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07-06-2007, 12:37 PM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>Okee dokee....It's that time again to start getting excited about the upcoming National in Cleveland. This will be the 5th year there has been a Net54 Dinner at the National. The first few years it was a bunch of us getting together and taking a last minute consensus on where to go to have dinner and shoot the breeze. It has gotten bigger and better each year and this year should be no different. It will be held on the Thursday of the National, 08/02/07, at the Airport Sheraton Hotel. It will start at about 6pm....and end when we get kicked out of our reserved room (somewhere around 11pm-12am)... Ending time depends on how long we can coerce the wait staff to let us hoot and holler. It will be very informal, catered with beef and chicken fajita bar and this time there will be side dishes...what a concept !! There will be an attended, open bar too.....with soft drinks and bottled water for those so inclined. Significant others and children are welcome but there will be much alcohol served so please keep that in mind. It has always been ok, as far at that goes, and there has never been an issue. Please RSVP in this thread as to how many will be coming, yourself included, as that will tell me how many to tell the catering folks to cook for. One way or another it will be 100% sponsored so the cost will be zilch....If you are a lurker, or a more private person, you can email me privately to RSVP. This year I am going to try to have little hand written name tags for everyone. I will hand them out at the dinner and will appreciate it if everyone will wear one. That way I don't have to guess at your name even after you have told me 3 times. Until a year or two ago I was still introducing myself to Scott Brockelman and had already been setting up with him at the National for a few years. It will be a little sticky name tag so I hope no one will freak out about them. If you come to the dinner you won't be able to remain anonymous <img src="/images/happy.gif" height=14 width=14>......So without further ado please RSVP .....I greatly look forward to meeting those I have never met and mingling with others I already know....I am sure it will be a blast...<br />

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07-06-2007, 12:43 PM
Posted By: <b>John Spano</b><p>Count me in Leon.<br /><br />(Sorry for the edit...count me in for two. I am hoping my buddy who is stationed in Irag will be back in time to go as well. He is scheduled to return home late July.)

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07-06-2007, 12:55 PM
Posted By: <b>scott brockelman</b><p>Scott

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07-06-2007, 12:59 PM
Posted By: <b>Peter Thomas</b><p>Chris and I plan to attend.

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07-06-2007, 01:01 PM
Posted By: <b>Bobby Binder</b><p>Bobby Binder +1

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07-06-2007, 01:05 PM
Posted By: <b>Bryan Long</b><p>Count me in as well. I will speak for Jimi Thayer on this so count him also.<br /><br />Total = 2 <img src="/images/happy.gif" height=14 width=14><br><br>.

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07-06-2007, 01:09 PM
Posted By: <b>Mark Evans</b><p>Please count me in as a solo, Leon. Look forward to seeing all. Mark

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07-06-2007, 01:14 PM
Posted By: <b>Alan</b><p>Count me in !!! I'm trying to convince a non-sports dealer to come with me, but so far he isn't. So, just me !!!<br /><br />I can't wait !!!!<br /><br />Alan

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07-06-2007, 01:31 PM
Posted By: <b>Ted Zanidakis</b><p>I am planning to be at the National....count me in.<br /><br />The "infamous" T-Rex

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07-06-2007, 01:37 PM
Posted By: <b>boxingcardman</b><p>Looking forward to another great evening.

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07-06-2007, 01:51 PM
Posted By: <b>Rich Klein</b><p>I will be attending the Net 54 dinner. <br /><br />Regards<br />Rich<br /><br />

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07-06-2007, 02:18 PM
Posted By: <b>Bob</b><p>I will be there to enjoy all the frigging fun <img src="/images/happy.gif" height=14 width=14>

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07-06-2007, 03:02 PM
Posted By: <b>Richard Masson</b><p>count me in.

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07-06-2007, 04:07 PM
Posted By: <b>Bruce MacPherson</b><p>Count me in as a single. I'm looking forward to it.

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07-06-2007, 04:33 PM
Posted By: <b>Cat</b><p>Myself + 1 (my son)

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07-06-2007, 05:49 PM
Posted By: <b>Joann</b><p>Put me down as a strong maybe. <br /><br />Just the kind of definitive response you were looking for, eh Leon? I've had my reservations in place for a few months and have been planning on it. But now I want to get new roof, gutters and windows and am trying to decide if I can take all of that out of cash flow for the next 4 months. Plus some travel both weeks before National, so I'm not sure I should be out of the office that much in three consecutive weeks.<br /><br />I guess I'll plan on it, and if I change my mind it will not be on the last day. Right now I'm thinking I'll split the difference and cancel the hotel for Friday night but stay Thursday night. So put me down for 1.<br /><br />I think it'd be a blast to meet everyone. That's my biggest motivation - with the home repairs upcoming, I certainly don't think I'll be there to drop big bucks on cards!<br /><br />Joann<br /><br />

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07-06-2007, 05:51 PM
Posted By: <b>Zach Rice</b><p>Two here, Leon. Thanks for putting this together.

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07-06-2007, 06:27 PM
Posted By: <b>Scott Mosley</b><p>Count me in for one and thanks for putting it together, Leon...<br /><br />Scott

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07-06-2007, 07:17 PM
Posted By: <b>Joe Drouillard</b><p>Hi Leon,<br /><br />Please put me down for one reservation. I look forward to meeting everyone.<br /><br />Joe

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07-06-2007, 07:18 PM
Posted By: <b>Phil Garry</b><p>Sounds great, Leon! One please for Phil Garry.

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07-06-2007, 07:21 PM
Posted By: <b>Tim Newcomb</b><p>I'm in, Leon-- thanks again for organizing--<br /><br />Tim

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07-06-2007, 08:59 PM
Posted By: <b>Ryan Christoff</b><p>In.<br /><br />-Ryan

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07-06-2007, 09:52 PM
Posted By: <b>Darrell</b><p>Leon -- I'm in -- I'll try and drag Manos in with me <br />should be fun - thanks for organizing - Darrell

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07-06-2007, 09:59 PM
Posted By: <b>Bruce Kasarda</b><p>Leon, my son and I will be there for dinner and fun. thanks Bruce and Ross Kasarda

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07-07-2007, 07:16 AM
Posted By: <b>Kenneth A. Cohen</b><p>Leon,<br /><br />I plan to attend. Thanks<br /><br />Ken

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07-07-2007, 08:00 AM
Posted By: <b>Ed Hans</b><p>Ed Hans and Gary Nuchereno will attend. Thanks for organizing this, Leon.

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07-07-2007, 03:06 PM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>So far with the private email invites we are at 44....I think we are headed for a record number, which would be great. The record is about 58.........Also, there are always a few that can't make it and a few last minute invites, which are fine too...The main reason for the RSVP, as I said before, is because I need to tell the Sheraton the head count for dinner. We will have our own private room and I am sure it will be big enough to hold as many as we have....take care and thanks to all who have RSVP'd so far

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07-07-2007, 03:11 PM
Posted By: <b>Kenny Cole</b><p>I'll be there.

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07-07-2007, 04:37 PM
Posted By: <b>Lyman</b><p>Brett and I both look forward to attending and visiting with everyone. Leon, thanks again for putting this together. --Lyman

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07-07-2007, 07:24 PM
Posted By: <b>Sonny</b><p>Count me in...and possibly the wife.

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07-07-2007, 07:51 PM
Posted By: <b>Andrew</b><p>I will be there. I will post for Matt Sears who also will be attending. Thanks again to Leon for organizing the dinner.

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07-08-2007, 03:51 PM
Posted By: <b>bigfish</b><p>Leon,<br />e-mail sent and thanks for organizing this. Looking forward to the show and meeting folks from the board.<br /><br />Toby

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07-08-2007, 04:30 PM
Posted By: <b>Bob</b><p>Leon- Mike Peich is planning on attending also.<br />tbob

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07-09-2007, 07:14 AM
Posted By: <b>Jim Manos</b><p>What's the cigar smoking policy(kidding)...I'll be there.

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07-09-2007, 07:01 PM
Posted By: <b>Glyn Parson</b><p>Put me down for 1. There is a chance I may not be able to attend but It is 90/10 Ill be there.

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07-11-2007, 11:30 AM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>Hey Folks,<br />We are up to about 75 attendees so far. There are definitely a few surprises this year that should make for an interesting evening. thanks<br /><br />edited to be less emphatic <img src="/images/happy.gif" height=14 width=14>

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07-11-2007, 01:28 PM
Posted By: <b>Robert S</b><p>Leon--<br /><br />Count me in again -- I'm planning on coming to the dinner for the fourth straight year! Hurray for side dishes...!<br /><br />Robert S

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07-11-2007, 02:23 PM
Posted By: <b>Bob</b><p>Sure wish Lionel Carter was going to be there <img src="/images/sad.gif" height=14 width=14>

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07-11-2007, 07:47 PM
Posted By: <b>Anonymous</b><p>I'm not sure. I'm thinking of going to an Aretha Franklin concert in Pittsburgh that night after attending the show.<br /><br />

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07-11-2007, 09:31 PM
Posted By: <b>Alan</b><p>Also, Pat Benatar is playing in Cleveland that night.

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07-11-2007, 10:05 PM
Posted By: <b>BcD</b><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9J9rTZJBmw" target="_new" rel="nofollow">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9J9rTZJBmw</a><br /><br /> tune always made me laugh<br /><br /><br><br>BcD <img src="/images/happy.gif" height=14 width=14>

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07-11-2007, 10:40 PM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>I need this thread to stay on topic. No more off topic in this thread please....

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07-12-2007, 02:53 PM
Posted By: <b>Patrick McHugh</b><p>Hello Leon just booked the trip. Please put me down for 1. Again thanks Patrick.

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07-12-2007, 04:12 PM
Posted By: <b>Tom Boblitt</b><p>heartening to see Tbob with a 'friggin'(tm) in a thread. Had been FOREVER since we had one of those babies........I think you had our info at 4 total.<br /><br />I do Tom ...look forward to seeing you again.... (leon- not wanting to bump to top)

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07-12-2007, 04:53 PM
Posted By: <b>boxingcardman</b><p>Strippers? Fire trucks? Guns? I hate suspense...

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07-12-2007, 05:45 PM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>Suspense it is...not strippers, not anything like that...also, I think we are about up to 90 RSVPS.....that is almost 10% of who reads the board. I think that is pretty friggin' (@ TBOB) awesome.....I just now got off of the phone with the Sheraton and we have moved from a 1700 square foot room to 2400. Private of course.......and I just ordered 200 more drink tickets.....we gonna have some fun.....can't wait....

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07-12-2007, 06:53 PM
Posted By: <b>Cat</b><p>"I just now got off of the phone with the Sheraton and we have moved from a 1700 square foot room to 2400."<br /><br /><br />That a Boy!!!! Making room for the stripper pole!!!

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07-12-2007, 07:16 PM
Posted By: <b>Wesley</b><p>Forget the strippers....there's free fajitas!<br /><br />I already emailed you Leon but count me in for one. Thanks again for setting this up.

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07-12-2007, 07:17 PM
Posted By: <b>Josh Adams</b><p>Leon, <br />My flight does not get in until 1030pm on Friday. Can I poke my head in at that time?<br /><br />Josh

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07-13-2007, 11:20 AM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>So far the RSVP's are 86 +/- 1 or 2....and about 8 folks coming over after the dinner to have a few cocktails......Please continue to RSVP in this thread or email me.....I look forward to seeing everyone....I have a feeling I am going to feel like a bar fly trying to mingle with so many great people.....If I alot 5 minutes to chat with each person that will be about 7 hours..... <img src="/images/happy.gif" height=14 width=14> we might have to go into breakfast.....one long party.....I am having a feeling I will be setting up late on Friday....

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07-14-2007, 03:31 PM
Posted By: <b>MVSNYC</b><p>i'm thinking about trying to catch a flight and come party with you guys...i don't know the first thing about what/where/why or how...my first national. i guess i have to first book a flight, then get a room...<br /><br />what's the best hotel in town?<br /><br />Leon- i'll let you know for sure, if i can make it.<br /><br />MS

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07-14-2007, 03:33 PM
Posted By: <b>Tom Boblitt</b><p>What.....Iverson or Pacman gonna show up?<br />

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07-17-2007, 03:06 PM
Posted By: <b>RC</b><p>Count me in for my first national. Sorry for the late notice, I've been out of the states for two weeks and hadn't even touched a computer.<br /><br />RC

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07-17-2007, 04:17 PM
Posted By: <b>Zinn</b><p>Hope I'm not too late. I was able to rearrange my schedule and will attend <img src="/images/happy.gif" height=14 width=14><br /><br />Zinn

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07-17-2007, 04:29 PM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>It's not too late yet...and I am giving a final count for the catering later this week.....thanks to all so far.....

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07-17-2007, 04:57 PM
Posted By: <b>DMcD</b><p>Never dreamed I would really, really want to go to Cleveland but I am really, really envious of all you mainlanders who will be assembling there for the National. Unfortunamente I will be unable to join you on account of acute geographic impairment. In the immortal words of A. Lincoln (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, 1989): "Be excellent to each other and PARTY ON, DUDES!!"<br /><br /><br />

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07-17-2007, 05:07 PM
Posted By: <b>Joe Drouillard</b><p>Hi Leon,<br /><br />Please add one more to the list; my wife wil be accompanying me to the dinner.<br /><br />Best wishes,<br /><br />Joe

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07-20-2007, 07:40 AM
Posted By: <b>Mike</b><p>Leon,<br />If its not to late please add two more to the guest list. Sorry about RSVPing so late. <br />Thanks,<br />Mike Gray<br />gray766@hotmail.com

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07-20-2007, 07:56 AM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>It's not too late...it will be good to meet ya'll...consider yourself and the other person RSVP'd.....thanks much and take care

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07-20-2007, 02:26 PM
Posted By: <b>Dave Haas</b><p>Count me in as well along with a friend. Thanks in advance Leon for the shin dig.

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07-20-2007, 02:53 PM
Posted By: <b>Shawn St Clair</b><p>If there is still room would love to meet everyone. Put me down for two (wife and I).<br /><br />Looking forward to it.

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07-20-2007, 02:58 PM
Posted By: <b>Zinn</b><p>Looks like we're going to have quite a crowd!!

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07-20-2007, 03:41 PM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>Everyone is still welcome but we are getting pretty big ......it's all good.....Glad I have saved most of the banner money. When I got our sponsor (who will be announced at the Dinner) to do this it was planned at about 50-60....we are well over 100 now...which is great....It should be a wonderful evening....it always has been....

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07-21-2007, 03:40 PM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>We are at about 103 plus about 10 folks coming later, after dinner.....please continue to RSVP or if something changes and you can't make it, after rsvp'ing, please let me know.....thanks again...

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07-21-2007, 04:53 PM
Posted By: <b>Glenn Mechanick</b><p>Leon,<br /><br />I plan on attending with my wife, Lisa. We will be there after the show closes @ 6 PM - probably closer to 6:30 PM. <br /><br />I appologize for my late response.<br /><br />Best,<br />Glenn Mechanick

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07-21-2007, 04:58 PM
Posted By: <b>Rich Klein</b><p>We rent out the hotel instead and throw out all those other bums. We're going to take it over for the night anyway. <img src="/images/wink.gif" height=14 width=14><br /><br />Regards<br />Rich

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07-23-2007, 12:59 AM
Posted By: <b>bigfish</b><p> Looking forward to the dinner.

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07-23-2007, 10:36 PM
Posted By: <b>Alan</b><p>Glenn - I'm glad you (& your wife) can come. Alan

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07-24-2007, 12:29 AM
Posted By: <b>Glenn Mechanick</b><p>Alan,<br /><br />Thanks. Lisa & I look forward to seeing/ meeting everyone.<br /><br />Glenn

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07-24-2007, 11:39 AM
Posted By: <b>Dave Haas</b><p>Leon, my plans have changed and I can no longer make it on Thursday nite. Maybe I'll run in to you at the show. What booth will you be at?

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07-24-2007, 11:50 AM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>Hey Dave,<br />Thanks for letting me know...This Wed I am giving the final number and every bit of info helps. I will be at Scott Brockelman's table with he and Richard Masson. All you need to do is ask any vintage card person/dealer and they should know where we are (I forget the table #, off hand). Or you can ask someone where the Net54 guys are hanging out as we usually have about 10-15 folks hanging around chatting.... I look forward to meeting you....I will be there for 5 days so should be able to meet everyone that wants to be met.....take care...

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07-24-2007, 09:04 PM
Posted By: <b>Mike Peich</b><p>...I'll freakin' be there, Leon, and many garcias for making this happen. See you next week.<br /><br />Cheers, Mike

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07-24-2007, 11:37 PM
Posted By: <b>Mike Mccullough</b><p>Would love to stop by and have a couple cocktails.... Cant make the dinner though..<br />

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07-24-2007, 11:45 PM
Posted By: <b>leon</b><p>I sent you an email back too...In about 2 days I will give a final head count to the Hotel and post another thread about the Dinner.....It won't have to do with rsvp'ing but more about the specifics/operations....(which there aren't too many)...regards