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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 2, January 13, 2008, Article 11

TAMS AND THE EDITOR'S DILEMMA

David E. Schenkman writes: "I found Terry Trantow's
comments in the January 6, 2008 E-Sylum interesting.
Unfortunately, in recent years the Token and Medal Society
has had problems getting enough original material for the
"TAMS Journal." As editor of that publication for the past
twenty-five years, I'll point out the obvious: we can
only publish what members submit. And, to those who complain
that the issues are not as large as they'd like, I can only
ask, 'when did you last write an article?'

"I certainly understand the allure of submitting an article
to "The Numismatist" instead of the "TAMS Journal," and I
don't fault anyone who chooses to do so. However, if the
Token and Medal Society ceases to exist due to lack of
support, who will publish the myriad of specialized articles
on esoteric topics that have appeared over the years in that
organization's Journal, not to mention the many books that
have been sponsored by TAMS? The ANA? I hardly think so.

"As for William D. Hyder's article 'In His Shoes: The True
Story of Sailor Jean and Colonial Jack' in the January 2008
'The Numismatist' which Mr. Trantow praises, I enjoyed
reading it several months ago when it was sent to me for
review. However, as I pointed out when I returned my comments
page to the editorial staff of "The Numismatist," the author
evidently was unaware of the fact that there is a second
type of Colonial Jack token, which he issued in 1911 to
promote another walk. This omission is surprising, especially
in view of the fact that these tokens are not especially
scarce. Even more surprising is the fact that the article
was published without being revised to include mention of
the missing token (I offered to photograph the piece but
was never asked to do so, although I assume my comments were
forwarded to the author).

"So I must disagree with Mr. Trantow's assessment of the
article as "a wonderful work." It was well written and
entertaining to be sure, but incomplete."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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