A turning point in my young career came as the result of a change in Professor Kulp’s plans. He had agreed to present a paper on radiocarbon dating at the Great Basin Archaeological Conference to be held at the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles, California. At the last minute, he decided not to go and asked me to take his place. I jumped at the opportunity and a few days later I was airborne headed west. I was greeted in LA by a record heat wave. On the day of my talk, the temperature reached 104 °F.

I listened with...

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