Thank you, Jerry and Mike, for your generous remarks and for nominating me for this prestigious award. I also wish to thank the 2007 Roebling Medal Committee for selecting me. Jerry and Mike, I am happy to count you among my close friends, both personal and professional. I also want to thank you for organizing the incredible symposium in my honor yesterday (October 29, 2007). The 31 talks presented an exciting retrospective and prospective of many areas of the mineral sciences and made a remarkably positive statement about the health of this field in its broadest definition. What a stroke...

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