Nowadays if you use the word Rolodex (Kids, it’s a devise for organizing and retrieving business cards) you’ll likely be met with blank states, but Joe Scozzari has –as the now obsolete saying went–has a Rolodex to die for. Joe is a former barber and before he left the field for a job at St. Joe’s years ago, he still maintains a connection to his former craft. Starting more than 20 years ago, Joe has now amassed a collection of more than 7,500 business cards—all from either barbershops or hair salons. That’s 7,500 cards from 141 countries, at least one card from all 13 provinces and territories in Canada, all 50 states in the USA, all the countries in the western hemisphere and all the countries in Europe.
Joe’s favourite card is from “Penny Lane” Barbershop in Liverpool, England. It is also the Barbershop that was featured in the 1967 Beatles hit of the same name. Ivan Zoot, a Chicago barber holds the record for donating the most cards to Joe’s collection—1,500 cards. I van, by the way, holds the Guinness World record for the most haircuts in one day (340).
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Joe’s hobby and with the effect COVID restrictions have had on the hair industry, the cards have slowed down, but now that restrictions are easing, Joe is hopeful that the flow of cards will resume again.
For every card he receives, Joe makes a donation to St. Joes to support mental health. Joe likes to read self-help books. He told the Bay Observer, “These books have taught me that if I want to achieve more of my goals I must ask for what I want and take some risks. I also want to inspire others to start a hobby, because it enriches your life.”