I am now in Viet Nam and was scheduled to be in Bangkok on December 11th for a show and auction before departing for the USA on the 15th. But I had to cancel the Bangkok trip because the airports are inactive with their occupation by political agitators. Even if the demonstrators leave the airports right away, it will take at least a week to bring the up computers, radars, entrance/exit security keypads, security badges, restock the counters and other rooms, clean up the airport, fly all of the planes back in to the proper gates and parking places, contact all of the employees to return, etc., etc., to be operational again. This will be past the 11th so I have arranged to stay longer in Viet Nam and leave from there on the 20th for the USA.
While in Viet Nam, I am arranging for my next catalog, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam Coins & Currency, to be printed here. It will be in color with card covers, but I will have some hardbound for the bibliomaniacs.
The Ho Chi Minh City Censorship Office had the CD-ROM of the catalog but it has been forwarded to Hanoi because they want the higher ups to approve it. I was expecting to come back with some copies in my suitcases and ship the rest, but it appears the printing will be delayed and I hope to come back with at least a proof copy. The shipment should arrive in Norfolk and then the Richmond Customs Office sometime in February or March 2009.
If there are any NBS members or others who would like to donate numismatic and related references of any type or variety for handing out to young and new collectors (and teachers and scout counselors too) at the two annual ANA shows, and at the Memphis International Paper Money Show, please contact me at HADANIEL3@MSN.COM. I can pick them up at the FUN Show in early January or even stop at the donors' location on the way down or back from Florida to Virginia.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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