A visit with Leroy

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A visit with Leroy

Post by vampicker » Sun Jun 12, 2022 4:51 pm

Saturday I made the drive from just outside Columbus over to Sidney and met up with John Baumgart (who drove much further) in front of Leroy's assisted living apartment building. We found Mr. Van Allen waiting for us with several friends in the dining room and after a short tour around the place spent a good four and a half hours talking about the past and future of VAMs and related subjects. Leroy is 88 now, but still quite active. He has several works in progress, with a book on his first hand observations of the minting process from several trips to the Philadelphia and San Francisco facilities around forty years ago now virtually complete. He did say this project has been on the back burner for a very long time. I also got to take another look at Leroy's personal annotated copy of the VAM book, likely the most valuable piece of literature in our field if it ever came up for sale. I'll just say it was a very good day.
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Re: A visit with Leroy

Post by DHalladay » Sun Jun 12, 2022 4:54 pm

Thanks SO MUCH for the update about LVA. He looks wonderful!
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Re: A visit with Leroy

Post by RogerRock » Sun Jun 12, 2022 4:59 pm

GREAT UPDATE on LEROY ! THANK YOU VERY MUCH !
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Post by messydesk » Sun Jun 12, 2022 6:56 pm

What's not immediately apparent from the picture is that his VAM book is about twice as thick as normal due to extra pieces of paper and photos stuffed into it. The binding is an unrecognizable pile-up of layers of tape.

Besides his numismatic projects, he has also kept busy designing and painting raised flower beds, installing brick borders in the garden, and working with contractors to get some new sidewalks built to his specification. He may be 88, but he's keeping busy and active.

The trip was very enjoyable and I know Leroy really liked having us there. Well worth the drive of just under 5 hours each way.
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Re: A visit with Leroy

Post by shortnock » Sun Jun 12, 2022 7:04 pm

Wow! Good news, Good reading, Good photos. Great to see smiling faces of the big guys in VAMdom.
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Re: A visit with Leroy

Post by vamnuke » Sun Jun 12, 2022 7:33 pm

Thanks for sharing!!

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Post by Unc90o » Mon Jun 13, 2022 1:30 am

Very cool and thank you for sharing

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Re: A visit with Leroy

Post by PickNGrin » Mon Jun 13, 2022 1:44 am

Great News! Thanks for the update!

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Re: A visit with Leroy

Post by messydesk » Mon Jun 13, 2022 2:11 am

Also, if you look closely at the picture with his book, you'll see a box for one of the 2021 Morgans. John R brought one to show him. He hated it.
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Re: A visit with Leroy

Post by alefzero » Mon Jun 13, 2022 2:33 am

If only the Mint had struck those 2021 Morgans/Peace in 90% silver....

Gives me an idea. I'll have to ask Carr to consider striking a clad Morgan (overstrike on Ike). Probably would be an ugly beast, but never know.

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Re: A visit with Leroy

Post by Vam-mysterio » Mon Jun 13, 2022 4:28 am

Awesome,very cool,👍

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Post by keilg1 » Mon Jun 13, 2022 7:26 am

Adding my thanks for sharing the story. The smiles summarize it all.

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Re: A visit with Leroy

Post by Tekkie1 » Mon Jun 13, 2022 10:24 am

Wow!
LVA looks really, really well!
Thanks for the update y'all.

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Re: A visit with Leroy

Post by LateDateMorganGuy » Mon Jun 13, 2022 1:48 pm

Very cool get-together! I like the old school T-Square on the wall in the background used for manual drafting. A testament to his early engineering days as a mechanical engineer. Good training for the minting process.

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Re: A visit with Leroy

Post by colwillys » Mon Jun 13, 2022 2:15 pm

LVA and JB look like twins or maybe Morgan and Peace . Love the post and you all look goooood .

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Re: A visit with Leroy

Post by messydesk » Mon Jun 13, 2022 2:24 pm

LateDateMorganGuy wrote:
Mon Jun 13, 2022 1:48 pm
Very cool get-together! I like the old school T-Square on the wall in the background used for manual drafting. A testament to his early engineering days as a mechanical engineer. Good training for the minting process.
He was a draftsman for a while in his early days. All of the illustrations in his books and in the stack of papers that is to become the book on more modern minting practices are hand-drawn.
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Re: A visit with Leroy

Post by morganman » Mon Jun 13, 2022 7:35 pm

Thanks Much to: JB & JR- For driving a ton of miles to visit LVA " Vam King"
This means the world to Mr Van Allen - this i am sure.
Very bitter sweet to me as we age and our life changes quite
drastically both health ways and surroundings.

Amazing that Leroy is so active both physically & mentally,
still working on Vam projects etc.
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Re: A visit with Leroy

Post by collectinsince65 » Mon Jun 13, 2022 9:47 pm

Great to see JB & Mr LVA. Sounds like a great visit!. Thank you for posting JR

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Re: A visit with Leroy

Post by ...kenny » Mon Jun 13, 2022 11:26 pm

messydesk wrote:
Mon Jun 13, 2022 2:11 am
Also, if you look closely at the picture with his book, you'll see a box for one of the 2021 Morgans. John R brought one to show him. He hated it.
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Of course he did! It's a terrible tribute to a Beautiful piece of history!!

As Always, TY for sharing!!...kenny
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Re: A visit with Leroy

Post by vamsterdam » Tue Jun 14, 2022 3:55 pm

I am so glad to see that you fuys visited him and that he is well and keeping busy. I also appreciate you showing him the 2021 “morgan dollar”. I see them as glorified silver eagles. I am glad he and i are on the same with them.

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