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07 Oct 2019

My First Podcast Interview

World's Fair of Money | coinsbygary

As a result of my Money Talks presentation at the Words Fair of Money I came into contact with Coin World writer Chris Bulfinch. Chris wanted to talk with me about an article he was working on concerning Laura Gardin Fraser. At the end of that conversation he asked me if I would be willing to do a podcast interview with him of which I was only too happy to do.

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29 Aug 2019

Thank you World’s Fair of Money Chicago, August 13 – 17, 2019

World's Fair of Money | ANA Official Post | ANAStaff

The American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Convention (WFOM) was held for the 14th time in Chicago, Illinois, on August 13 – 17, 2019. The actual site was the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois which is very close to Chicago O’Hare airport. We have been writing about major conventions for a long time, and this one had to be near the top of all that we have ever attended. In grading terms this was an MS 70 convention which saw a convention drawing in 7,000 visitors, which included the ANA staff, volunteers and exhibitors. One-thousand dealers were also registered (including early birds), and 1,000 tables were setup in the very large convention center. We have attended and wrote about many national conventions for well over a decade and this has to be one of the busiest conventions we have ever attended and even with the admission charge for non-members (discount coupons were available at the ANA web page). When the doors opened on Tuesday, several hundred people were waiting in a line to get into the show. The registration lines were also very busy to get a wrist band to get into the show. After the doors opened, public traffic was busy for the entire run of the convention. If you attend any ANA convention for two days, it pays to be an ANA member, and the cost for adults (18 and over) is only $28 for an online membership. Visit www.money.org for information on membership. It is too bad that a lot of the people waiting in line could have entered the convention a half hour early as a benefit of ANA membership. Everyone who registered received the official “Show Guide” which contained 88 pages, along with a well-done cloth bag which was sponsored by eBay and CDN Publishing.

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23 Aug 2019

The Making of this Money Talks Presenter (Part 2: Delivery)

World's Fair of Money | coinsbygary

The first thing my wife and I did upon our arrival in Chicago for the ANA's World's Fair of Money was to find the room that in a mere 24 hours I'd give my Money Talks presentation. Room #6 was a 30-foot by 41-foot conference room with a large and elaborate chandelier in the center. Against the length of the room near the wall were two long tables separated by a podium. About fifteen feet to the right of the podium (presenter's left) was a large movie screen. In front of the podium there were roughly 75 chairs arranged in rows with a center aisle. We were both generally impressed with the room and if I thought about it I might have been a little overwhelmed. However, with lots to see and do at the World's Fair of Money it never occurred to me.

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22 Aug 2019

World's Fair of Money 2019

World's Fair of Money | iccoins

It's been quite a while since I last posted a blog post. Unfortunately, I ran out of new, unique ideas of things to write. Anyways, I finally have a new blog! Last weekend, I went to the World's Fair of Money in Rosemont, Illinois at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. I went on the final day of the show, on Saturday. Unfortunately, last week was the first week of school, so I wasn't able to go to the show during the week. I really wanted to go every day of the show so I could be sure to see everything, talk to dealers, and go to the cool events. Saturday was still fun, even though many of the dealers decided to start their trek home and left either before the show on Saturday or sometime mid-day. It was nice getting in at 9:30, though. Since it was the free day for everyone, I assumed there would be a lot more people there, but even by noon, there still wasn't a super large crowd, which was quite nice.

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21 Aug 2019

The Making of this Money Talks Presenter (Part 1: Preparation)

World's Fair of Money | coinsbygary

The making of this Money Talks presenter starts with little or no fear of public speaking. Sometimes I think I was born on a stage or behind a pulpit. I’ve performed Christian themed pantomime dramas before thousands of people (not all at one time) and on occasion stood in for my pastor at church. Accordingly, if I’m passionate about a topic I can speak on it and there’s no denying that I’m passionate about Laura Gardin Fraser.

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27 May 2019

My Take on the Upcoming ANA Elections

World's Fair of Money | coinsbygary

I just finished electronically submitting my ballot for the upcoming ANA elections. Nothing could have been simpler for me to do. In fact if you are accustomed to surfing this site you will have no problem electronically submitting a ballot. With that I heartily encourage you to submit your ballots for the candidates of your choice. Simply read the biographies and/or view the video of each candidate and submit your ballot.

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28 Aug 2018

Thank you World’s Fair of Money Philadelphia August 14 – 18, 2018

World's Fair of Money | ANA Official Post | ANAwebmaster

The American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Convention (WFOM) was held for the eighth time in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, PA. on August 14 – 18, 2018 in the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This had to be one of the busiest ANA conventions we have ever attended in many years. Even with the admission charge to enter the show, traffic was almost continuous since the doors opened until they closed on Saturday. Unlike past shows, many of the dealers stayed close to the end of the convention. If we started to write about all of the highlights we would have to get some publisher to write the book, but we will only cover some of them.

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24 Aug 2018

Philadelphia Was Off Da Hook, Ya'ow?

World's Fair of Money | VKurtB

I'm sorry, I have to say this - gripe all you want about the ignorant labor union rules at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and you wouldn't be wrong. But I am quite sorry but Denver, Colorado; Anaheim, California; and even Rosemont, Illinois cannot hold a candle to Philly when it comes to dragging out a crowd for an ANA World's Fair of Money. Even school-aged kids were in abundance. Philly area school districts don't open until September 4th (they'll still be in class on June 10), some even later as they discover the mold that grew in their buildings this summer from record rainfalls. Last year, a random rifle shot up an aisle at Denver would have endangered no one!

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