Also passing recently was Coin World Trends editor Keith Zaner.
Managing Editor Bill Gibbs provided this story for our readers. Follow the link below for the Coin World piece. Thanks!
Anyone who ever worked with Keith Zaner probably has a funny story or two to share about him. One I remember happened on our way back to Sidney from the 1984 ANA Convention in Detroit. Keith and I stopped off at the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village for a few hours to see their magnificent collections. Keith had a lot of fun taking photographs and was excited about all of things he had captured on film; it was not until we returned to the Coin World offices that he found that he had never loaded film into the camera. The office had a good laugh about that.
One of my favorites occurred when the two of us drove from Sidney to a farm estate sale in Indiana that offered some coins. Keith hoped that we might be able to find some gems in the auction. This was Keith’s first such sale, but for those of you familiar with farm estate sales, this was typical; it offered farm equipment, furniture, household items, tools, vehicles, and a lot more. While we were waiting for the coins to be offered, Keith and I were standing outside close to a piece of farm equipment. Having grown up in a rural area of northwest Ohio, I recognized what the equipment was used for. Keith did not and asked what it was.
It’s a manure spreader, I told him. I could tell that he was unsure whether I was telling him the truth or pulling a prank on him. A woman standing nearby laughed and confirmed that I was telling Keith the truth. It was not very clean, and the smell was what you would expect. I explained how and why it was used. We did sit in on the coin portion of the sale, and the coins proved disappointing – the typical holdings of someone who was probably not a serious collector. As I recall, we bought nothing since the winning bids were well above market value.
Keith’s former co-workers and friends will miss him. He was a good guy.
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Former Trends editor Keith Zaner, 69, dies
Wayne Homren, Editor
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