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We were saddened by the sudden death of Mick Cooper. We will miss his encyclopedic knowledge of the history of mineral dealing, his subtle and infectious sense of humor, and his extremely high degree of professionalism. As mentioned in the tribute to him by Roy Starkey in the September/October issue, Mick spoke for the first time at the 2008 Rochester Mineralogical Symposium (RMS) just weeks before he died. DVDs of his two presentations are available for anyone who missed the opportunity to hear  him speak. The two talks were titled British Mineral Dealers: 1750–1950, The Top Ten and “Lord” John Calvert (1825–1897), Collector, Conman, and Crank. Each talk is available on a separate DVD and may be ordered from RMS Treasurer, Dan Imel, 4 Lanary Park, Fairport, NY 14450. The cost is $25 each.

--Steven C. Chamberlain, Chairman Rochester Mineralogical Symposium
Manlius, New York

The twenty-fifth annual seminar on mineral photography will be held at the 2009 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in the Copper Ballroom of the Convention Center on 12 February, 1–3 p.m.

Winners of the mineral slide competition will be chosen by a panel of judges and announced the following Saturday evening during the awards banquet. A cash prize of $250 will be awarded for first place in each category. The rules are as follows:

     1. No more than two entries are allowed per person.
     2. Slides must be original 35-mm transparencies in standard 2-inch mounts.
     3. Written on each slide must be the mineral name, locality, and size, either “macro” or “micro”
     category, and the photographer’s name and address.
     4. Entries should be mailed to me at the address below, to be received by 15 January 2009, or
     hand-delivered to me at the Tucson Show. (All entries will be returned.)

Winners in the 2008 slide contest were Dan Behnke in the microspecimen competition and John Jaszczak in the macrospecimen competition.

--Jeff Scovil, Seminar Chairman
PO Box 7773
Phoenix, AZ 85011

The American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS) announced the results of the 2008 program competition in September at the AFMS show’s awards banquet in Humble, Texas. Franklin, New Jersey, Fluorescent Capital of the World, by Andreas Rubin of the Miami Valley Mineral and Gem Club (Ohio), took first place in the educational class. Affiliate clubs and their members can borrow this and other presentations from their regional program library.

Authors/producers of noncommercial slide, video, or digital presentations are invited to participate in the 2009 program competition. Entrants must be members of an AFMS affiliate society. Winners receive a cash prize and national recognition.

Commercial presentations are eligible for the AFMS Excellence in Education recognition award. Deadline for all submissions is 15 April 2009. Details and entry forms are available through me at the addresses below or on the AFMS website.

Marge Collins
Program Competition Coordinator
3017 Niles-Buchanan Rd.
Buchanan, MI 49107

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