About This M W
Beck Naval Cover Web Site
This not for profit Web site was created in 2003 and is managed, as a hobby,
by Owen R. Murray, a naval cover collector. Owen started collecting navy
covers in the early 1960's. His early cover collecting interests were
Aircraft Carriers and the US Navy recovery ships for America's space
program. He subscribed to Morris W. Beck, Taz Nicholson, Bob Ekas, and other cover series
as many collectors did in the 1960's and 1970's. Owen joined the USCS at 16
years old and became member Number 5676-J, (J for Junior Member).
He produced only one printed naval cover. See the
cover below. The cover was a tribute to the men who died in the tragic fire
aboard the USS Oriskany in 1966. The proceeds of this project went to the
ship's recreation fund. In 1968, Owen visited the USS Oriskany while docked
at Alameda, California. He received a grand tour of the carrier by the
ship's Captain, Bill Holder. During that same trip, Owen met some Bay Area
USCS members that influenced his collecting interests. Thanks
go to the late Jack Howland and the late Ray Costa, and others of the USCS Saginaw Chapter.
In the late 1960ís Owen and several other USCS members
in Utah formed a USCS Chapter. The chapter is now inactive.
Owen's father was a professional photographer and owned a printing company and helped
supply Owen with high quality bond envelopes and supplies for collecting
covers. He sent thousands of envelopes to navy ships over the years as he
built his collection.
He joined the Air National Guard and served 3 years
active duty as an Air Force/ANG recruiter. He completed his military
reserve duty after 20 years and retired as E7 MSGT-First Sergeant of a C-130
ANG Flying Squadron.
Over the years, his collecting interests went on hold
as he raised a family and pursued a career. He holds a Bachelors degree as
well as a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). His professional
marketing career includes nearly 12 years with Fleetwood in Cheyenne,
Wyoming, the producer of high-quality First Day Covers.
Owen is now
retired and lives in Arizona.
Today, Owen specializes in Morris W. Beck covers and
has several thousand Beck covers. His goal is to compile an online
reference catalog with a checklist for all naval collectors to enjoy.
Collecting Beck covers, gardening and photography are his hobbies.
See Owen's personal photo Web site HERE.
Owen Murray's one and only printed naval cover
About 400 exist with USS Oriskany. A few with USS Lexington