Just the other day I had a phone call from an old timer in the hobby. As in many phone calls it seems the name Steve Cyrkin comes up. The conversation is almost always not positive. I was reminded of a story Cyrkin wrote on his web site about me that was 100% fake news. Seems like Cyrkin has never forgiven me for posting his words "that he was shutting down his autograph business (Starbright) while he pulled all the fakes out of his inventory".
Obviously very bitter/embarrassed he created and published a story that a well respected dealer said that he would go to the grave thinking Steve Koschal was a forger. Of course Cyrkin would make this claim from someone who was no longer with us so it could never be confirmed.
What Cyrkin obviously didn't know was that the dealer he mentioned was a personal friend of mine for many decades.
The dealer who Cyrkin chose to create the quote from was Michael Minor of Kaufman, Texas. Both Michael Minor and I specialized in autographs of the presidents of the United States. Our similar interests allowed us to spend time every time I attended a Texas autograph show. Michael was a customer of mine, we talked frequently on the phone and exchanged ideas through correspondence. Mike Minor would often send me gifts such as back in April 1992 he sent me copy #38 , signed of his book A Lawyer Argues For The Authenticity of The Shroud Of Turin".
In "1999" he was kind enough to send me two copies of a book he contributed to on Geronimo's autograph. One was the paperback edition and the other was copy#46 of the signed hardcover edition.
Several weeks after receiving the book I noticed a signature of Sitting Bull illustrated as "Genuine" which I knew was a forgery.
As I always shared info with Mike, I wrote him advising him of my findings. His response to me was thanking me for the Bob Dylan item he purchased from me and with my advise on the Sitting Bull signature he responded that: "and you are on the money on the Sitting Bull playing card".
aOver a year later, May 2000, Mike after coming back from Turin, Italy working on the Shroud of Turin, Mike sends me a Rare gift. A small piece of the precious and very rare red silk that was wrapped around the Shroud of Turin for 400 years.
Note Mike writes: "warm regards & admiration of his friends, the authors..."
Enclosed with this book was a handwritten letter from Mike Minor stating in part: "It was a pleasure chatting with you as always....we were indeed honored to sign the book and honored that you would want us to....
My long time friend David "Michael" Minor passed away on December 23, 2008. I very much miss our educational conversations.
Most important, what type of a person would use the name of a respected autograph professional who is now no longer with us and create a "Fake" news story using the deceased persons name. How much lower can Steve Cyrkin go?