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The E-Sylum:  Volume 4, Number 6, February 4, 2001, Article 11

BILL MURRAY REMEMBERS FRANK KATEN 

   NBS Board member Bill Murray writes:  "My computer 
   crashed, but my computer guru has me back on line with 
   what he guarantees is a temporary fix.  Perhaps I am late, 
   but here's my say about Frank Katen: 
. 
   I never got to know Frank Katen well personally, but his was 
   the first  numismatic book seller to send me books through the 
   mail.  I only recall one occasion where we actually had a 
   conversation, and my memory of that reflects his reputation 
   for being one of the real gentlemen of the world.  My dealings 
   with him always resulted in prompt and accurate reaction to 
   requests.  He was, and is, revered by all who knew him, and 
   I never heard any word about Frank Katen that did not reflect 
   his knowledge of numismatic literature, honesty and integrity." 

   John Adams notes: "I attended Fuld #1, Fuld #2 and Wylie #1. 
   Frank conducted those auctions with great dignity, the more so 
   because there was so little competition and many lots went 
   begging. Frank himself never begged - he just soldiered on, 
   knowing, no doubt, that the hobby had to have a small 
   beginning before it could have a big future.  Needless to say, 
   we would never have arrived at that big future were it not for 
   Frank." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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