GATA's reception in New Orleans draws conference notables

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2:11a CT Sunday, November 19, 2006

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

GATA's reception Saturday evening during the New Orleans Investment Conference drew more than 130 people, including conference notables Mark Faber, Frank Veneroso, Bob Bishop, Brien Lundin, John Embry, Peter Grandich, Ian McAvity, David Tice, and James Turk.

The reception was held at Latrobe's on Royal, the former Louisiana State Bank building on Royal Street in the French Quarter (or, en francais, le Vieux Carre). Latrobe's has some fascinating architecture and it was gloriously made up.

There were brief remarks by GATA Chairman Bill Murphy, Veneroso, and your secretary/treasurer, and people seemed to have an especially good time, since many stuck around until the proprietors had to evict them into the massive pub crawl that descends on the French Quarter most nights. (Maybe the reception's attendees stayed so long because they were hoping for shelter!)

GATA is most grateful to the event's planner, Janet Lee of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada, who also organized GATA's Gold Rush 21 conference in 2005, and to Agnico-Eagle Mines and Europe's Top-Gold Fund, longtime GATA supporters, who helped underwrite the reception financially.

While the flood devastation in the northern part of New Orleans endures and is shocking and terribly sad, the city's business district and the French Quarter are fully operational, and restaurants are serving fantastic meals in the old New Orleans style. (GATA's partisans especially enjoyed the Palace Cafe, Arnaud's, the Bourbon House, and the Bombay Club.) Some GATA people felt bad about having good times so close to where so many people had lost everything, but the people of New Orleans, hard at work, did their best to dispel such feelings. Their message over and over was thankfulness for the visitors and the restoration of tourism. Indeed, the New Orleans hospitality of old was outdone by the hospitality of the recovering New Orleans.

So give next year's New Orleans Investment Conference some thought. It's always a great show and there aren't too many places where getting a financial education and having fun are also good deeds.

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.

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