It is a great pleasure to introduce John and Mike Topor as the 2011 recipients of the Paleontological Society's Strimple Award recognizing outstanding contributions to our field by avocational paleontologists. Nearly 40 years ago, John and Mike, two brothers from Hamtramck, Michigan, were encouraged in their interest in paleontology by Professor Robert Kesling of the University of Michigan. Kesling and others, including Ruth Chilman, Jean Wright, and Aurèle LaRocque, had just started a group called the “Friends of the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology” that met monthly in Ann Arbor and provided an informal setting in which a...

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