In the spring of 1968, I gave my very first talk at a scientific meeting, the Seismological Society of America in St. Louis. In those days the SSA was still just barely small enough to hold only one large session, so it began early and went a little late. I was feeling a little sorry for my self because I was assigned the second talk of the meeting very early in the morning. Well, it turned out that the very first talk of the meeting, the one before mine, was a graduate student from Caltech who snowed me, and not...

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