Chris Cinnamon, the American Cable Association's longtime outside counsel, sent ACA communications vice president Ted Hearn an e-mail with a photo last Thursday: "Look what I found with my change this morning on the bedside table at the Flat Rock, N.C., Holiday Inn Express. Received as change for a cheeseburger."
It was a 1900 Indian Head penny, worth about $5 or $10 on the free market, judging by eBay listings.
Heading into the ACA Summit on April 28 outside Washington, D.C. , he was hoping the windfall was more than monetary.
Said Cinnamon: "It is a sure sign that good fortune will shine upon the ACA Summit, especially considering the importance of broadband stimulus funds for small cable."
Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.
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