George Cuhaj of Krause Publications noted in his October 30th blog that three veterans of the book publication staff have left the company in a downsizing of the parent company, F+W Media. I understand about 45 people have left, including a total of fourteen staffers in Iola. We wish the best of luck to those now looking for new employment, and I can help potential employers get in touch with these top numismatic talents. -EditorFriday October 31 will be the last day of service to the Krause Publications Numismatic Department for Colin R. Bruce, II, Senior Editor; Randy Thern, Numismatic Catalog Supervisor and Sally Olson, Book designer. Amongst them a total of over 90 years of service to the numismatic line by those folks.
Colin is familiar to many as the longest serving member of the department joining the staff for the second edition of the Standard Catalog of World Coins series, and expanding that project back to 1600. He also championed development of the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, as well as Unusual World Coins.
Randy Thern was for about half his time here part of the numismatic advertising division. Actually, it was by me placing ads for Stack's that my relationship with the company grew. In the late-1990s when KP bought the Minkus Stamp product line, I moved over to the stamp division and Randy moved into a spot in the numismatic book area, where he has remained. Responsibilities included working with our stable of outside authors such as David Ganz, Wayne Sayles, Ken Potter, Eric P. Newman and Scott Lindquist.
Sally Olson has been with the company since high school. She has been in the book production department, being our last connection to the days when the Standard Catalog was a paste-up production book and all 17,500 velox images has to be moved from the old to new pages for each new edition. She made the transition to electronic pagination, and has been ably producing our current line of books and DVDs.
To read George's original blog article, see: Colin Bruce, Randy Thern and Sally Olson, a Sad Parting (http://www.numismaster.com/ta/inside_numis.jsp?
Wayne Homren, Editor
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