Where do I look first when I get a new copy of The Numismatist, magazine of the American Numismatic Association? For several years now I've turned to "The Editor's Desk", a page five column by Editor-in-Chief Barbara J. Gregory. Like the 1950's era ANA Librarian Mrs. D. Dee De Nise, today's Ms. Gregory makes articles about even the most arcane area of coin-collecting sound fascinating, or at least worth reading. And her essays are graced every month with a new cheery photo of her smiling face.

Only once have I written a letter to Ms. Gregory: in August 2005, when an issue arrived with a rather mean-looking feline on that page. After words of praise for her work I observed in a postscript:

Note that I'm not complaining about the photo of your cat this month — but I don't think he would win many kitten wars for cuteness ... (^_^) ... maybe he wasn't in the mood to pose for the camera?!

Barb G. replied:

You're right ... Murphy did not want his picture taken. He's also not the sweet, cuddly type. We like to say he has "cattitude."

(cf. JudithKrummeckFanClub (26 Feb 2003), DeeDeNise (8 May 2006), ...)

TopicHumor - TopicPersonalHistory - TopicLiterature - TopicRecreation - 2006-06-18

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