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ANA conventions too successful
August 06, 2007

Remember the "Tastes Great" vs. "Less Filling" beer commercials on television? I often recall them as I head to the American Numismatic Association convention. This year it is in Milwaukee, Wis., and I am driving.

I will be on the road just after this is posted and the crazy nature of the event sinks in. No, I am not referring to the recent board election. I am simply referring to the almost overwhelming nature of ANA conventions. They have gotten too big and too successful.

That sounds weird, but it is true. No matter what I choose to do at almost any given time during the event, the decision will keep me from participating in something else of equal importance.

Then the inevitable questions arise: why did the editor of Numismatic News think this or that not important enough to attend personally? That is not a spot I enjoy being put in.

If I had my druthers, I would be everywhere. Unfortunately, that statement is as silly as it is true. I have to make judgment calls. What do I need to cover to put into Numismatic News? What events do I have to be present for to be the news maker rather than the note taker?

Who is it important to meet at this convention? Can I see him or her at another event during the week?

No matter what I choose, I will miss something important. If you don't see me, help me out. Let me know what I missed. Don't rub it in -- at least not too much.
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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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