David Ganz writes:
While Kathy and I were away in Europe, my Sunday night reading still consisted of The E-Sylum. The item about Jesse Owens was interesting but there is another numismatic connection that only a few people remember. Jesse Owens served as a spokesman for the Canadian Olympic Coin Program from 1974 to 1976.
He was a self-effacing man. Perhaps a little down on his luck, but there wasn't anyone who met him who didn't like him immediately. I met him (see photo) and worked with him (I was also a paid consultant) and I must say that in and of itself was a thrill. I called him 'Mr. Owens' the first time we met and he disabused me of that notion ("Call me Jesse"). I was proud to know him, proud to work with him, and almost 80 years later his accomplishments speak for themselves.
What a great story! E-Sylum readers sure do get around. Thanks!
David wasn't the only numismatist to meet the Olympic legend.
Tom DeLorey writes:
Thank you for the coverage of the Jessie Owens medal sale. I had the honor of shaking Mr. Owens' hand at the offices of Paramount International Coin Co, in Englewood, Ohio in the mid-1970's, when Paramount was rolling out the 1976 Montreal Olympics coinage program and Mr. Owens was present as a spokesman for the program. I attended as part of the Coin World contingent from nearby Sidney.
To read the earlier article, see:
JESSE OWENS' 1936 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL
Wayne Homren, Editor
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