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F. W. "Bill" and Millie Schupp chaired this year's show, held late in March on the 23rd through the 25th. Show hours remained the same as in previous years. Admission was still 35 cents, paid by 4.143 people, and there was also a substantial number of volunteers and guests.


For the first time the Bank of Arizona, located in Bisbee, brought its spectacular Bisbee copper mineral collection into town for display. This was the first time the collection had left the bank. It contains superb 'specimens of velvet malachite, rich red cuprite, excellent blue azurite and much more. A special display case had to be built for it. After the show the Bank of Arizona Bisbee collection traveled around Arizona.


Another southern Arizona display featured the large Loris Woolery collection, including superb orange scheelite crystals from the Cohen mine (the best up to 7 inches tall!), an excellent nest of cuprite crystals, a beautiful suite of wulfenite specimens, azurites, malachites, aurichalcites and much more. The collection was later bought by the A. L. Flagg Foundation, and is now incorporated into the Arizona Mineral and Mining Museum in Phoenix.

Paul Desautels brought two wonderful cases of noteworthy English minerals. One display contained nothing but superb English calcites, many of them twinned, to go along with Paul's scheduled talk. The other was an assortment of fine English minerals, fluorite, barite, chalcocite and more. Paul gave several talks at the show, using the curtained-off back room with its hard folding chairs and lack of ventilation!

For those fascinated by creative work, H. J. Stockder displayed his intarsia replica of the famous Konigsberg Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. He used nothing but Arizona material in its construction. Ida Pavone, proprietor of La Cucina restaurant, displayed a stunningly life-like intarsia done in the classic Florence, Italy technique. From the Northwest, Richard and Helen Rice brought their Woodruff Trophy-winning case of minerals which they had displayed at the American Federation National Show in Tampa, Florida. The Woodruff Trophy was retired after the Rices won it three times in a row. Those same award-winning specimens may be seen today at the Rice Museum in Hillsboro, Oregon. Mountain States Telephone Company put in an interesting display of large synthetic quartz crystals grown by Bell Labs. Bill Caudle, Dan's brother, put in a very fine collection of polished spheres he had made.


Grunewald and Adams, courtesy of Newton Pfeffer, displayed five superb Muzo, Colombia emeralds including an uncut 35-carat stone. Valued at approximately $35,000, these emeralds were later featured in an issue of Gems and Minerals magazine. In addition, this company invited an expert faceter, Frank Gruber from New York City, to demonstrate jam peg faceting. He would even facet stones brought to the show by visitors. Jam peg faceting requires the faceter to literally push or jam the stone, mounted on a wooden dop, into the faceting wheel.


Ultra Violet Products, Inc. President Tom Warren, a leader of the fluorescent equipment industry and strong patron of the hobby, set up a completely enclosed display of fluorescent minerals. Tom Neavitt, local lapidary artist, displayed a magnificent carved jade collection including a large nephrite jade bell that gave off a lovely tone when stuck. It toned every six minutes during the show. Some of the Neavitt collection can now be seen at the Arizona Mineral and Mining Museum. Unfortunately, the bell went missing after being displayed at a show in Phoenix, and has never been recovered. For rarity and spectacular color, Susie Davis, local wholesale mineral dealer, displayed her Arizona collection. This collection contained rarities including linarite, diaboleite and caledonite as well as wulfenite, azurite, malachite after azurite, cerussite and more. Her entire collection was bought by the Smithsonian Institution some years later.


Paul Desautels gave a talk on "Siamese Twins of the Mineral Kingdom" but his talk was a departure from the usual venue. The back room in the quonset hut, never an ideal lecture hall, had been given over to exhibits and dealers so Paul's talk was presented on Monday evening in the Liberal Arts Building at the University of Arizona campus following the show.

In a copy of Rock Talk following the show, Editor Bernice Johnson expressed the feelings of the entire Society about Paul when she wrote, "We are all sold on him, so fond of him and so appreciative of his help and encouragement. He has worked as hard for Tucson's club as he has for the Smithsonian."

1962 Satellite Show

Holiday Inn South (very few dealers, no promoter)
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Title Annotation:Show Highlights; Tucson Gem and Mineral Show
Publication:The Mineralogical Record
Geographic Code:1U8AZ
Date:Jan 1, 2004
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