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Welcome to The E-Sylum: Volume 3, Number 43, October 19, 2000: 
an electronic publication of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society. 
Copyright (c) 2000, The Numismatic Bibliomania Society. 


   This extra edition of The E-Sylum brings sad news.  Numismatic 
   bookseller and longtime NBS member John F. Bergman of 
   Lakewood, CA, died early yesterday morning, October 18th, 
   after a brief illness.  He was 56 years old. 

   David Lange writes: "I was so sorry to learn of John Bergman's 
   passing. His absence at the recent Long Beach show, where he 
   was always a fixture at the back of the hall, was noticed 
   immediately, but I had no idea that his illness was serious. 

   When I first began acquiring out-of-print numismatic literature, 
   around twenty years ago, John was among my first influences 
   and sources of supply.  In more recent years, it was always a 
   relief for me while working coin shows to wander over to his 
   expansive display and do some browsing and gossiping. 

   I can't place a value on the quality time that I spent with both 
   John's inventory and the man himself. He was always thoughtful, 
   mild mannered and gracious.  In a small fraternity such as ours, 
   the loss of one such individual is a profound one, indeed." 

   We hope to have more information in time for Sunday's 
   regular issue of The E-Sylum. 

   Meanwhile, Tom Fort, editor of our print journal The Asylum, 
   asks that reminiscences of John be sent to him for publication 
   in the 2000 No. 4 issue of The Asylum.  Tom can be reached 
   at this email address: 

  Wayne Homren 
  Numismatic Bibliomania Society 

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