While it may SEEM that Dave Bowers works 100 hours a day and turns out a new book every week, some of these projects rely on data
gathered as long ago as the 1950s which has never before been published. Here's an update on his upcoming projects. -Editor
What I have been
doing in recent times and will continue to do is consolidating a lot of my research, draft notes, semi-manuscripts, and the like and finalizing them
in book form, mainly through Whitman LLC.
Someday I will finesse my autobiography (to date, although I expect to live a lot longer). Starting in the mid-1950s and continuing ever since I
have done a lot of interviews in depth with people who are now gone—B. Max Mehl, Stephen K. Nagy, Arthur Conn, Art Kagin, JJF, Louis E. Eliasberg,
Hans Schulman, Abner Kreisberg, Abe Kosoff, Michael Kolman, Jr., Walter Breen, Grover Criswell, Oscar Schilke, Ted Naftzger (who had four 1933 $20
coins), Dr. Sheldon, Dorothy I. Paschal, Lee F. Hewitt, J. Oliver Amos, Lewis M. Reagan, Henri Ripstra, Emery May Holden Norweb, and many more, plus
many more who are now living. While I love coins I also like “coin people” and have found them endlessly interesting.
Today in 2014, despite the “mechanical” nature of coin trading, I think there are more talented researchers and writers than ever before in our
hobby (I still don’t think the art and science of numismatics is an industry, any more than fine art is). Today is Thanksgiving, and I am very
thankful for many things—including being in numismatics since 1952.
Amen. We'll look forward to these new books! -Editor