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Eric Fritzsch is a mineral collector (all sizes from micromounts to cabinet specimens; no tongue polished stones i.e. lapidary and no dead things--i.e. fossils). He has always been fascinated by rocks since his mother dropped him in a pile of rip rap as a baby.

Eric was born in Rochester, NY where he collected dolomite out of local driveways. He was influenced by Wards, Bill Pinch, Van King, the Rochester Club and Mineralogical Symposium. After High School he attended South Dakota School of Mines to study under Bill Roberts where he graduated with a B.S. and M.S. in Geology. He curated the SD School of Mines Museum of Geology mineral collection for several years in and after graduate school. Today he works as a geologist for the US Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha, Nebraska.

Eric owns Upstream Minerals which sells minerals to collectors, generally at small shows in and around Nebraska. The Omaha Indian word for the town of Omaha, translates into "Upstream." Omaha is a mineralogical desert so he has to travel to satisfy his mineralogical curiosities. Hayden (1872) "There are no minerals that can be worked to advantage in this state."

Eric's collection consists of over 5,000 cataloged mineral specimens thru field collecting and silver pick. In 2017 he joined Mindat on a trip to the Kola Peninsula (a fantastic trip--highly recommended). He looks forward to another Mindat trip in the future. Eric attends Tucson, Denver, and other large mineral shows every year. Eric lives by the motto "Collect what you like; Like what you collect."

Eric is married to the lovely Carolyn Fritzsch (also a mineral collector/ geological engineer). They have 2 children (Ian and Devin) and a German Shepherd (Ruby).


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