I was talking with the desk clerks as I checked out of my room at the Sheraton this morning. As we all noticed, the walkup lines seemed never ending. In commenting on the ATM at the end of the hall near the front desk being labeled as out of order (another patron had been looking for an ATM), the discussion turned to how quickly it ran out of cash. The clerks explained that they were totally shocked that the machine had been loaded Friday with $45,000 and was empty by Saturday morning. I commented that that was entirely normal with the convention in town and two or three thousand people descending upon the ATM. At this point, the clerks brought up their conversation with Mr. Savage, who had apparantly talked to them about the same issue, and told them that they had expected two to three thousand attendees, but had in fact received over eight thousand. So, not direct, but Savage doesn't reveal the attendance numbers directly and never has. iI's as close to an official count as we seem likely to get, and I have no reason to doubt the desk clerks on their statements.