Thanks, Bob. It is a privilege to be introduced by my friend, colleague, and mentor—for more years than either of us would care to calculate, and by one as dedicated to education as I am.

President Williams, members of the Society of Economic Geologists: Thank you for the Marsden Award. President Christe, members of GSSA, our South African hosts, friends, and guests: Good evening.

I have to admit, I was somewhat surprised when President Goldfarb informed me that I was to receive this honor. All I have ever done with and for the Society is because I was raised in...

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