bobwhite call
Vacation spot: Huntington Beach, CA


Announcing Answers’ top five Community Outreach WikiGuides in 2014!

We had an awesome year in Community Outreach in 2014. WikiGuides were busy greeting new contributors, inviting former contributors and supervisors to return, delivering well-wishes and congratulating members of the community for their accomplishments.


These top five WikiGuides for the year will receive shiny new badges on their profiles and Answers merchandise for their outstanding efforts:

1st place – ChuckSiata
2nd place – Fish247
3rd place – Darksyde
4th place – Xnicola
5th place – Skullcandy88

For 2015, we have a program goal of completing 3000 missions, and WikiGuides are off to a great start!

If you are interested in joining the Community Outreach program, reaching out to the community by completing fun missions, earning badges and receiving Answers and program swag, email Robin at