I never got a 1st phone or telegraph ticket and wish I had now. Who knew they were going to vanish? I still have my Extra class "diploma" certificate on display. I accept this and don't argue against it, but if the clubs et al. offering license classes saw what was happening, why didn't they blow off the Technician license, steer folks to General and only hold classes towards that license. ARRL etc. should have abandoned Technician class and quit supporting it. Or on day 1 of radio class, get the folks who are genuinely only there to chase storms and balloons and work at marathons and put them in the Tech. class and get everyone else looking for a hobby to work towards General.