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Name Stuart Lutz

Class Year 1992

Major B.A. in American history. I wrote my senior thesis on the revival of flag-waving patriotism in the 1980s, and a condensed version of it was published in American Heritage magazine.

Current Occupation President of Stuart Lutz Historic Documents, Inc. I buy, sell, authenticate and appraise historic documents, manuscripts, letters, etc. Specialties include letters by the Presidents, Civil War and Revolutionary War figures, Declaration of Independence Signers, great authors, famous scientists, etc. I am the historic document authenticator on the History Channel hit program Pawn Stars. I am also the author of The Last Leaf: Voices of History’s Last-Known Survivors. The book contains thirty-nine interviews of anyone who was the last survivor of, or final eyewitness to, historically important events; chapters include the last World War I soldier, the final Civil War widows, and the last living writer to work with F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Current Location Short Hills, NJ

Internships & Pre-Professional Experience at JHU One of the best life experiences I had was working college summers for a company that put up party tents and delivered rented tables and chairs. I had co-workers whom I would not have met working in an office. I witnessed the other side of life and I learned far more from that experience than any white-collar internship could have taught me.

Campus Involvement President of College Bowl, tutoring program for inner-city children, and LOTS of pickup basketball.

Favorite Hopkins Memory Winning the university two-on-two intramural basketball tournament with a friend of mine. We hit everything that afternoon.

What do you miss most about being a Hopkins student? Spontaneity. Much of my life is planned weeks or months in advance, and I miss saying to friends “Want to meet for dinner now?” on the spur-of-the-moment.

Knowing what you know now, what would you want to tell your pre-college self? Be willing to try new things, for you never know where they will lead. In my own life, I thought I was going to be a lawyer or get a PhD in American history. Before graduation, I landed a job working for a dealer of historical documents. I found a field that I love and that I never knew existed when I entered college. It is one of the great lucky breaks of my life.

Stuart and his business were recently featured in an article by the Hub.