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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 53, December 30, 2007, Article 19

NUMISMASTER ARTICLE ON THE "DEATH" OF HOWARD DANIEL

[E-Sylum regular Howard A. Daniel III penned an article for
Numismatic News describing his recent experiences after
being mistakenly listed as dead in a numismatic publication.
Here are a few excerpts, but be sure to read the complete
article on Numismaster.  -Editor]

In late October 2007, my wife and I returned to "her" condo
in McLean after staying in "my" Bay House in Deltaville.
There was a message on her answering machine from Joe Boling
inquiring about my demise! My wife considers talking about
death as unlucky so she was not happy. Joe explained that
I was in the "In Memoriam" part of the November issue of
The Numismatist.

When we listened to his message, it was Joe's usual bedtime
so I typed an e-mail to him that I was alive! I thought
about it for awhile and determined it must be about my
reporting the passing on of Forrest Daniel to the ANA's
Membership Department because I read in The Numismatist
they were going to give him a 40-year or more membership
pin. Someone had deleted me and kept Forrest on the rolls.

My e-mail in box has had a steady flow of e-mails from people
in the United States but then they started coming from Asia.
Quoc Nguyen from the U.S. and Vietnam was on a trip in
Singapore and Bangkok and he and everyone else were talking
about my demise. I replied that I was still here in this
world and to please tell everyone over there about the mistake.
I also received an e-mail from Bruce Smith in Shanghai. Then
the e-mails started coming in from Europe and other parts of
the world. It was very gratifying to see so many people
concerned about me, but my e-mail In box, which I could
usually keep down to 20 or so unanswered e-mails, was hanging
in there with over 100 unanswered e-mails!

I returned to McLean for the coin and stamp show in Vienna
and walked onto the bourse. Three or four people came up to
me and said they were relieved to see I was still alive. When
I walked up to some of the dealers at their tables, they
looked at me in disbelief. But there were two people on the
bourse with grim looks on their faces. Sorry about that, I
was still alive. The e-mails and telephone calls kept coming
in over the next week when I was at my Bay House and I
immediately answered most of them but there were still many
in my in box. Then I returned to McLean again for the coin
show in Baltimore. One of the smokers standing outside of
the entrance pointed at me and told everyone I was supposed
to be dead. It was fun watching their disbelief.

To read the complete article, see:
Complete Article

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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