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In the middle 1970's one hat that I wore was that of consultant on the restoration of early American houses. It was an amateur hat, of course, but one of which I was quite proud. I had finished restoring my own house by then (see "Beardsley House" in my biography at my web site WWW.LHCONKLIN.COM) and had volunteered to oversee the restoration of the 1740 saltbox of my late friend Fred Gardner. One of the stonemasons on the job was called Baithazar, and he knew a lot about rocks as old-time masons often do. It was not long before he found out what it was I did in my day job and asked me if I would look at a bunch of specimens that he had collected.

I, of course, said yes and looked forward to the event.

It was not too long before I was looking over about 100 pounds of totally valueless rock and informing their owner as to their lack of value. Balthazar refused to accept my appraisal of his specimens and stated emphatically that "they must be valuable--you have no idea how hard I worked to get them."

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Title Annotation:mineralogist anecdote
Author:Conklin, Lawrence H.
Publication:The Mineralogical Record
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2000
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