[MSA-talk] early mineralogy interest

Diamspir at aol.com Diamspir at aol.com
Thu May 8 20:21:55 EDT 2014

Hi Chris,
My interest was in minerals used in  medicine. The beneficial earth 
materials. I went through many of the most common  plus many not so common minerals 
(and I don't mean the so called "minerals" one  buys in a health food 
store. Those are not minerals as we understand them in  scientific terms anyway) 
and looked them up in medical literature. The list was  a long and 
impressive one. 
Ulli Limpitlaw

On Wed, May 7, 2014 at 2:17 PM, Chris Tacker <_rctacker at yahoo.com_ 
(mailto:rctacker at yahoo.com) > wrote:

Hello, group,

I'm  interested in what influenced many of you to become interested
in  mineralogy. 

Pink  feldspar gravel roads in the Black Hills of 
South  Dakota caught my interest, as well as the exhibits at
the  South Dakota School of Mines. I had one of their 
mineral  collections, sold with samples of uranium ore and asbestos.
I  was still interested in high school, then opted out of 
pre-med  in chemistry for what eventually became geochemistry. 

Yes,  I have an agenda: I'm interested in what role, if any,
mineral  exhibits and museums played in developing your interests.
I'm  interested in what moved you all into the "pipeline" and what
I  can do to move younger people in that direction. 

No,  I won't use any personal stories without direct permission 
from  you. And no, I won't hit you up for any money. 

Chris  Tacker

R.  Chris Tacker, Ph.D., P.G.
Research  Curator II in Geology
North  Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences



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