I am honored and excited to receive the Pinch Medal, named after Bill Pinch for his many contributions to mineralogy. I am grateful to Ron Peterson and Lee Groat from the Mineralogical Association of Canada, along with members of the selection committee. I appreciate the letters of support and backing from former Pinch Medal recipients Laszlo and Elsa Horvath, Renato and Adriana Pagano, Mark Feinglos, and Roy Kristiansen.
I would not be receiving this honor were it not for the help of many professional mineralogists such as Tony Kampf of the LA County Museum now retired, but still working more than full time describing new minerals. John Hughes at the University of Vermont and John Rakovan from Miami University are not only brilliant scientists but two of the nicest guys you will ever meet. Barbara Nash from the University of Utah, Anatoly Kasatkin, Moscow, Russia, Jakub Pláail, Czech Republic, Stu Mills from the Museum Victoria in Australia, and Bob Housley from California Institute of Technology also contributed to the new minerals we discovered.
Finding and studying minerals has given me a great deal of joy. More importantly it has allowed me to meet many wonderful people and to develop lasting friendships. These friends include the pharmacist from Mammoth, Arizona, Joe Ruiz, the lady with Rocks & Minerals, Marie Huizing, the tax accountant from Shingle Springs, California, Mike Kokinos who teaches optical mineralogy to mineral enthusiasts, Jerry Baird of Lake Havasu who puts on mineral seminars for retirees, the mineral photographer, Sugar White, and the tinkerer from Troy University, Henry Barwood. There are many individuals who volunteer their time in leadership positions with mineral clubs and associations including Al Wilkins and Tim Rose in California, Phil Richardson in Phoenix, Arizona, Dana Wilson in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Mark Ascher with TGMS. I appreciate the mine owners who have allowed us access to their properties to collect minerals. I want especially to thank the Professional Geologist and micro-mineralogist extraordinaire, Dick Thomssen who has been my mentor and helped so many other novices. I also want to thank my collecting buddies who have spent time in the field with me searching for minerals.
Most of all, I appreciate the steadfast support of my wife, Petrea.