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PostPosted: Oct 14, 2011 02:19    Post subject: My first teacher  

Tell us what was your first teacher.
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PostPosted: Oct 14, 2011 02:35    Post subject: Re: My first teacher  

Easy answer on my case ;-)

I started in the mineral hobby over 40 years ago, with the help of my brother Francesc, and it involved taking things on as part of a pleasant game, full of nice trips and unusual situations as I followed the trails of the wild deals with the, just as wild, miners.
During this period of my life I had the unbelievable chance to have in Barcelona one great gentleman: Don Joaquin Folch Girona, who back then was one of the world's best private mineral collectors. He looked after me and tolerated my young, crazy inexperience teaching me about a lot of things, always with his quiet "old style" and always with a tolerant smile on his lips. As it is easy to imagine, I learned a lot from him about mineralogy during those years, and I also was rewarded with his friendly companionship.

To know more about Sr. Joaquín Folch and his collection please see these topics:

- The Folch Collection -> https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?t=244

- My visit to the Folch Collection -> https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?t=441

as well as the Rocks & Minerals article -> https://www.rocksandminerals.org/Back%20Issues/2009/November-December%202009/Folch-Mineral-full.html
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PostPosted: Oct 14, 2011 03:04    Post subject: Re: My first teacher  

Sadly I cannot remember his name. He ran a mineral store about an hour from where we lived in Pennsylvania and when I was about 17 I used to spend hours in the store learning about minerals, helping in the store, learning about collecting and just absorbing information. Somewhere in my collection I must have a label from a mineral I got from him that would enable me to find out his name as he really moved me from a child collecting some rocks to someone who began to understand a bit about minerals. In fact it annoys me that I cannot remember his name.

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PostPosted: Oct 14, 2011 09:40    Post subject: Re: My first teacher  

My first teachers were all the hundreds of gorgeous specimens in the mineralogical museum of my hometown. I was 8 or 9 years old and when i saw all these colourful crystals, i knew this was the stuff i wanted to be engaged in for the rest of my life.
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PostPosted: Oct 14, 2011 16:27    Post subject: Re: My first teacher  

I may have mentioned him before. His name was Oscar Evanson. I met him when I was 10 and he was several years past retirement as a chemist. Oscar was the ultimate rockhound. He got great joy out of cabbing, making spheres, bolo ties, etc. But he was much more than that. He took me under his wing and got me hooked by giving me little pieces from his trim saw and garage mineral shelves, AND explaining how they formed. Got me to join the local gem and mineral society, which back in the 50's was one of many such popular enterprises. We did field trips, and he carefully led me to a deeper understanding of the wonders of the world. In the process he introduced me to the field of botany through his succulent and cactus collection. When I introduced my bride to him he was in his late 80's and at the time of our visit was studying Russian and spherical trigonometry. I miss his gentle wisdom to this day, over 50 years later.
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PostPosted: Oct 15, 2011 03:08    Post subject: Re: My first teacher  

Since I'm 16 jears old and not yet graduaded from high school, I think you'll understand that I didn't have a teacher for mineralogy/geology.
I learned the begining stuff from my father, who is dendrologist, so that was not much. He could tell me simple things like the formula of quarts and that some minerals react to sertain acids. And the rest I learned for my own collection, other collectors and the Internet.

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