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PostPosted: Feb 16, 2018 15:29    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson Adventures. February 2018.  

Set up day at the Main show, Wednesday. We hosted another Pod Cast breakfast event, something we are excited about. Jim and I were the hosts and interviewers. Today was Kris Keilman, Jolyon Ralph, Peter Lyckberg, Alan Hart, Mike Rumsey and John Cornish. It was an exciting breakfast table! Great questions and solutions.

Then on to the main show! We were meeting up with our sponsored guest, Duncan Keller from Yale University and the Peabody Museum as well as the new Registrar of the Perot Museum's Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals hall, Keven Betancourt.

It was going to be a super busy day!



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PostPosted: Feb 16, 2018 15:34    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson Adventures. February 2018.  

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PostPosted: Feb 16, 2018 15:39    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson Adventures. February 2018.  

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PostPosted: Feb 16, 2018 15:45    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson Adventures. February 2018.  

...We applaud all those that take the time to put in exemplary displays. It is a lot of work, and it is sometimes difficult. But what everyone does is amazing.


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PostPosted: Feb 16, 2018 15:51    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson Adventures. February 2018.  

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PostPosted: Feb 16, 2018 15:54    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson Adventures. February 2018.  

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PostPosted: Feb 16, 2018 16:08    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson Adventures. February 2018.  

...One of the highlights of my year is the fact that the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is putting in it's first ever display of the Matrix Aquamarine. Rob Lavinsky was kind enough to help facilitate the procedure. Kevin, our new registrar of the museum helped also.


I am on the Board of Directors of the Perot Museum.



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PostPosted: Feb 16, 2018 16:25    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson Adventures. February 2018.  

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PostPosted: Feb 16, 2018 16:29    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson Adventures. February 2018.  

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PostPosted: Feb 16, 2018 16:32    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson Adventures. February 2018.  

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PostPosted: Feb 16, 2018 16:48    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson Adventures. February 2018.  

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PostPosted: Feb 17, 2018 12:52    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson Adventures. February 2018.  

Hi Gail.

Big report. Awesome rooms. Stunning cases. Fantastic specimens.

Congratulations for your treasures crystals showcase.
Also congratulations to Peter Megaw for his collection.

Thanks for share with us.
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PostPosted: Feb 17, 2018 12:58    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson Adventures. February 2018.  

Rolling up my sleeves to post more photos of this amazing visit to Tucson. Thank you all for your private messages, they are keeping me going! ha ha.


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PostPosted: Feb 17, 2018 15:19    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson Adventures. February 2018.  

I have intended to load many photos today, but Jim and Courtney are opening many flats of what we bought and I had to go and fall in love with the minerals all over again, it's like Christmas!

Any how, here we go...



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PostPosted: Feb 17, 2018 15:22    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson Adventures. February 2018.  

...This photo, well, one day we think it will be historic. These three young people will be part of the future in the American Mineral World. Kevin, Courtney and Duncan are devoted to the mineral world, and our hopes are they grow, and prosper, by meeting so many incredible people.


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PostPosted: Feb 17, 2018 15:24    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson Adventures. February 2018.  

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PostPosted: Feb 17, 2018 15:33    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson Adventures. February 2018.  

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PostPosted: Feb 17, 2018 15:46    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson Adventures. February 2018.  

Thursday, first day of the Main show open to the public.


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Andreás Stucki brought this to me, his wife Katja made it. It is beige in the sun and pink in the incandescent light!
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I had arranged to buy this prior to Tucson!
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Our son, Tom and his wife, Melissa were in Tucson. They brought their 6 children. We were so excited to see them!
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Off we went after a grand time visiting our family.
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Back to the main show.
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Competitive cases
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Marc Countiss
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Jeff Kremer case.
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Okay, I love this.
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PostPosted: Feb 17, 2018 15:58    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson Adventures. February 2018.  

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Kremer case. Jeff Kremer is the new coordinator of MAD
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Pargasite. I used to hate this mineral, we had one and I made sure it wasn't with us long...but this one? YES!
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Killer.
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These are Marc and Janis Countiss pieces, from here on.
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PostPosted: Feb 17, 2018 16:07    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson Adventures. February 2018.  

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Don and Gwen Lum's case.
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Me with Mayor Claude Abel, of Ste-Marie-aux-Mines in France.
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Mark Jacobsen
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The Brownlees!
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Stuart Wilensky and Irv Brown
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