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Thirty Years and Counting (3 Replies)

Posted November 5, 2013 at 1:39 pm

This is the 30th year of the founding of ACS at a meeting at the home of the noted conifer collector Joel Springarn in Baldwin, NY. At the 20th annual ACS National Meeting in Denver in 2003, Bob Fincham gave a multi-media presentation of the history of conifer collecting and the ACS compiled from his personal photos and voluminous research that he’s done over the years, some of which has appeared in his writings and books.
When we relaunched this site in the summer and put up the Society’s history as written by Jim Morris and edited by Suzanne Mahoney, that caused Susan Eyre to remember Bob’s presentation and chase it down in CD form. We’ve converted it to a PDF and posted it on the History page.
You’ll be delighted to see many snapshots of our more notable members wearing the fashions of yesteryear (Bob sports a cowboy hat in one) but, for the contemporary collector, it’s a revelation to see in the flesh the names that we’ve come to recognize in the nomenclature of some of the prized specimens in our gardens, public and private: the Rezeks, Waxmans, Benthams, Iselis, Fordhams, Bushs and Reis — to name just a few that are on tags in my garden.

One question, however (and perhaps Bob will log in to explain): How did a guy who taught science in high school for some 30 years do the math that led to calling this 25 years of history? ;-)
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Posted November 7, 2013 at 5:29 pm

The Powerpoint was originally presented at the annual meeting in Denver at the twentieth anniversary as indicated on the last slide of the presentation. The title slide was redone for Iowa to commemorate the 25th anniversary. I did that and worked on the presentation so it would run on any computer. Then the Central Region could sell copies at that meeting. If there is interest perhaps the ACS would like to offer copies for sale once again.

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Posted November 7, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Ooops. Nobody mentioned to me that ACS might want to sell it. I just gave it away to anybody who downloads the PDF. Thanks for the clarification, Bob.

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Posted November 9, 2013 at 1:26 am

I gave them a full year for sales then I had the actual powerpoint on my web site for free downloads for two years. I was just thinking that the free .pdf is nice but purchasing a cd with the dialog would be more valuable and could even be used for projection at a meeting where a speaker is not available.

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