Newsletter - December, 1997/January 1998
DOINGS - Dee Holland, AFMS President
AWARD WINNING ARTICLES & POEMS
YEAR-ONE ROCKHOUND - Margaret M. Pearson, Chair
ON THE AFMS'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY...
- Shirley Leeson & Carolyn Weinberger; AFMS 50th Anniversary Committee
A NOTE FROM
PUBLICATIONS - THE WINNERS! - Gaila Ries, Chair
CANCELLATIONS - by Wendell C. Mohr,
SLINGSHOTS - Mel Albright
A FULL LIFE
SHOW AND MEETING
by Wendell. Mohr
SHOW DATES - BAD INFORMATION OUT THERE
Rick Trapp Tucson Gem and Mineral Society Show Committee
CANADA BY NON-CITIZENS
By Ken Pugh
comments from Robert Sensenstein,
Ottawa Paleontological Society
By Anne Cook
THE NIGHT BEFORE
(Rockhound Style with Apologies)
by Edna F. Pauli
THE BIGGEST, THE
AND THE MOST GARGANTUAN
by Benjamin Mark
by Gregory Brown
At this traditional season of thanksgiving, worship, celebration, joy and renewal, we
have an opportunity to take the time to reflect upon our lives, the people in our lives,
where we have been and where we may go.
One thing in which we may all unite is the celebration of the beauty that is found in
the earth. We may admire earth's beauty as it is found. We may feel called to open a rock
to reveal the beauty within. We may polish. We may carve. We may embellish. We may find
remnants of times long past. But our hobby is an open admiration for earth's bounty.
Another joy of the hobby is the chance for acquaintances and friendships with those who
join us in the hobby. These people enrich our lives. They welcome, teach, lead, follow,
help, talk, edit, write, and more so that others may also enjoy being rockhounds.
As we look to the future, we should each resolve to do that which needs doing to
preserve and share and enrich our hobby. There are forces that would deny us all of
rockhounding. They will prevail unless we all do our share and let others know our views.
This season and this next year, let's each be a beacon for our hobby. Tell others about
it. Tell others why it is important. Invite others - particularly the young and the
"kids no more at home" couples to join us. Welcome them.
The Mississippi Gem and Mineral Society put on a fantastic 50th anniversary show for
the AFMS. Leon Boutwell and crew deserve a special thank you.
Congratulations on a job well done go to the 50th Anniversary Committee, for the
anniversary pins. They sold out sooner than was expected. A display of club bulletins from
all the clubs in the seven regions filled one wall. It was fun to try and find how many of
our Federation Clubs Bulletins were up there. A very unique and interesting way to display
The history books each person received at the Awards Banquet served some of us as an
autograph book, getting the Presidents there to sign their name by their picture. A big
-THANKS- goes to Diane Dare, Shirley Leeson and Carolyn Weinberger.
At the business meeting a proposal was made and approved to increase the AFMS
Newsletter circulation to one copy for each Regional Committee Chairperson and three
copies to each club in the seven Regional Federations. I will ask each Regional Federation
President to appoint someone in charge of getting these names and addresses of their
chairpersons to Dan McLennan and that the Regional Bulletin editors include the
information in their Newsletters so each club is informed they will receive one more
newsletter for a total of three copies per club. It is the responsibility of the clubs to
send the names and addresses of who is to receive the AFMS Newsletter to Dan McLennan at
the Central Office. This would be a good time to update their listing for all three
addresses with Dan. His address is: Dan McLennan Box 26523 Oklahoma City OK, 73126 - 0523
The newsletters of the AFMS, the Regional Federations and the individual clubs are the
only method of communication we have. I receive all Regional Federation Newsletters and a
number of club newsletters, all that I receive I read. It is encouraging that information
is being passed on going both ways when information from the AFMS is in Regional and club
bulletins and also information from club bulletins appears in the Regional or AFMS
There are some changes of Committee Chairpersons for the coming year: the each
year-each club- one rockhound will be chaired by Bonnie Glismann, 4326 S. 200 W., Ogden,
UT. 84405. Juniors: Bob and Kathy Miller, 1106 Clayton Dr., So. Bend, IN 46614;
International Relations: Ed Romack, 655 8th Street, Idaho Falls ID, 83401; Safety Manual
Update: Leslie Anderson, 6447 NE 153rd St., Bothel, WA, 98011; Education-All American:
Lyle and Colleen Kugler, 612 So. E. 3rd St., Alledo, IL 6123 1.
The young man was a bagger at the supermarket. One day, the market installed a machine
to squeeze juice from real oranges. The youngster asked if he could learn to use it.
"Absolutely not!" said the manager. "Baggers cannot be juicers!"
1997 AFMS AWARD WINNING
ARTICLES & POEMS
This book has been compiled from all of the articles and poems entered in
the AFMS contest. The book is 88 pages in length and contains 63 articles and poems, which
were all trophy winners in their own federation. It makes a great addition to any library,
as well as being a source for interesting articles and poems to put in your own bulletin.
The price is $3.50, plus $1.25 for shipping-a total of $4.75. Please send check or cash
to: Gaila Ries, 4611 37th St., Lubbock, TX 79414.
EACH CLUB-EACH YEAR-ONE ROCKHOUND
Margaret M. Pearson, Chair
We would like to make the following corrections regarding two very fine EACH CLUB- EACH
YEAR-ONE ROCKHOUND honorees whose recognitions got a bit tangled:
* Harold Cohen, Nassau Mineral Club, Inc., Mineola, New York, is being recognized for his
service as Lapidary Vice President, being a member of the Board of Directors for many
years and for keeping the club's lapidary equipment in top notch working order.
* Donald E. Udey (Posthumous), Gem, Lapidary and Mineral Society of Washington, D.C., Inc.
His club wishes to recognize him for having served as club president, a director, and for
many years as assistant show chairman. As field trip chairman he made many trips to locate
and organize outstanding field trips, which has become a club strong point. He had served
for over ten years assisting at the Smithsonian in the Gem and Mineral section.
The following rockhounds are being recognized for they're outstanding service by the
AFMS through its program EACH CLUB-EACH YEAR-ONE ROCKHOUND. The names of rockhounds
honored by their fellow members for their contribution to their club and the hobby are not
published here in any particular order. The AFMS congratulates these hardworking club
* Stuart Benson. Connecticut Valley Mineral Club of Springfield, Massachusetts and East
Windsor, Connecticut We wish to recognize him as an outstanding member of our club. Stu is
current editor of club newsletter, has been chairman of annual show for nine years and
club president twice. He gives talks to school kids about minerals and is fond of working
* Allan Zar - Panama City Gem and Mineral Society of Panama City, Florida, wishes to
recognize their super member. A charter member of the club, Allan has held each club
office - has been president on three occasions for total of six years and perpetual show
chairman. He has taught silversmithing in his garage to members of his own club and two
others for many years, with no charge for tuition and furnishing all equipment. He
tirelessly supports efforts to improve club.
* Don Hopkins of the Rough and Tumbled Rock and Gem Club of Ponca City, Oklahoma, is being
recognized for his outstanding service to his club He has worked willingly and tirelessly
to be their secretary, one-man calling committee to remind members about meetings, and to
submit meeting and field trip notices to the local newspaper. He has helped keep their
small, young club "on the map."
* Sadie Draper of the Oakland County Earth Science Club, Waterford, Michigan, has been a
member since 1969, and has been Membership Chairman since joining the club. She has also
been the bulletin editor for many years and contributes of her time and knowledge to every
aspect of our hobby. For years she displayed at local mineral shows with material from her
excellent collection. Her enthusiasm and friendliness is appreciated by all club members.
Her love of rocks and minerals has never diminished. Although she is suffering from poor
health she continues to be a strong supporter of all the varied activities.
* Jim Cotant, Spokane Rock Rollers Club, Spokane, Washington, is being recognized for his
dedication to spreading the word about the earth sciences. Jim yearly speaks to 12 - 14
school classes, Boy and Girl Scout Troups, senior citizens and other rock clubs enhancing
their knowledge of the rockhounding hobby.
* Al Carrell, Orange Belt Mineralogical Society, has been a dedicated member for years. He
is the first in line to volunteer, the "backbone" in expanding the workshop this
year. He shares his knowledge of silversmithing, wirewrapping, and carving. He is workshop
chair and field trip leader. We thank him and salute him.
* Billie Rickabaugh, Peninsula Gem & Geology Society is a charter member of her club
(1951) and has held all offices. She has been editor for over 12 years, and is now
parliamentarian and hostess. "Keeper of the Rocks" she houses all of the Club's
collection from over the years for use at the annual show.
* Jules & Mary Ficke, Antelope Valley G&M. They are active members and have held
most elected offices. Jules was in charge of displays and magazine tables at the Club's
spring show and gave programs on minerals and mineral identification. Mary is Fair Show
Chair. Both expound on the virtues of the hobby and membership.
* Ed & Marie Sterbenz, Northrop Grumman G&M. In addition to doing very dependable
jobs in their official capacities, Ed & Marie consistently volunteer for extra service
whenever and wherever needed. We appreciate them!
PLEASE NOTE: This is my last report as chair of this committee as the president will
new AFMS committee head shortly. Clubs should continue to submit their honorees to their
federation committee person.
LOOKING BACK ON THE AFMS'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY...
Shirley Leeson & Carolyn Weinberger; AFMS 50th Anniversary Committee
The "Big BASH" has come and gone and memories linger on. As promised, there
were seven exhibit cases. There could actually have been more - there was plenty of
material - but seven kept it manageable. (Many thanks to Carolyn Weinberger for the liners
in navy blue felt that set everything off so beautifully)
The first three cases had "CABS FROM COAST TO COAST" and were obtained from
club members from all seven of the regional federations. There were over 200 in all, each
labeled with the material, location, donor, club and regional federation listed. There
were cabs from AFMS Past Presidents: Johnnie Short, 1964; Dorothy Lee, 1973; Kenneth Zahn,
1976; Russell Kemp, 1978; Barbara Goss Pettit, 1981; Bill Cox, 1983; Dick Swartz, 1987;
Ruth Bailey, 1993 and Fred Schaefermeyer, 1984. Because of the wonderful material
submitted, it was decided by the 50th Anniversary Committee to send the cabs to each
regional first vice president with the strong recommendation that the cabs be exhibit at
the next regional show with
a sign that those particular cabs had been included in the AFMS 50th Anniversary event.
The cabs from California will be exhibited and preserved and added to. It has the
beginning of a wonderful collection of rare and hard-to-find material that once made field
tripping an important aspect of clubs events. These donations by club members will
actually show material that now is only talked about, and will give new rockhounds a sense
of what was once possible and
available. I hope the other regional federations will do the same.
The next two cases were early to current AFMS memorabilia including badges, ribbons,
show pins, pictures, the earliest known AFMS By- Laws and much more. Jack Streeter, our
oldest AFMS Past President, donated two handmade programs from Denver as well as his name
badge used at Salt Lake City and Denver and the early by-laws. Minutes from early meetings
were donated by Russell Trapnell, Dan Caudle and Dorothy Lee. Kenneth Zahn sent a huge
trophy given to him when he was AFMS President by the president of the Japanese Rock
Appreciation Assn. who was a part of the festivities at Salt Lake City when Ken was
president. (It was too large for the case and was shown next door at the AFMS Endowment
Fund Table. (Thanks Charley Leach for the space... )
The next exhibit was the all important U.S. Postage Stamps. Pictures of Lillian Turner,
our Commemorative Stamp Chairwoman, who worked for many years before getting the first
Mineral Heritage stamps in 1974 and more recently the additional mineral stamps that came
out in 1992 and finally the dinosaur stamps were shown. A beautiful leather case given to
Dorothy Lee, AFMS President the year the first stamps came out was loaned, sheets of
stamps, first day covers and important letters were exhibited.
The last exhibit had early Uniform Rules Committee bulletins and rulebooks. There were
loaned trophies from the 1970s and pictures of awardees from as far back as the 1960s. The
final exhibit was out on the table. Louellen Montgomery, AFMS Scholarship Foundation
President had a wonderful scrapbook of photos of the students who received the grants over
years. The earliest grant was for $300. in 1965.
The WALL OF BULLETINS was awesome! The bulletins were collected from all the seven
regions and even included some bulletins from Canada. They were put up behind the Editor's
Booth and were saved after the show by committee person Carolyn Weinberger. The Bulletin
Editor's Hall of Fame books were proudly exhibited and promises of more memorabilia from
various "old timers" from throughout the U.S. will be forthcoming.
Each person attending the Awards Banquet received a booklet on the 50 years of the
AFMS, researched by Diane Dare, Shirley Leeson, and Fred Schaefermeyer and put together by
Carolyn Weinberger. (A job of huge proportions, our thanks to Carolyn) AFMS Past
Presidents present at the banquet were: Jack Streeter, 1949; Johnnie Short, 1964; Dorothy
Lee, 1973; Russell Kemp, 1978; Ed Romack, 1991,, James Hurlbut, 1992; Ruth Bailey, 1993;
Fred Schaefermeyer, 1994; and Ed Ries, 1995.
Lots of pictures were taken of all the exhibits, the events and participants. And
hopefully, in 50 years all this will be brought out and shown again....
A NOTE FROM HARRIET GEORGE:
To: Rockhound Friends
From: Harriet George, MWF;URC;Judge; and Fromer Exhibitor
Re: Recent Surgery
After my surgery on August 30th I answered every gift, card, and greeting. That is I
did until the Jackson, MI show. The Uniform Rules Committee sent a beautiful card signed
with dozens of names. Then AFMS Annual meeting produced a lovely card with scores of
names. And I had met my match.
This is a Thank You to all who signed. Your promises of concern and prayers are deeply
appreciated. Let me report that my combined Chemo-Radiation treatment is progressing. I am
at the 5th week of a 6 week plus program: 23 down and 10 to go.
I am feeling quite well, a little fatigued, and the future is promising.
RADIOACTIVE STONE WARNING
It is reported from Thailand that there are dangerously radioactive chrysoberyl brown
cat-eye stones circulating in the world. The radiation level is reported as over 50 times
more than allowed by US law. They have apparently been bombarded with radiation in a
nuclear reactor in order to change them from yellow to the much more valuable brown.
Indonesia is believed to be the source of the stones. The altered stones sell for very
high prices. It is recommended that one not buy brown chrysoberyl cats-eye stones without
checking them for radioactivity.
* If drivers don't like tailgaters, why do they buy small print bumper stickers?
* Money was invented to let us know exactly how far behind we are.
* Advice for editors: Proofread carefully to see if you any words out
* Why is Christmas just like a day at the office? ... You do all the work and the fat guy
with the suit gets all the credit.
* When I die, I want to die in my sleep like my grandpa - not yelling and screaming like
* Why don't we have cultured oil anywhere ... instead of only crude oil
AFMS CLUB PUBLICATIONS - THE WINNERS
Gaila Ries, Chair
The results of the 1997 AFMS bulletin contest were announced on Sunday morning, October
25th. This year the contest had 134 entries. What a lot of people don't realize is that to
even get to the AFMS contest level they have to be in the top three for the category they
are in, in their own federation. Usually this means they've already a trophy winner. So in
essence, the AFMS contest is truly a contest of winners. So whether you won
honorable mention or first place, you should rightly be proud. And for those who didn't
quite make it this year, I hope you're already working on your entries for next year.
New EditorsMini-BulletinsSmall BulletinsLarge
Adult ArticlesAdvanced Adult ArticlesJunior ArticlesSpecial Publications
1.BRECCIA, Patricia Speece, Editor; Santa Clara Valley Gem & Mineral
Society, San Jose, CA CFMS; 2.
ROCK TALK, Jennifer Nejman, Editor; Imperial Valley Gem & Mineral Society, Imperial,
CA CFMS; 3. THE
TRILOBITE, Ellen R. Dettwiler, Editor; Wisconsin Geological Society, Milwaukee, WI MWF; 4.
VALLEY GEM NEWS, Barbara & Charlie Knapp, Editors; Magic Valley Gem Club, Twin Falls,
ID NFMS; 5.
THE STONE CHIPPER, Angela Wirtz, Editor; Austin Gem & Mineral Society, Austin, TX
SCFMS; 6. THE
STRATA DATA, Marie Zigier, Editor; Three Rivers Gem & Mineral Society, Ft. Wayne, IN
MWF; 7. THE
ROCKHOUND, Jeff Ursillo, Editor; Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches, West Palm
FL; 8. THE CONGLOMERATE, Sara Vélez Mallea, Editor; Reno Gem & Mineral Society, Reno,
NV CFMS; 9.
THE POST ROCK, Sara Murphy, Editor; McPherson Gem & Mineral Club, McPherson, KS RMFMS;
MINERAL MITE, Jack Nelson, Editor; Micromineralogists of the National Capital Area,
HONORABLE MENTION: DIGGIN'S FROM DAKOTA, Jerry Nevland, Editor; Central Dakota Gem
& Mineral Society, Bismarck, ND RMFMS. <>HELLGATE BREEZES, Ray Henry, Editor;
Hellgate Mineral Society, Missoula, MT NFMS. <>ROCKHOUND RECORD, Cecilia C. Flores,
Editor; Mineralogical Society of
Arizona, Phoenix, AZ RMFMS. <>ROK TOK, Cheri Rodger, Editor; Dallas Gem &
Mineral Society, Dallas,
TX SCFMS. <>SLABS, CABS, AND GAB, Shelly Westfall, Editor; East Kingco Rock Club,
NFMS. <>THE CRYSTAL GAZER, Sandra Egan, Editor; Mount Clemens Gem & Lapidary
Clemens, Ml MWF. <>THE NEW YORK MINERALOGICAL CLUB, Mitchell Portnoy, Editor; New
Mineralogical Club, New York, NY EFMLSINDEXStart of Article
1.LAPIDARY CHATTER, Joan Lingenfelter, Editor; Delaware Valley Lapidary
& Mineral Society,
Springfield, PA EFMLS; 2. MENDO COAST GEMS, Jane Webb, Editor; Mendocino Coast Gem &
Society, Fort Bragg, CFMS CA; 3. THAMES VALLEY GEODE, Lou Castagna, Editor; Thames Valley
Rockhounds, Inc., Groton, CT EFMLS; 4. SIES CLUB NEWS, Donna Curtis, Editor; Southern
Science Club, Benton, IL MWF; 5. ROCK POUNDER, Sharen & Jay De Puy, Editors; Ute
Mountain Gem &
Mineral Society, Cortez, CO RMFMS; 6. BOULDER BUSTERS, Charlene Balter, Editor; Hells
Club, Inc., Lewiston, ID/Clarkston, WA NFMS; 7. THE LODESTONE, Gary Raham, Editor; Fort
Rockhounds, Fort Collins, CO; RMFMS; 8. ROCKHOUND SPECIAL, Darlene Denton, Editor; Mt.
Rock & Gem Club, Bellingham, WA NFMSINDEXStart
1. ROCK RAMBLINGS, Nancy Piazza, Editor; Lakeshore Mineral & Lapidary
Society, Mentor, OH MWF;
2.DRYWASHER'S GAZETTE, Pat LaRue, Editor; Valley Prospectors, San Bernardino, CA CFMS; 3.
SLATE, Elizabeth Commean, Editor; Northwest Illinois Rock Club, Freeport, IL MWF; 4.
STATEMENTS, Mary-Ruth Rathjen, Editor; Clear Lake Gem & Mineral Society, Houston, TX
GRINDINGS, Geri Whitlatch, Editor; Idaho Gem Club, Boise, ID NFMS; 6. THE TUSCARORA
Pamela Wingrod, Editor; Tuscarora Lapidary Society, Media, PA EFMLS; 7. HIGH COUNTRY
GLEAMINGS, Margaret L. Johnson, Editor; Henderson County Gem & Mineral Society,
SFMS; 8. CHATS AND CHIPS, Helen L. Ladd, Editor; Manasota Rock and Gem Club, Sarasota, FL
9. THE TUMBLE RUMBLE, Richard M. Knox, Editor; Capistrano Valley Rock & Mineral Club,
Clemente, CA CFMS; 10. THE HOUND'S TALE, Joe & JoAnne Zinecker, Editors; Arlington Gem
Club, Arlington, TX SCFMS
HONORABLE MENTION: <>BEEHIVE BUZZER, Leora Alexander, Editor; Beehive Rock &
Ogden, UT RMFMS. <>BROOKSIDE PEBBLE NEWS, Marie Wester, Editor; Four Corners Gem
Club, Durango, CO RMFMS. <>CABBER GABBER, Charlotte Styers, Editor; Mobile Rock
& Gem Society,
Mobile, AL SFMS. <>COWTOWN CUTTER, Terry Biegler, Editor; Fort Worth Gem &
Mineral Club, Fort
Worth, TX SCFMS. <>GOLDEN SPIKE NEWS, Nancy Freund, Editor; Golden Spike Gem &
Ogden, UT NFMS. <>HOUNDS HOWL, Barbara Fenstermacher, Editor; Aiken Gem &
Aiken, SC SFMS. <>HUNTIN' & DIGGIN', Bill Alcorn, Editor; De Ridder Gem &
Mineral Society, De Ridder,
LA SCFMS. <>OBSIDIAN OBSERVER, Marge Garn, Editor; Los Alamos Geological Society,
NM RMFMS. <>STONE AGE NEWS, Deloris Morrical, Editor; Marysville Rock & Gem
Marysville, WA NFMS. <>THE GEODE, Celia Tiffany, Editor; McDonnell Douglas Gem &
St. Louis, MO MWF. <>THE PETRIFIED DIGEST, Maxine Anderson, Editor; Ginkgo Mineral
Wenatchee, WA NFMS. <>THE ROCKATIER, Beverly Moreau, Editor; Northrop Grumman Gem
Mineral Club, Hawthorne, CA CFMS. <>THE VUG EXAMINER, Reivan Zeleznik, Editor;
Stamford Mineralogical Society, Stamford, CT EFMLS. <>TUMBLER, Alberta Hare, Editor;
Society, San Rafael, CA CFMSINDEXStart of Article
1. EARTH SCIENCE NEWS, Jean Reynolds, Editor; Earth Science Club of
Northern Illinois, Downers
Grove, IL MWF; 2. ROCK BUSTER NEWS, Lois & Erston Barnhart, Editors; Central
Pennsylvania Rock &
Mineral Club, Harrisburg, PA EFMLS; 3. GEM CUTTERS NEWS, Carolyn Weinberger, Editor; Gem
Guild of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD EFMLS; 4. T-TOWN ROCKHOUND, Linda Jaeger, Editor; Tulsa
Mineral Society, Tulsa, OK RMFMS; 5.THE MOUNTAIN GEM, Charles & Amy Ramer, Editors;
Mineral Society of Franklin, NC, Franklin, NC SFMS; 6. GHOST SHEET, Rosemarie Young,
Lode Mineral Society, Modesto, CA CFMS; 7. ROCKHOUND RAMBLING, Shirley Layton, Editor;
Gem & Mineral Society, Ventura, CA CFMS; 8. THE COASTAL PLAIN GEODE, Anne & Susan
Editors; Charles Towne Mineral & Lapidary Club, Charleston, SC SFMS 9. KYANA GEMSCOOP,
Judy Budnik, Editors; Kyana Geological Society, Louisville, KY SFMS 10. ROCK ROLLERS, Erma
Editor; Rock Rollers Club, Spokane, WA NFMS
HONORABLE MENTION: <>OFF THE DOP, Carl M. Unruh, Editor; Intermountain Faceters
Utah, Southeastern Idaho NFMS. <>ROCK TALK, Cheryl Poling & Gail Barton,
Editors; Tucson Gem &
Mineral Society, Tucson, AZ RMFMS. <>SKAGIT GEMS, David & Sherry Britten,
Editors; Skagit Rock &
Gem Club, Mount Vernon, WA NFMS. <>TRINITY TAILINGS, Alice Jones, Editor; Trinity
Gem & Mineral
Society, Weaverville, CA CFMS. <>TUMBLER, Norman Steele, Editor; Boeing Employees
Society, Seattle, WA NFMSINDEXStart of Article
1. "The Editor's Lament," Gareth Bibbins, Author; BELLEVUE
ROCKHOUND, Bellevue Rock Club,
Bellevue, WA NFMS; 2. "Rockhounds," Marion Grambau, Author; DUST AND GRIT,
Federal Way Gem &
Mineral Society, Federal Way, WA NFMS; 3. "Could Be ......" Betty Lou Daigneau,
Author; ROCK TALK, St.
Lucie County Rock & Gem Club, Ft. Pierce, FL SFMS; 4. "The Petrified Truth,"
Carl E. Wells, Author; THE
HOUND'S TALE, Arlington Gem & Mineral Club, Arlington, TX SCFMS; 5. "To The
Fossil," Pat Rutkowski,
Author; THE ROCKPILE, Midwest Mineralogical & Lapidary Society of Dearborn, Dearborn,
MI MWF; 6.
"Touching Immortality," Terry Biegier, Author; COWTOWN CUTTER, Fort Worth Gem
& Mineral Club, Fort
Worth, TX SCFMS; 7. "Nevada Dinosaurs," Sharon Ottilige, Author; DINNY'S DOIN'S,
Fossils For Fun
Society, Sacramento, CA CFMS; 8. "The Collection of Stan McPhee," Donald Kelman,
ROCKHOUND NEWS, Heart of Wisconsin Gem & Mineral Society, Wisconsin Rapids, WI MWF; 9.
"Christmas Musings," Naomi Matney, Author; QUARRY QUIPS, Wichita Gem &
Mineral Society, Wichita,
KA RMFMS; 10. "A Rockhounding Trip," Forrest Settle, Author; THE CLACKAMETTE
Mineral & Gem Corp., Oregon City, OR NFMS
HONORABLE MENTION <>"Each One--Teach One!," Midge Beasley, Author; THE
CORAL GEODE, Tampa
Bay EFMLS. Mineral & Science Club, Mango, FL. <>"God's Little
Miracles," Betty Radke-Dye, Author;
EMERALD GEMS, Eugene Mineral Club, Eugene, OR NFMS. <>"Memorium," Richard
STONEY STATEMENTS, Clear Lake Gem & Mineral Society, Houston, TX SCFMS.
<>"Ode To Rocking,"
Doug Hanson, Author; THE ROCK AND HAMMER, Lake Elsinore Gem & Mineral Society, Lake
CA CFMS. <>"Our 23rd Annual Show," Gen Marcoux, Author; ROCKHOUND NEWS,
Heart of Wisconsin
Gem & Mineral Society, Wisconsin Rapids, WI MWF. <>"Rockhounding on the
Redonda Mesa," Dorothy
Borman, Author; CHAPARRAL CHATTER, Chaparral Rockhounds, Roswell, NM RMFMS.
F. Rhodes, Author; THE ROCK BAG, Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society, Oxnard, CA CFMS.
Awakening," Erston Barnhart, Author; ROCK NEWS, Central Pennsylvania Rock &
Harrisburg, PA EFMLS. <>"The Diamond," Cindy Hursty, Author; THE GARNET
Valley Gem & Mineral Society, Poughkeepsie, NY EFMLS. <>"The Rock Hunting
Trip," Karen Deem,
Author; BEEHIVE BUZZER, Beehive Rock & Gem Club, Ogden, UT RMFMS. <>"The
Stone Tree," Opal
Duke Dearing, Author; GEMSTONE GAZETTE, Lea Lap Rock & Mineral Club, Hobbs, NM RMFMS
INDEXStart of Article
1. "Miocene Skates & Rays of Lee Creek, Part 6 - The Myliobatoids: II,"
Jim Bourdon, Author; NJPS
PALEONTOGRAPH, New Jersey Paleontological Society, New Milford, NJ EFMLS; 2.
Hayward, Author; ROCK BUSTER NEWS, Central Pennsylvania Rock & Mineral Club,
EFMLS; 3. "Fluorescence," Emily Adams, Author; HIGH COUNTRY GLEAMINGS,
SFMS; 4. "Trials & Tribulations of Trilobites," Dolores Rose, Author; G.I.
NUGGET, Grand Island, NE
MWF; 5. "Lapis Lazuli," Marianne Luther, Author; STONEY STATEMENTS, Clear Lake
Gem & Mineral
Society, Houston, TX SCFMS; 6. "Electronic Minerals," Stephen C. Emmons, Author;
Fort Collins Rockhounds, Fort Collins, CO RMFMS; 7. "Ultimate Recycling," Elmore
Easter, Author; THE
VUG EXAMINER, Stamford Mineralogical Society, Stamford, CT EFMLS; 8. "Selected
Locality Guide for
Collecting Sites in Indiana," Charles Edward Oldham, Author; KYANA GEMSCOOP, Kyana
Louisville, KY SFMS; 9. "Catch A Failing Star!," Stephen Bespalko, Author;
Gem & Mineral Society, Fallbrook, CA CFMS; 10. "Mississippian Brachiopods From
Formations," Robert L. Guenther, Author; THE LITHNICS, Richland Lithic & Lapidary
HONORABLE MENTION: <>"Cripple Creek Amethyst," Stephen Wade Veatch,
Author; PICK AND PACK,
Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society, Colorado Springs, CO RMFMS.
<>"Diamonds," Arlene Tilson-
Chrysler, Author; STONEY STATEMENTS, Clear Lake Gem & Mineral Society, Houston, TX
Am A Rockhound," Charles (Chuck) Weber, Author; LITHOSPHERE, Fallbrook Gem &
Fallbrook, CA CFMS. <>"Iron--From Heaven and Earth," Mae Williams, Author;
THE PETRIFIED DIGEST,
Ginkgo Mineral Society, Wenatchee, WA NFMS. <>"Llanite Found in Downtown
Dallas!," Terry Biegler,
Author; THE COVVTOWN CUTTER, Fort Worth Gem & Mineral Club, Fort Worth, TX SCFMS.
Trip to Boron," Karen Dawes, Author; LITHOSPHERE, Fallbrook Gem & Mineral,
Fallbrook, CA CFMS.
<>"Petrogenesis of the Mantle Eclogites from South Africa," Marge Garn,
Author; OBSIDIAN OBSERVER,
Los Alamos Geological Society, Los Alamos, NM RMFMS. <>"Rhodochrosite,"
Crystal Johanson, Author;
PEBBLES, Everett Rock & Gem Club, Everett, WA NFMS. <>"Travis'
Trivia," Travis Paris, Author; KGEMS
NEWSLETTER, Knoxville Gem & Mineral Society, Knoxville, TN SFMS.
<>"Warning--Using Anti-Freeze As
A Saw Coolant," Delbert Blickfeldt, Author; GRINDINGS, Idaho Gem Club, Boise, ID
The Sharing Minerals," Lloyd L. Brown, Author; THE TRILOBITE, Wisconsin Geological
Milwaukee, WI MWF. <>"Zion National Park: A Tweak of History and a Tweak of
Geology," D. S. Grover,
Author; LITHOSPHERE, Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society, Fallbrook, CA CFMS
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ADULT ARTICLES - ADVANCED
1. ''Whiskers As A Pedestal For a Micromount," Paul Smith, Author; THE MINERAL
Micromineralogists of the National Capital Area, Bethesda, MD EFMLS; 2. "On The
Scheelite Trail, The X-
Ray Connection, and Other Surprises," Howard Heitner, Author; THE VUG EXAMINER,
Mineralogical Society, Stamford, CT EFMLS; 3. "Very Smooth Rocks," Wes De
Coursey, Author; THE
POST ROCK, McPherson Gem & Mineral Club, McPherson, KS RMFMS; 4. "Early Man and
Behnke, Author; EARTH SCIENCE NEWS, Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois, Downers
MWF; 5. "The Colors of Blackness: Viewing Fluorescence," Celia Tiffany, Author;
McDonnell Douglas Gem & Mineral Society, St. Louis, MO MWF; 6. "The Great
Mogul," Carl Unruh,
Author; OFF THE DOP, Intermountain Faceters Guild, North Utah & Southeast Idaho NFMS;
Mounting Pedestal--Porcupine Quill," Jack Nelson, Author; THE MINERAL MITE,
the National Capital Area, Bethesda, MD EMLS; 8. "Think Cold For This Mineral,"
Alberta Hare, Author;
TUMBLER, Marin Mineral Society, San Anselmo, CA CFMS; 9. "The Importance of the
Ralph C. Sparks, Author; HIGH COUNTRY GLEAMINGS, Henderson County Gem & Mineral
Hendersonville, NC SFMS; 10. "Profile: Inclusions," Jean Seaman, Author;
Central North Carolina Mineral Club, Chapel Hill, NC SFMS
HONORABLE MENTION: <>"Binghamite," Ruby Lingelbach, Author; THE
Stillwater Mineral & Gem Society, Stillwater, OK RMFMS. <>"Camels,"
Andrew A. Hay, Author; EARTH
SCIENCE NEWS, Earth Science Club of Northern IL, Downer's Grove, IL MWF.
Gary Raham, Author; THE LODESTONE, Fort Collins Rockhounds, Fort Collins, CO RMFMS.
Plumbing of the Jemez Volcano: Recent Geophysical Work," Ken Shisler, Author;
Los Alamos Geological Society, Los Alamos, NM RMFMS. <>"Thunder Eggs," Lew
OREGON ROCKHOUND, Oregon Agate & Mineral Society, Portland, OR NFMS
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1. "Under The Earth," Janine Pixley, Author; THE VUG EXAMINER,
Stamford Mineralogical Society,
Stamford, CT EFMLS; 2. "Pompeii," Cameron D. Cox, Author; ROCK PICKINGS, Eastern
Indiana Gem &
Geological Society, Richmond, IN MWF; 3. "Topaz," Erin Huggins, Author; SKAGIT
GEMS, Skagit Rock &
Gem Club, Mount Vernon, WA NFMS; 4. "Timmy's Tooth," Beth Avilla, Author; THE
STRATA DATA, Three
Rivers Gem & Mineral Society, Fort Wayne, IN MWF; 5. "Mother Earth," Amanda
L. Filtz, Author;
ROCKHOUND NEWS, Heart of Wisconsin Gem & Mineral Society, Wisconsin Rapids, WI MWF
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1. CELEBRATING THE SESQUICENTENNIAL--GEOLOGY'S ROLE IN IOWA'S HISTORY, Cedar Valley
Rocks & Minerals Society, Sharon Sonnleitner, Editor; Cedar Valley Rocks &
Minerals Society, Cedar
Rapids, IA MWF; 2. 35TH ANNIVERSARY BOOKLET, John Boland, Author; Coulee Rock Club, La
WI MWF; 3. WELCOME TO THE STAMFORD MINERALOGICAL SOCIETY'S 8TH ANNUAL SHOW, Reivan
Zeleznik, Author; Stamford Mineralogical Society, Stamford, CT EFMLS; 4. A LAUGH A DAY
DOCTOR AWAY, Alice Jones, Editor; Trinity Gem & Mineral Society, Weaverville, CA CFMS;
ROCKS & MINERALS SOCIETY: 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, David Dick, Editor; Chicago Rocks
Minerals Society, Chicago, IL MWF; 6. LAPIDARY, SHOP, AND SAFETY HINTS, Alice Jones,
Gem & Mineral Society, Weaverville, CA CFMS; 7. FOSSIL COLLECTING, John C. Osborne,
Stillwater Mineral & Gem Society, Stillwater, OK RMFMS
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PEBBLE CANDLES CAN BE MADE with new paraffin, a utility household candle, a frozen juice
concentrate can, pebbles (or tumbled stones), and a blow hair dryer. Place the candle in
the can and fill the space around it with melted paraffin (CAUTION: paraffin is
flammable). When it has cooled, peel the can off the sides of the candle. Then use the
hair dryer to expose the pebbles as much as looks nice to you. Catch the drippings in a
pan. For variations: Melt a crayon in the wax for color. Vary molds.
Mirror via Rock Rustler's News
SPECIAL POSTAL CANCELLATIONS
by Wendell C. Mohr,
AFMS Commemorative Stamp Committee
Is your club having a special event? A 5th, 10th, 25th, 50th, or other particularly
important club or show
anniversary? Sponsoring a regional or AFMS convention/show? A nice feature would be to
celebrate with a special postal cancellation.
Here's the lowdown on how to proceed:
Pictorial cancellations are postmarks that feature wording and/or graphics commemorating
local events. The USPS will support you by establishing a temporary station at your event.
The event must be open to the public. Only one design will be allowed for any event. All
must carry the name of the event followed by "Station" or "Sta.", the
complete name of the city, state (Can use 2 letter abbreviation), ZIP code and the month,
day and year. Illustrations, wording, and designs must directly relate to the event.
Overall dimensions must be less than 2 inches vertically and 4 inches horizontally. You
may not promote products or commercial sales. A request should to be submitted in writing
to the Postmaster of the city where the event takes place no less than 3 months in advance
of the date of use. Be sure to explain that yours is a non-profit, educational group and a
member of the regional federation and the AFMS. Include the contact name and phone number,
description of the event, dates cancellation to be offered and a proposed design.
Keep the design simple, avoiding fine lines and small print. A logo or other strong
visual element should be the center of interest. Keep the text "Short and
sweet". Artwork can be done by a talented club member or another artist. You could
involve young people by inviting ideas from the high school art classes nearby. A small
prize can be awarded and you might gain a member too! The approved design must be
submitted as camera-ready copy.The USPS will manufacture the stamp for the cancellation
and will provide the station at your event without charge.
Space will be required to be provided at your event for the postal station. Try for a
spot everyone passes. Highlight with signage. Talk with your local Postmaster about
specific times, their sales of other postal items and any other details. You may want to
save your own adjacent space to sell mineral, prehistoric animals, or dinosaur stamps.
Stamps not in current distribution can be a profit maker and can be arranged with local
stamp dealers. You also can gain revenue by producing a commemorative envelope with
special artwork for sale. Of course decisions will have to be made on prices and numbers.
Don't forget to emphasize this feature in your publicity. You can do this as we all await
new commemorative stamps for our field of interest. In the meantime buy and use the
dinosaur stamps before they become extinct!
The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some
form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you.
-- Rita Mae Brown
SAFETY: ROTARY SLINGSHOTS
Mel Albright; AFMS Safety Chair
Do you know why slingshots are so powerful? The answer is that they use stored energy
to accelerate something to a high speed. That makes them strike with a great deal of
How many slingshots are in YOUR shop? "None", you say. Sorry, you're wrong.
EVERY device you have that goes round and around is a slingshot. Your cab machine, your
hand tool, your polisher, your saw, your grinder, your facetor, and more.
If anything catches on one of these devices, it is accelerated - by kinetic energy this
time - and becomes a dangerous missile. That means that when they hit they will have a
great deal of force. And - YOU might be what it hits. Even worse, your EYE might be what
So what safety is required when using such devices? First and foremost is an eye shield of
some sort. Some machines have one built in. But, most do not. So safety glasses or a face
shield are in order. Both are inexpensive and available at your local WalMart of hardware
"But, my machine doesn't throw anything!" The needed word to add is
"YET". All will at some time. For your safety, many are manufactured so that
anything that is sling-shot will go away from you ALMOST every time. But, even then, they
can and have come toward the user.
I'll add a personal note about a rotary tool. I had a hard rubber abrasive wheel on (1/4
inch thick and 3/4 inch in diameter) and was polishing silver with it. The shaft broke.
The wheel and the jagged shaft ran up my face shield and rammed into the wall behind the
workbench. It left a dent like a hard hammer blow would. It also left a deep scratch right
in front of my eye. I get chills when I think "What if".
A FULL LIFE
There are 168 golden hours in every week. I sleep 10 hours a night or 70 hours a week
and that leaves 98 golden hours. I eat 3 meals a day and take an hour for each and that's
21 hours and leaves 77 golden hours. Every morning, I shower, shave, clean my teeth and
get dressed and that takes another 7 hours and leaves 70 golden hours. It takes an hour to
drive to work and an hour to drive home and that is 10 hours and leaves 60 golden hours. I
watch the news every evening on TV for 1 1/2 hours and that's 10.5 hours and leaves 49.5
golden hours. We go to church every Sunday and that's 2 1/2 hours and leaves 47 golden
hours. Of course, we have to go shopping, go to the doctor and dentist, pay bills, mow the
yard, rake leaves, and more and those take 12 hours a week and that leaves 35 golden
hours. And life isn't all work and duties. We meet friends, go to the movies and the like
and that's another 5 hours a week and that leaves 30 golden hours a week. Then the kids
have music lessons, soccer and scouts and that takes 14 hours a week and that leaves 16
golden hours a week. Then I work in the rock shop at least an hour a day and that leaves 9
golden hours. Then my boss comes along and complains that I'm not doing mypart. Why is he
so grouchy? I give him a solid 9 hours a week - that's ALL that I have to spare. -
Original source unknown
SHOW AND MEETING REPORT
by Wendell. Mohr
AFMS/EFMLS/MISSISSIPPI G&M SOCIETY SHOW AND CONVENTION JACKSON, MS Oct- 17-19
The Show was held at the State Fair Grounds and meetings at the Edison Walthall Hotel.
Jackson downtown is clean, neat, and has virtually no commercial businesses except office
and state buildings. There are few indigents and few flowers.
The 50th Anniversary AFMS Director's Meeting was held on Thu. Oct. 16th. As is customary,
most officers and committee chairs submitted written reports that were distributed prior
to the meeting.
The Lapidary Journal contributed 10% of the proceeds from their own publication's 50th
Anniversary advertising section to the AFMS ($3840).
The credit card program, which yielded about $300 to the AFMS, was unilaterally canceled
by the bank.
Changes to Operating Procedures were considered:
1. "Each Club- Each Year- One Rockhound" changes to specify the purpose,
composition and responsibilities of the committee passed, although the program title was
discussed as being too cumbersome. California Federation still uses "Education
2. A proposal to change funding for committee chairmen for business meetings failed.
3. A procedure for passing on information from one generation to the next (Officers and
chairmen) to reflect current practices was passed.
4. A procedure clarifying conflict with the by-laws with respect to regional federation
representation at the AFMS meeting passed.
5. A procedure covering retention of AFMS publications, special forms etc. for history as
well as reference for assistance passed.
6. Passed was a new procedure that allows for, but does not require, funding for the AFMS
president to be reimbursed for attending regional conventions other than his own region.
7. A provision requiring manuals which do not and have not recently existed was deleted.
8. A specification to maintain a $5000 minimum balance in the non-restricted endowment
fund (Earnings, not principal) passed.
1. The National "Bulletin Editors Hall of Fame" to be a part of AFMS under Club
2. Up to $200 from the endowment fund be used to furnish copies of AFMS material
(Supplies, rule books, updates, mineral lists etc.) to each regional federation.
3. Increase Program Competition Committee budget by $1100 and restore cash prizes to
4. Recognize the benefits of ALAA and declare that the ALAA be a representative of the
interest of the AFMS (Without financial obligation for support of ALAA).
5. Table the issue of creating an AFMS web page on the WWW. Considerable discussion on
this issue revolved around issues of security, what is to be on and what is not,
non-promotion of dealers, link to ALAA, who is contact, and how material is to be
approved. A committee will be appointed to study the issue and hopefully report in 3
6. Study the formation of an AFMS committee to take care of paleontological concern and
report back next year.
A copy of the program of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History grand opening
of the Hall of Gems, Mineral and Geology was presented to the historian and an invitation
made to visit the exhibits.
The 1988 AFMS and Midwest Federation Convention and show will be August 14 and 15 at
Houghton, MI, preceded by 5 days of field trips beforehand (Red Metal Retreat). The 1999
AFMS and Southeastern Federation meeting will be in Nashville TN at the State Fairgrounds
in the 2nd week of July.
The Junior Program Committee Chairman resigned due to little or no response to requests
and contacts for input. [Comment: Of all the things we need most for club health it is the
invigoration of our clubs with new members and especially youth]
Funds were requested to be donated to the AFMS endowment fund to support activities.
The meeting adjourned after about 4 1/2 hours!
Your AFMS is doing well in supporting the needs of regional federations, individual clubs
and members with on- going programs in -. Club publications, Commemorative stamps,
Conservation and legislation, Recognition of outstanding rockhounds and clubs, Program
competition, Safety, Uniform rules and competitive exhibits and judging, Scholarship
foundation, and many other administrative functions. We get a lot for our tiny dues
Field trips preceded the show. The show opened Fri. and ran until Sun. There were about 90
exhibits of which about 30 were competitive. A wide variety of content made for interest.
AFMS cases featured AFMS history (4), donated cabs from around the country (3), Gold from
the USA (1), and past president's specimens (1).
Outstanding exhibits included a fossil dinosaur head exhibit (Reconstructed), dining
tables full of rock food, faceted stones 5-7 inches in size, "Memories of Golden
California", stereo micromounts, to say nothing of the competitive cases. Terry
Cirrincione displayed finds from the EFMLS geology tour this summer. She also had a case
of fossils (Which, if entered competitively, would have scored very high). A humorous
entry was coprolites by the Royal Flush Society! Several educational institutions and the
MS Department of Natural Resources had exhibits. The host club members conducted many
working demonstrations. Scheduled presentations were made each day by a total of 6
speakers. About two dozen dealers plied their wares.
The "Crackerbarrel" discussion Friday evening was unfortunately canceled.
The Rockhounder, 11/97
* Very early one morning two birds are sitting at the side of a large puddle of oil. They
see a worm on the other side. So... one flies over and the other one wades through the
oil. Which one gets to the worm first? The one who swam, of course, because "The oily
bird gets the worm"
* There are those who find big problems with every solution.
* Luck is when opportunity and preparation meet.
* If the world seems cold, light some fires.
CORRECT TUCSON SHOW DATES -
BAD INFORMATION OUT THERE
Tucson Gem and Mineral Society Show Committee
It has come to our attention that the 1998 Show dates for the Tucson Gem and Mineral
Society have been incorrectly posted in a variety of sources. Our retail show dates are
February 12 to February 15, 1998. As
usual, our retail show is held at the Tucson Convention Center, beginning on the second
Thursday of February and lasting for four days. The Tucson Gem and Mineral Society regrets
to announce that ther are no plans for a wholesale show sponsored by the Society in 1998.
Any announcement of dates for such a show are incorrect.
There has been an incredible amount of hotel and motel construction in Tucson over the
last two years and there are literally thousands more rooms available here in the
metropolitan Tucson area than in previous years. We cordially invite mineral, fossil, and
lapidary enthusiasts to visit warm Tucson in February to see the finest gem and mineral
show in the world.
A MODERN PARABLE
Once upon a time, there was a rock club. It's members were all old hands
at the hobby. Whenever they met and talked, they wished that more people would join the
club. "We cannot do the things the club once did because we are so few." They
tried and tried to get new young members. And they often did. Then, in a few meetings, the
new ones disappeared. And the old members looked at each other and said, "What did we
do wrong?" And no one answered.
There came a time the club had two new families as members. The youngsters were vibrating
with excitement and curiosity at each meeting. Then slowly, one family came less often and
less often. A field trip was scheduled - the first since last year and the second since
the year before. The meeting was Thursday, the trip on Saturday. The trip was to local
fossil sites where much wonder abounded. Both families were going. But, the club building
needed work. At the meeting, the old members said "I've got lots of fossils, let's
fix the shed instead." So the new families hunted no fossils.
Another field trip was scheduled. The Saturday after the next meeting. To dig crystals at
a famous mineral site. The kids were excited. They had asked friends to join them. Then
the old members said "Well, we've lots of crystals - and if we go a week later, we
can go to a swap and talk with other friends, instead." So they moved and voted to
change and forget the crystals. And the new members frowned.
Once upon a time, there was a rock club. It's members were all old hands at the hobby.
Whenever they met and talked, they wished that more people would join the club. "We
cannot do the things the club once did because we are so few." They tried and tried
to get new young members. And they often did. Then, in a few meetings, the new ones
disappeared. And the old members looked at each other and said, "What did we do
wrong?" And no one answered. - Anonymous
COLLECTING IN CANADA BY NON-CITIZENS
By Ken Pugh; Fraser Centre for Non-Marine Eocene Research
Well here it is. The official word on what must be declared at Canada Customs. An
export permit is required as below, and must be applied for by a Canadian resident [on
behalf of an American].
Canada Cultural Property Control List
Group 1 - Objects Recovered from the Soil or Waters of Canada
3. Paleontological specimens recovered from the soil of Canada, the territorial sea of
Canada or the inland waters of Canada, as follows:
a) a type fossil specimen of any value;
b) fossil amber of any value;
c) a vertebrate fossil specimen of a fair market value in Canada of more than $500;
d) an invertebrate fossil specimen of a fair market value in Canada of more than $500;
e) specimens in bulk weighing 11.25kg (25 pounds) or more of vertebrate fossils or
vertebrate trace fossils of any value; and
f) specimens in bulk weighing 22.5kg (50 pounds) or more, recovered from a specific
outcrop, quarry or locality, that include one or more specimens of any value of the
(i) invertebrate fossils (ii) plant fossils, or (III) fossiliferous rock containing plant
fossils or invertebrate fossils
As you can see, casual collecting of a few specimens is not going to give you a problem,
unless it is of amber. If you have further questions, or would like a copy of the guide,
phone Kathryn Zedde, Cultural Moveable Property Programmes Officer, Hull, Que.,
819-997-7760, or your closest Revenue Canada / Customs office.
I also note in Section 12 (1) that a permit officer shall issue an export permit when
the applicant for the permit certifies and establishes to the officer's satisfaction that
the object is to be removed from Canada for any of the following purposes: a) appraisal b)
authentication c) conservation d) exhibition e) on loan f) processing g) research h)
restoration or repair i) as personal effects. The length of time for which an object may
be removed from Canada under an export permit shall be for a period not exceeding five
FURTHER REMARKS FROM ROBERT SENSENSTEIN
Ottawa Paleontological Society
I talked with Ms. Katheryn Zedde regarding the Canada Cultural Property
Control List and she informed me that this control list is meant only to keep track of
what is being found that MAY be of cultural or heritage value. By making the above
mentioned paleon-tological specimens declarable, this allows the government to put a
temporary hold on anything that may be regarded as culturally significant to prevent it's
leaving the country until relevant museums and/ or institutions can be informed of the
objects existence. This allows these organisations the opportunity to bid on the item and
pay "fair market value", NOT to confiscate the items (as long as the relevant
provincial laws and permits have been met regarding the material's aquisition).
For example: in the Yukon there is a company that currently exports mammoth tusks to
the US. These tusks are declared according to the Control List (since they are worth more
than $500 Can. and weigh more than 11.25 kg) but since no museum or other institution is
interested in them they then go on their way. Same thing for some companies exporting
Placenticeras ammonites for the ammolite jewelry trade.
Apparently, most Canadian border guards don't know about this list at all, which could be
blessing, so be informed.
TROPHIES WON IN JACKSON
By Anne Cook
ELIGIBILITY Files Clerk
At the combined Eastern Federation/American Federation Show and Convention in Jackson,
October 17-19, 34 cases were entered into Uniform Rules competition. Of these, 24 were
entered first into the competition for Eastern Federation trophies, and 12 of these scored
high enough (90 for Masters, 70 for Juniors) to "fIy up" to try for American
Federation trophies, along with the 10 cases which had scored high enough at previous
Federation shows. That totaled 22 cases that were judged on Saturday- 12 of them won
John Pate, of the Houston Gem and Mineral Society, won Trophy 5, for restricted
cabinet-size minerals. Donald Heins, of the Tulsa Rock and Mineral Society won Trophy 6,
for miniature minerals. Sarah Gorday, of the Mississippi Gem and Mineral Society, won the
only Junior trophy awarded, Junior Trophy 8, for thumbnail minerals. As the highest
scoring junior, she also won the Lillian Turner Award. Louellen Montgomery, of the Topeka
Gem and Mineral Society, won adult Trophy 8, for thumbnail minerals. Jay Gorday, father of
our junior winner and also a member of the Mississippi Gem and Mineral Society, won Trophy
9, for restricted thumbnaiI minerals. Margaret and Robert Heinek, our now immediate past
president and her husband, of the Michiana Gem and Mineral Society, won Trophy 13 for
their case of petrified wood with special features. Barbara S. Jacobsen, of the Tuscarora
Lapidary Society, won Trophy 18 f or cabochons, with a perfect score of 100! John Kleber,
of both the Mississippi Gem and Mineral Society and the Columbus (Ohio) Rock and Mineral
Society, won Trophy 27 for an educational case displaying a skill and aimed at the general
public. Jennie R. Smith, of the Mineralogical Society of the District of Columbus, won
Trophy' 30, for an educational case showing a concept to the informed viewer. Ruth L.
Banick of the Buffalo (NY) Geological Society, won Trophy 35 for her case of self-
collected fossils. Ruby Lingelbach, of the Stillwater Mineral and Gem Society, won Trophy
38 for her case of petrified wood. Bruce H. Banick of the Buffalo Geological Society, won
Trophy 41, for his case of carvings.
* Congratulations to all of these winners, and to the other competitors, all of whom
had fine cases. Next year's American Federation Show will be in Houghton, Michigan. Start
to prepare your case for or it now.
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
(Rockhound Style with Apologies)
by Edna F. Pauli
Golden Spike Gem & Mineral Society
'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, there wasn't room for a mouse
With geodes and nodules under table and chair,
A wee little mouse couldn't squeeze in anywhere.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
As visions of fossil fish swam through their heads.
And Mother, dreaming of Opal and me of a lap.
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap.
When out in the street there arose such a clatter,
I jumped out of bed, mad as a hatter!
Just as our clock tolled its 3:00 a.m. chime,
I opened the door and took a long look.
The sight that I saw there would make quite a book.
For parking in front with a roar and a squeak,
Was dear old St. Nick in a well-loaded jeep.
He paused just a moment to check his long list,
And make double certain no one would be missed.
There's agate, onyx, turquoise, and rhodonite,
Carnelian, crystal, sapphire, and malachite.
He named every stone I ever had heard,
And my heart was so happy it sang like a bird.
For rocks to a rockhound are really a must,
Right next to that stuff labeled, "In God We Trust."
It took quite a while to do this little chore,
But as soon as he'd finished, he came straight for our door!
And I can't understand, though I've honestly tried,
But before I could turn, he was right there inside.
He spoke not a word but went straight to his work.
And I stood there and watched though I felt like a "jerk."
For he knew what I wanted more than I did myself.
And was wise beyond reason, this right jolly old elf.
The gifts he had brought were trips for next year,
And the making of new friends from far and near.
The singing of old songs around campfires bright,
And being with the gang every rock meeting night.
He picked up his pack and prepared to depart,
And I gave him my thanks from the bottom of my heart.
For friendship we know is a wonderful gem,
And the principal key to "Peace Among Men."
He sprang to his jeep, and stepped on the gas,
And left 'mid the snowflakes which sparkled like glass.
But I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas, Rockhounds, and to all a Good Night!" ------
Reprinted from the December 1996
R U COMPUTER WISE?
The definitions below prove that rockhounds are far more familiar with computers than they
* "Hard drive" -- Climbing a steep, muddy hill with a full load in your
* "Keyboard" -- Place to hang your truck keys.
* "Window" -- Place in the truck to display your guns.
* "Floppy" -- When you run out of Polygrip.
* "Modem" -- How you got rid of your dandelions.
* "Reboot" -- What you do when the first pair gets covered with barnyard stuff.
* "Network" -- Activity meant to provide bait for your trot line.
THE BIGGEST, THE BEST,
AND THE MOST GARGANTUAN
by Benjamin Mark
The Largest Gold Nugget ever found was called the Holterman Nugget. It was found in
Australia on October 19, 1872 and weighed 7,560 ounces. That's 472 and a half pounds my
friends. I could make a couple of rings out of that. And maybe even a bangle to spare.
The largest silver nugget weighed 2,750 lbs. troy. It was discovered in Sonora, Mexico and
was appropriated" by the Spanish government before 1821. I looked up the word
appropriate in the dictionary to see if they felt the same about the word as I did. Here
are some definitions. Steal, filch, lift, nab, pilfer, pillage, swipe, and thieve.
The Largest Pearl, for you pearl lovers, weighs 14 lbs., 1 oz. It is 9 and a half inches
long by 5 and a half inches in diameter. It was found in Palawan, Philippines, on May 7th,
1934 inside the shell of a giant clam. It presently resides in a San Francisco bank vault
and was worth $4,080,000 as of July, 1971. It is called the Pearl of Lao-tze.
Opals anyone? How about one found in Andamooka, South Australia, in January, 1970. It
weighs 34,215 carats and was unearthed by a bulldozer.
There is a Topaz out there that weighs 21,327 carats. Light blue in color, with 221
facets, it's called the Brazilian Princess. It was exhibited at the Smithsonian in1978 and
was then worth $1,066,350.
Want something from the good old US of A. How about a turquoise weighing 218 lbs., found
in Riverside County, California, on January 17, 1975.
Jade? Well...how about a boulder size piece found in British Columbiain 1977 It weighs
Okay. By a show of hands...how many of you want to know about marble? I know, I know. What
has marble got to do with jewelry? Well, fact is,I'm thinking of making up some marble
jewelry next year, and that justifies this little bit of info. Largest single slab ever
found weighed 100.8 tons. It was quarried in Yule, Colorado, and a piece of this slab was
cut for the coping stone on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery
The largest Sapphire weighed 2,302 carats. It was found in Australia circa 1935, and was
carved into the shape of the head of President Abraham Lincoln. Another black star
sapphire weighing 2,097 carats was carved into a bust of General Dwight D. Eisenhower,
Now...the largest of gemstones ever found in recorded history...a 520,000 carat
aquamarine found in Brazil in 1910. It yielded 200,000 carats of gem quality cutstones.
The rarest...there are only four of these stones in the world. It is a pale mauve gem
known as Taaffeite. They were first discovered in Dublin, and the largest one weighs 0.84
The Slate, March, 1997
The Chico, California, City Council enacted a ban on nuclear weapons, setting a $500
fine for anyone detonating one within city limits.
FANTASTIC FOSSIL FOR SCIENCE?
by Gregory Brown
University of Nebraska State Museum -Division of Vertebrate Paleontology
That new fossil that you just found looks to be an important, fantastic new fossil that
will advance the art of paleontology. So you hustle it to the experts. Their enthusiasm is
mild. *On the other hand, upon spying a small bone fragment you thought little of, their
eyes bulge like saucers.* What's going on?
To many amateurs and hobbyists, "importance" is judged on only two criteria: 1).
Is it new to science? 2). Is it unusually complete or well preserved? These are
"9-pin, dot matrix" questions!* *Paleontology* is now looking at 1200+ dpi
The science of paleontology...determining past environments, climates, faunal composition,
behavior, etc. etc...depends on far more detailed information now. The basic questions
(what kinds of animals were here; what did they look like?) have generally been answered.
We're now addressing far more complex questions. Thus the importance of "collecting
information". You can find an electronic version of a detailed article I wrote on
this subject (specifically for amateur paleontologists) on our museum's web page at:
http://www.museum.unl.edu/research/vertpaleo/musnote2.html* "Preserving Vertebrate
Fossils: Notes from the Laboratory" can be printed or downloaded from the site.
Though specific about vertebrates, the general principles apply to all fossils. *What's
really important?* For anyone (amateur or professional) to determine a species-level
identification of a critter (with any degree of confidence) is nearly impossible unless
they specialize in that group. Genus- or family-level IDs are much more realistic.
Geologic provenience is likewise difficult to establish precisely without a great deal of
expertise. For instance, my field notes from years (many!) ago record strat data like
this: "Aquia Formation, zone 2". Was it? According to my then-current
knowledge...and some very very old literature...it was. Now, I doubt it very much. What is
really important is to record common-sense
observations that would allow you (or someone else) to return to the location and relocate
the very spot the fossil came from. For detailed research on museum collections,
professionals will always try to return to the original locality and look at the
sedimentology and stratigraphy themselves, even if the original data was collected by a
The "name" of the critter and the "name" of the formation are far less
important to record in your field notes than some good old-fashioned basic observations
about *the fossil's* occurrence. *Without data, a beautiful fossil may be scientifically
worthless. With data, a seeming scrap may be a scientific treasure. If something is worth
picking up, it is always worth documenting.*
Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused his dentist's Novocain during root canal work?
He wanted to transcend dental medication.
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