Members and friends of the Society of Economic Geologists, President Franklin: First of all, I’d like to express my thanks to SEG for giving me this award. It is unexpected, but certainly not unappreciated, and I am overwhelmed when I consider those who have won this award in years past and the work they have done in their subsequent careers. Receiving this award has caused me to reflect on how and why I started to work on geochemistry, volcanology, and ore deposits, and I want to share with you some of my reflections.

Although I am not an economic geologist,...

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