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Deep, Dark Plot? Let Me Sleep
October 25, 2011

For most American Numismatic Association members, the firing of Larry Shepherd has come and gone and they have returned to their everyday concerns.

The chance for member input to the board of governors passed at the Pittsburgh convention Oct. 14.

That’s it then. Right?

Not if there’s any truth to a late night call that came into the office.

I wasn’t here to take it. At 12:45 a.m., I was at home sound asleep. Voicemail did its job.

But the caller wanted to be sure that he told me he was suspicious. Some remarks he had heard a while back coupled with Shepherd’s departure means that a certain person is arranging events so that he can claim the fallen crown of executive director.

Who might this person be, you ask?

I’m not telling.

If I believed a single word the caller said I might be more inclined to name names.

But I don’t.

However, if all these hidden machinations occur, the caller said he was going to publicly resign his ANA membership and make sure all the other ANA members knew the reason why.

If that happens, you will know and I will know I missed a scoop.

But a 12:45 a.m. phone call tells me I was very wise to be sound asleep.

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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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