When I first came to LA in 1979 I found that southern California hosted an academic environment rich in paleontologists. I had arrived at USC to replace Bill Easton, who had been President of the PS. Caltech had Heinz Lowenstam and UC Riverside had Mike Woodburn and Mike Murphy, while Jim Valentine and Stan Awramik were at UC Santa Barbara. UCLA was the place with the greatest concentration of paleontologists, including the Loeblichs, Helen and Al, Everett Olson, and Bill Schopf, all of whom, including tonight's medalist, have won the PS Medal. UCLA had long been the center of...

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