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E-SYLUM EDITOR WINS BURNETT MEMORIAL AWARDI got a pleasant surprise a couple weeks ago while out at dinner with my family. It was Susan McMillan of the American Numismatic Association calling to let me know I'd won the 2008 Burnett Anderson award.
The Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for Excellence in Numismatic Writing is presented annually to a researcher, author or journalist in recognition of his or her career contributions to numismatics and is judged on the recipients body of work. Past winners include Q. David Bowers, Beth Deisher, David Harper, R.W. Julian, Clifford Mishler, Eric P. Newman, Edward C. Rochette and Margo Russell.
The award is sponsored by F+W Publications (parent of Krause Publications) and presented under the auspices of the ANA, American Numismatic Society and the Numismatic Literary Guild. It was presented at the ANA Awards Banquet in Baltimore Saturday night by Burnett's son Mark.
It's very humbling to be in such august company. I was a bit taken aback when I saw the list of previous recipients. The award wasn't announced in advance so it came as a surprise to most of those at the banquet. I was a bit surprised myself when Mark Anderson handed me the mike to say something to the crowd of 500-some banquet attendees. I noted that I'd once met Burnette Anderson, the Washington correspondent for Numismatic News and mumbled something about the power of the technology that allows one guy with no budget, a laptop and an Internet connection to produce something worthwhile.
Many thanks to the ANA as well as those involved at the ANS and NLG. It's a triple treat to be honored by all three organizations. I only hope my work can continue to live up to the high standards of the award.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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