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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 33, August 13, 2006, Article 24

THE RITTENHOUSE SOCIETY FOUNDERS

Dick Johnson writes: "Thank you for mentioning the founders of the
Rittenhouse Society in last week's E-Sylum: Q. David Bowers, Walter
Breen, Eric Newman, Ken Bressett, Grover Criswell, Ken Rendell and
myself. Add George Fuld's name to that list. All of us -- save Eric
-- were the approximate same age (slightly out of our teens at the time).
We considered ourselves the "Young Turks" of numismatics in those early
years. We were dedicated to helping each other in our chosen numismatic
endeavors and careers.

Each of us remained in numismatics and were to make our marks in the
field in our separate ways, except for Ken Rendell who switched over
to autographs and became a shining star in that field, (but I bet he's
got a secret numismatic collection hidden in his vaults!) The coin bug
bit every one of us pretty hard! Eric Newman, however, being slightly
older, we considered our ballast to reign in or encourage, on occasion,
our youthful unbridled passions for numismatics often times in the
past.

Two of us have died (Criswell, Breen), but I have frequently wondered
what further accomplishments they could have achieved had they lived.
But throughout the fifty years of the Rittenhouse Society's existence
to every one of us, and the dozens of new members brought in later years
(of all ages!), it was our dedication to numismatic literature that fed
our burning interest in the field. We created it, collected it, but
more often, researched it for the knowledge we passed on to others.

Thus Rittenhouse members have all had a fondness for books and our
sister organization, the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, and I am certain
I speak for all members, in wishing it -- its internet offspring, the
E-Sylum, and its inveterate editor, Wayne Homren -- continued good luck
and long life. The same holds true for the Rittenhouse Society. Little
did we founders dream it would have been embraced by so many dedicated
numismatists in the intervening years."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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