Former ANA Librarian and regular E-Sylum reader Nancy Green forwarded these thoughts on items from last week's issue. -EditorWhat would we do without Dick Johnson? Surely he is the "King" of obscure information related to numismatics and all things "coin". Tom Kays' question about a "formal name for the premium placed on precious metal possession" prompted Dick to supply the answer and he went further with the definition of "agio", WOW! Dick, may you never grow old and may you always be here to educate us about all that obscure information that we didn't know we didn't know.
Also, thank you to Cliff Mishler for his support of the ANA's Dwight Manley Library. Of course, I agree with his assessment of the Library as a vital part of the ANA, but we must remember that today the library is more than books and other printed materials, although that may be the core.
The library is information whatever the form and more and more we need to be aware of databases and other sources. Further, we need to think about creating new databases which can be useful to researchers. The researchers who write to The E-sylum with information about web sites or physical collections are contributing to the advance of knowledge by sharing their sources. Thank you to all of you. (Of course we wouldn't do it if it wasn't so much fun!)
Amen on all counts. Thanks, Nancy.
Another former ANA employee, Executive Director Bob Leuver adds the following about Cliff and the late Adna Wilde. -Editor
If Cliff becomes president of the ANA, Numismatic News will have to run a special every month just to keep us informed of Cliff's travels. Both Cliff's and David Ganz' travel accounts are always enjoyable reading in Num News. However, Cliff's is salted with many names of people we all have met in person over the years at various conventions and shows. David's journeys are to places we only dream about.
ADNA WILDE, A POSTSCRIPT. Adna's father was a recognized eye doctor. He too was a military man and the Army sent him to Vienna to study ophthalmology and eye operation procedures. In those days, Vienna was the center of medical training and technology. After WWII, Adna considered a medical career, having passed entry exams.
Adna was stationed in Colorado Springs upon receiving his Army commission and was trained as an officer in the 10th Mountain Division. Adna also trained near Aspen. During his training, Adna took leave to return to Joan's home to marry the lovely young lady. As honeymooners, they returned to Colorado Springs. Adna was driving towards Aspen, when he encountered the first vehicles of a convoy of the 10th Mountain Division as they were returning to Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs. The officers told Adna they were being deployed to Europe and Adna and his wife should return to Ft. Carson and await orders.
Adna was wounded during the battle for Monte Casino in Italy. Somewhat apropos for the 10th Mountain division, sans snow. Adna was out of the line for two weeks. Adna never recounted where he was injured (shot).
Wayne Homren, Editor
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