Mr. President, Colleagues, and Friends:

It is a great honor to receive the Distinguished Public Service Medal of the Mineralogical Society of America, particularly in the presence of people I respect so much: President Doug Rumble, President-elect Mike Carpenter, and Charlie Prewitt, a guiding spirit and mentor for years—it is a real pleasure to be here while you are receiving the Roebling medal, and all of you out there at the tables. Jeff has been very kind in his citation (at least I assumed he would be when I wrote this, and he was) which shows the true Wisconsin gentleman...

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