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Chips from the Quarry

COLLECTIONS SHOWCASED: Renato Pagano (paganoite), of Milan, was the featured exhibitor at the 2016 Bologna Show with his Collection of Collections, a fifteen-case display of his miniature collection boxes, each filled with sets of labeled mineral specimens. Decades in the making, a portion of the collection was described and pictured in the March/April 2017 Chips from the Quarry column (page 117), as presented at the Bologna Show.

One of two entrances to the Pagano exhibition of Collection of Collections at the 2017 Munich Show. Lehrsammlungen is "Teaching Collections" in English.

So popular was this unique display that Pagano was asked to repeat it at the 2017 Munich Show, only this time to expand it to twenty cases. Show visitors were appreciative of the monumental effort and spent considerable time hovering over the small, boxed collections, some assembled more than a century ago and representing several countries.

The two people responsible for this amazing collection, Renato and Adriana Pagano, shown here on set-up day at the Munich Show.

Now you, too, can enjoy the amazing collections as author John S. White revisits the Munich exposition beginning on page 208. Although small in size, the dozens of collections, individually and taken together, are great in significance.

IN RECOGNITION: The February 2018 Tucson Show was more than an annual gathering of collectors, exhibitors, curators, and dealers; it was also a time to recognize and award achievement.

The Best Paper Award: The Friends of Mineralogy (FM) named Eric Heinen De Carlo and Bryan Swoboda as winners of the award for Best Paper in Rocks & Minerals in 2017 for their article titled “Mineral Localities in Hawaii,” published in the May/June issue, pages 218–235. The announcement was made during the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show's awards banquet and program, this year held Saturday, 10 February. In addition to the Award of Merit given to the authors, the magazine received a grant of $200 in their names. As in the past, the check was deposited in the Rocks & Minerals Color Fund account. We thank FM for this annual recognition and congratulate De Carlo and Swoboda on being selected for this honor.

The 2017 Carnegie Mineralogical Award: W. Lesley “Les” Presmyk, of Gilbert, Arizona, was honored as recipient of the Carnegie Mineralogical Award for 2017. Recently retired as a mining engineer, Presmyk has forty-four years of experience in hard rock and coal mining. In addition, he managed a Red Cloud mine project and consulted on the San Francisco mine and Brushy Creek mine, among other specimen mining projects. He has served on the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show committee for thirty-six years and is currently vice-president of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society's board of directors. He has also been a member of the Flagg Mineral Foundation's board of directors for twenty-five years and in 2002 was awarded the fourth A. L. Flagg Distinguished Service Award. A lifetime member of the Mineralogical Society of Arizona, he was one of the original inductees into that organization's Hall of Fame.

Les Presmyk, recipient of the 2017 Carnegie Mineralogical Award.

Les Presmyk, recipient of the 2017 Carnegie Mineralogical Award.

Presmyk was a coauthor of Collecting Arizona: State of Mines, Legacy of Minerals and has written articles for mineralogical periodicals, including Rocks & Minerals. He is a popular lecturer at various club meetings, shows, and symposia throughout the United States. Further, he was involved with all of the Arizona-related cases for the American Mineral Treasures exhibition at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in 2008, was part of the organizing committee for the fifty cases of Arizona localities for the 2012 Tucson Show, and twice was a guest exhibitor at the East Coast Gem and Mineral Show, with twenty-six and fifty-two cases respectively.

Presmyk is the thirty-first winner of the annual Carnegie Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions in mineralogical preservation, conservation, and education that match the ideals advanced in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems. Established in 1987, the award is underwritten by the Hillman Foundation. It was presented to Presmyk at the banquet and program at the February Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.

The American Mineral Heritage Award: Roderick “Rod” Tyson, of Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, was selected as the 2018 recipient of the annual American Mineral Heritage Award, sponsored by the Mineralogical Record. It was presented to Tyson at the Fine Mineral Show's Sunday evening program, 4 February, at the Westwood Look Resort in Tucson.

Rod Tyson, recipient of the 2018 American Mineral Heritage Award

Rod Tyson, recipient of the 2018 American Mineral Heritage Award.

Tyson received the award in recognition of his field-collecting achievements contributing to the heritage of American (i.e., North, Central, and South American) mineral specimens. From the 1970s until as recently as 2016 his collecting excursions have led him to dozens of localities (mines, deposits, and claims) in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories. Today, Tyson is semiretired and he and his wife, Helen, operate their shop, Tysons' Fine Minerals, in Parrsboro.

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science Award: Mark J. Pospisil, of Dallas, was the first-ever recipient of the newly established Perot Museum of Nature and Science Award, presented at the 2018 dinner for the Society of Mineral Museum Professionals, hosted by Jim and Gail Spann on 8 February at Tucson's Westward Look Resort.

Mark J. Pospisil, recipient of the first Perot Museum of Nature and Science Award.

Mark J. Pospisil, recipient of the first Perot Museum of Nature and Science Award.

Pospisil has always had a keen interest in educating the public about the geological sciences and the beauty of minerals. For seven years he had many personal mineral specimens on loan to the Museum of Nature and Science in Fair Park, and he currently has twenty-five pieces on display in the Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall in the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. In addition he volunteered as acting curator for that museum's mineral hall for the past five years during which time he was responsible for refreshing the cases whenever new loans arrived, including arranging for a special ten-case exhibition of Smithsonian gemstones.

After thirty-four years in the oil and gas industry, Pospisil recently retired from XTO Energy in Fort Worth, now a subsidiary of ExxonMobil Corporation, where he was the senior vice president of geology and geophysics.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: The Houston Gem and Mineral Society, in memory of Arthur E. Smith, and the Cincinnati Mineral Society underwrote color costs associated with the Connoisseur's Choice column. Laura Delano of LLD Productions, Inc., did the same for the Museum Notes column. Donors to the Color Fund and to the Dallas Symposium's benefit auction, held in August 2017, contributed toward color in the remaining articles. All are thanked for partnering with Rocks & Minerals to enhance the publication with color photographs.



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