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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 49, December 3, 2006, Article 2

DICK JOHNSON MARKS A MILESTONE - 500 E-SYLUM SUBMISSIONS

Although reaching the 1,000 subscriber mark has been grabbing
our headlines lately, it's not the only milestone worth noting.
Dick Johnson writes: "This is my 500th article for E-Sylum. Thanks
to Wayne Homren for creating this Internet venue and for allowing
me -- as well as hundreds of other numismatists -- to vent virtually
at will and unrestrained on a mélange of numismatic subjects.

I write these articles as the mood moves me when some item in the
news or in The E-Sylum triggers some thoughts I wish to share with
others (my 67 years in numismatics – since February 1939 when I was
9 years old – has provided me with the wide range of experiences
in the field that I feel permits me to express these thoughts).

Wayne has added a new dimension to numismatic journalism, a new
medium, in creating The E-Sylum. It provides a freshness to the
field and a platform for those of us who want to inquire, to advise,
to bitch, to gossip, to inform, to report, to discourse. Every
reader has expanded his knowledge of numismatics by the weekly
review of this Internet newsletter. I know I have learned immensely
from just reading this weekly missal. This is shared now by 1,000
kindred readers.

The E-Sylum has become a valuable numismatic information resource.
But for whatever I write, or others write, it is edited by a super
knowledgeable numismatist. What filters through our minds is again
filtered through Wayne’s mind (the ideal function of an editor).

The E-Sylum reader receives a distillation of valuable numismatic
lore unlike anything else and unavailable anywhere else. What you
read each week is timely, numismatically appropriate and usually
accurate. (If it is not accurate you will certainly learn that it
isn’t so the following week – I like that! -- and I have experienced
that feedback numerous times.)

My only hope is that readers have found interesting whatever I
have written. But the praise goes to Wayne for his unrequited
effort in editing and publishing this every week, EVERY WEEK!
For nearly ten years!!

And a "thank you" also to the 119 readers who have responded to
something I wrote, or, who wrote something that triggered my
response. We shared a numismatic experience 227 times in these
columns. (Infrequently I will write something outrageous just
to elicit response from our readers – a recent example is an
intermingling of William and Charles Barber’s biographies!
After all, this is an audience participation organ.) Please
continue to respond in the future! Good or bad, I welcome
learning something new. I welcome criticism. I learn more from
that than I do praise. Thank you all! Wayne, stage front and
take a bow!"

[Thanks, Dick.  I'm not one for taking bows, but it is rewarding
to know how well this little newsletter has been received across
the hobby.  It's hard to top, but there's always room for
improvement.  As we approached the 1,000 subscriber milestone
I wondered to myself how make this body of information even more
useful.  As luck would have it, a new feature rolled out by Google
led me to roll up my sleeves and try something new - read all
about it in the next item.  Please give it a try, everyone!
-Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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