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I grew up on Long Island, within walking distance of New York City, and the ONLY childhood friend I knew that collected minerals pointed me to an area not far from what was the World's Fair grounds in 1964, for, what else? Garnet crystals! But I actually "cut my teeth" at Ruggles Mine in New Hampshire at 11. Where I suffered my first mineral specimen-related "epic fail." When my father refused to allow my Mom and I to throw a book of Mica half as big as I was in the trunk of his car. After we had spent an hour digging it out of the dirt. I miss my Mom...
After having been wowed by the huge marble quarrying ops in Central Vermont, it was sort of inevitable that I would eventually wind up with a Virginia Mineral Miners Certificate. Because you kinda sorta hafta have one to collect at quarries here. I'm so proud...
My mom was a rock head. Hound! Rock HOUND. Couldn't get enough of it. And it rubbed off on me.
So that, when my new wife and her family and I visited the Museum of Natural History in NYC 30 years ago, I finally had to sit on one of the steps that circled the cylindrical display I was looking at, and rested my head on it, blankly starring at the gorgeousness. They found me after searching for 25 minutes, realizing I wasn't around anymore. Which should have been immediate, since I am, how should I say this: a bit loud? (I grew up under the incoming flight pattern to LaGuardia Airport. Sue me.)
So here I am, in Central Virginia, 55 years and a myriad of (sometimes) bizarre rock related experiences later, owner of The Rock Garden. Guess what I do there?!? Thanks, Mom...


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