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I got into this trouble, I mean hobby as a result of a 5th grade class trip to a major show held in Abilene, Texas in 1967 (well that carbon dates me, I guess). I was also already interested in chemistry, as a result of those super dangerous chemistry sets that where available back then. Didn't hurt that my dad was in the Air Force, and later that year he was transferred to southern California, where my interest developed further.

When it came time for college, it was between computers and geology. I went the geoscience route (I still wonder if that was the best...) I got my B.S. degree in geophysics from the New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology in 1978. I wasn't the brightest in the class, but people in industry thought I had an M.S. (that speaks to the college, not me). I went immediately into the petroleum industry (it was just after the peak of the 70's boom), first processing seismic reflection data (mainly in Houston), and later interpreting data to generate prospects (in Midland, Texas). My main areas were in West Texas and Southeast New Mexico. I finally did find some oil; the prospect was drilled after I was layed off in the 1986 oil bust. I then got my M.S. in geology (hydrogeology emphasis) from Purdue, then went into environmental investigations with a company in Atlanta, Georgia. I survived this for 11 years until 9/11 happened, and funding for government projects (which I was mostly involved with) froze. I've been out of the geoscience realm since (unable to move from the area, plus age stuff...).

My collecting interests are mainly copper minerals and their associates (lead, zinc), especially of the American Southwest and adjacent Mexico. Also a bit partial to the colored tourmalines, but the prices have gotten way out of my reach. I haven't been actively collecting since 2001. These days I'm more in thought about what to do with my collection in the future (see various threads by others in the discussions).

I've been a member of three clubs in the past. The first was the Houston Gem & Mineral Society, from 1978 to about 1981. Great bunch of folks . After moving to Midland, I was in the Midland Gem & Mineral Society (1982 to 1986); somehow I got conned into being the Treasurer for a year, and I helped my wife with duties as secretary and newsletter editor. Upon moving to Atlanta, I joined the Georgia Mineral Society in 1989, and remained a member until 2013 (due to being unable to make meetings due to my current part time job). During this period I served as club secretary (forget the years), as Mineral Section chair (1991), President (2005), and was a second set of eyes while my wife was newsletter editor (1997-2000, 2002-2004, and 2006).

Also, I've been involved with the Georgia Science Olympiad, at the State level, off and and on for a few years (the director moves around with proctors of the tests). I also help the wife if she's asked to do the fossil event (yes, she's also a geologist, but more into fossils). For what it's worth, she was asked one year to do the national fossil event. Yeh.


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