I had the pleasure of meeting John a few times at ANA conventions, sometimes when he was setting up or taking down an exhibit. He was quite happy to show his treasures and talk numismatics.
In this interview he
meeting ANA Life Member #4
George Bauer in the 1930s, who became his numismatic mentor.
Bauer in turn introduced him to dealers
Norman Schultz of Salt Lake City, and
B. Max Mehl of Texas.
Pittman met John F. Jones, one of the first 100 members of the ANA.
He greatly admired collector Emery May Norweb and dealer Abe Kosoff.
He attended the legendary Grinnell paper money sale and the equally legendary King Farouk "sale of a lifetime".
He "fell in love" with Canadian coins in 1936 and also collected Mexican and British coins.
Amazing, must-watch video interview.