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Old 08-01-2008, 10:15 AM
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Posted By: Joshua Leland Evans

Last night was the Network 54 Dinner
I was asked to speak and must admit had a little bit of consternation about doing so
I have gotten some rough treatment on the board at times (not that in my position I don’t warrant it nor deserve it) so I was a little bit nervous going in

I had a blast
You made me feel welcome, you were a wonderful audience and the overall atmosphere was simply fun
It was about sharing this thing that we all love to do and in many ways was truly a celebration
Phil Garry did a short quiz on hall of famer’s rookie issues where everyone shouted out their answers
Brian Wentz shocked me with his knowledge (as I told him I always thought he was just a “money guy” but he was a true hobbyist)
Rick Klein was amazingly strong in post war issues
Corey Shanus was the only damper accosting me for mispronouncing his name
Just kidding, he good-naturedly corrected me and besides he still owns the best piece in the hobby so I have to be nice to him

I want to think Leon most of all for making me feel very much at home and doing a great job putting the event together

But most importantly I must say the stir fry was as good as the voluminous published reports (lots of chicken)
I must apologize to the chef who had the misfortune of making mine
I controlled most of his moves including literally reaching over and working the pan myself when he was working on the other guy’s food
All I had was two bucks to tip him and he would not even look at me
Oh well, you can’t have everyone like you

Josh Evans
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Old 08-02-2008, 03:31 PM
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Posted By: leon

Thanks so much for speaking at our Dinner. You don't know how many folks came up to me afterwards and told me how much they enjoyed your speech. Thanks too for the plug for Scott's and my auction....take care and hope to see you next year too......leon

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Old 08-03-2008, 12:46 PM
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Posted By: bcornell

Josh's speech was top notch and thoughtful. One point he made that I remember was that there are still lots of unknown collections, contrary to the popular notion, but it takes diligence to find them and auctioneers are the best at that. Also, running an auction isn't the cash-generating machine that many suppose it to be - commissions are what's required to stay afloat. Those have been on the demand side (i.e., for buyers) in the last few years, but that could change.


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