Mr. President, Members and Guests:

When I received President Barbara Dutrow’s telephone call in Rome, my first reaction was to wonder what on earth were the Selection Committee thinking? I can name dozens of my contemporaries whose scientific accomplishments easily match mine. Certainly, Barb’s call quite took my mind off the business at hand, which was, of all things, amphibole nomenclature. I can only conclude that my supporters must have written extraordinarily eloquent letters on my behalf, and of course I thank them very much for doing so. I humbly and gratefully accept this award.

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