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Fort Worth, Texas, Gem and Mineral Show. Gail Spann
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PostPosted: May 30, 2011 10:43    Post subject: Re: Fort Worth, Texas, Gem and Mineral Show. Gail Spann  

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PostPosted: May 30, 2011 10:54    Post subject: Re: Fort Worth, Texas, Gem and Mineral Show. Gail Spann  

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A thumbnail we picked up, a sand selenite. Jet, Oklahoma. $5.00....we treasure minerals of all kinds.
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Blake Barnet, a young dealer and rockhound from Austin who is a friend of mine. We invited him, and Shawn Maddox, to come to dinner the night before. They arrived to see what was going on at the show.
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Shawn Maddox, a Texas rockhound also. He and Blake are good friends. We met Shawn when we guest spoke at the Austin gem and mineral club meeting this past week. He came to dinner at our home also.
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PostPosted: May 30, 2011 11:03    Post subject: Re: Fort Worth, Texas, Gem and Mineral Show. Gail Spann  

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Shawn's Dad's name is Phil Maddox, he was a well known gem cutter. Shawn has also learned the trade. We picked up some demantoid cats eye gem stones from him, out of California.
Both he and Blake live in Austin and dig all around the area.



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PostPosted: May 30, 2011 11:10    Post subject: Re: Fort Worth, Texas, Gem and Mineral Show. Gail Spann  

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PostPosted: May 30, 2011 11:21    Post subject: Re: Fort Worth, Texas, Gem and Mineral Show. Gail Spann  

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PostPosted: May 30, 2011 11:23    Post subject: Re: Fort Worth, Texas, Gem and Mineral Show. Gail Spann  

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PostPosted: May 30, 2011 11:26    Post subject: Re: Fort Worth, Texas, Gem and Mineral Show. Gail Spann  

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I love my husband, he finds joy in all minerals.
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PostPosted: May 30, 2011 11:35    Post subject: Re: Fort Worth, Texas, Gem and Mineral Show. Gail Spann  

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PostPosted: May 30, 2011 11:37    Post subject: Re: Fort Worth, Texas, Gem and Mineral Show. Gail Spann  

That's it for my show report. It was a small show, very nicely put together and "clean" with nice displays, lights, etc. The admission price was $5.00 unless you are a senior or you bring in the show poster, downloaded from the internet, to get a dollar off. I wasn't too thrilled when they asked if I was a senior, so I asked what age that meant, they said 60. She was lucky I was in a good mood......
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PostPosted: May 31, 2011 03:33    Post subject: Re: Fort Worth, Texas, Gem and Mineral Show. Gail Spann  

Gail wrote:
That's it for my show report. It was a small show, very nicely put together and "clean" with nice displays, lights, etc.

Hi Gail !

Many thanks once again for your effort and time spent putting together so many photos along with the interesting comments.
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PostPosted: May 31, 2011 05:08    Post subject: Re: Fort Worth, Texas, Gem and Mineral Show. Gail Spann  

Absolutely!

Is a great help for these small shows to be highlighted, hopefully we get more reportages from other "Not So Famous" shows of minerals like this or like the recent reportage from h.abassi about a small Iranian show ( http://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?t=1747 )
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PostPosted: May 31, 2011 06:47    Post subject: Re: Fort Worth, Texas, Gem and Mineral Show. Gail Spann  

Thank you, both, for your comments.
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PostPosted: Jun 01, 2011 19:03    Post subject: Re: Fort Worth, Texas, Gem and Mineral Show. Gail Spann  

I would like to thank you Gail for catching the atmosphere of the Show and the trip. Nice view from Europe. I am old enough to continue admiring the Net and its 'gifts' like this, but without people like you, the Net would be an empty place.

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PostPosted: Jun 01, 2011 20:35    Post subject: Re: Fort Worth, Texas, Gem and Mineral Show. Gail Spann  

Antonio, you are most gracious. How very nice of you to say such things.
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