President Crane, Professor Tiffney, and fellow paleontologists, thank you. I feel truly honored by being selected as the first medalist of this century and millennium. My career has spanned almost a half-century, and I hope to continue well into the new century. Because educational processes have become somewhat different than when I began, it might be enlightening to highlight some of my formative experiences. By my senior year of high school in 1952, I was fascinated by paleobotany, from the “butterfly chasing” of systematic work to work that intertwines with other geoscience endeavors. This fascination was stimulated by my high...

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