One of the things that I love about citation speeches at The Paleontological Society luncheon is that the audience invariably is provided with little snippets about the awardees that give us glimpses into who they really are. I thought I knew Dave Raup pretty well, but it wasn't until the GSA meeting in Salt Lake City a few years ago, when Dave received the PS medal, that I learned from Steve Stanley that Dave was once an accomplished piano player. I know that Charles Marshall is a skilled speaker, but, until last year in Denver, when Doug Erwin presented the...

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