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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 19, May 7, 2000, Article 3

AMERICAN NUMISMATIC FILMMAKER KILLED IN ROAD RAGE. 

   Dick Johnson reports: "Michael Craven, who had built a 
   reputation in the numismatic field as a promising 
   filmmaker was killed Sunday April 30 at 1 AM on a Los 
   Angeles Freeway.  Following a confrontation with youths 
   in a stolen Chevrolet Suburban he had pulled off the 
   Ventura Freeway at Barham Boulevard exit. When he 
   stepped out of his jeep the youths struck him and left 
   the scene. He was dead on arrival at Cedars Sinai 
   Hospital in West Hollywood. 

   Craven, 44, had produced a number of videos for the 
   numismatic field. These included: "The Granite Lady" 
   (on the San Francisco Mint), "Keys To The Treasury" 
   (on the U.S. Treasury), ".900 Fine" (on the Carson 
   City Mint) and "The Medal Maker" (written by D. Wayne 
   Johnson and narrated by former chief mint engraver, 
   Elizabeth Jones, on Laura Gardin Fraser). 

   He had interviewed and filmed more than forty 
   numismatists and dozens of U.S. Mint and Engraving and 
   Printing officials for a major film documentary on the 
   history of American money.  The project had occupied 
   nearly three years of his time and had amassed over 20 
   hours of film.  According to close friend Dick Johnson he 
   had edited this to a six-hour documentary and had less 
   than fifteen minutes to complete the final segment." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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