Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by NSP, May 2, 2020.
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Only my opinion, but he was so boring I almost fell asleep and I kept saying, "Get on with it." The subject was very interesting, however his 'one liners' fell flat with me. Little did I know Sheldon and Naftzger were slimy ********.
A word of advice: don't look into Breen's life outside numismatics.
Will the 'Boys' come get me if I do?
I think a similar video about John Ford would be equally fascinating, though he never really received justice for his misdeeds.
Ivy League college students
Yes, Ivy League schools. The students gave verbal consent because they were told that the photographs would be used to check for health problems like spinal malformations. Some schools made the photos mandatory; there was no consent. The photos were used for Sheldon's crackpot theory relating body form to personality. If you've heard the terms endomorph, mesomorph or ectomorph, they came from Sheldon. One problem was the photos were not well secured, and some were distributed to various individuals and institutions. A large cache of them even made it to the Smithsonian. Surprisingly it went on for decades. When it became public and a scandal, the institutions ... colleges and the Smithsonian ... shredded the photos they had in their possession ... thousands of them.
When you read Sheldon's biography, it's less surprising that the grading scale is a weird 70 points
He wasn't as clever as Sheldon, who substituted lesser quality coins for the ones he took, thereby delaying discovery that coins were missing.
Sad that both of these thieves were wealthy doctors and could afford far better legal collections than the average collector.
link to story in LA Times: https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1989-04-18-me-2041-story.html
And one of the reasons it became public was because it was realized that the the First lady Hillary Clinton, and many other famous and powerful people had their photos in the collection. But when the story broke it was because of the Clinton pictures.
I don't know about Suros, but I don't believe Sheldon was really that wealthy.
This article looks like it talks about the Sheldon photograph scandal (link to NY Times Magazine).
Sheldon had a PhD and MD and was a faculty member at the Harvard, Columbia and Univ of Oregon medical schools. I imagine he had a lot of money to spend on coins. More than me anyway.
I finally watched the video and didn't find contradictions with what I had posted. I surmised that Sheldon had sufficient wealth to collect coins legally based on his degrees and institutional affiliations ... but it was an assumption. At one point, Sheldon apparently had a good collection of antiques, which he sold to support his research. In addition to any direct university salary or salary from institutional grants, he had private benefactors who supported his work. I have no idea what kind of estate was left at his death. As he aged, Sheldon's wealth came partly from stealing coins and then trading and selling the purloined coins. So it's hard to say how many he could have acquired legally and how big his estate would have been if he hadn't been a thief.
He wasn't an academic pariah until later in his career when it became clear that constitutional psychology had no real scientific basis and that his research techniques were very flawed. Early on, he was applauded by leading psychologists and sociologists and others. He received praise in print from such notables as Karl Jung and Aldous Huxley.
Dr. Kleeborg certainly has my respect as a numismatic writer. He has an extensive list of numismatic publications. He was one of the lawyers who was involved in ANS's successful lawsuit to reclaim most of coins stolen by Sheldon. However, I don't know what his sources are relating to Sheldon's early academic status or his wealth.
Patricia Vertinsky wrote an interesting article in 2007 in the Canadian Bulletin Of Medical History about Sheldon and his chief assistant, Barbara Honeyman. The article has detailed information on both of them. They eventually parted ways on unfriendly terms. She went on to have a successful career in somatotyping. In addition to being a thief, scientific fraud, and taking nude photos of young people under false pretenses, Sheldon apparently was quite a racist as well. The article can be accessed at https://www.utpjournals.press/doi/pdf/10.3138/cbmh.24.2.291 .
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