Greg Brunk is alive and kicking, and could use a publisher for the third edition of his book on merchant counterstamps. Bill Groom submitted this report. Thanks! -Editor
Last week, I spotted copy in an eBay listing, wherein a seller said he heard that Greg Brunk had died. I periodically talk with Greg, a longtime friend, by phone. As
I've long known that Greg has serious, ongoing health issues, and I'd not spoken with him in many weeks, I got a message to him. He phoned me two days later.
Greg laughed, saying that reports of his demise have been greatly exaggerated. He recalled that, twenty years ago, Russ Rulau had reported his, Greg's, demise in
Naturally, I was elated to know that's Greg's still with us. The eBay seller apologized, saying he must have misheard what he thought he was told.
Sadly, Rich Hartzog passed, late last year. Rich was to publish the third edition of Greg's book on merchant counterstamps. Greg reports that the book is finished; this,
but for insertion of the photographs on file. As Greg is legally blind, he's unable to accomplish this final task. His blindness is exacerbated by other health issues.
Greg approved my posting this info in The E-Sylum. He'd like to "see" his book, being many hundreds of pages in length, go to print. If there are any
parties interested in this publishing project, I'll gladly put them in touch with Greg.
The Brunk book is THE Bible for the interesting and historically important series of merchant countermarked coins. I collected these for many years and we've discussed them
often here in The E-Sylum - see the Everman counterstamp article and Bob Merchant's ad elsewhere in this very issue. Who would like to take on this project? Contact me
and Bill and I will get you in touch with Greg. -Editor
Wayne Homren, Editor
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