I left my crystal ball at home and allowed a very bad first impression with some “names” in the field in a chance encounter to color my perceptions of the organization and the expected atmosphere at cartridge shows, so for 22 years attended none and only went to the IAA show for the first time in 2001.
Thirty plus years of potential friendships and knowledge straight down the tubes because I got my nose out of joint by being snubbed by two self-important characters circa 1972. I’ll always be grateful to the late Denny Rinka, Jerry Hannewinkel and Bill Ballard for convincing me I’d had the misfortune to encounter the two people least receptive to new collectors on that first occasion. SLICS 2001 was 180 degrees from what I would have expected based on the 1972 introductions.
As a group, ammo collectors are an amazing group of extraordinarily fine people; I’m constantly amazed by their caliber.