Thank you, Karl for your kind words and for leaving out those stories that are truly embarrassing. First of all, I thank the Paleontological Society for this honor, which really belongs to the many people who selflessly shared their intellect, knowledge, and data. Thanks to them I have been able to participate in diverse research themes ranging from the morphometrics of Precambrian acritarchs to the geochemistry of Holocene mollusks. So what we recognize today is the intellectual generosity of my friends, colleagues, mentors, and students.

It is impossible to thank all who have helped me over the years and who...

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