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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 14, April 5, 2009, Article 10

DICK JOHNSON ON DOCUMENTARY FILMS OF SIDNEY OHIO, COIN WORLD'S HOME

Dick Johnson submitted this item on a long-ago film made at Coin World's offices. -Editor
Quick - what do the numbers 45365 mean to you? Unless you have sent snail mail to Coin World recently you may not have recognized that is the zip code for Sidney, Ohio. Well, "45365" is the name of a recent documentary film about Sidney Ohio just reviewed this week in the entertainment daily Variety. We wonder if any Coin World staffers or any other of our friends at Amos Press in Sidney were depicted in the "indie doc" (sorry, that's film industry jargon for an independent documentary).

Two brothers, Bill Ross IV, and his sibling Turner, shot the 91-minute film in the autumn of 2007. Variety author Joe Leydon viewed the film on DVD and relates "Townspeople appear at gatherings -- a country fair, high school football games -- and in their homes, only occasionally addressing the camera." There is a story line of sort, of a young man's arrest and trial "much to his mom's dismay." Leydon's critique was positive, ending with "a polished docu that boasts ineffably beautiful HD lensing."

It reminds me of another Sidney Ohio documentary, filmed 49 years ago. A few months after Coin World was inaugurated a film crew came into the building shooting away. Coin World's first office at the time was at the head of tall stairway on the second floor of the Amos Press building. The editorial office for the Sidney Daily News was across the hall from that of Coin World's.

This event, of course, predated computers. Any view of a news room at the time shows the inhabitants doing one of two things (or occasionally both at once): talking on the phone or typing on an aged Remington typewriter. The 1960 Sidney film takes the viewer into the Daily newsroom.

Audio: Here is city editor... type, type, type. Here is the court reporter ... type, type, type. Here is the obituary writer ... type, type, type. Here is the editor working on today's editorial ... type, type, type.

The film crew crossed the hall to Coin World's office and shot 30-year old Dick Johnson at his desk. After an off-camera explanation what Coin World was the next scenario was Dick at work ... type, type, type.

With the 50-year anniversary of Coin World next year we wonder if some enterprising CW staffer can dredge up that old film. I would like to view that again to wonder if my typing style has improved in five decades ... type, type, type.

It is only two paragraphs, but you might want to view the Variety article: 45365 (www.variety.com/review/VE1117939996.html?categoryid=31&cs=1)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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