Dick Johnson forwarded the following thoughts on Abe Lincoln's 200th birthday. -Editor Thursday is February 12, 2009, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. I can hardly wait.
Expect to hear and read a lot about our 16th president between now and then. There are TV specials and tons of articles to appear in print. I expect to walk along the magazine racks at Barnes & Noble this week and see Lincoln staring at me from virtually every cover.
I got an internet offer 10 days ago from the Smithsonian Magazine. They have published a special collector's edition. Eight dollars postpaid. I couldn't type my credit card number fast enough. It arrived four days ago. In the magazine trade this is called a "one-shot." You don't receive it even if you are a Smithsonian subscriber. But I expect it will be on B&N racks.
It is filled with fifteen fabulous articles -- mostly from well known historians -- and tons of pictures. Great collectible. The cover is the most realistic photograph of Lincoln I have ever seen. I am tempted to slab it, I don't want the cover corners bent. And I hear the press run was under ten million!
The New York Times is covering the event, it seems like every day recently The article published February 8th "Now If Only We Could Mint Lincoln Himself" among its many articles. It quotes David Lange, Doug Mudd, ANA curator and numismatic author extraordinary, Dave Bowers. The Times has published over 100 articles on Abe Lincoln alone since June 2004. Many are book reviews or new publications on Lincoln.. Some editorialized about our idol, even commenting on how he would fit in today's culture and economy. A little like Doug and Dave did.
I have already pulled down from my library shelves all the books I have on Lincoln . I will peruse each again as my tribute on Thursday. Writing books on Lincoln never seems to end. It is more than a cottage industry. Sales of all these books might even exceed the gross national product of some small nation.
However each generation has the opportunity, nay -- the obligation, to interpret the famed president as new information is disclosed and great minds comment on this great man.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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