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You Want Me to Wear What?
October 31, 2007

For some reason, the ad department staff thought it would be cute to dress up for Halloween today, or in this case, undress. The word went out yesterday that they were dressing in pajamas and curlers and walking around with stuffed animals.

We on the editorial staff were encouraged to join the pajama theme. Sorry, no can do. I don't own any pajamas. I am not going to walk around the office in boxer shorts and a t-shirt.

The last time I had a stuffed animal, it was a dog and I was about four years old. I haven't seen it since. The parting must have been traumatic because I ended up throwing my life away as Numismatic News editor. You would think I couldn't get over the infatuation with coins formed when I was 8 years old and have been prevented from growing up to be a happy, healthy and productive adult.

Here I am 44 years later writing about wearing pajamas in the office all day. Sounds like I'm a supporting actor in a Bette Davis movie. Some of my relatives always thought my interest in coins was a little odd. I would be handing them proof, the smoking gun.

Fortunately for me, I am not a party pooper. Well, maybe I am, but that's another story. I have an excuse. I had a dental appointment first thing this morning. I had to dress normally so they don't call the police and haul me off for evaluation.

So what did I do? I brought some treats. I am sure my dentist will like the added business.

Happy Halloween.

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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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