Roger deWardt Lane submitted this report on his recent trip to the F.U.N. show in Florida. A technical glitch kept it from reaching me in time for last week's issue. Thanks!
Excellent issue of The E-Sylum. My, how young we looked 50 years ago, including Dick Johnson.
I took a Saturday bus trip to FUN with the Palm Beach Coin Club.
I'm going to start out with a story I recall every time I think of FUN. It was my first show which was in Miami 1967 at the DuPont Plaza at Bayside. The hotel could not handle all the rooms needed for the meetings, so many were staying at the Everglades Hotel up a block or two on Biscayne Blvd.
The Everglades Hotel was known as the tallest hotel in Miami. There must have been some meeting there; my story starts with my being in an elevator almost full of FUN delegates. We all had those large Orange Badges on which said "FUN". There was only one tourist guest also in the elevator. So, as we rode up in the elevator, this tourist turned to the FUN people and said "What is FUN?" Several members said "It stands for Florida United Numismatists." The tourist responded "What church denomination is that?" Every one broke up with laughter.
Well, that was my first FUN Show and I was just starting to build my dime size silver type collection.
Back to the Bus trip. "Mutt & Jeff" left Hollywood at 5:45AM, picked up another member – Richard Anderson and headed for West Palm Beach, arriving just on time at 7:AM to be among the last of the 50 members to board the bus. The bus left on time for the three hour trip up the Florida Turnpike. It was cold outside, as when we got off, you could see your breath. The last time this happened to me, was 60 years ago in Maine!
The Show was very busy as it was Saturday with lots of local collectors walking the aisles.
I met for the first time Howard Daniel at the NI table. We had corresponded over the last forty years several times. He was quick to buy one of the two copies of my Encyclopedia Small Silver Coins, which I had with me (Show special price too). Howard gave me a copy of The Asylum 25 Years of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, which was published before I joined NBS. Your article on the history of The E-Sylum was the first part I read last night, great story.
Everyone seemed pleased with the show. I added a few Mexican 10 Centavos for my collection and a .999. fine token of Mickey Mouse 1978 from Hollywood, Calif. Very expensive at $10, but I just had to have it, as it was about dime size.
Several other Florida Coin Clubs had bus parties their too. Our bus left on time at 5PM, arriving in West Palm Beach at 8: PM followed by the extra hour by car to get back home to Hollywood, just south of Ft. Lauderdale with three happy coin collectors.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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