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ANA conventions too successful

Remember the “Tastes Great” vs. “Less Filling” beer commercials on television? I often recall them as I head to the American Numismatic Association convention. This year it is in Milwaukee, Wis., and I am driving.

I will be on the road just after this is posted and the crazy nature of the event sinks in. No, I am not referring to the recent board election. I am simply referring to the almost overwhelming nature of ANA conventions. They have gotten too big and too successful.

That sounds weird, but it is true. No matter what I choose to do at almost any given time during the event, the decision will keep me from participating in something else of equal importance.

Then the inevitable questions arise: why did the editor of Numismatic News think this or that not important enough to attend personally? That is not a spot I enjoy being put in.

If I had my druthers, I would be everywhere. Unfortunately, that statement is as silly as it is true. I have to make judgment calls. What do I need to cover to put into Numismatic News? What events do I have to be present for to be the news maker rather than the note taker?

Who is it important to meet at this convention? Can I see him or her at another event during the week?

No matter what I choose, I will miss something important. If you don’t see me, help me out. Let me know what I missed. Don’t rub it in – at least not too much.

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2 Responses to ANA conventions too successful

  1. Scott Barman says:

    I’m jealous! I have a family obligation to tend to and wish I could have your problem. Have fun and keep us up to date on what you see!

  2. Edward Arrich says:

    bigger is not always better but it seems that our organization is growing exponentially and we need all of it to cover all the agenda. remember "necessity is the mother of invention and laziness is it’s father". Have fun and enjoy all of it you can!!

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