News release from the Numismatic Literary Guild:
The Board of Directors of the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) www.NLGonline.org, a nonprofit organization
composed of over 400 writers, editors, authors and content producers,
has selected award-winning author, journalist and former CBS
broadcaster Donn Pearlman of Las Vegas, Nevada, to be its Acting
Executive Director. He succeeds legendary journalist Ed Reiter of Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, who served
as NLG Executive Director from 1990 until his death this past August
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Since its founding in 1968, the NLG has promoted numismatic
education and recognizes outstanding achievements in numismatic
journalism, books, newsletters and auction catalogs. The organization
conducts an annual symposium, as well as a dinner and awards ceremony,
“The Bash,” at the American Numismatic Association (ANA) World’s
Fair of Money convention.
Pearlman is a longtime stalwart of the organization, having served
as an NLG director for various terms since the 1980s, and from 1978
through 1989 serving as emcee and organizer of its annual Bashes. He
has continued through the decades to also serve NLG as a judge, member
sponsor and awards presenter.
“I am honored to be selected by the NLG Board. Ed Reiter was a
long-time friend and a respected leader in the numismatic community,”
said Pearlman who is president of Donn Pearlman & Associates
Public Relations in Las Vegas.
Pearlman has written hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles and
columns promoting the numismatic hobby and profession, and was a
columnist for years inThe Numismatist magazine, official
publication of ANA. He is the author of books on broadcasting,
baseball cards and coins.
Pearlman received the NLG’s highest honor, the Clemy, in 1984, and
was recipient of the ANA’s highest honor, the Farran Zerbe Award, in 2015.
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Other honors the incoming Acting Executive Director has received
include the 2017 Burnett Anderson Award for Excellence in Numismatic
Writing, presented jointly by the ANA, American Numismatic
Society and the NLG; the Professional Numismatists Guild’s Art Kagin
Ambassador Award (2011), Significant Contribution Award (2005) and Sol
Kaplan Award (1977); ANA Glenn Smedley Award (1993) and Medal of Merit
(1996). He has also served two terms as an ANA Governor, 1989 to 1993.
In the late 1970s to mid-1980s Pearlman was producer and narrator of
a weekly series of numismatic-related educational programs for CBS
Radio. He also was the script writer for the acclaimed, joint PNG-ANA
1995 video documentary, Money: History in Your Hands, narrated
by actor James Earl Jones.
“I first learned of the NLG in 1977 when I attended my first ANA
convention. NLG founding Executive Director Lee Martin invited me to
join, and I promptly did. When I returned home, Lee told me that I was
named the master of ceremonies of the next year’s Bash. I happily
remained MC for about a decade,” recalled Pearlman.
Membership in the Numismatic Literary Guild is open to authors of
numismatic books; publishers and editors of recognized numismatic
periodicals or club publications in the numismatic field; staff
writers or columnists of such periodicals; writers whose work has been
published in such periodicals or club journals; published research
numismatists; auction catalogers; curators of recognized numismatic
museums; broadcasters and numismatic online content producers, and
others deemed worthy by the NLG Membership Committee.
A membership application is available online here.