A story from Wapakoneta, Ohio, carries the account of townspeople being urged to turn in gold chains, rings and other golden bling to raise money to bring an author to town. A gold exchange will turn the gold into cash for payment of the author's appearance fee.
The article notes that the author had once been a copy editor at Fort Wayne Newspapers during her younger days.
No, the author isn't former copy editor Nancy Nall, although some may wonder whether Ms. Nall's appearance fee could be measured in a precious metal.
The author is Margaret Peterson Haddix. William Laney of the Wapakoneta Daily News reports:
Members of the Wapakoneta Middle School PTT are sponsoring a “Golden Opportunity” today at the school.
People can bring in their gold between 2:30 and 8 p.m. at Wapakoneta Middle School and receive cash and help the school bring in an author to talk to the students.
“We are holding this event to bring in the author Margaret Peterson Haddix, who has written some famous books such as ‘Found,’ ‘Sent’ and ‘Among the Hidden,’ ” PTT Vice President Jeanne Brown told the Wapakoneta Daily News. [ ... ]
Haddix, who grew up on a farm near Washington Court House, graduated from Miami University with degrees in English, journalism, creative writing and history. Before her first book was published, she worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne, Ind. a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis, and a community college instructor and freelance writer in Danville, Illinois.
Money raised from “Golden Opportunity” would be used to pay the $2,000 to bring Haddix to talk with the students next fall.
People bringing in gold will receive cash from the gold buyer, Voss Gold.
“Basically, a person can bring in any gold jewelry — rings, earrings, an earring back, necklaces whether they are broken or not — and she will go ahead and pay the person cash on the spot,” Brown said. “On top of whatever she gives them, she will give 10 percent to the PTT, so if the person is paid $200 then they will give the PTT $20.”