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THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



Vol. XXVIII No. 1 

MEXICO HONORS MR. STOUT 

On Dec. 14, the Government of Mexico pre- 
sented its Decoration of the Aztec Eagle to 
Museum President Gardner D. Stout in cere- 
monies held here. The award was presented by 
His Excellency, Ambassador Cuevas Cancino, 
Permanent Delegate to UNESCO from Mexico. 
The medal was awarded in recognition of the 
Museum's efforts in the establishment of the 
permanent Hall of Mexico and Central America. 

The Hall was built under the direction of Dr. 
Gordon F. Ekholm; the adjoining gold exhibit 
was prepared under the direction of Dr. Junius Bird 

The Decoration of the Aztec Eagle is the on^ 
medal given by the Mexican Government to 
non-Mexicans. It was created in the 1930's 
for the purpose of expressing the appreciation 
of the people of Mexico to individual foreign- 
ers whose achievements have had particular 
significance to Mexico. 

Earlier in the year, Dr. Ekholm had the 
pleasure of showing a group of women from the 
United Nations and the Consular Corps through 
the Hall of Mexico and Central America. The 
tour, on Nov. 4, was arranged by Mrs. Con- 
stantine Sidamon-Eristoff, member of the Board 
of Trustees. After viewing the hall, the visit- 
ors had coffee in the Portrait Room. 

The Hall of Mexico and Central America has 
been getting a great deal of diplomatic atten- 
tion since it opened . As far as the Grapevine 
knows, it is the first hall to have been "decor- 
ated" — even indirectly — by a foreign govern- 
ment, although we could be mistaken. 

ROBERT G. PAGE, TRUSTEE, DIES 
Robert G . Page , Honorary Trustee of the 
Museum since Oct., 1970, died on Christmas 
Day, 1970. Mr. Page, who was 69 years old, 
had been a Trustee for 21 years and was a Vice 
President of the Museum from 1957 to 1967. Mr. 
Page was chairman of the board of the Phelps- 
Dodge Corporation, a mining concern. 



January-February 1971 




Charmane Cigliano 5, £n rapport with Santa 
Claus. The occasion was the EBA Christmas 
party; for other photos see pages 4 and 5. 
Charmane is the daughter of Sal Cigliano, 
Electrical Shop, and Santa Claus is . . . well 
. . . keep reading . 

PUERTO R1CAN EXHIBIT OPENS 
The Corner Gallery will soon house "Boricua 
Aqufy Alia, " an audio-visual exhibition showing 
life as lived by Puerto Ricans in New York City 
and in Puerto Rico itself. Opening Jan. 29, 
"Boricua" was conceived and directed by Ralph 
Ortiz of the Department of Education. The three- 
screen-mirrored presentation is designed to place 
the visitor in the middle of what the late Oscar 
Lewis called "La Vida" in New York City's 
various barrios (Puerto Rican neighborhoods) and 
on the island. 

GIFT SHOP UPS DISCOUNTS 
The Museum Shop has begun offering enlarged 
discounts to Museum employees. The discount 
rate has gone to 25 percent for gift items. The 
discount on books remains at 15 percent, as in 
the past. 

We're sure that a lot of Museum folk took ad- 
vantage of the new discounts for the holidays, 
but what about Aunt Minnie's birthday? It's 
only a few weeks away. 



EMPLOYEES RECEIVE AWARDS 
The Museum has issued meritorious action 
awards to 31 employees, ranging in amount from 
$25 to $75. Those receiving the $25 awards 
were: Roman App, Nathaniel Armstrong, Walter 
Carter, Joseph Colligen, Ralph Csencsics, 
William Forbes, Eugene Fuller, Ernest Gregg, 
Howard Hoffernan, Franklin Hoffman, Leon 
Hrycak, Robert Jones, Joseph Keegan, John 
McHugh, Walter Michalski, Joseph Negron, 
Joseph Nelson, Edward Mullet, Joseph O'Neill, 
Albert Pontecorvo, Albert Potenza, Edward 
Teller, and James Troy. 

Winners of larger awards, by reason of having 
two commendations for meritorious action, were: 
Samuel Castelli, John Harding, Robert Hill, 
Andrew DiAngelo, Angelo Mangano, Arvo Hy- 
land, Aguedo Valentin and Chester Sroczynsky. 

Congratulations to all meritorious action 
award winners. 

MUSEUMS GAIN NEW STATUS 

Museums—including the AMNH--have been 
defined as "educational institutions" under the 
provisions of the new Environmental Education 
Act of 1970, recently signed by President Nixon. 

According to an article in the December 
Museum News , the law specifically includes 
museums and libraries as educational institutions 
eligible for federal grants for providing educa- 
tional services on a community level on the 
subject of environmental pollution. 

An Office of Environmental Education has been 
set up in the U.S. Office of Education. This 
office will seek to establish "community environ- 
mental centers" with educational institutions 
such as museums as the focal points. Federal 
grants are soon to be available for these pur- 
poses. The Office of Environmental Education 
has been initially funded with $5 million for 
fiscal 1971, with increasingly larger amounts to 
be available for succeeding years. 

No information about the tax status of con- 
tributions from Museum friends to projects 
related to this new law is available as yet, but 
the Grapevine will follow up and provide more 
information in the future. 

DR. FREED ELECTED TO FELLOWSHIP 
Dr. Stanley A. Freed, Chairman of the De- 
partment of Anthropology, has been elected a 
Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences. 
The 153-year old Academy, the third-oldest 
such organization in the Country, elected 63 



Lifetime Fellows in 1970, out of a total mem- 
bership of more than 27,000 distinguished sci- 
entists in all fields. The citation noted Dr. 
Freed's "overall contribution to the advance- 
ment of science. " 

STAIRWAY NEARS COMPLETION; 
FRICK WING READY IN JUNE 

Completion of the renovation work on the 77th 
Street Staircase is scheduled for mid-Feb., ac- 
cording to Frank Marmorato, Plant Manager. 
The work, which began in mid-Oct., involved 
extensive changes and a great deal of labor, 
but the results should be worth it in terms of 
convenience and beauty. The staircase was 
planned to be almost exactly like the one on 
the other side of the 77th Street Building, ex- 
cept that it will reach to the 5th floor. It, 
like the other staircase, will be terrazzo covered 

The ten-story Frick Wing, now under con- 
struction, is scheduled for completion in June, 
according to Marmorato. 

********** 

MANY OF OUR LETTERS OF PRAISE ARE FROM 
PEOPLE WHO RECEIVED CLEAR DIRECTIONS 
FROM HELPFUL MUSEUM EMPLOYEES. 
YOUR COURTESY IS APPRECIATED. 



HERE AND THERE 
Grapevine has had a communication from Vin- 
cent Roth, resident director of the Southwestern 
Research Station at Portal, Ariz . Evidentally 
things are very quiet at the Station, but it 
sounds very beautiful and peaceful there com- 
pared to the urban hurley-burley of the 
Museum's "home town." He says: "As for now, 
there is nothing (going on). Only the deer and 
turkey and Apache squirrel in the back yard and 
the racoons at night. The guests will be back 
in March." All the Grapevine can say is 

"when's the next train out?" 

*** 

Planetarium: Eddie Morgan became a father 
on Thanksgiving Day for the second time. A 
son, Paul William, weighing in at eight pounds, 
three ounces, was born to him and his wife, 
Kathy. The Morgans also have a daughter, Kim, 
nineteen months. Congratulations and "happy 
baby" to the Morgans . . . Dr. Franklyn M. 
Branley was named Children's Book Writer of 
the Year at the Ann Blanche Smith School 
Annual Book Fair, Hillsdale, N.J., on Dec. 8. 
Among Dr. Branley 's many accomplishments, he 



is a distinguished and popular writer on scien- 
tific topics -the author of 54 books, many ad- 
dressed to young people- and this was only one 
of the tributes to his skill. 



*** 



Entomology: Dr. Jerome G. Rozen, Jr., Dr. 
Pedro Wygodzinsky, Dr. Lee H. Herman, Jr., 
and Mrs. Veronica M. Picchi recently attended 
the annual convention of the Entomological So- 
ciety of America, in Florida. While they had 
the opportunity, they spent two days in the 

Florida Keys on a collecting trip. 

** * 
Mineralogy: Hannah Seaman, wife of David 
Seaman, passed away on Thanksgiving Day. She 
was 60 years old. Dave Seaman has been with 
the department for 17 years and is scientific as- 
sistant for the Mineralogy Department. 

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Exhibition: George Crawbuck, formerly of Ed- 
ucation, has moved to Exhibition, where he 
will continue to design exhibits for the Educa- 
tion Department. Incidentally, Crawbuck, who 
played Santa Claus at the recent Christmas 
Party once again, is an avid and knowledgable 
collector of lead soldiers and other miniatures. 
He has, he said, "thousands of them," and is 
thinking of going into the small-scale manufac- 
ture of them just for fun. And, in case you 
hadn't guessed, he is also involved in amateur 
theatricals. ... It seems to be the "time of 
the grandfather" in the department. Ray de 
Lucia became a grandpop for the third time on 
Nov. 21, with the birth of a grandson, Robert 
Stephen, 8 pounds, 7-1/2 ounces. The proud 
parents are Raymond and Nanette de Lucia . . . 
As if that weren't enough, those exhibitionists 
produced another proud grandpa in the person 
of Charles Tornell, who is a mere first-timer. 
His grandson, Jason Gerard, was born Dec. 7 
and weighed 9 pounds. The parents in the case 
are Charles Jr. and wife Virginia. 



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Education: Dr. Malcolm Arth attended the 
meeting of the American Anthropological Associ- 
ation in San Diego, Calif., Nov. 19-30. He 
also took the opportunity to visit museums and 
to study new museum educational techniques 
while on the West Coast . . . Education recent- 
ly received a grant from the Mary Flagler Cary 
Trust for more than half a million dollars. The 
grant included funds for renovating Duplex Hall 
and the second floor corridor of the School Ser- 
vices Building. The grant also provided for 
several new specialists in Caribbean and Afro- 



American studies, natural sciences, media and 
design. *** 

The Library: The former Lucienne Sejour recent- 
ly was married and is now Mrs. Tsugio J. 
Yoshinaga. The Yoshinagas honeymooned in 
Mexico. Mr. Yoshinaga is also a librarian, 
at the Brooklyn Public Library . . . New to 
the Library is Wendell Su, a former policeman 
and immigration officer from Taiwan. He re- 
cently transferred from the custodial staff and 
prior to that he worked for the New York State 
Department of Commerce. He holds a master's 
degree in public administration from the Uni- 
versity of Indiana. *** 

The Men's and Women's Committees held their 
annual dinner on Nov. 16, with cocktails in 
the Roosevelt Memorial Hall, followed by din- 
ner in the Hall of Ocean Life. Museum vice- 
president W. Gurnee Dyer and Mrs. Dyer later 
showed the assemblage films they shot while in 
Iran earlier in the year. The Philippine am- 
bassador to Spain, His Excellency Luis Gonzalez, 
Mrs. Gonzalez, their two daughters, their son, 
and a niece, visited the Museum and the Plan- 
etarium recently. Ambassador Gonzalez passed 
through New York City on his way to Madrid 

and stopped here for a few hours. 
*** 

Herpetology: Dr. Janis A. Roze recently joined 
the department of biology at the City Univer- 
sity of New York, CCNY. He also began 
teaching a course in Human Ecology for the In- 
stitute for Health Sciences, a graduate program 
jointly sponsored by Hunter College and Mt. 
Sinai College of Medicine. At his first collo- 
quium, Dr. Roze showed his film, "Ecology and 
Life Cycle of the Orinoco Turtle, Podocnemis." 
Dr. Roze continues at the Museum as research 
associate ... On Nov. 13, Dr. Richard G. 
Zweifel presented a "Herpetological Travelogue 
of New Guinea" to the Connecticut Herpe- 
tological Society at the Peabody Museum, New 
Haven . . . Also on Nov. 13, Dr. Herndon G. 
Dowling lectured at the Norwalk, Conn., 
Museum and Zoo ... Dr. Dowling and 
Itzchak Gil boa represented the department at 
the annual meeting of the American Association 
for the Advancement of Science, in Chicago, 
Dec. 26-31 . . . Margaret Shaw reports that 
Charles Bogert's mother, who celebrated her 

100th birthday last summer, passed away in 
December. Dr. Bogert is retired chairman of 

Herpetology. 




The EBA Christmas party — with 
500 guests — was its usual smash 
success. Some of the children had 
been here before; for others it was 
the first, happy time. At far left, 
with Santa Claus, is Jennie 
Celeste, 4, neice of Shirley 
Brady, Circulation. At left is 
Tommy Walsh, 6, grandson of 
Helen Gilmore, Circulation. 



At right is Dawn Ollivierre, 5 1/2, daughter 
of McDonald Ollivierre, Paint Shop. Below 
are Patricia Weaver, 6, daughter of Charles 
A. Weaver, Jr., Administration; Dirk Manson, 
6, son of Vincent Manson, Mineralogy; Billy 
Colombo, 15 mos., son of Joseph Colombo, 
Plumbing Shop; and John Crawbuck, 11, son 
of George Crawbuck, Exhibition. (John 
wasn't fooled for a minute.) 





At left is Nina Wimmer, 10, 
daughter of Helmut Wimmer, 
Planetarium; at right is Ruth 
Pena, daughter of Violet 
Pena, Planetarium. Below 
left is Tracy Myers, daughter 
of Charles W. Myers, 
Herpetology; at right are 
James Thomas Fulton, 2, and 
Dennis Michael Fulton, 3, 
grandnephews of Dorothy 
Fulton, Photography. 





At left is Patrice Tierney, 3, 
neice of Ernestine Weindorf, 
Natural History . At right is 
Jerry Russo, 4, grandson of 
Ruth Manoff, Scientific 
Publications. Below, David 
Hallam, 4, nephew of Thelma 
Pol lick. Exhibition. Below 
right: Andrea Armond, 6, 
daughter of Barbara Armond, 
Custodial Services. 





EBA-ECHO 

EBA scores again— 25% discount. That's not bad. The Museum Shop agreed to a 25% discount 
for all employees. Only one exception . . books. Speaking of good deals, we have the cheap- 
est money in town. You can get it Tuesdays and Thursdays at our friendly Credit Union. Just ask 
for Bob or Harry between noon and I p.m. Tell them P.O'C, sent you. Anyone interested in 
joining the Museum bowling league? Try Vince Tumi Mo, ext. 499. Beginners are welcome. 

Good old George (Santa) Crawbuck should get at least an Emmy award for his 
performance the other night. He made believers of the non-believing kids. The 
children's Christmas party was spectacular. The selection and the quality of 
gifts matched the people whc picked them out. Thank you, Johnny Othmer 
and Ernestine Weindorf. Helen Sommers, assistant manager of ARA and her 
crew did a terrific job with the refreshments. The food was served with 
efficiency and great patience. 

Vince Lammie, Jr., of the Electrical Shop, made the big move on Sept. 19. He married the for- 
mer Ruby Baucom. Ruby teaches key punch and typing at Jamaica Adult Training School. Vince 
and Ruby met in high school. At that time Vince was playing 1st base and Ruby was a spectator. 
They now reside in Rego Park, Brooklyn. It didn't take Frank Zindulka, Maintenance Engineering, 
long to make an impression on the people of Hicksville. He has been elected by an overwhelming 
majority to the position of School Board Trustee. This job ] s demanding to say the least, but being 
a person insistent on quality education at a fair and reasonable cost to the taxpayer made him 
popular with both teachers and residents. 

If you spot something suspicious please realize that security is everybody's 
business and call Building Protection. Tony Serret (Plumbing Shop) did this and 
he has received a letter of commendation from Tony Walshak, Manager of 
Building Services. 

Nick Amorosi informs us that collective bargaining began Dec. 14 for a two-year contract on 
twenty-three new and old proposals. These proposals are very much in demand by Local 1559 and 
1306. We heard these talks were to be televised around Christmas week on Channel 9, WOR-TV. 
We watchecBill Ryan. A major issue will be a better pension plan. Hey! If you're looking for a 
slightly used floor lamp, get in touch with George Foley. 

JOE. Joe Nullet, bom March 14, 1908, died Oct. I. Is that all there is? 
We knew Joe as an average guy with a personality second to none. We have 
all probably acknowledged his gentle good morning and warm good night over 
the years. Joe dearly enjoyed life. He would sing an Irish tune at the drop 
of a hat or bounce an undesirable from AMNH with a twinkle in his eye. I 
should know. Your's truly, going back some years of course, has been bounced 
by Joe. More than once. I respected him for good judgment. Let your's 
truly explain ... I was raised on 76th Street. During this time, the Museum 
was a good place to play hooky. Joe taught me better. Life at the Museum 
just won't seem the same without Joe. 

IN CLOSING ... A man said to the universe: 

"Sir, I exist!" 

"However, " replied the universe, 
"The fact has not created in me 
a sense of obligation." 

P.O'C. 




THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



/ol. XXVI 11 No. 2 

CREDIT UNION HOLDS ELECTIONS 

The 36th annual meeting of the Credit 
Union of the Museum was held on Feb. 3. 
Nearly 10% of the 390 members of the Credit 
Union attended this meeting. The usual turn- 
out is much less, according to Credit Union 
officials. 

Elected to the board of directors were Mar- 
jorie Ransom (Education), Catherine Pessino 
(Education), and D. Vincent Manson (Miner- 
alogy), all for a three-year term. Elected to 
a two-year term were Margaret Shaw (Herpe- 
tology), and Ray deLucia (Exhibition). Also 
re-elected was Bill Barbieri (Carpenter Shop) 
to another term as chairman of the a 1 1 — 
important Credit Committee. The board of 
directors met in closed session and elected its 
own officers. These are Marjorie Ransom, 
president; Harry Lange, treasurer; Marilyn 
Badaracco, secretary; John Ignatieff, vice- 
president; and Margaret Shaw also a vice- 
president. 

Officers of the Credit Union delivered a 
financial report to the membership. The major 
assets were: $221,958 in outstanding loans to 
members, $22,096 cash in banks, and $40,000 
in common trust investments. Liabilities listed 
included $245,317 in share holdings, $26,669 
in reserve, and $12,431 in undivided earnings. 

UP-COMING MEETINGS 

March 9— Linnaean Soc. of N.Y., 8:30 

p.m.; March 12 Aquarium Soc, 8 p.m.; 

March 14— N.Y. Shell Club, 2 p.m.; March 

16 N.Y. Entomological Soc, 8 p.m.; 

March 19— N.Y. Microscopical Soc, 7:30 

p.m.; March 20 N.Y. Pa I eonto logical Soc, 

1 p.m.; March 23 Linnaean Soc. of N.Y., 

8 p.m.; and March 26 Met Grotto, Nat. 

Speleological Soc, 8 p.m. 



March 1971 




Mr. Stout, Mrs. Lindsay with Robert and Kim 
Weintraub, Museum neighbors who contributed 
substantially to floodlighting funds, enjoy the 
inaugural lighting despite freezing weather. 

CPW FACADE LIGHTED AT LAST 

On Thursday evening, Feb. 4, the Museum 
floodlighted the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial 
and the whole Central Park West facade of the 
building complex. The gala affair was attend- 
ed by Mrs. John V. Lindsay; August Heckscher, 
Administrator of Parks, Recreation and Cultural 
Affairs; President Stout; and Dr. Nicholson. 

Frank Marmorato, Plant Manager, says 
there are 81 separate lighting devices, and a 
total of more than 15,000 watts used to light 
the facade, which is an estimated 60,000 
square feet in size. 

Working on the floodlighting project under 
Marmorato's supervision were: Tony Gallardo, 
Electrical Shop foreman; electrician Joe 
Lorenz, and Joe Donato and Tony Macaluso, 
electrician's helpers. If you haven't seen the 
floodlighting, you don't know what you're 
missing. Take a look. 

(Other photos, page 3) 




MIRIAM COLON EDGAR: NEW TRUSTEE 

In Jan., the board of I 
Trustees elected Miss 
Miriam Colon Edgar 
to the board to fill 
the vacancy made by 
the death of Robert 
G. Page. 

A well-known ac- 
tress, Miriam Colon 
is the founder and 
executive director of 
the Puerto Rican 
Traveling Theatre, a 
multi-racial, multi-lingual troupe which tours 
the city's ghetto areas presenting plays free of 
charge in both Spanish and English. She is 
also a member of the New York City Cultural 
Council and an occasional consultant to the 
New York State Council on the Arts. 

Miss Colon is the first Puerto Rican to have 
been elected to the board. She graduated 
from Central High School in Santurce and 
studied for five years in the drama department 
of the Univesity of Puerto Rico. A special 
scholarship was created for her by the universi- 
ty and she was sent to study at Erwin Piscator's 
Dramatic Workshop and Technical Institute here 
in New York City. 

Since graduating from the Workshop, Miss 
Colon has been continuously active in cultural, 
civic and professional groups. She is a mem- 
ber of the Actor's Studio here and she was a 
co-founder with Roberto Rodriguez of the Nuevo 
CIrculo Drama'tico, and of the first Spanish- 
language arena theater in New York. Both 
organizations devoted themselves to the present- 
ation of works in Spanish by dramatists in the 
Spanish language in this city. 

Among Miriam Colon's Broadway credits are 
"In the Summer House," "The Innkeepers," and 
"The Wrong-Way Lightbulb." Off-broadway 
she was seen in "Me, Candido, " "The Oxcart," 
"The House of Bernardo Alba," "Winterset" and 
nearly a dozen other plays. She has appeared 
in more than 250 television shows, including 
"Gunsmoke," "Dr. Kildare," "Bonanza," "Al- 
fred Hitchcock Presents" and others. Miss 
Colon's film credits include work with suchrfilm 
notables as Marlon Brando in "One-Eyed Jacks, ' 
and in other films, including "The Appaloosa," 
"Thunder Island" and "Harbor Lights." 



Miss Colon, who is Mrs. George Edgar in 
private life, accepted election to the board 
and expressed her hope that she would be a 
contributing force to the board. She said 
further: "I look at the amount of deterioratio 
chaos, pain, pollution and waste we are con 
fronted with every day. Then I think about 
the mission of an institution such as this, whe 
the emphasis is on man, on nature in all its 
manifestations; a place where the focus is on 
the exploration, the preservation, the study 
and reverence for all forms of life.... It is 
indeed an honor to be here." 

Miriam Colon is a Manhattan resident and 
neighbor of the Museum. 

employee Lecture series 

Dr. Guy Musser, Archbold Curator of 
Mammals, gave employees a fascinating slide- 
lecture tour of the world of rodents at the bi 
monthly Employee Education Lecture Series in 
February. About 150 attended. The title of 
the talk was "Rats, Mice and Squirrels," but 
Dr. Musser covered the entire rodent order in 
his talk. Among the memorable mice men- 
tioned was a group of aquatic mice in South 
America which fish and swim.. A variety 
of flying squirrel adept in the use of 
camouflage was also described. 

One of the points made was that while 
most people think rabbits are rodents, they 
aren't. So, as far as the order Rodentia is 
concerned, Mickey Mouse can stay, but it's 
"Bugs Bunny Go home!" 

The next lecture — in April— will be by Dr. 
Malcolm Arth, curator of the Department of 

Education. Dr. Arth is an anthropologist and 
specialist in African matters. He spent about 
three years in Africa, and will talk about the 
things he observed there. 

*-*■* 
NY ..ACADEMY. OF SCIENCES MEETING 
The Museum was host to the N.Y. Academ 
of Sciences, Section on Psychology, conferenc 
on "Orientation: The Sensory Basis," held Fel 
8-10. Helmut Adler of Animal Behavior was 
chairman of the conference which heard dozen 
of papers in six major sessions. More than a 
hundred attended — some from as far away as 
British Columbia and West Germany — to hear c 
wide variety of ideas. 



MUSEUM'S CENTRAL PARK WEST FACADE LIGHTED 




Auseum Brings Light to Central Park West in More 
/ays Than One (above). Mrs. John V. Lindsay 
'elights in Special "Fanfare for Facade, " by 
■ank Levy, played by (I to r) Fernando Pasqualone, 
onald Romm and Larry Davidson (right). 



# * * 



SPOKESMAN FOR STARLINGS 
Kenneth A. Chambers of the Education Depart- 
ent says that there is a spokesman for starlings 
) the Museum. You might call him a bird ex- 
ert, although he isn't an ornithologist. He's 
amed Suki, and he's a starling. The bird is a 
>ng-time resident of the Natural Science Cen- 
jr and delights children and the staff with his 
wttered bird-comments on the world in general 
nd the Center in particular. His clear "Hello, 
iharlie" can be heard whenever the mood 



strikes him — and whenever he's bribed with a 
little food. Nobody seems to know who 
"Charlie" is, however. Mysteriously, Suki 
grumbles a string of mixed recognizable and un- 
recognizable words and then adds "seahorse" 
loud and clear. He is an excellent mimic and 
he likes to do other birds in particular — car- 
dinals, white-throated sparrows, and European 
bullfinches. Chambers says that when Suki is in 
a chatty mood, he can keep one entertained 
for hours. 



T.C. SCHNEIRLA MEMORIAL VOLUME 



NEW RULE ON LATENESS 



Howard Topoff of Animal Behavior reports 
that a reception and dinner were held on the 
occasion of the publication of "Development 
and Evolution of Behavior: Essays in Memory 
of T.C. Schneirla," in December. The book, 
edited by Drs. Lester R. Aronson, Ethel Tobach, 
Daniel Lehrman and Jay Rosenblatt, was pub- 
lished by W.H. Freeman & Co. 

The dinner and reception for contributors and 
their spouses was held at a local restaurant, 
and the guest of honor was Mrs. Leone 
Schneirla, wife of the late Dr. Schneirla. She 
was presented with a leather-bound and gold- 
trimmed special copy of the book. 

Among the contributors at the dinner were 
Drs. Helmut Adler, James Atz, Evelyn Shaw 
and William Tavolga, all of the Museum staff, 
as well as Gerard Piel, publisher of Scientific 
American and a trustee of the Museum, and Dr. 
Caryl Haskins, president of the Carnegie Insti- 
tution in Washington. 

Dr. Topoff noted that the book was "assem- 
bled by biologists and psychologists from diverse 
areas of specialization to honor the profound 
influence on their own research of Dr. 
Schneirla 's theoretical contribution to science." 
Dr. Schneirla was curator of the Department of 
Animal Behavior. He died in 1968. 

MORE ON MUSEUM STATUS 

In the last issue, Grapevine promised to get 
more information about the status of museums in 
the new Environmental Education Act. The 
American Association of Museums has informed 
us that the new status of museums as education- 
al institutions "applies only to the Office of 
Education for the purposes of the Environmental 
Education Act. It doesn't apply to the Internal 
Revenue Service." 

The AAM letter continues: "However, you 
should know that IRS is being asked to consider 
a proposal wherein museums which meet the 
standards established by the profession (accredit- 
ation) should be considered public charities on 
an equal par with universities, churches, etc. 
In the meantime, contributions to institutions 
which qualify as public charities (not private 
foundations) are treated on a par with those 
universities. " 



Effective Jan. I, Museum officials amended 
the rules and regulations by adding the follow- 
ing: "Lateness caused by verified major failure 
of public transportation such as a widespread 01 
total power failure of significant duration or 
other catastrophe of similar severity shall be 
excused." The various New York daily news- 
papers often run box-scores on the performance 
of public transportation on a day-by-day basis, 
by the way. 

The Administration has also clarified the 
General Regulation regarding maternity leave 
for employees. An amendment effective Jan. 
1, allows for the 12-18 months already granted 
and the use of accrued annual leave, at norma 
pay, and up to one-third of the balance of ac 
crued sick leave, also at normal pay. 



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W'M KING GREGORY DIES AT 94 

Dr. William King Gregory, Curator Emeritu 
of Fishes and of Comparative Anatomy, died 
at his home in Woodstock, N.Y., on Dec. 
29 following surgery. He was 94. Associatec 
with some of the most notable scientists of his 
day, Dr. Gregory had a highly diversified 
scientific career, specializing in anatomy and 
the development of teeth in both fishes and 
mammals. He was the author of more than 
350 scientific publications. Dr. Gregory re- 
tired from Museum service in 1944, but re- 
tained a staff appointment and spent, in all, 
45 years in association with AMNH. 

HERE AND THERE 

Payroll: Adrian Ward, who was on the road I 
recovery, has had a second heart attack and 
back in the hospital. He's in Lebanon Hospi- 
tal, in the Bronx. We all send him our best 
wishes. 

ie * •& 

Ornithology: Departmental reporter Valerie 
R. Darovec reports that Dean Amadon recently 
returned from a three-week field trip to the 
Archbold Station in Fla., where he conductec 
field studies. .. .Ellen Brier has joined the 
department as Dr. Amadon 's secretary. She 
had been with a theatrical agency. She is 
married, has two children and is a Manhattan 
ite Stuart Keith, research associate, left 

(Cont . page 5) 



Here and There- (cont.) 

Feb. 5 for several weeks of field work in 
Liberia at Nimba Research Station. A volun- 
teer, Helen Lapham, will assist him David 

J.T. Hussell will spend the next year studying 
aspects of brood limitation in birds, both here 
and in Canadian field work. .. ..F. Gary Stiles, 
Elsie Binger Naumburg Fellow, will spend 18 
months studying Central American hummingbirds 
both in the field and in the Museum 

*** 
Photography: James Coxe who recently took 
over the studio and lab work, is a recent vet- 
eran of the U.S. Coast Guard. While serving 
he got around quite a bit, but not to the usual 
tourist spots. As a crewman aboard a ship serv- 
ing in the International Iceberg Patrol, Coxe 
got to the North Pole, the South Pole, Green- 
land, Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, var- 
ious countries of South America and the Fiji Is- 
lands. A native of Scranton, Coxe lives in 
Manhattan. He started classes at the N.Y. 
Institute of Photography on Dec. 7 of last year 
— Pearl Harbor Day — but he says that he doesn't 

think the starting date "means" anything. 

*** 

Planetarium: Mrs. Patricia Benson, a cashier- 
guide for nearly 24 years, passed away in Dec. 
Dr. Branley eulogized her by noting that she 
was a "pleasant, always-smiling person. . .easy 

to get along with and a good worker." 

*** 

Natural History: Al Meyer, editor of the maga- 
zine, suffered a concussion during a skating ac- 
cident in mid-Jan. He's back on the job 
again, however, and now he has different 

headaches. 

* ** 

Southwestern Research Station: Vincent Roth, 
resident director, has sent Grapevine another 
lyrical newsletter from Portal, Ariz., painting 
a beautiful picture of the area and calling for 
the preservation of the nation's wilderness 
areas. He also passes the word that the joint- 
University of California (Riverside)-University 
of Southern California-University of Arizona 
effort at teaching ecology by the team-teach- 
ing method has worked out well and will re- 
turn again next season. 

** * 

Trustees: Many people are concerned for our 
cultural institutions, but Robert G. Goelet — a 
longtime member of the Museum family--is es- 



pecially active in helping them. He is a 
trustee and member of the Management Board 
here, he is the president of the New York 
Zoological Society and he was recently elected 
as president of the New York Historical Society 

"* * * ■' 
General Services: Charles Folborn, printer, 
recently won the N.Y. State Lottery to the 
t"np of $100 Paul Vann now has a five- 
piece band. 

*** 

Herpetology: Charles Myers left Jan. 7 to 
spend two weeks at the Smithsonian Institution 
Field Station in Panama, and then joined Dr. 
John Daly of the National Institutes of Health, 
in Colombia to collect very special herpeto- 
logical specimens — poisonous frogs — for bio- 
chemical analysis. 

*** 
Ichthyology: Robert Winter, department assist- 
ant bibliographer, has been named assistant 
professor in the language department of Rider 
College, N.J., effective Sept., 1971. And 
he got married (or "merried, " as a typograph- 
ical error spelled it, perhaps correctly) on 

Jan. 24 C. Lavett Smith instructed a fish 

identification workshop Jan. 11-15. The in- 
tensive 5-day course taught methods and tech- 
niques of identifying local fresh-water varities. 

*** 

Living Invertebrates: The department sent five 
to attend the annual meeting of the American 
Association for the Advancement of Science in 
Chicago in December. They were William K. 
Emerson, Dorothy E. Bliss, Horace W. Stunkard 
Linda H. Mantel and Penny Connell. Drs. 
Emerson, Bliss and Stunkard participated in the 
Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Symposium, and Dr. 
Stunkard presented a biographical sketch of the 
late Dr. Hyman at a banquet and reception in 
honor of the participants in the symposium. 
Dr. Mantel chaired a division session for the 

American Society of Zoologists Dr. Bliss 

presided at the annual business meeting of the 

division Dr. Emerson, a member of the 

Council of the Society, attended executive 
board meetings of the Society of Systematic 

Zoology. 

(cont. page 6) 

REMINDER: Don't forget to reserve Thursday, 
May 13. Why? That's the date of the Em- 
ployees' Annual Dinner. . . . 



Here and There (cont.) 

Anthropology: Dr. Margaret Mead, hard at 
work on the Hall of the Peoples of the Pacific, 
apparently started off the new year in good 
fashion by being honored, not once, but twice. 
On Jan. 6 she was presented with the Arches 
of Science Award by the Pacific Science Cen- 
ter Foundation of Seattle. On Jan. 14, she 
was again honored, this time with the Gimbel 
National Award, which is presented "to a 
woman whose service has been of national sig- 
nificance." The award is presented only oc- 
casionally, and only five women have ever 

been so honored On March 9 Dr. Mead 

will again be honored, this time with the 
Joseph Priestly Award, to be presented by 
Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa. 

Invertebrate Paleontology: Drs. Niles E Id — 
redge and Norman D. Newell participated in 
an informal December workship on marine 
ecology and paleontology sponsored by the 
Geological Society of America at Asilomar 
Conference Grounds, near Monterey, Calif. 
One of the famed Penrose Conferences, the 
purpose of this workshop was to exchange in- 
formation and explore common basic problems 
pertaining to the evolution of marine popula- 
tions and communities, past and present. 

*** 
Vertebrate Paleontology: Dr. Bobb Schaeffer 
participated in the marine ecology workshop 

at Asilomar Conference Grounds Dec. 13-18 

* ** 

Entomology: Show business, entomology busi- 
ness, what's the difference? Well, at least 
it might look that way sometimes. Dr. John 
A.L. Cooke has been on the Dick Cavett Show 
twice and on the Virginia Graham show once; 
the ladies are not to be outdone, so Alice 
Gray appeared on the Dick Cavett Show once, 
too. Each displayed specimens of their speci- 
alities — cockroaches, from Alice Gray, and 
tarantulas and scorpions from John Cooke. 
Both were engaged in bright, informative con- 
versations that were seen by millions in the 

national audiences wonderful educational 

opportunities Even "Blondie," Miss Gray's 

pet tarantula has gone show-biz. "Blondie" 
took part in a living art exhibition directed by 
Prof. Dennis Oppenheim of the State University 

of New York at Stony Brook, L.I Dr. 

Cooke recently returned from a one -week work- 



ing vacation in the Virgin Islands There 

are two new volunteers in the department — Mrs. 
Isabel Gorfinkel and Mrs. Joan du Windt — 
both working under Dr. Cooke's supervision.... 
Mohammad Umar Shadab, the new scientific 
assistant to Dr. Cooke, is a doctoral candidate 
from the University of Karachi, Pakistan. 



HONORS AND AWARDS 

The Museum once again has harvested prizes 
for design and technical work — this time, two 
certificates of special merit from the 29th 
Annual Exhibition of the Printing Industries of 
Metropolitan New York. The certificates were 
awarded for the 101st Annual Report, and for 
the capital fund-raising brochure issued by the 
Museum, both during 1970. The certificates 
have been sent to our Graphic Arts Division. 
This is the third year in which Museum printed 
matter won awards. In 1970 a similar certifi- 
cate was awarded, and before that, in 1966. 

The Annual Review issue of "Public Rela- 
tions News," a trade publication, has listed 
the Museum's centennial celebration as one of 
1970's "ten most outstanding" public relations 
programs, according to a recent issue of that 
publication. 

*•*■** 

THE UNITED FUND 
The United Fund of New York has passed the 
word to the Museum that the employees — all 
of them--upheld the Museum's reputation for 
for warm generosity once again by contribu- 
nearly $1750 to the last drive. The actual 
figure was $1737.02 — and the United Fund 
wants all who contributed to know that the 
money was gratefully received and will be 
put to good use. Also, all departmental 
coordinators are to be congratulated and 
doubly thanked for the work they did so well . 

* * * -k 

GRAPEVINE GETS AROUND 

Cynics in the Museum will be delighted to 
learn that the Museum's internal magazine, 
The Grapevine, shares its name with the in- 
ternal magazines of the following: Nebraska 
Clothing Company of Omaha, Neb., The Shell 
Oil Company of Wilmington, Del., and Forest 
Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Calif. 



MAGAZINE PRESENTS PRINTS 



Courtesy, New Yorker Magazine 



"Field and Stream," the popular hunting and 
fishing publication, presented the Museum with 
eight limited-edition prints of North American 
game-birds by famed artist and illustrator Ned 
Smith, on Wednesday evening, Feb. 17. The occa- 
sion for the gift was the 75th anniversary of the 

magazine. Publisher Michael J. O'Neill pre- 
sented the numbered prints to the Museum "to fos- 
ter interest in America's rapidly dwindling wild- 

I ife population . " 
Included in the collection are representations of 
the Mourning Dove (see the current "Exhibit of the 
Month"), the Wild Turkey, the Valley Quail, the 
Bobwhite Quail, the Chukar Partridge, the Ruffed 
Grouse, the Ringneck Phea^nt and the Mountain 
Quail. 

Dr. Amadon and Dr. Nicholson accepted the 
prints on behalf of the Museum. The pictures will 
be put on display at some future date. 




Dean Amadon examines prints given by "Field and 
Stream" magazine with publisher M.J. O'Neill 
and artist Ned Smith ( r ). 



The American Museum of Natural History 
has a collection of 16 million objects. 
So it doesn't need any more — coffee 
cups - used gum - cigarette butts - 
candy wrappers - used tissues - sand- 
wich parts - used napkins - soda cans - 
used straws - etc. When our visitors 
leave such mementos behind, you (and 
the nearest wastebasket) can help. 




u/fWfrr 



"// you don't mind . Dr. Hervley, 
I do believe we could dispense voith political opinion." 

"DEAR MUSEUM " 



The Museum has long been interested in im- 
proving its "image" in the public eye, and in 
line with that, employees are encouraged to be 
extra-courteous, safety conscious and helpful, 
especially when dealing with the millions of 
persons who visit the Museum yearly. And it 
pays off.... The following letter was sent to 
all of us here at AMNH from an out-of-town 
visitor: 

"Gentlemen: I think the happiest moment 
of my life was when I walked through the en- 
trance of the Museum. I couldn't believe I 
was really there. I would like to thank you 
for making me happy. Everything was better 
than I had expected. I thank all of you for 
making my whole trip worth while." 

That's the kind of "image reward" we like, 
in view of the fact that last year more than 
four million people visited us. 

Anna Montgomery of Guest Services reports 
that the Museum also receives several Christ- 
mas cards every year, addressed to the insti- 
tution as a whole, including the staff. 



EBA ECHO 

We hear a lot about brotherhood, love thy neighbor, etc. The youth of our nation are crying for 
peace. We have the flower children, the love generation and many, many more groups devoting 
time and effort to friendship and understanding. How about we doing our part in this institution? 
For instance, the next time you see a fellow-employee, try extending a friendly greeting. You 
might be surprised at how good it makes you feel. Just imagine how the other person will feel. 
We might get the reputation as being a friendly cultural institution. By the way, if you don't 
know how to recognize a fellow-employee, look for the badge he should be wearing. 

One of our newest employees is a celebrity. Dick Tiger joined us in January as a 
Museum Attendant. Any boxing fan will remember Dick Tiger as one of the finest 
world champs the boxing game has ever seen... a fascinating man to watch in the 
ring, and a quiet, gentle family man outside the ring. Welcome aboard, Dick. 

Ray deLucia, Exhibition, was recently guest lecturer at the South Street Seaport Museum, in Lower 
Manhattan. He gave a talk about whaling techniques in the days of sail, contrasted with modern 
whale-killing techniques, and illustrated his talk with whaling implements from his personal collec- 
tion, along with his own films, taken aboard a Norwegian whaler out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 
Canada . 

Frank Chimenti, Paint Shop, is the proud pop of his second girl. Desiree will be 
five weeks old soon. Frank will call it quits at number two. Too much strain. 

Bill Fish, Exhibition, is happy to have his son back. Keith has just finished a hitch with the U. 
S. Army as Chief Warrant Officer II. He was piloting helicopters ini Viet Nam. During his four 
years of service, he was shot down four times and had seventeen "Huey" gun-ships shot up around 
him. Among his mementoes are three medals, one with 21 Oak Leaf Clusters, along with a 
special merit award from the Army. 

Let's congratulate Tony Gallardo, electrical shop foreman. He is a graduate of Pratt 
Institute School of Engineering. His major is design of lighting, power illumination 
and commercial electronics. Tony is the proud owner of a master electrician's 
license. 

IN CLOSING. . . . 

What flower is this that greets the morn, 
Its hues from Heaven so freshly born? 
With burning star and flaming band 
It kindles all the sunset land: 
Oh tell us what its name may be - - - 
Is this the flower of Liberty? 

It is the banner of the free, 

The starry Flower of Liberty. 

Oliver Wendell Holmes 

P.O'C. 




THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



Vol. XXVIII No. 3 

CHILDREN'S ART OPENS AT MUSEUM 
The recently-refurbished foyer out- 
side of Education Hall will reopen April 
7 with an exhibition of artwork done by 
the children of Manhattan's Intermediate 
School 201, according to Malcolm Arth 
of Education. 

Children at the schocl have been 
engaged in a 12-week study of African 
and Afro-American backgrounds, and 
much of the work to be exhibited by 
the children is based on or inspired by 
the art and artifacts of West Africa, as 
shown in the Museum's Man in Africa 
hall. The children have visited the 
hall several times, according to their 
teacher, Mrs. Irene Mayson, with "note- 
books and pencils in hand and gleams in 
their eyes for all the African motifs." 

Among the work displayed are wood 
carvings, paintings, papier-mache masks, 
graphics and other items. More than 20 
children will exhibit. 

BLOOD DRIVE HELD HERE 
Margaret Johnson and Angela Tabora 
of Emergency Aid report that 103 
Museum employees gave blood on March 
10 in Education Hall during the annual 
Greater New York Blood Program drive 
of the American Red Cross. Last year 
there were 20 more donors. 

In 1970, one employee alone needed 
78 units of blood during an illness, Mrs. 
Tabora said. Blood is always in short 
supply in New York City, and the dona- 
tion of blood is not only an act for the 
public benefit, but also for an individu- 
al's protection . 



April 1971 

BURROUGHS MEDALIST NAMED 
The John Burroughs Memorial Associ- 
ation named John K. Terres, author of 
"From Laurel Hill to Siler's Bog," 
(Knopf) to receive the 38th John 
Burroughs Medal for excellence in nat- 
ural history writing, according to Farida 
Wiley of Education, secretary of the 
organization. The occasion for the pre- 
sentation was the 134th anniversary of 
the birth of the famed naturalist . 

Dean Amadon, president of the As- 
sociation, presented the medal at cere- 
monies held in the Auditorium April 5. 

The program for the celebration of the 
John Burroughs anniversary included a 
rare 1919 color film, "A Day With 
John Burroughs, " 

"MUSEUM EVENING" A SUCCESS 
About 130 members and guests of 
the Museum's Men's and Women's Com- 
mittees attended the year's first "Museum 
Evening" on Feb. 25. Coffee and 
liqueurs were served in the Hall of 
Early Dinosaurs, after which everyone 
went to the Audubon Gallery to hear Dr. 
Wesley Lanyon of Ornithology describe 
the work of the Kalbfleisch Field Re- 
search Station on Long Island/ in an 
illustrated talk. 

The next "Museum Evening" will be 
held April 21, when Drs. Richard Van 
Gelder of Mammalogy and D. Vincent 
Manson of Mineralogy will be the 
speakers. They plan to describe their 
Oct., 1970, joint expedition to South- 
west Africa, during which they collected 
specimens and samples. 



MUSEUM'S EARTH DAY PLANS SET 

The first Earth Day was celebrated 
last year at the Museum to help bring 
attention to the need to conserve and 
improve the environment. This year's 
Earth Day at the Museum is Thursday, 
April 22, and the Museum plans even 
broader participation than last year. 
(There was a smaller Earth Day celebra- 
tion March 20 under the aegis of the 
United Nations, but the Museum did not 
participate.) 

Sidney Horenstein, Richard Van 
Gelder, Florence Stone, Anna Mont- 
gomery, Roberto Rendueles and Malcolm 
Arth, form the coordinating committee 
planning Museum participation. They 
have announced that the Museum plans 
several special events, including the 
labeling of endangered species displayed 
in the Museum. 

Other major events planned are the 
opening of the Environmental Information 
Desk especially for this day, in two 
locations — The Roosevelt Memorial second 



floor location, and at the 77th St. Foyer, 
on the first floor. In addition, a direct- 
wire telephone call -back broadcast will 
originate from the Museum, centering on 
the Earth Day celebration, and the 
public at large in the radio audience 
will be able to call in questions about 
the environment, to be answered by 
various members of the scientific staff 
here. The station carrying the broad- 
cast is WPU-FM, 95.5 on the dial. It 
is the ABC-FM outlet in New York City. 

In addition, the curatorial staff has 
been invited to circulate among the 
visitors to the Museum that day to answer 
questions about the environment and con- 
servation in relation to their scientific 
specialties. 

On April 16, a special Museum Earth 
Day broadcast over WEVD-AM & FM, 
featuring Drs. James W. Atz, D. Vin- 
cent Manson, Sydney Anderson and 
Malcolm Arth will be aired at 9 p.m. 
They will discuss the Museum's plans for 
Earth Day. 



Peter, Peter, pumpkin-eater, 
Had a wife and wouldn't keep her; 
Her departure was most urgent, 
She kept washing with detergent. 




From a forthcoming book "Nursery Rhymes for the Times ~ 

Ecology and Mother Goose" by our resident poet-artist-commentator and Public Affairs Officer 

in the Planetarium, Jeff Sparks. The publisher is Malcolm & Hays. <2 1971, Jeff Sparks. 



TWO HALLS REOPEN AFTER REPAIRS 
The Hall of the Biology of Inverte- 
brates and the Hall of Ocean Life were 
reopened March 13 after two months. 
They had been closed for repairs. In- 
vertebrates was closed to install a 
lowered acoustical ceiling and new 
lights. Because access to Ocean Life 
is through Invertebrates, that hall was 
closed to the public, and minor repairs 
were made to one of the exhibits. 
RETURN FROM PANAMA 
Mr. and Mrs. Gardner D. Stout are 
enthusiastic and knowledgeable natural- 
ists — ornithology for Mr. Stout and 
conchology is Mrs. Stout's interest. They 
recently had the opportunity to pursue 
these interests on a two week vacation 
in Panama. They visited the Smithsonian 
Institution's tropical research station at 
Barro Colorado and then went on to 
spend time in the Chiriqui Highlands. 
The Stouts were accompanied by Robert 
Clem and John Henry Dick. 

According to Mr. Stout, it was a 
most successful trip, with some exciting 
birding. Mr. Stout spotted and photo- 
graphed a Quetzal surrounded by swirl- 
ing mountain mists high up in the great 
rain forests. 

HERE AND THERE 
Education: C. Bruce Hunter left on 
Feb. 27 to head up a three-week arche- 
ological tour to Mesoamerica. His i- 
tinerary took him to Maya and Toltec 
sites in southern Mexico, Guatemala, 
and Honduras. .. Lee Procario, senior 
secretary, left April 2, after 13 months 
at the Museum. On April 17 she will 
marry Martin Karpiscak, whom she met 
at the Museum. The couple will leave 
shortly for Tuscon, Ariz., where they 
will begin work for their master's de- 
grees. Lee's field is art history .. .The 
department hosted a five-day workshop 
for ten staffers from other institutions in 
early March. Sponsored by the N. Y. 
State Council on the Arts, the workshop 
dealt with museum administration and or- 
ganization. Sixteen AMNH-ers worked 
with the group. They were Malcolm 
Arth, Richard Mack, Miriam Pineo, 



Catherine Pessino, Helmut Schiller, all 
of Education; Gordon Reekie, Exhibi- 
tion; Roberto Rendueles, Public Rela- 
tions; Anna Montgomery, Guest Services; 
Marion Carr, Membership; Alice Pollak, 
Museum Shop; Franklyn Branley, Plane- 
tarium; and Richard Van Gelder, Mam- 
malogy. 

Herpetology: Richard G. Zweifel spoke 
at the Bronx Zoo on Feb. 13 to the N. 
Y. Herpetological Society. His topic 
was "To New Guinea in Search of New 
Species of Frogs." ...Charles Myers re- 
turned at the end of Feb. from a suc- 
cessful collecting expedition to Panama 
and Colombia, where he sought speci- 
mens of poisonous frogs. On his return, 
he represented the Museum at a sym- 
posium in Washington, D. C.# consider- 
ing a new, sea-level route for a canal 
across Panama .. .Margaret Shaw, secre- 
tary, and Grapevine correspondent, is 
away from her desk for a while because 

of illness. 

*** 

Office Services: Charles Miles is a 
new daddy. Malcolm Leon Miles came 
into the world weighing 9 lbs., 15 oz. , 
on Jan. 16, and, according to Mrs. 
Geraldine Miles, the young man has a 
voice to match his size... Ed Morton 
transferred from the department to be- 
come supervising clerk of the Museum 
Shop storeroom. Ed will have been with 
the Museum 25 years this coming sum- 
mer... Paul Vann of musical fame is a 

recent transfer from Micropaleontology. 

*** 

President's Office: Mrs. Marjorie 
Bhavnari, Sidney Whelan's secretary, 
left Feb. 26 on maternity leave. Her 
replacement is Yvette DeCartier, who 
comes to us from N.Y.U.'s development 
office, but indirectly from Belgium... 
Catherine Johnson, who was an exec- 
utive secretary at the Museum, and her 
husband, have opened a pizzeria in 
Phoenix, Ariz., and wants it known that 
all Museum folks are welcome, should 
they be passing that way. There was 
a hint of extra cheese... 



EBA ECHO 
John Othmer had a lot to celebrate last February 18. His father-in-law, James 
McDonnell, reached the eighty-third year mark, and that same day, John's 
daughter-in-law, Mrs. Chieko Tomasulo, gave birth to a seven and one-half 
pound boy. Both mother and baby, James William, are doing great. It's John's 
eighth grandchild. 

John Ignatieff (foreman plumber) just returned from a Florida vacation, looks swell. He met 
quite a few ex-Museumites in his travels. . .Fred and Maria Wemesbach (ex-metal shop foreman), 
Fred and Maria Pavone (ex-electrician foreman), Mr. and Mrs. Ted Pedersen (ex-plumber), and 
just missed George and Marge Tauber (ex-Asst. Supt.), who were in Florida visiting other ex- 
Museumites such as Mr. and Mrs. Al Boisson (ex-electrician) and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Baker 
(Acct. Div.). What a list of celebs. How about starting a Museum in Florida, for retirees? 

Joe Murray (Engineering) made his first contact since retiring, just to let us know 
how much he is enjoying himself. Joe had a big write-up in an earlier edition 
of the ECHO. 

Start at 1945, advance to 1971, use a little basic arithmetic and it adds up to 26 years of 
dedicated service. We could add a few years prior to WWII, but let's say 26. This is the 
time Tom Hogan (Custodial Dept.) has spent working in our Museum. I know Hogan as an 
Irish labor leader, sort of the Quill in the Bosses' side (excuse the pun). He had the unique 
ability of putting an idea across, if it was for the benefit of the people in his department. 
Poor health has slowed him down a bit, but his gift of gab is still there. Prior to his retire- 
ment if you had the opportunity to use the section nine elevator Hogan would have quoted you 
chapter and verse the problems and possible solutions pertaining to his department. He was 
guest of honor at a retirement party held for him Friday, March 12. 

We had the usual got-together for the Irish, half-Irish and those who wish they 
were Irish, at the usual place and the usual time. I couldn't possibly relate the 
happenings. But I can say the usual toasting contest was won by an adopted son 
of Erin, Joe Colombo (Colombo?). He was given the usual prize — a framed 
picture (to be polite) of an Irish donkey. 

Let's congratulate the many people who gave blood on March 10. We know the city is in dire 
need of blood. We understand that 30% of the donors were from the mechanical staff. Let's 
hope that next year all employees will do their best to donate blood. It is easy for us to 
make blood, but extremely hard for peopie to get it unless they belong to the blood program. 

Let's give a word of praise to the girls who are rarely seen but definitely heard... 
our telephone operators. Kathy Bizelia has chosen a lottery ticket that happens to 
be one of the hot ones. Would you believe $1,000,000? Well, Kathy, we wish 
you that same amount in luck. 

Good luck, Ed Morton (Office Services). Eddy has been promoted to stockroom supervisor in 
the Museum Shop. Who said hard work and dedication does not pay off? 

Remember, this is your paper, so let's hear from you. 

P.O'C. 




THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



Vol. XXVIII No. 4 

PACIFIC HALL OPENS THIS MONTH 

The long-awaited Hall of Peoples of the 
Pacific opens to the public on Thursday, May 
19. Located on the fourth floor in section 8, 
the hall is — in one word — magnificent. 

Dr. Margaret Mead, the scientific mind be- 
hind the project from the beginning, has been 
planning the hall ever since she joined the 
Museum staff in the mid-'20s. According to Dr. 
Mead, the hall should provide "a taste of the 
six culture-areas represented." A total of 
nearly 70 tribal and ethnic groups are ex- 
plored through their artifacts. Far from being a 
mere "taste," the hall is a banquet of beauty 
and information. From the instant one walks in, 
there is the sound of the Pacific Ocean and 
samples of the music of the peoples of the 
Pacific . 

There are thousands of specimens in the hall, 
all artfully placed in 163 showcases and 
mounted on lucite and plexiglass. Everything 
from cannibal forks to textiles, cannon, cocoa- 
nut-fibre-armor, a replica of a huge Easter 
Island stone head, weapons of all descriptions 
— krises, parangs, bolos, boomarangs, spears, 
spear-throwers, clubs, bats, bows and arrows, 
daggers, and even an ingenius shark-tooth 
sword — plus bowls, smoked and dried human 
heads, wood -carvings, masks, totem emblems, 
shields, clothing, puppets — well, you name 
it. If a Pacific island group made it or used it, 
the Hall of Peoples of the Pacific has it or 
mentions it somewhere. 

Hundreds of people in the Museum worked 
on the hall and it's impossible to mention all 



May 1971 




The center of attraction at "Wolf Day" was 
"Jethro, " making friends with staffers (I to r) 
Dr. Horace W. Stunkard, Dr. Karl F. Koopman, 
Mildred Yalen Wise, Nick Amorosi, Dr. Robert 
L. Carneiro, Tony Polo (being licked), Marjorie 
Ransom, Richard Mack, Roy Allen, and Mat- 
thew Kalmenoff. "Jethro" was enjoying the 
salt on Tony's skin, and not thinking of dinner 
. . .Right, Tony? 

WOLF DAY — HOWLING SUCCESS 
Natural History Magazine sponsored a one- 
day program to foster the preservation of 
wolves on April 14. The "Wolf Day" celebra- 
tion began with a morning program featuring 
wolf experts John B. Theberge, L.David Mech, 
and John Harris. 

Theberge is the author of "Wolf Music," 
which appeared in the April issue of Natural 
History. Mech, who also had an article on the 
current status of wolves in the United States, 
in the same issue, is the author of "The Wolf, " 
considered the "last word" about the animal. 
Harris is president of the North American As- 
sociation for the Preservation of Predatory 



(continued on page 5) 



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NEW TRUSTEE: FERGUS REID III 




Former paratrooper, investment banker and 
active conservationist Fergus Reid,lll, was wel- 
comed as a member of the class of 1975 of the 
Board of Trustees on April 26. A St. Paul's and 
Yale graduate, Mr.Reid is a managing partner 
in Dick & Merle-Smith, New York investment 
bankers. He is also chairman of the Hudson 
River Valley Commission, a pro-conservation 
group which, according to Mr.Reid, "mediates 
between the various conservation and other 
interests" involved in the development and 
preservation of the Hudson River valley. 

Fergus Reid, III, earned his paratrooper's 
jump-badge and then took it a step further; he 
qualified as a jump-master. Part of his Army 
hitch was spent as battalion adjutant with a 
field artillery unit on the German-Czech border 
in the '50s, not long after the Hungarian up- 
rising. He was a first lieutenant of artillery. 

Active in civic and charitable organizations, 
Mr.Reid served as vice-chairman of the New 
York City Educational Construction Fund from 
1966 to 1969; he is a current trustee of the 
Vincent Astor Foundation; has served from 
1965-69 as a director and member of the ex- 
ecutive committee of the Mid-Hudson Pattern 
for Progress, Inc. , and from 1965-69 was a 
director of the Citizen's Union of New York. 

A neighbor of the Museum, Mr. Reid is 
married to the former Anne de Baillet-Latour 
and has three children -- Mary Armour, 9; 
Fergus, IV, 7; and Brooke, 2-1/2. Mr.Reid is a 
member of the Racquet and Tennis Club of 
New York and is also a part-time sailor. When 
he's "down in Maine," he says, he'll "sail 
anything I can get -- power or sails." 



CO-AUTHORS BOOK ON THE EARTH 
Roger L. Batten, Fossil Invertebrates, has 
co-authored a new book, "Evolution of the 
Earth," a profusely illustrated geology text for 
colleges. Published this year by McGraw- 
Hill, the 649-page book takes what Batten 
considers a unique approach to basic geology 
in that the writers emphasized the developmenl 
of knowledge about the planet, rather than th« 
more traditional "what do we know?" approacr 
taken by other such books. Historical develop 
ment of geological knowledge plays an im- 
portant role in the book. 

"Evolution of the Earth" also includes the 
"most modern of all geological concepts of sea 
floor spreading and global tectonics," to ex- 
plain continental drift, Dr. Batten said. Include 
is a novel chapter on man and his earthly en- 
vironment from the geological point of view. 
Dr. Batten wrote the book with R.H.Dott, 
Jr., of the University of Wisconsin. 



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PLANES HELP BIRDS 
The good offices of British Oveiseas Airways 
Corp. (BOAC) helped to get bird-bands to the 
Museum's Great Gull Island field station 
recently, according to Helen Hays, Chairman 
of the Gull Island Committee. A particular 
brand of non-fading bird-bands, made only by 
a firm in England, was urgently needed for a 
bird-banding project in Feb. Because of the 
British mail strike, however, the Museum coulc 
not obtain the bands when they were needed. 
Helen, who works in the Natural Science 
Center for Children, put in a hurry-up call to 
BOAC executives to see if they could help ou 
with the problem. The un-flappable British 
came through by having the bird-bands de- 
livered on the first jet with cargo space 
available. The bands arrived on time for the 
project. There'll always be an England — and 
English bird enthusiasts. 

PARTICIPATES IN EXPEDITION 
Scientific assistant Bill Old of Living In- 
vertebrates was part of the recent "Ameripagos 
Expedition" to Ecuador, Peru and the Galapa- 
gos Islands Feb. 20 to April 5. The purpose 
of the expedition was to study and collect 
marine mollusks. The expedition was sponsored 
by the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural 
History and the San Diego Natural History 
Museum. 





Everyone has seen them in the anthropology and 
primate halls — meeting Museum visitors, ans- 
wering questions, instructing children, guiding 
people around the exhibits, talking, laughing, 
teaching, communicating. They're the Museum 
interns and cadets, 45 strong, representing a 
dozen or more different ethnic groups. Their 
job is to tell Museum visitors about the cul- 
tures of the past and present that are shown in 
the Halls of Man in Africa, Indians of the 
Plains, Indians of the Eastern Woodlands, Es- 
kimos and Mexico and Central America. A new 
program was also recently started in the Hall 
of Primates. At left are ten inscrutable faces 
from the Hall of Mexico and Central America; 
the Olmec head remains inscrutable all the 
time, but the other nine spring to life when 
they're not posing for pictures. Above, Dave 
Williams, a student at City College, tells a 
class from P.S. 29 about nkumbi ceremony of 
the Bira in the Congo. 



HERE AND THERE 

Anthropology: Dr. Harry L. Shapiro, the noted 

anthropologist, is also an accomplished amateur 

musician; he's a eel list, and plays weekly in 

quartets across town at the 92nd St. "Y" . . 

Dr. Margaret Mead will leave for several 

months to re-visit Manus and New Guinea 

shortly after the May 19 opening of the Hall 

of Peoples of the Pacific. She recently resigned 

her post at Fordham . . "Liddy" Nickerson, 

who labored so lovingly on the new hall for 

two years as Dr. Mead's coordinator, has not 

yet announced her plans for after the opening 

of "HPP." 

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Education: There's a new lovely lady — re- 
placing Lee (Procario) Karpiskac — secretarying 
for Dr.Arth. Her name is Nancy Green and 
she's a native of Presque Isle, Me. Before 
coming to AMNH Nancy worked for a Boston 
publisher. She attends Brooklyn College part- 
time and is an avid skier, rider and painter. 
Dr. Arth attended the April meeting of the 
American Association of Museums in Washington, 
D.C., as a member of the Committee on Urban 
Museums. He then attended the annual meeting 
of the Society for Applied Anthropology in 
Miami and presented a paper entitled "Data 
from Field Work Among the Ibo" (of Nigeria). 

....Dr. John R. Saunders, Jr., son of the late 
John R. Saunders and Tib Agnes Saunders 
(both formerly of the Education Dept.) will 
begin interning at Walter Reed Hospital in 
Washington July 1, according to Tib 
Saunders, who thoughtfully dropped us a note. 
The other young Saunders are Paul, who 
recently joined a law firm, Nancy (Mrs. 
Lawrence Raymond), and Mary Marcia (Mrs. 
Peter Dolan.) Tib Saunders named the Grape- 
vine_at its very beginning, back in 1936\ 

Invertebrate Paleontology: Dr. Norman D. 

Newell was elected president of the Society of 

Systematic Zoology recently, according to 

Beatrice Brewster, departmental secretary and 

Grapevine reporter ... Bea, by the way, is an 

avid musician — she prefers the Baroque period. 

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Library: Mrs. Ruth Chapin has left the Library 
where she had been senior librarian for many 
years and has gone to Ornithology as a volun- 



teer. Rita Mandl, the Library's Grapevine 
reporter, noted that the staff in the Library 
will miss both her company and her help very, 
very much .. The Library had a visitor from 
Buenos Aires on March 24, Miss Mercedes 
Aleman. She was escorted around the Museum 
by Mrs. Yoshinaga and Mrs. Fukunaga, of the 
Museum staff. 



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Development Office: Joe Saulina and Shirley 
Brady, formerly of Circulation, have transferred 
to the Development Office . . MaryJane 
Keddy, assistant Executive Secretary, and her 

husband George are both hard at work on their 
new sailboat "Bittersweet," and they hope to 
put it in the water shortly. MaryJane has many 
interests, including finding suitable clothing 
for West Side waifs . . Sally Mason has left 
the Development Office for other endeavors. 



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NEXT INFORMATION MEETING 
This seems to be the year of the anthro- 
pologist as far as the Employee Informational 
Meetings are concerned. In April, Dr. Mal- 
colm Arth spoke about "Changing Africa, " and 
the June meeting deals with another non- 
Western culture as well. (Dr. Margaret Mead 
spoke earlier in the year.) 

On June 2, Dr. Richard A. Gould, associate 
curator of North American archeology, will 
describe his travels and findings among the 
Australian aborigines of the Western Desert, 
and perhaps clarify a few of the mysteries 
about this interesting people. Dr. and Mrs. 
Gould spent some little time with the abo- 
rigines and an article by Dr. Gould appeared 
in a recent issue of Natural History. 



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NEW DEPUTY DIRECTOR 
Charles A. Weaver, Jr., has been pro- 
moted to Deputy Director of the Museum ac- 
cording to an April 26 announcement by 
Gardner D. Stout, Museum President . Mr. 
Weaver had served as Assistant Director since 
1968 and prior to that he had been Manager 
of City Relations for this institution. 

Mr. Weaver, a 39-year old Fordham 
graduate, will work closely with Dr. Thomas 
D. Nicholson in the general administration of 
the Museum, in his new post. 



NEW CAFETERIA OPENS 
The new, 400-seat cafeteria for employees 
and the public was opened officially on April 
5 to mixed reviews from the staff. Located in 
the basement opposite the subway entrance, the 
room features Muzak and faster service than 
the old eating facility on the second floor had. 
Prices are the same to employees as to the 
public, minus a 15% discount to employees 
wearing their identification badges. 

The mixed feelings that greeted the new 
dining room were caused by a reaction to the 
location. Some say they will miss the view of 
West 77th St., and others say they will miss 
the old informality. 

The cafeteria is managed by James Collins 
of A.R.A (which caters most Museum functions), 
and is staffed by about 30 restaurant workers. 
Collins says that his staff can handle three 
seatings an hour. 

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NEW ADMISSION FEE 

Beginning on April 23, the museum visitors 
were asked to pay a discretionary admission fee. 
Rising costs and shrunken budgets, plus an in- 
creased public demand for new and better 
Museum programs, exhibitions, and other activi- 
ties, dictated the new policy. Suggested ad- 
mission contributions are 25<£ for children and 
50<: for adults. 

The Museum has some four million visitors a 
year, and at current prices the Museum spends 
about $2 for each visitor in costs for exhibitions, 
maintenance, salaries and other expenses funded 
income, however, averages to only $1 .50. 

PACIFIC HALL (cont.) 
of the names, but everybody who had a hand 
in the creation and installation of the hall is 
to be thanked and congratulated for a job more 
than well-done. The "HPP" (as insiders call it), 
has been under construction for more than ten 
years, but the push to install and decorate the 
room went into high gear during the last two 
years. 

Among the features of the hall — aside 
from its overwhelming accuracy and beauty — 
is a miniature diorama of a Manus village 
which made a visitor who was born in the 
village homesick. There are also multi- 
colored maps, and some Bontoc "hot pants" for 
men, from the Philippines. 



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NEW DINNER DATE SET 
The Museum's annual Employee Dinner will 
be held on Wed., May 12, according to an 
announcement from the Director's Office. A 
sneak-preview of the Hall of Peoples of the 
Pacific is part of the program — cocktails 
will be held in the new hall at 5:30. Dinner 
is at 6:30 in Education Hall. In 1970, more 
than 400 of the Museum's 600-plus employees 
attended the dinner. 

On May 20, the Museum will hold its 
22nd annual recognition dinner for employees 
with 25 or more years' service. Both active 
and retired employees in the 25-year category 
will be invited. Cocktails are at 5:30 in the 
Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall, and dinner 
is at 6:30 in the Hall of Oceanic Birds. 

AC X At At 

EBA ECHO EDITOR EXITS 
The pungent poet of the plumbing shop 
prefers pastrami to pipes, and will be leaving 
the Grand Old Lady of Central Park West in 
the near future. Pat O'Connell, who has 
written the "Echo" feature for several months, 
is leaving to open a delicatessen in Yorktown 
Heights, N.Y., in the not-too-distant future, 
he says. According to O'Connell, his projected 
food enterprise only awaits a beer license and 
then he will be off to the wilds of the potato 
salad jungle. 

T T T TP 

WOLF (cont.) 
Animals. 

THE feature of the day, however, was 
"Jethro, " a live, tame, 85-pound, six-year 
old Canadian timber wolf. "Jethro" was born 
in a zoo and is thoroughly socialized and likes 
humans — which takes some doing for a wolf 
these days. Wolves are considered an en- 
dangered species by the United States Govern- 
ment, yet almost every state has a bounty on 
wolves. 

"Jethro" captured the hearts, minds and 

imaginations of the museum staff while he was 

here. This baby-licking, "I 'll-roll-over-and- 

you-scratch-my-belly, please" alleged menace 

of the wild is also a music critic of sorts. 

While a tv crew was filming him, "Jethro" 

got hold of the record jacket from the new 

Natural History LP, "Language and Music of 

the Wolves," and tore it to shreds. Well, so 

much for "high fidelity," eh, "Jethro?" 
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E. B. A. ECHO 

What is the Employees Benefit Association? 
First of all an association. Secondly an association for, of and governed by the members. Thirdly 
and most importantly, an association for the benefit of the members. Our by-laws identify two 
kinds of activity. The first, of course, is the Benefit whereby a sum of money is rapidly available 
to dependants to help tide them over during the difficult period of adjustment after a member's 
death. The second concerns the social and sports activities and amenities available to employees 
— an area of great need in this mechanized and automated day and age. 

We, your board of directors, are trying to achieve new programs and activities to better fill this 
need. Read the Echo, write us your suggestions and plan to attend the semi-annual meeting in 
June when details will be presented for the members' ratification. 

D.V.M. 

Let's give a round of applause to people like Sidney H. Horenstein, Jean Augustin 
and the many volunteers who set up Earth Day at the Museum. By the way, the 
newly designed emblem for Earth Day is a winner. Oh well, whatever turns you on. 

EBA Letter Box??? Yes, one does exist. All we need are the employee-suggestions to keep it 
going. If you have a suggestion or something of interest, please send it to the EBA Letter Box. 
The Administration has been extremely responsive to these suggestions in the past. How about an 
employee's recreation room? This is one suggestion sent to the Letter Box. Sounds interesting. 
Another suggestion: "how about a Ping Pong tournament at the Museum?" If it worked with China, 
it might work here. 

George Whitaker (Anthropology) has a great idea. He suggested a hall designed and 
developed for the blind here, in "the Museum. This hall would consist of special ex- 
hibits utilizing the touch and sound system. A fantastic new world would be opened 
to these handicapped people. I don't think the Museum will have trouble finding 
volunteers for such a worthy cause. Good luck, George. 

There are a few people at the Museum who worked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard during the war. 
They remember a foreman called "The Beast," but we know him as Fred Bisso. Fred retired April 
21 after 26 years with the Museum as sheetmetal worker and general foreman. Needless to say, he 
will be missed. He was known for his ability and skill at handling any job assigned to his shop. A 
quote comes to mind that fits him perfectly: "The difficult we do right away; the impossible takes a 
little longer." As some of us know, a great percentage of the jobs are "impossible." I know a 
certain group will really miss him -the lunch-hour friendly game card players. They play for fun 
of course. Fred has an active schedule lined up. He plans on traveling, fishing and oil painting. 
By the way, he left an open invitation for any employee to visit his estate (really)! If he doesn't 
know you personally just show your Museum pass, and it will be a ticket for one meal and drinks. 
"Free at last" ... Good luck, Fred. 

Did we hear correctly? The Museum softball team has once again challenged the 
fantastic, talented "Mechanical Monsters" after two defeats. Well — maybe they 
will do better this year; we will let you know the results in the next issue. 

P.O'C. 




THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



Vol.*XfX No. 5 



June-July 1971 



PACIFIC HALL RECEPTION 
What would bring the Museum trustees, 
Percy Sutton, Mrs. Ernest Hemingway, Am- 
bassador Semesa K. Sikivou from Fiji, Kurt 
Vonnegut and 800 other people here on a 
Tuesday evening? Dr. Margaret Mead and the 
opening of her new Hall of Peoples of the 
Pacific, of course. The gala reception was 
held on May 18, and all the guests were en- 
thusiastic about the beautiful Peoples of the 
Pacific Hall. 

Among the other distinguished diplomats 
present were the Ambassadors to the United 
States from New Zealand and Australia and the 
Ambassadors to the United Nations from New 
Zealand, France and India. Mr. Sikivou, 
Fiji's representative in the UN, called the 
hall "delightful" and plans to return with his 
family to view the Pacific Island artifacts at 
leisure. 



PUBLIC "BUYS" ADMISSION FEES 
For those in the Museum who were con- 
cerned about the possible effects of the new 
discretionary admission-fee policy on attend- 
ance here, there is nothing but good news. 
According to Deputy Director Charles A. 
Weaver, Jr., the number of Museum visitors 
during the first month of the new system has 
not fluctuated more than is usual for that 
time of year, and, moreover, the Museum has 
realized an average of $950 per day out of the 
fees. The money is used for our educational 

and exhibition programs. 

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Dominick Caggana, Joe Saulina, Alma Cook, 
Joan Mahoney, Shirley Brady, Arthur and Doro- 
thy Naylor enjoy libation before Employee Re- 
cognition Dinner May 20. Elephants in back- 
ground were barred, however, because they see 
pink people after only one drink. (See Page 3) 



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CREDIT UNION ANNOUNCES DIVIDEND 
The board of directors of the Museum's 
Credit Union has voted to pay a 5-1/2% 
dividend on shares held on June 30, 1971, it 
has been announced. This rate represents an 
increase of 1/4% over dividends paid last 
January, Marjorie Ransom, Credit Union pres- 
ident said. Also voted was the continuation of 
the current interest rate on loans, 3/4 of 1% 
per month. Announced also was insurance on 
all savings up to $20,000 per account. The 
Credit Union will continue to carry borrower's 
insurance on all loans. 



EMPLOYEE DINNER - 1971 

There were hot pants, cold drinks and 
warm conversations as the third annual Employ- 
ees Dinner got under way with a preview 
cocktail party at the Hall of Peoples of the 
Pacific on May 12. Nearly 350 employees 
attended. 

Beginning at 5:30, Museum staffers assem- 
bled in the Morgan Memorial Hall, the ante- 
room for the new Peoples of the Pacific hall, 
and in the brand new hall itself for pre-dinner 
conversation, cocktails and informal viewing of 
the fascinating artifacts from all over the 
Pacific . 

Dinner, which was served buffet style, was 
followed by welcoming remarks by Gardner D. 
Stout, and by Dr. Thomas D. Nicholson. 

The highlight of the dinner was a moving 
address by Dr. Margaret Mead. Dr. Mead 
spoke at length about her 45 years at this in- 
stitution and about the trials of a young female 
curator in the mid-20's. She also described the 
origins and history of the new hall. 

Greeted with a standing ovation, Dr. 
Mead said it had been her lifelong ambition 
to "do" a museum hall here. "If I had had to 
finish my life without having done one hall," 
she said, "I'd have felt that I had not been 
able to do what I was meant to do, and I'd 
have been unable to repay the huge debt I 
owe this museum for giving me the freedom I 
needed to do my research. I've had an enor- 
mously blessed life and it would have felt in- 
complete had I not been able to do this hall 
and contribute to the Museum in that way..." 

Dr. Nicholson's remarks about the inter- 
dependence of administration, staff and sci- 
entists indicated the necessity for teamwork at 
the Museum. 

Mr. Stout expressed the gratitude of the 
board of trustees for the hard work and dedi- 
cation of the Museum staff over the past years, 
and asked that Museum employees keep making 
the magic possible for the millions of Museum 
visitors. 



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BIKE RACK INSTALLED 

A 2 0-place bike rack has been installed under 
the Central Park West stairs for the exclusive use 
of employees for their bikes. Locks and chains are 
recommended for security. 



BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR 
Museum Donor-Members were invited to a 
"behind the scenes tour" of the non-public 
areas on May 8 by the Membership Office, 
under the direction of Marion Carr, Membership 
Secretary, and Flo Stone, who coordinated 
plans. A total of 76 attended the tour in small 
groups. The itinerary included stops at the Ex- 
hibition Department, the Vertebrate Paleontol- 
ogy Laboratories, and the Audubon Gallery, 
where coffee and tea were served to the guests. 

Participating in the program for the 
Museum were Dr. D. Vincent Manson, Dr. 
Malcolm Arth, Lisa Whitall, Miriam Pineo, 
Flo Stone, Marjorie Ransom, Henry 
Gardiner, George Petersen, Gordon Reekie, 
Frederica Leser, George Krochak, George 
Whitaker, Walter Sorensen and Ernest Heying. 

Hosting the coffee and tea for Donor 
Members were Sidney S. Whelan, Jr., Museum 
vice-president, Mrs. W. Allston Flagg, Marion 

Carr, Sidney Horenstein and Jean Augustine. 

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PARKS WEEK PARTICIPATION 
City Parks Week, in late May, gave the 
Museum a chance to join with other cultural in- 
stitutions and with city agencies in helping to 
make this city a more pleasant place to live and 
work in, and the events once again put this 
Museum in the news limelight. On May 

24 Museum people and children from a Museum 
class helped to clean up Orange Pond in Cen- 
tral Park and aided in the planting of ground 
cover plants on an eroded bank. Jan Jenner 
supervised a census of living organisms in the 
pond and fact-sheets about the pond's ecology 
were distributed. 

During the entire Parks Week celebration 
a replica of an Oriental kite from the 
Museum's collection was exhibited at a mid - 
town bank as part of the week's show there. 



EMERSON, JACOBSON WRITE BOOK 

Dr. William K. Emerson, chairman, and Morris 
K. Jacobson, associate, both of Living Inverte- 
brates, have co-authored a children's book about 
shells called "The Wonders of the World of Shells" 
for Dodd, Mead. One of the "Wonders of. . ." 
series, the 80-page book is profusely illustrated 
and costs $3.95. 

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DR. STUNKARD TO RECEIVE GOLD MEDAL 



Dr. Horace W. Stunkard, research associate 
in Living Invertebrates, will receive the 
Museum's Gold Medal on June 15, according to 
an announcement from the President's Office. 
Dr. Stunkard's work with parasitic worms over 
the past half century has won him wide recog- 
nition in the scientific world. 

Appointed a research associate at the 
Museum in 1921, Dr. Stunkard has also written 
250 scientific papers as well as maintained an 
active career as a teacher. At present he is 
professor emeritus of biology at New York Uni- 
versity. He retired from his post as chairman of 
the biology department at that institution in 
1954. Dr. Stunkard holds a Ph.D. degree (1916) 
from the University of Illinois and was granted 
an Sc.D. degree in 1954 by N.Y.U. 




MILES, ALBERT 
Charles Miles, who was in charge of Oftice 
Services for the past several months, has been 
promoted to head the Building Services Deparl- 
ment, according to an announcement from the 
Office of the Deputy Director. Also promoted 
was Donald Albert, who becomes manager of 
General Services. 

Miles, who began his career here as a 
cashier-guide in The American Museum-Hayden 
Planetarium, in 1965, moved from his initial 
position to assistant business manager of the 
Planetarium and then came to the Museum 
itself as manager of Office Services in Novem- 



TAKE NEW JOBS 

ber of last year. 

Don Albert has been on the Museum staff for 
three and a half years. He began in March, 
1968, as the grants accountant in the Assistant 
Treasurer's Office. A year later he was made 
assistant to the controller. Prior to coming to 
the Museum he worked for five years in the 
accounting area for Brown Brothers, Harriman, 
in Boston. A graduate of Bliss Business College, 
he is a native of Lewiston, Me. 

According to the Deputy Director's Office, 
both promotions become effective July 1 . 



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MUSEUM STAFFERS AND ALUMNI HONORED 




No, if isn't the men's glee club; it's (I to r) 
Joseph O'Neil, Tony Cartossa, Al Potenza, 
Ed Hawkins and brother George, Arthur 
Sharp, Ellwood Logan and Al Wanagle. 

"Was that really 25 years ago?" The conver- 
sationalists (clockwise around table) are Rita 
Ross, Farida Wiley, Walter Meister, Dr. 
Margaret Mead, Dr. Junius Bird, Alice Gray, 
Anna Montgomery, and James Harris. 




Thirteen veteran employees and alumni were 
honored May 20 at a recognition dinner attended 
by 108 in the Hall of Oceanic Birds. Granted 
honorary life memberships in the Museum, the 
thirteen are: George O. Whitaker (Vertebrate 
Paleontology); Alma G. Cook (Deputy Director's 
Office); Frederick Pavone (Maintenance and 
Construction, ret.); Hobart M. Van Deusen 
(Mammalogy); George Keeley (Building and 
Maintenance); Carlton Beil (Education);Philip 
Miller (Building Services); Dr. Norman D. 
Newell (Invertebrate Paleontology); Eugenie 
Jatkowska (Payroll); Dr. Bobb Schaeffer (Verte- 
brate Paleontology); William Barbieri (Mainten- 
ance and Construction); Robert E. Williamson 
(Natural History); and William E. Fish 
(Exhibition) . 

After gathering for cocktails in the Akeley 
Memorial Hall the invitees went to dinner in 




Hobart M. Van Deusen responds, 



the Oceanic Bird Hall and heard Dr. Thomas 
D. Nicholson introduce each of the honorees 
with short anecdotes while Gardner D. Stout 
presented certificates of life membership. 

After the presentations, Hobart M. Van 
Deusen responded for the group with thanks. 
His remarks describing what Mrs. Van Deusen 
thinks he does at the Museum resulted in im- 
mediate offers of voluntary assistance. 

Retiree Fred Pavone was among those in- 
ducted into the Quarter Century Club. He 
returned for the recognition dinner. After 
greeting old friends, Pavone said the evening 

"almost made me want to come back to work, 
but being retired has its points too..." 

The dinner ended as little clusters of old 
friends gathered around the new members of 
the "Quarter Century Club" to congratulate 
them and to chat. 



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HERE AND THERE 
Office Services: William Jones, new mail 
clerk, has volunteered to report for the depart- 
ment. Here's his first story: "Well, there's 
nothing too new in Office Services, except for 
their not-too new mailman, William Jones. 
Asked how he liked being a Museum mailman, 
he said, 'It's beautiful!' . . . Afer 6 years 
in Central Filing and the Archives, Robin 
Smith has resigned. Miss Smith, asked her 
future plans, said, 'I'll probably settle in 
Florida for a while.' . . . Well, until the 
IBM machine stops running, this is William 
Jones reporting ..." 

*** 

Museum Shop: Bob Re, the Shop buyer, 
recently returned from a buying trip. He left 
May 9 to concentrate on buying American 
Indian items. According to Alice Pollak, 
July 1 is the time to visit the Shop for new 
Indian items . . . Miss Pollak, by the way, 
attended a meeting of the Museum Shop Man- 
ager's Association in Denver at the end of 
May, to keep in touch with what's what in 

the museum shop world. . . 

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Exhibition: Thelma Pollick, departmental 

secretary and Grapevine reporter, became a 

grandmother in mid-April. Son Joel and his 

wife, Francine, are the proud parents of 

Andrew Perry, who weighed in at 7 lbs., 12 

oz . Congratulations, but we don't believe 

you're old enough to be a grandmother, 

Thelma. . . 

*** 

Ichthyology: Vivian Oleen has been made 
research assistant to Dr. James Atz and con- 
tinues her work on the Dean Bibliography of 
Fishes . . . Mrs. Laura Weinstein, who had 
been special assistant to Dr. Atz, gave birth 
to a boy, Alan, who weighed 7 lbs., 2 oz., 
at birth, on April 5 . . . Maria Barton, who 
had been a fish cataloger for the past five 
years, left the department April 5 ... Dr. 
Donn E. Rosen returned recently from a suc- 
cessful one-month trip to Guatamala, where 
he spent his time collecting in various 

provinces. . . 

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President's Office: Gardner D. Stout was 
elected May 6 to the presidency of the Yale 
University Council. . . 

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Entomology: Rose and Bob Adlington (Bob is in 
Invertebrate Paleontology) spent a sunny and 
restful vacation in Florida recently and have re- 
turned to their duties here. . . Muhammed 
Shedab visited fellow-hemipterists at the Uni- 
versity of Conn. (Storrs) and returned with the 
loan of several hundred specimens to work on 
. . . Dr. Lee Herman, Jr., recently returned 
from a two-week trip to Chicago's Field Museum 
of Natural History where he worked toward the 
completion of another paper on staphylinid 
beetles . . . Dr k Alfred Emerson, research 
associate, gave a talk May 5 on the evolution 
of behavior . . . Carmen Cordero, preparator 
for Dr. Frederick H.Rindge, leaves June 15 and 

will return to Puerto Rico . . . 

*** 

Invertebrate Paleontology: Dr. Norman D. 
Newell was elected an honorary member of the 
Society of Economic Paleontologists and Miner- 
alogists, and was made a member of the Amer- 
ican Philosophical Society . . . The department 
saw the visit last month of Dr. Euan N.K. 
Clarkson, of Edinburgh's Grant Institute of 
Geology, who spent a week and a half here 

consulting with Dr. Niles Eldredge . . . 

*** 

Building Services: Julie Savino, attendant, has 

been displaying his doll-house size broom 

lately and wondering what he's supposed to do 

with it. "It's older than some o c the things in 

the cases," Julie said. 

*** 



WEST SIDE DAY DATE SET 

Flo Stone, the wizard who planned the first 

West Side Day celebration, has begun preliminary 

planning for this year's WSD. Tentative date is 

Sat., Oct. 2, from II a.m. to 5 p-m (rain date is 

Sunday, the 3rd). All employees are urged to 

participate and make this the best WSD possible. 
**** 



KEEP YOUR FLAPS COVERED 

From Office Services comes the word on 

registered mail: "All registered mail must be 

taped at both ends with brown paper tape; no 

other tape can be used, and flaps must be 

covered . " 

*** 



EBA ECHO 
Klaus Wolters (Paint - Shop) traveled to California recently — the reward for being a member of the 
professional soccer team called the New York Hota . They played the California team for the 
United States Challenge Cup Championship and won! After the championship, Klaus will once again 
try out for the place-kicker position with a pro football club. Klaus gets around; he is on the 
Museum softball team also. 

Another painter made headlines. Gunnar Hanson retired April 30. Hanson had been employed 
at the Museum for 18 years. He is planning a few sho r t trips around the States and a few 
trips to those magnificent bistros on the East Side, where he lives. Good luck, Mu and Mrs. 
Hanson. 



Your's truly took a trip on May 12 to the South Seas. Boy, were the natives restless! Mr. 
Preston McClanahan has taken primitive South Seas artifacts and blended them with ultra-modern 
techniques and materials to exude a fascinating impression on all of us. Congratulations, "Pete" 
and to all the dedicated people responsible for this beautiful hall. A special thanks to Bob Kane 
(Exhibition) for an excellent depiction (in oil) of a Balinese temple. It is really something to see! 

The cocktail party was fabulous but the dinner — stupendous! The seating arrangement is a 
terrific idea; you really get to know people from all over the Museum. We wish to thank the 
administration for these gala affairs and hope that the Employees' Dinners continue. 



Ping-pong, anyone? If you are interested in participating in an EBA-sanctioned ping-pong tourna- 
ment that we hope will eventually lead to championship games with trophies and the possibility of 
inter-cultural institution participation, please contact Ray DeLucia (Exhibition). You can't te II — 
you may be invited to China. 

Have you seen a blue flash lately? Don't be alarmed — that's our "fuzz," Officer Joe Cirillo. 
All kidding aside, he's a good Joe. Joe Cirillo represents New York's Finest here in the 
Museum. 

To be or not to be—that is the question the attendants and mechanics are asking. Would you be- 
lieve two rained out games in two weeks? Whether 'tis nobler to play in the rain or hang up the 
spikes until next year. This annual game between the Museum softball team and the mechanics' 
team has become quite a contest. Many employees were disappointed with our latest rain-out. Its 
a good feeling to have spectators at our game; we try harder. Watch your bulletin board for our 
next attempt at getting the game played. 

The only word to describe my fourteen years at the Museum is "privilege." The privilege of working 
with and getting to know some of the finest people in the world. I will dearly miss all of you. If 
ever you have the opportunity to stop off at my place, the address is... 

P.O'C. 




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Vol. XXVII), No. 4 

MUSEUM JOINS IN BRIGHT IDEA 
Sidney S. Whelan, Jr., presented a $2000 
check in July to a special fund which will use the 
money to help improve lighting in streets around the 
Museum. The idea is to increase both the beauty 
and the safety of the Museum neighborhood. 

The check was given to State Assemblyman 
Richard N. Gottfried of the Park-Lincoln Free 
Democrats, a local political club in the 65th 
Assembly District. The club is coordinating com- 
munity participation in the project. Charles A. 
Weaver, Jr., coordinated the Museum's partici- 
pation. The streets to be lighted are West 81st and 
West 77th between the park and Columbus Avenue, 
and West 79th between Amsterdam and Columbus. 
It won't be too noticeable during the current 
long-day season, but when winter rolls around, the 
streets will be brightly lighted — partly through the 
courtesy of the Museum, and partly through the 
interest of our neighbors. 

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EDUCATION DEPARTMENT GETS MODELS 




Jerome Oberwager (I), designer of new, two- 
dimensional anatomical models, demonstrates form 
of frog to Marguerite R. Ross and Malcolm Arth, 
Education, who accepted gift for the Museum. 
Set includes man, frog, earthworm, flower, hydra . 
Dr. Arth commented that the models are "student 
proof" and work well because children learn for 
themselves through touching and investigating. 



August-September 1971 

EMPLOYEES' INFORMATION MEETING 
Frank Marmorato, Plant Manager for the 
Museum, will be the speaker at the next Employees' 
Information Meeting at 9:15 a .m. , Wed. , Oct. 6. 
His talk will focus on his duties in an institution 
of this sort and of this size. Few people realize 
what goes into making the Museum tick as a physi- 
cal plant in fact, Mr. Marmorato is one of the 

few people who not only realize the nature of the 
problems, but who must also face them on a day- 
to-day basis. We hope that there's a big turnout 
to hear about the physical plant we work in. 

THE BOYS IN BLUE ARE BACK AGAIN 
Twenty-five youngsters from the City's Neigh- 
borhood Youth Corps are helping with various Mu- 
seum chores this summer as Museum Cadets. You 
can recognize them by their blue shirts and alert 
faces. The boys, who attend Brandeis and Haaren 
High Schools, range in age from 15 to 18. 

Along with their natural energy, these 
youngsters bring a variety of language skills to 
the Museum. Languages spoken by one or another 
of the Cadets are Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, 
French and "a little Portugese." 

The Cadets are supervised by two former 
Cadets, Dallas McCullough and Raymond Gable, 
who were hired because of their past experience 
in the program. 

The Museum Cadets for this summer are: 
Rene C. Casado, Haaren; Bill A. Chan, Haaren; 
Lap S. Chan, Haaren; Patrick Dabady, Brandeis; 
David H. Daniels, Brandeis; Eugene E. Diaz, 
Brandeis; Raphael Estevez, Brandeis; Raphael A. 
Ferran, Haaren; Earnest Ford, Haaren; Nathaniel 
Gilmore, Haaren; Gary Howard, Brandeis; Huang 
Chen-hsen, Haaren; Gary J. Johnson, Brandeis; 
Gladstone Johnson, Brandeis; Roberts. Maldanado, 
Haaren; Kevin D. Nelson, Brandeis; Claude 
Norman, Jr., Brandeis; Joshua Ortiz, Haaren; 
Russell L. Patterson, Brandeis; Percival A. Red- 
wood, Haaren; Raymond Sassine, Brandeis; 
Alejandro Toro, Brandeis, and Cheng Zee, 
Haaren. 



MUSEUM MAKES THE SCENE 
AT 86TH STREET 





The Museum's field 
team of public ed- 
ucation specialists 
visited an 86th St. 
Fair recently. 
Mimi Fries, Grace 
Donaldson and 
Juanita Munoz 
graced the event 
with their know- 
ledge and know- 
how instruction. 
And the big Educa- 
tion Dept. van, 
loaded with natural 
history specimens 
and African chess 
games, was 
prominent. 



PERMIAN /TRIASSIC BOUNDARY DISCUSSED 
Dr. Norman D. Newell attended an inter- 
national conference on the Permian-Triassic bound- 
ary in Calgary, Saskatchewan, in August. The 
conference, which stems directly from work Dr. 
Newell has been doing over the past years on 
faunal extinction , provides an opportunity to look 
at evidence and conclusions resulting from recent 
work around the world on the subject. 

Dr. Newell opened and closed the confer- 
ence. There was about 60 lectures by experts 
from many countries. Approximately 500 geolo- 
gists and paleontologists were invited to attend. 

The conference was sponsored by the Universi- 
ty of Calgary and the Geological Survey of Canada. 

DR. MURPHY TO VISIT AUSTRALIA 
Dr. Robert Cushman Murphy is a delegate 
to the 12th Pacific Science Conference in Australia. 
Invitations to the August meeting went to scores 
of scientists concerned with problems of the Pa- 
cific. Dr. Murphy was accompanied on his trip by 
his wife, Grace. The Murphys will return via 
South Africa . 



SATURDAY 



OCT. 2 



WEST SIDE DAY 



DEVELOPMENT OFFICERS MEET HERE 
Development officers from six natural science 
institutions met here in late July to compare notes 
and exchange ideas on fund raising and other, 
related issues. The meeting, hosted by Sidney J. 
Whelan, Jr., was a two-day affair . Institutions 
represented are located in widely scattered 
geographic locations so that the officers could 
exchange ideas without concern for affecting 
their own institutions' immediate areas. 

Participating with Mr. Whelan were Robert 
Toland,Jr., Vice-President of the Philadelphia 
Academy of Natural Sciences; Dr. Bradford Wash- 
burn, Director of the Boston Museum of Science; 
Raymond L. Finehout, Director of Development, 
California Academy of Sciences; and Thomas 
Sanders, Director of Development of the Field 
Museum, Chicago. Dr. Dixy Lee Ray of the Pacific 
Science Center, Seattle, is a member of the group 
but was unable to attend this meeting. 




".. .THANK YOU ANYWAY." 

The following letter came to Tom Carey 
(Planetarium) from a young pupil in P.S. 5, The 
Bronx: 

"Dear Mr. Carey, Thank you for coming to 
show us those pictures of space. I wasn't listening 
to what you were saying, but thank you anyway. 
Your friend, Denise." 

Is a comment needed -- or wanted? 



Trustee Profile: 
OSBORN ELLIOT 
Osborn Elliott, a mem- 
ber of the Board of Trustees, 
class of 1972, is a very busy 
man. Journalist, editor, 
author and activist on be- 
half of this institution since 
the Centennial, Osborn 
Elliot has always been a 
busy man. 

During the Centennial Year, he headed the 
staff and trustee Centennial Committee which 
was responsible for "Can Man Survive?" and the 
presence of the Astronauts on Centennial Day. 
Now, as a member of the board's nominating 
committee as well as the capital drive committee, 
he is a very busy man . 

During World War II, Mr. Elliot was a dam- 
age-control officer on a ship of the line, the 
heavy cruiser U.S.S. Boston in the Pacific Theater. 
Damage control officers in the Pacific were very, 
very busy men indeed . 

As Editor-in-Chief and President of News- 
Week Magazine, Mr. Elliot oversees the opera- 
tion of a fast-paced publishing program charac- 
terized by weekly deadlines and the need for 
accuracy — constant pressure which keeps Mr. 
Elliot always on the move. 

A native New Yorker, Mr. Elliot attended 
the Browning School, St. Paul's and Harvard, from 
which he graduated in 1944. He is married and the 
father of three daughters. They are New York 
City residents. 

He came to Newsweek in 1955 as Business 
Editor, moved to Managing Editor in 1959 and is 
now Editor-in-Chief. An active author, he has 
written "Men at the Top, " a study of business and 
industrial leaders, and wrote the foreword to "The 
Negro Revolution, " a 1964 study of changes in 
race relations in the United States. 

A devoted worker in civic and charitable 



organizations, Mr. Elliot--besides his activities 
for the Museum — is a member of the Harvard 
Board of Overseers, and has served on the board 
of the New York Public Library, the executive 
committee of the American Society of Magazine 
Editors, and the Council on Foreign Relations. 
His clubs are the Coffee House, the Harvard Club 
of New York, and the Racquet and Tennis Club. 

During the Museum's Centennial Year Mr. 
Elliot spoke eloquently about the Museum's role 
in New York City and — ultimately, in the life of 
man. "Is it relevant?" he asked. "Is it relevant 
that man's knowledge be increased, that his under- 
standing of the world around him be enriched — 
before he inadvertently destroys it?" He answered 
his own question: ". . .not just relevant, but 
vital...." 

A busy man . . .yes . . .and relevant and vital 
to this institution's well being, one of those valued 
trustees whose contributions enable the staff to get 
on with the job of searching for knowledge, and 
and explaining it to a questioning world. 



HERE AND THERE 

Education: Dr. Sarah E. Flanders (Mrs. J. 
Herbert Dietz, Jr.) who was a long-time volun- 
teer, has been named Natural Science Coordina- 
tor under a Mary Flagler Cary Foundation Grant. 
Dr. Flanders had been a surgeon and physician 

both here and in Oneonta, N.Y Anne 

Jennings, who was an intern, was named instruc- 
tor recently. She has a B .A . degree from N.Y.U. 
and an M.A. degree from N.Y.U. in anthropolo- 
gy.. . .Bob Aylward has returned to the depart- 
ment after a prolonged illness. . . .Malcolm Arth 
attended the American Association of Museums 
convention in Denver in early June. . . .Marjorie B. 
Ransom, Dr. Sarah Flanders, Ken Chambers and 
Dr. Arth have been training a small group of 
West Side Community Alliance staffers in ways to 
utilize the Museum as an education resource. . . . 
"Jan" Jenner is leaving the Museum, where she 
has run the popular natural history courses for 
youngsters, and will go to Cornell as a graduate 
student .... 

Interns: David Steigman, an intern in the 
Indian Halls, has been accepted at Princeton. . . . 
Daniel Dumile, African Hall Intern, won first 
prize for painting in oils in the recent Black Art 
Exhibit at Tanglewood Preserve. . . .Beverly Crane, 
a Cree intern, taught Indian arts and crafts at the 
Guggenheim Museum during the summer. . . . 
Martin White and Burton Powell recently graduated 



from Harlem Prep and have been accepted at SUNY 
Buffalo and at John Jay College of Criminal Jus- 
tice, respectively. . . .David Williams was accept- 
ed at CUNY-City College.... 

Exhibition: George Crawbuck, sometime- 
Santa, has returned from part of his vacation "at 
the beach. ..." Denis Adams was married re- 
cently to Benjamin Prince at the Cloisters. . . . 
Charles Tornell's son, Charles F., who is married 
and the father of a 7-month baby boy, is a senior 
at Wilmington College, New Castle Del., has 
been named associate producer of news broadcasts 
for television station WHYY (Channel 12) in Wil- 
mington, Del . He writes his own material , too. . . . 

Anthropology: Elizabeth Nickerson, who 
was Dr. Mead's coordinator on the Hall of Peoples 
of the Pacific, is on an extensive collecting trip 
in the Pacific . . . . Dr . Mead is herself back in the 
field with revisits to Manus and to the latmul 
people along the Sepik River of New Guinea .... 



Dr. Rhoda Metraux is also in New Guinea among 
the latmul ... .Dr. Richard A. Gould is off to the 
University of Hawaii this fall . . . Janet Chernela 
left July 26 to do field work in ethnology in Hon- 
duras, and on a mission connected with the plan- 
ned Hall of Man in South America. . . . 

President's Office: Mary Jane Keddy has 
transferred from her former post to be Secretary 
to Sidney S. Whelan, Jr., but will be leaving 
the Museum in Oct., when her husband is trans- 
ferred to Conn. The Keddys will live in a house 
overlooking the Sound. . . . 

Office of Scientific Publications: Ruth Manoff 
has returned from a Mexican vacation. . . 

Plumbing Shop: Pastrami king and former 
Museum plumber Pat O'Connell is reported to be 
doing very well in his new gastronomic venture 
in Yorktown Heights. He occasionally cooked 
lunch for the men in the shop and some remem- 
ber a little tale about unskinned frankfurters... 



EBA ECHO 
The long, languid days together with thoughts of summer vacations weigh heavily on many employees' 
minds, but not Pat O'Connell. Unfortunately for the ECHO Pat now operates in a more refreshing line of 
work. As a result, our monthly column is left without a man to put it together. I believe this column is 
useful . The reports I hear indicate the employees enjoy reading it, but it has to get written. This is not 
an easy task; it requires an effort from a person who has a flair for writing, and even more important, the 
time to meet all important deadlines. 

Why don't the readers make suggestions with regard to an ECHO Editor and 
drop them in the Museum mail addressed to EBA? 

We are moving ahead slowly but surely with our other plans for the fall . Details of the dinner-dance will 
be announced shortly. I believe it is to be held on Oct. 8, so keep that date open. 

A ping-pong tournament is being organized and who knows what international 
consequences THAT will have. . . 

Your Credit Union, which happens to share inadequate office space with the EBA, is in very healthy con- 
dition with the latest interest with dividend on savings at 5 1/2%. Why don't you visit them to discuss 
your financial needs? 

Rumors persist that we have a long-time feud between the Mechanical Monsters 
and another anonymous team of softball players. If anyone can verify their 
existence and report on their activities, it would be much appreciated. 
(Address EBA via Museum mail .) 

Several employees enjoy chess. A convenient venue where chess equipment 
could be kept such that unfinished lunch-hour games could be continued the 
following day would be much appreciated. 

Other activities of this kind which are currently pursued or considered would be encouraged by the EBA 
and we would like to have your ideas. 

In summary, the EBA wants to hear from you. 



D.V.M. 



THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



Vol. XXVII\ No.Vl October- November 

GOING, GONE 

Charles Weaver has given us notice of the 
Auction to be held Wed., Nov. 17 in Education 
Hall, preceded by a buffet dinner in the North- 
west Coast Indian Hall. There is a wondrous range 
of items for sale to the highest bidder. The cata- 
log (available in the Contributors Office) lists 
such varied items as a guided Field Trip Up the 
Hudson with Christopher Schuberth and a NASA- 
style space suit; an agate and gold snuff box and 
a 1590 "unicorn horn." It is Housecleaning Time 
for the Museum, all departments cooperating, 
emptying shelves and corridors of memorabilia 
either valuable or sentimental or both. Museum 
personnel are welcome to the Auction and dinner 
($15 per person) on a first come, first served ba- 
sis. It is possible to bid in advance on items, mak- 
ing it unnecessary to attend in person. Everything 
will be on display from 1 p.m. on the 17th in Ed- 
ucation Hall . 



We're "in" On The Town — 
naturally — as the picture 
proves. We're "on" Broad= 
We're "in" On The Town — 
naturally — as the picture 
proves. We're "on" Broad- 
way as a revival of "On 
The Town" hits N.Y. One 
famous scene takes place in 
the Hall of Late Dinosaurs, 
and the Museum is quite 
comfortable, thanks, stepp- 
ing out with the "ins". . . 
Betty Comden &Phyllis 
Newman dancing in the halls! 



A MATTER OF INTEREST: 
The Hotel Alden now has obtained a liquor 
license - and is open for breakfast, lunch and 
dinner. 



1971 



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West Side Day 
Susan Koelle . 
see page 2 . . 



HOW NICE! 
Letters of love, of hate; of inquiry and ad- 
vice — we receive them all in an average week — 
and someday we should probably "write a book!" 
but this one from Mrs. Gale Leili, mother of three 
small children, is so thoughtful and appealing we 
knew you would like to share morsels, and the 
Director particularly wished to extend "to each 
and everyone thanks and deep appreciation:" 
". . .a trip to the Museum was one of the few 
solutions to interest all three of our children. . . 
We found the admission charge very reasonable 
. . .At times we asked the employees a question 
. . .Without exception they were pleasant, very 
courteous and polite. . .For all the people that 
visit your building, I was amazed at how well kept 
it was, absolutely litter free. . .At one exhibit my 
boys discovered that they could slide on the floors 
. . .When I picked them up I could not believe 
they did not need to be 'dusted off. . .The floors 
were so clean. . .1 wish to send you our sincerest 
thanks and appreciation for a deeply gratifying 
day at the Museum of Natural History. It was truly 
a day to be happily remembered. " And thank you , 
Mrs. Leili. 

OF WORTHY NOTE 
The Employees' Benefit Association is sponsor- 
ing a genuine Fall Festival, a dinner dance, to 
celebrate All Hallow's Eve, come Fri.,Oct. 29, 
5:30 p.m., in the Museum Cafeteria. The cost 
is but $2.50 per person. The fun will run much 
higher. As the brochure states: "Form a Party, 
Reserve a Table, Encourage Museum Spirit. Call 
Ernestine Weindorf, ext. 473. The employee 
parking lot will be open." Will we see you 
there? 



IF THE CLAY'S WET THE DINOSAUR WON'T WORK 




All we can do is mumble words like "magic," 
"mystery," "masterful" when we recall watch- 
ing those youngsters trying so hard to mold 
dinosaurs, as rain poured away their endeavors 
— then, whooop! Dry and endearing we 
watched them create successful models in the 
Dinosaur Halls. The Authorities were told 
"10% chance of rain." Frank Masavage and 
friends moved all OUTside . 11:30 pre-cisely 
10% became 100. DOWN came ralnsT By 
spontaneous combusion (so it seemed) OUT 
moved IN and the Museum was hell-za-poppin' ! 

Visions: the smilingly competent (though 
harried) ladies & gentlemen behind their cash 
registers. . .the new hippie, Shirley Brady, 
headband at The Ready, handling the crowds 
at Make It jewelry booth. . .Peggy Brown and 
daughter Patricia, answering the questions for 
Living Invertebrates and Mammalogy as if they'd 
received their doctorates Thursday last. Joseph 
Abruzzo, Louis Gainey and Lawrence Scheuerer 
working with tapes, microphones and on and 
endlessly at the film showing. . .can the gopher 
snake sufficiently thank Grace Tigler and 
George Foley for its graceful transition from wet 
to dry? For that matter, can ANYone ever 
thank EVERYone, says indefatigable organizer 
Flo Stone ? Mrs. Stone admits she can't (includ- 
ing her ubiquitous, svelte assistant Cheryl 
Chaney), so she asks GRAPEVINE to issue one 
Resounding Call of Gratitude to all who helped. 

What's alive? It's Alive, chimed Juanita 
Munoz and Robert Aylward in unison, and only 
at AMNH would people crow over a live cock- 
roach... Did you require cough syrup foritified 
with honey, Sarah Flanders & Grace Donaldson, 
as you told, retold and again the Secrets of the 
Elm Tree? Bob Galandak emceed with cool a- 
plomb (ably assisted, we hasten to add, by 
Thomas Nicholson). Pet A Wolf, Pet a Wet 
Wolf, rather, said Roy Allen, as Jethro made 




At left, Denis Prince & Ray 
Mendez, Exhibition, with 
friends. Above, Fred North, 
Library, at cat's cradle. 

it through to day's end. His companion, how- 
ever "chickened?" out. T'was a lively crew 
officiating Dig For Fossils: Catherine Pessino, 
Barbara Neill, Edith Bull, Karol Schlosser and 
Mitchell Browning, but nothing stirred in the 
corner where Alice Gray went implacably on, 
fascinating the old/young/betweens in oragami 
arts... That same age assortment turned into new 
at Try It On with Judy Miles & Anne Jennings, 
the haute-couturiere-ists. Do you remember the 
concentrated intensity of the Mancala players 
where Mimi Fries initiated many new afficion- 
ados? And it was continued fun & games while 
Gillian Schacht was patient overseer to Tickle- 
teen Puppeteers, and Miss Green & the Mrs. 
Uyehara & Rios held forth at the pinatas. Be- 
hind the Scenes made The Scene, due to the in- 
dustrious labor of Sidney Horenstein and gallant 
cohorts. How did Charles Miles's Custodial Men 
clean so effectively all that wild conglomeration 
of extrania left behind? Balloons and kidney 
beans mixed ever so affably with chewing gum 
wrappers and environmental brochures .(once they 
were bagged by the Plastic Garbage Brigade of 
willing helpers — nobly led by Sidney Whelan.) 

A sample of how 
the public reacted to West Side Day! Excerpted: 
"I don't want a day to pass without writing to 
say thank you to everyone .. .you all must be 
congratulated.. I can imagine the planning and 
effort... The Museum is a vital part of our city 
life as well as part of the community. . .We'll 
look forward to next year's West Side Day... 
Sincerely, " Mrs. E. Fernandez. 

And so will we all. But Please? 

West Side Dry Day.' 



HERE AND THERE 
Administration: Art Grenham, a familiar face 

around the Museum for several years, has been 
named as food services coordinator and assistant 
to Gordon R. Reekie in audio visual exhibition 
development. Mr. Grenham, who came to us from 
Dimensional Communications, is well able to han- 
dle two jobs in two different fields. He helped 
set up and later ran "Can Man Survive?" and has 
since been in charge of the admissions program. 
The latter responsibility is now being handled by 
Bob Hill, who recently received a promotion and 
the title of Assistant Manager in Building Services. 
Phil Miller and Al Potenza are the other Assistant 
Managers in the division. . . .but back to Art 
Grenham and "small world, isn't it," tale: While 
camped at Cedar Bluff State Park in Hayes, Kan- 
sas he tuned in via short wave to Radio Free Eur- 
ope — and what did he get? Our inimitable Mar- 
garet Mead being interviewed re the opening of 
the Hall of Peoples of the Pacific! 
Anthropology: For six interesting weeks this sum- 
mer the Stanley Freeds traveled France collect- 
ing kind memories; meanwhile Ian Tattersall, a 
new assistant curator in the dept., collected one 
of the largest Lemus skulls ever to be seen.. .Sec- 
retary Joan Gannon and son, Tom , will be de- 
lighted to tell of "Sam," who guided them through 
E. Africa in August as they photographed animals 
and birds "au naturel." Still in Africa living with 
the Herding tribes she is studying is Marcia Dar- 
lington. . .Peter Schectman has returned from two 
months in Israel working with Dr. Van Biek. He is 
now back at the Museum working with Junius Bird 
. . .Marsha Weingappel has left the department 
(to everyone's regret) for Washington, D.C. . . 
As for Nick Amorosi, at his first participation in 
the Washington Sq. Outdoor Art Exhibit he walked 
off with a travel exhibit award — which means he 
continues walking about N.Y. as his pictures do 

the travelina. 

Director's Office: The new administrative assistant 

is Noreen Mooney, a determined young woman who 
speaks enthusiastically about the job and the Mu- 
seum. Her main role is that of grants administrator, 
helping Museum researchers to secure and maintain 
their research grants. It means working closely with 
both Museum investigators and government and pri- 
vate funding agencies, and keeping track of dead- 
lines and changing requirements. A mass of specif- 
ics ro be handled that one somehow feels Mrs. 
Mooney understands and will accomplish with 
charming dispatch. For Mrs. Mooney, whose back- 
ground includes an anthropology B.A. from Colum- 



bia, a knowledge of Swahili, and an English 
teacher husband, comes across as one in command- 
-in friendly, human style. . .For the first week, 
Valerie Hrebicek, Dr. Nicholson's new secretary, 
somehow kept landing in the Dinosaur Halls and 
couldn't find her way out. Despite that fact, she 
has managed capably as executive secretary. Miss 
Hrebicek believes Dr. Nicholson "a great man to 
work for" and has found the Museum people help- 
ful and interesting, "so involved in their work. It 
is wonderful." With her quiet voice, genteel, at- 
tractive air one knows the job is under control . 
Welcome to the Museum, Valerie Hrebicek. 

Entomology: In cooperation with David Nichols, 
John Cooke has completed an interesting book, 
"The Oxford Book of Invertebrates, " with 90 
beautiful color plates by Derek Whitely. Published 
by Oxford University Press, the book is directed 
toward a broad audience. Though the written 
words do not suggest Dr. Cooke's accent, the 
book itself; has a decidely articulate flair which 
makes it highly readable for the layman. 

General Services: Remember diminutive, capable 
mailman, Ernest Ford? He left the Museum to pur- 
sue high school studies, then college & law school . 
"So if you ever need a lawyer in the late future, 
remember our temporary 4'3" standing mailman 
Ernest Ford, " to quote reporter William Jones. 

Herpetology : The dept. is deeply grateful to vol- 
unteers who donated time and service: Philip 
Rosen, son of Donn Rosen, spent the summer sort- 
ing reprints and assisting in the laboratory. . . 
Eric Herz continues to be of immense help caring 
for livestock. . .Donna Peace conscientiously 
spent two hours each day assisting with the bibli- 
ography. It is hoped she can continue once school 
starts since the dept. is trying to set up its library 
system in conjunction with the HISS project super- 
vised by Herndon Dowling and Itzchak Gilboa. . . 
Carol Leavens, a scientific assistant who resigned 
last June, travels from Jersey one day a week to 
volunteer valuable assistance. . . In June, Drs. 
Zweifel, Cole and Meyers attended the Annual 
Meetings of the American Society of Ichthyolo- 
gists and Herpetologists in Los Angeles. . .In 
August Dr. Dowling and Mr. Gilboa attended 
meetings of the Society for the Study of Amphib- 
ians and Reptiles in Albuquerque. . .Dr. Bogert 
chaired one of the sessions and later judged at an 
Indian Fair in Santa Fe, his hometown. We hear 
everyone enjoyed it; especially Charles M. Bogert. 
. . .Carl Gans, research associate, has moved 



from Buffalo to the University of Michigan where 
he is head of the zoology dept. 
Ichthyology : After four years with the Museum, 
Robert Winter, bibliographic assistant to James 
Atz, will leave to teach Russian and Russian lit. 
at Rider College, N.J. . .Frank Mocha, his re- 
placement, will continue the translation of arti- 
cles for the Dean Bibliography of Fishes. Dr. 
Mocha has a Ph.D. from Columbia in Slavic lan- 
guages. He previously taught Russian and Polish 
at the University of Pittsburgh. Happens he's a 
fine tennis player, too.. . Vicki Pelton, dept. 
secretary, spent two lovely weeks vacationing in 
Washington and Oregon where she claims Pacific 
salmon has no equal. . .C.L. Smith spent the sum- 
mer at Put-In-Bay on Lake Erie teaching students 
from Ohio State. 

Invertebrate Paleontology : In Maine this summer 
were, first Sidney Horenstein with wife and two 
daughters, enjoying the Range ley Lake area in 
June/July; in August Beatrice Brewster sailed near 
Mount Deseret, mostly in heavy fog, unfortunately. 
The Horenstein weather report was not given. 

Library : Mrs. Sandra B. Setnick, head reference 
librarian, has resigned. She and her husband are 
moving to Pago Pago in American Samoa and 
Museum friends are cordially invited to visit — if 
you happen to be South Pacificing. Mildred 
Bobrovich will assume her post. She joined the 
library in June, coming from Polytechnic Institute 
of Brooklyn where she was reference librarian. 
Prior to that she was senior information chemist 
with Shell Chemical Co. Her MSLS is from Colum- 
bia. Miss Bobrovich's hobbies include theater, 
ballet,music and swimming — a nice balance. 

Living Invertebrates: William K. Emerson served 
as organizer and convener of a symposium on the 
"Evolution in Time and Space of the Muricacean 
Gastropods" at the Fourth Annual Meeting of the 
Western Society of Malacologists held at Pacific 
Grove, California, June 16-19. . .Horace W. 
Stunkard spent the summer doing research at the 
Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, taking 
time out to attend the annual meeting of the Amer- 
ican Society of Parasitologists in L.A. . .Joan 
Kross, a senior at New York University, summered 
in Dr. Bliss's laboratory doing research on the 
effects of molt inhibiting and accelerating hor- 
mones on Gecarcinus lateralis in conjunction with 
the N.S.F. Undergraduate Research Participation 
Program. . .Dr. Meg Caldwell, assistant professor 
of biology at Simmons College, Boston, also made 



use of the third floor facilities for her research on 
the reproductive hormones of the above G. 
lateralis . . .Jay Bienen of Lehman College and 
Curtis Breslin of J.L. Miller Great Neck High 
School did volunteer work under the supervision 
of Harold Feinberg, assisting in the curation of 
the dept.'s invertebrate collection. Mr. Bienen 
also carried on research on the Tardigrada in pre- 
paration for a monograph on a key to the species 
in New York State . 

Ornithology : More honors for Dr. Amadon: mem- 
bership on the board of directors of the Delaware 
Museum of Natural History and of the Explorer's 
Club. . .Lester Short has completed 10 weeks of 
arid-area bird study in Sonora, Mexico, and at- 
tended the American Ornithologists Union meet- 
ings in Seattle. Drs. Lanyon and Amadon also at- 
tended the above. . .The Vauries spent a working 
vacation at their summer retreat in Pennsylvania 
. . .Mary LeCroy put in several weeks of tern in- 
vestigations on Great Gull Island and Dry Tortugas 
with the assistance of her two daughters, then 
wended back home slowly. . .Stuart Keith, re- 
search associate, extended his African field stud- 
ies to include time in Madagascar, Mauritius, and 
other Indian Ocean islands. In midsummer he re- 
turned to Nairobi and will probably be away un- 
til just before Christmas. 

Planetarium: We think the following letter from 
President Nixon to Kenneth L. Franklin will be of 
interest to everyone: 
Herb Klein has given me the handsomely de- 
signed and engraved Helbros Lunar watch 
which you created expecially for use on the 
moon. I am grateful to you for. . .this thought- 
ful and generous gesture. You may be sure 
that this gift is one which will occupya spe- 
cial place among my momentos of the spaceage. . 
For details of the lunar watch, for which President 
Nixon is grateful, we recommend a brochure, 
Time On The Moon, available through the Plane- 
tarium. . .Item: A persistent telephone caller 
keeps asking the Planetarium when the moon is on 
the wane. . .why? . . .hair will cut better when 
the moon is waxing, claims the whacksy caller. 

President's Office : Li I lie Marie Segue assumed 
the role of assistant executive secretary and sec- 
retary to Sidney Whelan on September 13. Miss 
Segue has her B.A. from Brooklyn College and 
is currently working on her M.A. in speech and 
theatre. She very much enjoys her work here, 
as the Museum enjoys having her on the staff. 



THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



Vol. XXVIli No. 5(f 



THE SCARECROW LAUGHED 
when Arthur Naylor got up to dance with her, but 
then so did everyone. The Fall Festival was that 
kind of evening. The cafeteria never looked so 
good, Ray deLucia had it that Halloween-well 
decorated — especially M/M Scarecrow. Not 
"Costumes of the East" material we admit but the 
couple had a certain originality which would 
catch the fancy of Walter Fairservis. The native 
cloth came directly from the closet of Ernestine 
Weindorf, EBA entertainment chairman and natur- 
ally, therefore, largely responsible for the success 
of the evening, and (if you'll allow this run-on 
sentence) the closet of Mr. deLucia, himself. 
Why was Mr. Naylor dancing with a scarecrow? — 
not because Mrs. Naylor cannot dance for they 
made a handsome couple — but because Arthur won 
(?) the booby prize and was claiming his "reward. " 
Other prizes? We name names and refuse to com- 
ment. To Mrs. John Othmer, attractive wife of 
the EBA secretary and principal ticket-dispenser, 
1st prize, $15 ; 2nd prize to Edward Collins, $10; 
3rd prize to Mrs. Elizabeth deLucia, $5. 

Vincent Manson, president of EBA, gave a 
rousing after-dinner speech. The orchestra played 
on; the dancing & revelry did too. Mr. Elanson, a 
night porter, sat elegantly with his attractive 
partner. Vito Melito of Building Services, Anthony 
Polo and Al Sigler of the Mechanics Division 
seemed comfortably content at a table with John 
Zemba, Joe Nemek and Henry Pinter, among 
others. Farrell Carney rhumbaed on the dance 
floor. John Erlandson, Scotch accent, of course, 
was having a glorious time. Dean Amadon and his 
wife quietly watched as Eugene Eisenmann, Richard 
Olendorff and Ben King (quite a dancer that one) 
exchanged chatter with this reporter. Everyone 
who believed in laughter seemed to have been 
there that night, including Thomas Nicholson with 
his wife, son and daughter-in-law, at a table with 
the Charles Weaver's and Dr. and Mrs. Manson. 



December 1971 

Lucy Shih was looking happy at a table with the 
smiling trio of Joanna Marks, Josey McKenna and 
Mary Wissler. As for William Jones, he read an 
original poem wonderfully then danced with Miss 
Weindorf to lively rock and roll . John Roach pre- 
ferred the quieter approach. Helmut Wimmer was 
waltzing smoothly; but as for that, Frank Marmorato 
can hold his own in 3/4 time, too. There were lots 
of AMNHites present. There should have been 
more. This Fall Festival is a great way to bring us 
together and is plain good fun. . .honest. . .try it 
on for size next year. 



**** 

IT'S TIME AGAIN 
for the Christmas Party. Five-thirty p.m., Friday, 
Dec. 10 in the Main Auditorium to watch the 
Tickleteam Puppeteers. Then all proceed to Edu- 
cation Hall for the party itself, which is open to 
all Museum employees and their children. For 
further info, contact Ernestine Weindorf, ext.247. 



WE'RE PROUD 
of Catherine Pessino, Natural Science Center 
head, even though her reaction is modest: At the 
National Convention of the National Science For 
Youth Foundation meeting in St. Paul last Oct. 5 
she received the Elsie M.B. Naumburg Award. 
Only one or two are given a year, sometimes none 
at all . It is presented to those who have done out- 
standing work for children in the way of science 
and Miss Pessino, quite obviously, merits the honor. 
When asked how the citation read she parried: 
"Oh, you know how those things are, some long, 
horrendous -sounding oration. ..." a $500 check 
goes with the award. So too the congratulations 
and hearty approval of all of us in AMNH. 



IT WASN'T EVEN FIFTEEN MINUTES 
that we spent in the public Parking Lot off 81st 
street but it was long enough to realize how much 
continuing action goes on there. Buses, private 
cars, even a bike — all with people asking ques- 
tions ranging from the simple, "Whassa cost?" to 
"If I leave this box in the back seat will it be 
safe?" Imperturbable John McCabe answers with 
seasoned aplomb to the latter query, "The box 
will be okay but maybe the car' 1 1 be stolen, " 
and everyone laughs. 

The four Parking Lot attendants accomplish a 
great deal in one working day. In seniority Mr. 
McCabe, who is also president of Local 1306 for 
Museum Attendants & Guards, is top banana but 
all men share equal responsibility. Irving 
Almodovar has been at his post four years, Juan 
Aviles (to Manhattan via Puerto Rico), for three, 
then comes Michael Archie from Jamaica who has 
been here for six months. They work a 9:30-6:30 
shift, with overtime hours as required. In a given 
fourteen days they put in ten; i.e., seven days 
steadily, two off and three on. 

There is diversity in their job, "dealing with 
people on a one-to-one basis, " as John McCabe 
says. Initiative is required and a certain independ- 
ence. The little booth is scarcely elegant or warm, 
especially as winter comes on fast and the exhaust 
fumes grow worse. Despite these drawbacks the 
men maintain a relaxed capability as children pile 
from buses ignoring a crazy driver making a fool- 
ish turn. The clock in the booth ticks inexorably 
on while Messrs. Almodovar, Archie, Aviles and 
McCabe keep all well whatever the weather. 



NEW DEPARTMENT HEAD 
Joanne McGrath assumed management of the 
Personnel Dept. on Oct. 29 and after a short 
visit with her it is obvious she already is deeply 
involved with her responsibilities. A native New 
Yorker, (would you believe?) she has been in 
personnel work since 1957, primarily with profit- 
making organizations. A public service oriented 
individual, she is pleased to be associated with 
the Museum and finds "the environment mo r e 
intellectually stimulating and appealing than the 
world of business." Miss McGrath is an enthusi- 
astic person whose warm eyes bespeak the interest 
she brings to her new post. For hobbies she con- 
fesses to being a sailing enthusiast, and she works 
in watercolors and plays the violin. She is hesi- 
tant about claiming accomplishment in these arts, 
however. As for her new job, she seems a 
"natural" for AMNH — welcome Joanne McGrath. 

HERE AND THERE 
Education: The Department's Teaching Intern 
Program was again given a grant from the New 
York State Council on the Arts, approximately 
$75,000 for a one-year period. 
Entomology: Mrs. Titiana Gidaspow, a volunteer 
in the dept. for 20 years, has had several papers 
published on carabid beetles. Alas, she is moving 
to N. Miami and will be missed. . .Al Nirou, 
whose wife is the secretary to Drs. Wygodzinsky 
and Herman, has officially changed the family 
name to Force, which is what Nirou means in 
Iranian. He became a U.S. citizen in September. 
Thelma Nirou is taking much kidding for her new 
official name, T. Amanda Force... Lee Herman is 




The King and Queen of Sikkim 
discussing the costumes of their 
country with Dr. Fairservis and 
President and Mrs. Stout during 
the royal tour of "Costumes of 
the East," Nov. 16. 



Fashion designers, fabric manufacturers, fashion editors and anthropologists were among the guests who 
rubbed elbows and exchanged talk at the opening of the "Costumes of the East" exhibit. Here James Rauh, 
Michiko Takaki and Gertrude Dole (wife of Robert Carneiro) admire the 19th Century Siberian cloth made 
of salmon skin. The exhibit has brought the Museum much interested attention. 




leaving in November for a three-month field trip 
to Argentina and Brazil in search of his favorite 
staphylinid beetles. . .Preparator Adelaide Vernon 
has just returned from a five weeks vacation in 
France, highlighted by a gala performance of 
ballet at the Paris Opera. ..Frederick Rindge 
spent a week in Sunnyvale, California, for the 
happy occasion of presenting his oldest daughter, 
Janet, in marriage to Michael Coffman. 

Herpetology: The report starts with a tribute to 
Exhibition. Visitors stare at the poison frogs in the 
Exhibit of the Month, swearing the fake ones out- 
side the glass case move. . .Dr. Trilok Majupuria, 
Reader in Zoology at Tribhuvan University in 
Kathmandu, Nepal, is on sabbatical working 
with Herndon Dowling on the Reproductive Sys- 
tems in amphibians and reptiles. 
Ichthyology: Rosemary Pang has recently joined 
the dept. as research assistant on the Dean Bibli- 
ography of Fishes. Dr. Pang, who received her 
Ph.D. degree from Yale, is an expert on sponges. . 
Gareth Nelson was recently married to the former 
Brenda Gill. They are presently living in Bronx- 
ville, N.Y. . James Atz recently completed a 
book entitled "Aquarium Fishes i Their Beauty, 
History and Care, " with 45 striking color plates 



by Doug Faulkner, published by Viking. The book 
provides a unique history of keeping fishes in cap- 
tivity as well as the basic information necessary to 
keep home aquaria. 

Library: The Library Staff congratulate Dr. and 
Mrs. Atsuo Fukunaga on the birth of their first 
born, a boy named Alex. They extend sincere 
thanks to Ruth Chapin for her volunteer help to 
her old alma mater during the time of Mrs. 
Fukunaga's maternity leave and Lucienne 
Yoshinaga's illness. Without it the new books 
would never have been cataloged. . .Friends and 
associates of the late Dr. Clark Wissler (former 
curator of the Dept. of Anthropology, 1902-1942) 
will learn with regret of the death on Oct. 17 of 
his wife, Viola Gebhart Wissler, at the age of 95. 
Mrs. Wissler was the mother of our staff member, 
Mary. Mrs. Wissler had been an active staff wife, 
particularly in bringing the Museum to the at- 
tention of visitors to the city and organizing 
behind-the-scenes tours.. .The Library is closed 
on Saturdays as of Nov. 27. 

Office Services : Those 12 weeks you were gone 
we missed you, Vita deVita from behind your 
telephone switchboard. Glad you are feeling 
better, nice to have you back. 



WEST SIDE DAY REMEMBERED 
Anne Jennings and friends 






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Charles J. Cole, George Foley and friends 

Ornithology: Robert Cushman Murphy and his wife 
are on the return phase of their Australian trip. 
Dr. Murphy attended the Pacific Science Con- 
gress as an official delegate of the AMNH . . . Dr. 
Richard Olendorff, from Colorado State University, 
is visiting the dept. as a Chapman Fellow until 
March to study hawks. 

Planetarium: The Planetarium Shop has a special 
offering — a set of 72 color slides of space explo- 
ration. A hand viewer is included. The price to 
employees is $2.25. The supply is limited. . .And 
then these two letters the Planetarium hopes we 
will all share with equal grins: "Dear Sir: Kindly 
send me your price list. I'm interested in a photo- 
graph of a galaxy or other. In G-d (sic) we trust. 



Sincerely". . .and "Dear Esteemed Stargazers: 
Could you provide us with moon phases and such 
relevant information for the year 1973 — or at least 
the first few months of that year? This is to assist 
us in the preparation of the Witches' Almanac 
1972-73 edition. We would be happy to exchange 
our wisdom with you by sending you a free copy 
of the current (1971) edition should you request 
it. Warm wishes, The Witches' Almanac." The 
Planetarium has not revealed to Grapevine their 
answers to either letter. . . 

President's Office: Prince Hitachi of the Imperial 
Household of Japan, was given a royal tour of 
AMNH by William Emerson, Stanley Freed and 
Sidney Whelan, last Sept. 12. He was accom- 
panied by the Japanese Ambassador and Consul . 
The Prince obviously was fascinated with the 
shell collection and spent much time in ornithol- 
ogy and Indian halls. . .On Oct. 13 the Men's 
Committee held their Annual Dinner in the Hall 
of Oceanic Birds. Thomas McCance, the new 
chairman, talked about the proposed active fund- 
raising campaign for the coming year and after- 
wards the film, "The Time of Man," was shown to 
an enthusiastic audience. . .On Oct. 27 Mr. and 
Mrs. Stout showed their African movies to staff 
wives. . .The Administration has instituted a new 
policy regarding retiring trustees — presentation of 
a silver medal. Such have now been awarded to 
four: Messrs. Belmont, Croft, Haizlip and 
Lockwood, who retired this year. 
Vertebrate Paleontology: Pick up a copy of Oct. 8 
Science — there in the mouth of a shark are six 
former members of the dept. circa 1909: The 
Messrs. C. and O. Falkenbach, Charles Lang, 
W. Cortes, G. Olsen and F. Kessler. Then, if 
you look through the archives of photography you 
will find a similar picture c. 1970 — with Walter 
Sorenson. Time Marches On. 

OUR EXHIBITS ARE PURE POETRY 
A book of poems, "The Night Mirror, " by John 
Hollander, an Atheneum publication of August, 
1971, has one entire section devoted to the 
AMNH under the heading, "The Dark Museum." 
We were particularly taken by "Evening Wolves, " 
which catches the spirit of the wonderfully cold 
and lonely scene. You may prefer another, but 
the poems pay tribute to the realism of our ex- 
hibits. So again, Exhibition and Graphic Arts 
receive a deserved pat on the back. 

Until next year, then - bless you all. 




THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



Vol. XXIX, No. 1 

CATAPULTING FROM CATACOMBS 
TO CORNICES 

Spending an afternoon with the gentlemen of 
the Electrical Shop is rather like a trip to the 
circus--one cannot quite believe all the compli- 
cated, daring activities required of its personnel. 

The suave and modulated Anthony Gallardo, 
supervisor, licensed electrician, twelve years a 
Museum staffer, met us in his down -to-business 
office. Mr. Gallardo explained the responsibilities 
he, his seven mechanics and five helpers meet 
each day: maintenance of equipment in this com- 
plex of 20 buildings; alterations, construction, re- 
modeling; repair, preventive maintenance, and 
service of all equipment, including animated ex- 
hibits. For instance, the motors, cams, relays and 
tape-deck of the transparent woman in the Hall of 
Biology of Man are kept in continually smooth 
working order through the brain and brawn of the 
Electrical Department, even to the efficient oper- 
ation of a time-clock which sets it on and off 
according to Museum hours. 

Anthony Gallardo speaks cautiously but it 
comes across how vital the accurate management 
of his department is. One tends to breeze through 
the massive halls never realizing a network of 
fuses and wires are hidden away. For example, 
the elevators, carpenter shop machines, and fan 
pumps run on DC. To rectify them for AC requires 
a functioning switchboard resembling, say, one 
section of the Vertebrate Paleontology collection 
tossed at random into a crowded cabinet; except 
there is nothing random about the Electrical Shop. 

It was serious in a friendly way as we shook 
hands with the members, herewith listed in order 
of seniority. Mechanics: William G. Shaw gave 
us a warm smile; calmly collected seemed James 
J. Doyle; Martin J. Daly, with beard and long, 
blond hair; Richard Pavone, sturdy and friendly; 
short, dark Anthony J. Polo; Joseph Lorenz, com- 
plete with pipe and cap. Helpers: young Anthony 
Macaluso; slim, long-haired Joseph Donato; 
chubby, serious-miened Aldwin Phillip; rugged, 
handsome Salvatore Cigliano; tall, intent Vincent 
Lammie, Jr. Arthur Sharf, liason man with the 



January 1972 




A WELCOME ANNOUNCEMENT 
On Jan. 1st, Jerome G. Rozen, Jr., 
assumed the title of Deputy Director for 
Research. The position was established be- 
cause of "the greater responsibility the 
Museum has assumed for carrying out its 
research activities with the highest pos- 
sible quality, " according to Dr. Thomas 
D. Nicholson, when he announced the 
promotion. He further stated that "Dr. 
Rozen will be directly responsible for the 
management of the scientific departments 
and the field stations" thus coordinating 
them under specific leadership. 

Though the post is full time, Dr. Rozen 
will continue as curator of Hymenoptera. 
His replacement as chairman of the De- 
partment of Entomology has not yet been 
decided. 

Exhibition Division ( we have yet to meet. 

These workmen detail their efforts. Suddenly 
lights flash in one's head! The entire Pacific Hall 
with over 3000 bulbs was installed by this group! 
We climbed turrets and ladders with the Lamp 
Crew, Messrs. Cigliano, Lammie and Phillip, not 
daring to mount the platform, but watched Mr. 
Phillip ease through a tiny hole onto a perilous 
case of cracked glass to change a bulb under tern- 
Continued on page two 



perature conditions that seemed to approximate 
degrees 500 F. Their responsibilities require a 
combination of dexterity and derring-do in order 
to replace the 500,022 bulbs (quartz, iodine, 
mercury vapor, flashlight bulbs to 1000 watts-- 
we could go on!) needed to keep the AMNH 
a'light. 

We now know why Anthony Gallardo is proud 
of the reputation of his department; and we espe- 
cially enjoyed his parting shot: "You can tell them 
the Electrical Department has everything, even a 
Santa Claus (Mr. Pavone) and a clown (Mr. 
Donato) . " (You did catch them in action at the 
great Christmas Party we hope.) Mr. Gallardo is 
right too. His department does have everything. 

FATHER OF THE YOUNGEST LIFE MEMBER 




William T. Golden, now vice-president of the 
Museum, became a trustee of the AMNH in 1968. 
It was much earlier, however, when daughter 
Sibyl Rebecca, age three, became a life member, 
the youngest recorded to that time. 

Immediately one recognizes how involved Mr. 
Golden has always been with the aims of the Mu- 
seum. It is, actually, a family affair. Mrs. Golden, 
the former Sibyl Levy, is on the Women's Commit- 
tee and takes her turn at the Information Desks. 
The young life member mentioned above is now a 
freshman at Radcliffe and she, along with sister 
Pamela, a senior at the Brearley School, have used 
Museum facilities frequently through the years, 
especially the library. Both girls are interested in 
biology. Pamela may well make it her college 
major. 

William Golden comes across a sincere, 
Dractical man abounding in vigor and enthusi- 
asm — especially when he mentions his ham radio 
days, station 2AEN, back in 1922. He grins 



with his whole face at the memory, "really one 
of the most gratifying things I have ever done." 
And Mr. Golden has done many things, is in- 
volved in many pursuits. Protozoology is one, 
but the companies and organizations with which 
he is associated can scarcely be termed "uni- 
cellular." 

We have not space to list the entire scope 
of his activities, but mention a few: In business 
Mr. Golden is chairman of the board of Federated 
Development Co., director of General American 
Investors Co., and director of several other cor- 
porations. In the non-business world he is treasurer 
and trustee, American Association for the Advance- 
ment of Science; trustee, Mt. Sinai Medical 
School and Hospital, Marine Biological Laboratory 
(Woods Hole), Bennington College, Mitre Cor- 
poration, the New York Foundation. . .and there 
are mo r e . He is secretary and trustee of the 
Carnegie Institution of Washington; chairman 
board of trustees, City University of New York 
Construction Fund, 1967-71 . He is a member of 
the visiting committees at Harvard, Princeton, 
Columbia and New York University. 

Mr. Golden has been closely associated with 
government service since 1941 when he was on 
active duty with the U.S. Navy. He retired as 
Lt. Cmmdr. in 1945 and remains in the reserve. 
From 1946-50 he was assistant to a commissioner 
in the Atomic Energy Commission. In 1950-51 he 
was a special consultant to President Truman, ad- 
vising organizations of the government on scien- 
tific activities after the outbreak of the Korean 
War. His recommendation for the creation of a 
President's Science Advisory Committee was ac- 
cepted . He also advised on the initial organization 
and program of the National Science Foundation. 

Mr. Golden, 62, a native New Yorker, received 
his A.B. degree from the University of Pennsylvania. 
He later attended the Harvard Graduate School of 

Business Administration. He has done graduate 
study in biology at Columbia University and is 
a member of the Society of Protozoologists. Mr. 
Golden's interest in science made him especially 
pleased at the opening of the new addition to 
the Department of Animal Behavior. He spoke at 
the inaugurating ceremony last month. 

Mr. Golden almost shines when he speaks of 
the Museum. "Since early childhood I have had 
great affection for it, and it is one of my 
deepest interests." He truly cares about its 

Continued on page three 



continued progress. Such a vice-president and 
trustee is nice to have around the house. 



Many of our letters of praise are from people 
who received clear directions from helpful 
Museum employees. Your courtesy is appreciated. 
******** 
FROM THE CREDIT UNION 
We received a notice to remind you all that the 
Credit Union is open twelve to one Tues. and 
Thurs., in Room B-49, Roosevelt basement. You 
may have deductions made from each paycheck 
for either insured savings (5 1/2% dividend) or 
borrowing (9% annual interest). The Credit Union 
wishes everyone a Happy New Year. 

H*E*L*P 

To our desk come about 100 letters of inquiry 
per month. We feel this one merits sharing: "I 
have some questions for you. What is the advan- 
tage of the many wrinkles and folds in the lining 
of the stomach? What glands are found in the 
stomach? What do they secrete? What are the 
functions of the blood? What is the function of 
each organ of the circulatory system? What kind 
of wastes are formed in the body cells? How are 
cell wastes excreted? What are some differences 
between chemical and mechanical digestion? 

"In a book I read about ABSMery. Do you 
think there could be any Yetis, Sasquatches, Oh- 
Mahs, or any other type of abominable snowmen 
on this earth? 

"Between elements 97 and 98 besides the elec- 
tron added to the 5th shell one is transferred from 
the 6th shell to the 5th shell . Is there any other 
example of it? 

"What is the fear of the dark called? What is 
the science of dinosaurs called? My teacher said 
he thought that turtles shed their skin, but I don't 
think they do. So he said look it up in the ency- 
clopedia, so I did. I couldn't find anything about 
it. Would you please tell me if turtles shed their 
skin? Are there any poison turtles? 

"In this book I possess it says that Plateosaurus 
was the ancestor of Brontosaurus and the other 
giant plant-eating dinosaurs. It also says that the 
Brontosaurus was a saurischian. What was Plateo- 
saurus, saurischian or ornithischian? What are the 
two types of dinosaurs in the number of skeletons?" 
Our answer? "I have a question for you . How can 
I answer your letter?" Maybe there's a Grapevine 
reader with an eager seven-year old who might 
help us out. . . 



HAPPY 1972 ! 

PROMOTED TO PROMOTION 
Dinah Lowell has a new office and a new job, 
having been transferred from advertising assistant 
to promotion manager for Natural History Maga- 
zine. Mrs. Lowell came to the Museum as a 
Doubleday employee seven years ago. During that 
period she met and married Ogden Lowell, then 
with AMNH, now involved in film making. Dinah 
Lowell replaces Ann Usher who left in October 
to work at Behavior Today. Congratulations, Mrs. 
Lowell. We know you will promote properly. 

HERE'S YET ANOTHER 
Ernestine Weindorf , past president of EBA, two 
years entertainment chairman of EBA, 10 years 
with the Museum, now holds the title of adminis- 
trative assistant in Natural History. She merits 
her promotion. We mean our congratulations. 

ECOLOGICAL WHIMSY 
The imagination, talent and humor prevalent 
at the AMNH was evidenced last month at the 
Environmental Information Center. So, too, was 
interdepartmental cooperation. Richard Zweifel, 
Herpetology; Mary Nettleton, Planetarium; Linda 
Mantel, Living Invertebrates; Ruth Manoff, Sci- 
entific Publications; and Beatrice Brewster, In- 
vertebrate Paleontology, recorded five ecological 
Christmas Carols which were heard during Museum 
hours by anyone in the vicinity of the Environment 
Desk during the holidays. . .What makes a Christ- 
mas Carol ecological? Ah, that's wherein lies the 
whimsy! 

. . . speaking of which . . . 
For this first month of this new year of 1972, 
we thought to leave you with a witticism from 
the late Ogden Nash, one of the AMNH's 
many admirers: 

THE HALL OF PRIMATES 
Here condescending viewers feel behooved 
To acknowledge their cousins many times removed. 
It's a family reunion of us primates 
Transported here from countless realms & climates. 
All other mammals they're distinguished from 
By grasping fingers and opposable thumb. 
Primates evolve in many curious shapes, 
Monkeys and aye-ayes, lemurs, pottos, apes, 
But for perfection one alone earns credit; 
Man is the premier primate. He has said it. 



HERE AND THERE 
Animal Behavior: The Department of Animal Be- 
havior has been celebrating the opening of its fine 
new laboratories on the fifth floor of the Education 
Building. An opening program was attended by 
dignitaries (including City University Chancellor 
Robert J. Kibbee), old friends (including Mrs. G. 
Kingsley Noble, widow of the department's first 
chairman), and many familiar faces. The occasion 
was also a reminder of Dr. Lester R. Aronson's 25 
years with the department, in recognition of which 
he was presented with a silver tie pin and a metal 
sculpture of two frogs dancing on a lily pad. The 
new wing provides the office and work space for a 
graduate studies program newly developed between 
the Museum and City University of New York. 
Anthropology: Margaret Mead has received yet 
another honor, the Kalinga Prize for Popularization 
of Science. The award, granted yearly by UNESCO, 
includes 1000 British Pounds. Director General 
Rene Maheu made the presentation. . .P. Zwannah 
Rayon, a research trainee from Liberia, West 
Africa (Monrovia), is conducting a study on Mu- 



seum operations and management. Later he will 
visit Twin Falls, Idaho, to further his studies in 
museology. He has travelled extensively. His 
hobby is collecting African primitive art and music. 
His goal is to become a General African Curator 
in museology and to establish an African Cultural 
Center in NYC. 

Education: Malcolm Arth left for Africa in mid- 
Dec, for two months of research in Nigeria, con- 
tinuing investigations he has had underway for 
several years. He is studying aging and the role of 
old people in a community, as well as inter- 
generation conflicts. This time he may collaborate 
with a Nigerian psychiatrist. Would you believe 
that our indefatigable education chairman is work- 
ing in a town called Ikeagwu, meaning "we are 
tired"? 

Entomology: Jerome Rozen recently returned from 
a one and a half month field trip to Brazil and 
Chile where he studied the biology of bees, col- 
lecting same and conferring with various S. Amer- 
ican bee experts. The trip was a great success, 

Continued on page six 



PAULINE G. MEISLER, CONTROLLER 
"Even though the building is a vast structure 
— largely stone — and one might believe the Mu- 
seum impersonal and distant, a warm feeling comes 
through, a feeling that this is a closely-knit or- 
ganization." Thus we quote Pauline Meisler, who 
brings her own "warm feeling" to her new position. 
She assumed control of the financial activities of 
the AMNH late in November, succeeding James 
Williamson, who replaces Joseph Connors as 
Business Manager of the Planetarium. 

Mrs. Meisler was formerly employed as public 
accountant and controller for several large business 
concerns. She is a Certified Public Accountant 
and member of the American Institute of Certified 
Public Accountants and also of the New York and 
New Jersey Society of C.P.A.s. She received a 
B.A. degree in economics and finance from Hunter 
College and is a candidate for an M.A. degree in 
management at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her 
husband, Joseph, is an engineer;son Michael, 21 , is 
a student majoring in political science at the Uni- 
versity of Rhode Island; daughter Carol, 17, is a 
high school senior. The Meislers — all native New 
Yorkers — now live in Teaneck, N.J. Hobbies? 
"Well, I enjoy playing piano and studying history." 
A nice combination, those, as is the combination 
of competent efficiency and friendly concern that 
Pauline Meisler brings to her work. 



DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL BEHAVIOR 
OPENS NEW BIOPSYCHOLOGY LABS 





M\V 





THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



N/ol . XXIX, No. 2 

AMNH IN 1972: 
SOUNDS QUIET; SMELLS TERRIFIC 

Their impact may not be immediately noted, 
but significant alterations are going on in Roosevelt 
Hall. All four floors of the corridors and stair wells 
now have improved lighting. Acoustical ceilings 
are being installed in the first and second floors 
and, if effective, will later be added in the third 
and fourth floors. 

The Biology of Man hall will be closed for two 
months beginning in February while an acoustical 
ceiling is placed there with the help of the Sheet 
Metal and Electrical Shops. In Osborn Hall "a 
floating island type drop ceiling plus a carpet for 
further acoustical treatment, will be installed," 
according to Frank Marmorato. 

These important additions are possible because 
of a gift from Harold Boeschenstein, honorary 
trustee of the Museum and honorary chairman, 
Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp. Mr. Boeschen- 
stein's daughter, Mrs. Hart Fessenden, a devoted 
trustee and volunteer, recommended her father di- 
rect his donation in this fashion. It is deeply ap- 
preciated. 

But something even more unusual is reported 
by Mr. Marmorato! If you are not suffering from 
the omnipresent flu, take a walk through the For- 
ests Hall or the Hall of Peoples of the Pacific. 
Smell anything? Notice an aroma of wood, per- 
haps, or ocean spray and frangipani? Thanks to the 
activities of the International Flavors and Fragrances 
company and the Museum electricians and carpen- 
ters, you should. If the experiment is well received, 
more smells will fill the air, such as that of grass 
in the Hall of Man in Africa, or incense, perhaps, 
in Asian Mammals. . . .These installations are yet 
another example of the AMNH's progressive pol- 
icies. 



We live in a huge city, and many of our visitors 
suffer the tensions that go with a great metro- 
polis. By a kind word or act of courtesy we 
can make a person's visit a pleasant memory. 



February 1972 

E.B.A. NEWS 
The following slate of officers was elected 
at the annual meeting held on Jan. 18: pres., 
Arthur Grenham; vice-pres., James Atz; secty., 
John Othmer; treas., George Crawbuck . There 
are nine board members, three of whom are elect- 
ed every two years. The new members are: Anthony 
Gallardo, Vincent Le Pore, Audrey Yuilliene. 

HOW TO FIND OUT 
Did you know there are two Bulletin Boards 
where news of interest to Museum employees is 
posted? They are both close to the 77th Street 
elevators. One is in the basement, the other on 
the fifth floor. 




Barbara Jackson presiding as M.C. before 
an overflow audience for "Africans In The 
World Music And Dance Festival" held on 
Jan. 15 & 16. 



THE WHEELS OF THE GODS GRIND SLOWLY 
Quoted below, an item published in a 1921 
Scientific American : "Prof. Henry Fairfield Osborn 
has made a plea for women to cease wearing 
'summer furs'. He said wild animals are being de- 
stroyed so rapidly that in 30 years there will be 
practically none left and the next generation will 
have to go to a zoological park or look at paint- 
ings or photographs for a knowledge of wild ani- 
mals. Prof. Osborn is an exceedingly careful 
writer and speaker and his warning is amply jus- 
tified; the senseless wearing of furs in summer 
should be adandoned." 

WHILE WANDERING THE HALLS 
We were stopped by an inquiry which started 
us in conversation with a mother, son of seven, 
and daughter of eleven, who were "doing the Mu- 
seum for the last time. We are going to Florida, 
alas." Seven: "I'm gonna miss those dinosaurs. I 
really dig 'em (we feel the pun was unintended); 
most the one with the big nose." Eleven: "The 
hall with those stones! Oh gosh, I like stones. I 
have a roller at home. You know that thing to 
make them shiny." Mother: "This Museum is so 
much better than when I was a child. Your exhibits 
like the one here ("And Then There Were None") 
make people feel a part of it all. The Forest Hall, 
you can smell the trees, and the African Hall, you 
can walk around the stuff and feel you are there 
with the music and lighting. It's so great. We 
shall miss it so much. And oh boy, what a perfect 
place to take kids when there's nothing else to do 
on a rainy day — at any age. " 

At which point we were interrupted as two 
little blonde rubber bands with legs came charging 
into us. Wiggler, four years: "I don't like the 
Museum. " Wiggler, two-and-one-half years: "I 
don't either." Chagrined young father: "How can 
you say such a thing when you begged to come?" 
Two-and-a-half remained silent but sophisticated 
four: "Well, now I don't." Placating young mother: 
"Don't believe them. We all love the Museum, 
honest. Everyone is so, oh, human; not snobby like 
other places. Everyone's so nice, really, especially 
the guards. " 

TAKE NOTES 
Monday, February 28, is the day of the annual 
meeting of the Credit Union, to be held at 12:15 
p.m. in room 426. All participating members are 
invited. And — A Futuristic Reminder to All AMNH 
Employees: Put your money where you can find it 
this summer. See the Credit Union now. 



ALASKA BROWN BEAR 

my Best Bear who stands 
And, not by reason of light 
But by fiat of fur, commands 

The height, the essential shore, the mere, 
The dryness outreaching into an icy, rich sea. 

The lord of our landless pole 
Is white, is white, and he hides 
On stretches of chlorous ice; the pale aurora, 
Rising behind him, thunders across the night. 
But I am too wise now and fat 
To acknowledge a lesser one, here, than His 
Blackness. 

Teddy, the squeaky ginger, 
The umptieth Marquis of Mumph, 
He of the weepings: absorbent and not unfrayed 
Master of childhood, midnight was in his care 
In the tropic of bedroom. Then it came that I 
said: 

1 know thee not, old bear. 

But He, Thou, the Big Brown, the soft turret, 
Thrust by the dead earth at the sky, 
Quickening yet this buff of twilight, 

His she nearby 

O, downstream from Him a small 

Something blurred and dark, something of baser 

fur 
Slinks off, leaving a half-torn salmon 
Before the Regent of the barest lands, 
The Lord of no hall . 
He stands 
Among the regions of wind beyond winds. 

Behold! 
At his own call 

He has crashed through from behind the horizon 
Where the great bells of summit ring with cold. 

From "The Night Mirror, " by John Hollander, 
writing of "our" brown bear. 

Atheneum, 1971 



NEW TRUSTEE 
At the meeting of the board of trustees held 
on Jan. 24, Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., was elected 
as a trustee in the Class of 1974. Mr. Jordan, 
Executive Director of the United Negro College 
Fund, recently succeeded the late Whitney M. 
Young, Jr., as Executive Director of the National 
Urban League . 




They stopped ham- 
mering to pose for 
a picture. 



THEY WOULD WORK ON THE WOODWORK 
if they weren't on the ceiling. 

William Barbieri, foreman -carpenter, speaks 
of his crew of ten carpenters and two masons as if 
they were a family, the kind that has occasional 
differences but for crises pulls together. That is ex- 
actly what they v/ere doing the last weeks in Jan- 
uary. Part of the ceiling of the auditorium had 
crumbled, requiring immediate repair. This emer- 
gency took the men from their customary jobs, such 
as partitioning the Education Hall storage area, 
placing direction signs throughout the Museum, 
constructing partitions for the new pantry, handling 
the acres of plate glass in the windows and exhibits 
throughout the Museum, fixing Venetian blinds, or 
doors, or locks, (Mr. Barbieri is the only Museum 
licensed-locksmith), or furniture, or woodwork, 
or . . ."I'll match our group against any craftsmen 
in the city, " says William Barbieri, to prove which 
he shows a handsome cabinet in the making. "I 
am partial to my men. Our shop handles the great- 
est variety of work of any in the Museum and we 
are, in size, second only to the electrical division. 
But we realize this is not a one-shop institution. 
We are part of the whole. Without any one of the 
parts we should be sort of lost. " 

In the past there were often twenty-five men 
performing the work of these remaining twelve. 
We met them — well — looked up at them distributed 
on the scaffolding high above the auditorium on 
various levels of air, working with concentration 
on that emergency mentioned above. 

First it was Walter Lennon, mason-helper, 
who waved from the highest point to tell of his 
three singing daughters and son, John, who does 



not sing. Eddie Collins, senior mason, was intro- 
duced as Dr. Kildare (because of his white hat?). 
Like Mr. Lennon, Mr. Collins has one son and 
three daughters, none of whom sing, however. 
His father used to work in the Shipping Room and 
was "every bit as nice as Eddie. " George Keeley, 
who assists Bill Barbieri with the locksmith work, 
has one married stepdaughter. Arthur "Archie" 
Schaefer, also white-hatted atop the scaffolding, 
has a young daughter and younger son. Brother 
Fred Schaefer is the lone bachelor of the group. 
Dark-haired Alexander Kos smiled down through 
his glasses. Joe Jacobs, also with glasses but just 
a bit more hair, has a daughter and three sons. 
John Zemba, hardly visible in the distance under 
a large paper hat, has one daughter and one son. 
John White, father of two girls, was working on 
another job, as was Tom Feast, father of two boys, 
on temporary assignment to Exhibition. Joe Nemet, 
a young man with a young son, and Odell Johnson, 
with a son and three daughters, smiled broadly 
from the bottommost layer of the scaffolding, still 
rather high for comfort. 

And that's the carpenters, except for Mr. 
Barbieri . He has been at his present job for three 
years. He takes it seriously, showing concern for 
the men, especially in regard to that scaffolding. 
"They are not riggers but carpenters and cabinet 
makers. They do this to help and I just don't want 
anyone hurt. " We caught enough of the conver- 
sation ("Hey, don't fall now." "Can you reach 
that?" "We need a six foot pipe at the top, can 
you make it?") to know his meaning. 

Bill Barbieri and his office somehow match: 
continued on page four 



solid, comfortable and full of good works. His 
eyes smile happily as he tells of his wife, Dorothy, 
22-year-old son, John, attending night school to 
become a biology teacher, and 23-year-old 
daughter Janet, teaching English in a New Orleans 
high school . 

In his cautious, deliberate style, Mr. Bar- 
bieri speaks of the Museum and his men with def- 
inite regard. He is a fair-minded citizen and, as 
we were leaving the shop filled with the wonder- 
ful smell of wood, he mentioned the varied and 
continuing jobs of the masons. "They work hard, 
as hard as the carpenters; and when they are rest- 
ing they repair the driveways. " 

There you have it, as you ponder that quote, 
all too briefly — the Carpenter Shop. 

DANISH PASTRY IS A FRINGE BENEFIT 
Unless you are anemic or visiting from Mars, 
write down this date: Monday, March 6. That is 
when the Blood Mobile Unit will come to the Mu- 
seum. Anyone in good health between ages 18 
and 65 may participate. In return, anyone in your 
family may receive free blood when in need. There 
are many more advantages which will be detailed 
at the Blood Bank when you appear. Further infor- 
mation will be forthcoming in the inter-office mail 
as well . 

But in case you need further urging: the Museum 
gives half a day off to donors and will serve 
delicious pastry and coffee . B. Altman and 

Abraham & Straus give $15 gift certificates to 
lucky winners. Those from last year are: Carl Hi I — 
gers, Nicholas Sirico, Derek Squires, Alan Ternes, 
Barbara Werscheck. 

HERE AND THERE 
Animal Behavior : Sara Nicoll, department secre- 
tary for six years, has left the Museum to pursue 
new endeavors. . .John Wayne Lazar was appointed 
associate, Department of Animal Behavior, effec- 
tive January 3. 

Entomology : Jerome Rozen, deputy director for re- 
search, showed his new offices to his former depart- 
ment associates at an informal get-together one 
cold January afternoon. 

Exhibition: Charles Tornell is justifiably proud of 
son Brran R. The young man, a senior at Wilmington 
College, New Castle, Delaware, is majoring in 
political science and sociology and has been placed 
on the Dean's List for the second year. He was also 
inducted as a charter member into the De La Warr 
Honor Society. 



Herpetology: During Christmas week the annual 
meeting of the executive council of the Herpetol- 
ogists 1 League was held in conjunction with the 
A.A.A.S. meetings. Drs. Zweifel and Dowling 
and Mr. Itzchak Gilboa attended. A highlight of 
the gathering was a preview of the new Reptile 
House at the Philadelphia Zoo, conducted by re- 
search associate, Dr. Roger Conant, director of 
the Philadelphia Zoological Garden. 

Ichthyology : The January issue of Audubon Maga- 
zine contains an article by C. Lavett Smith and 
photography by Douglas Faulkner. The article, en- 
titled "The Message of the Reef," discusses the 
Pacific Islands of Palau and their vital role in the 
study of coral reef biology. 

Living Invertebrates : Department chairman William 
Emerson visited the San Diego Natural History Mu- 
seum last month to study its mollusk collections. 
William Burns, the director, sends his best wishes 
to all his former colleagues. . .Dr. Emerson and 
Morris Jacobson are co-authors of two books on 
malacology. "Shells from Cape Cod to Cape May, " 
published by Dover Press, is a revision of a 1961 
book. "Wonders of the World of Shells, " a Dodd 
Mead publication, is a new book with a dynamic 
approach slanted toward the young collector or 
beginning student. . .During the month of August, 
Horace Stunkard attended the 46th annual meeting 
of the American Society of Parasitologists at 
U.C.L.A. Dr. Stunkard presented a paper, "De- 
velopment and Systematic Position of Cercaria 
nassa Martin, 1945"... Drs. Bliss, Connell and 
Mantel attended the A.A.A.S. meetings in Phila- 
delphia on Dec. 27-30. Drs. Connell and Mantel 
chaired a roundtable discussion on crustacean re- 
search. 
President's Office: The annual meeting of the 



Women's Committee was held Jan. 17 in the Au- 
dubon Gallery. Gardner Stout set the pace with a 
short speech of welcome and thanks. Caroline 
Macomber then took the floor, pleasantly giving 
her reports and words of appreciation. The four 
succeeding Museum staff speakers interlaced their 
pertinent messages with gentle humor. Richard 
Zweifel told the group about plans for the Hall of 
Reptiles and Amphibians. Catherine Pessino ex- 
plained the reasons for enlarging the Natural 
Science Center. Marjorie Ransom, while discussing 
hopes for areas in the Museum that will cater to 
the handicapped, managed to slide in a request 
for more volunteers. Gordon Reekie gave everyone 
a clear picture of the cost of mounting exhibits. 




THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OP NATURAL HISTORY 



Vol. XXIX, No. 3 

"EVERYTHING NICE YOU CAN THINK TO SAY, 
HE DESERVES." 

Donald Albert, manager, Office Services, 
died Monday, Feb. 7, in his apartment on West 
82nd Street. The quote above comes from Charles 
Weaver, for whom he worked. Mr. Weaver con- 
tinued, "We had great admiration for him. He was 
dependable and interested in his work. His chief 
quality was his consciousness of the people who 
worked under him, and his ability to get them to 
work as a team. Many people can tell stories of 
those he helped; perhaps you could call him a 
modern day Good Samaritan." 

In March, 1968, Don Albert came to the Mu- 
seum as assistant to the controller in General Ac- 
counting. He worked under George Decker. In 
July, 1971, he was promoted to manager, Office 
Services. Mr. Albert was born in Lewiston, Maine, 
and went to grammar and high schools there. He 
attended the American Institute of Banking in 
Boston and took computer programming courses in 
that city. He was 30 years old. He leaves his par- 
ents, four brothers, three sisters. . .and many, many, 
many who say "amen" to Charles Weaver's state- 
ment, "everything nice you can think to say, he 
deserves. " 

IT IS REALLY BEAUTIFUL 
Work — and fun — went into "Great Gull Island-- 
X Natural Laboratory" in the Akeley Corridor. 

;len Hays conceived the idea because so many 
)eople asked what Gull Island was all about. Lo- 
oted at the eastern end of Long Island Sound, few 
;ver saw it. She, Eugene Bergmann and Peggy 
looper locked brains, found the vibes good. Lo- 
ire mountain came to Mohammed — Gull Island is 
presently at the AMNH. "It really is, " says Miss 
Hays, "we brought a large part of it here, ably 
ransported, despite really chilling weather, by 
vAary LeCroy and her two daughters, Sarah and 
.auren . " 

Eugene Bergmann is responsible for the overall 
iesign which has been so gracefully mounted one 



March 1972 




David Duffy and 
Grace Donaldson 
enjoying their work 



feels an ocean breeze blow through the air; but 
all that is really in air are 500 origami (Mrs. 
Cooper's brain-storm) terns, each hand made by a 
group of Museum and fifteen Linnaean Society 
volunteers. The instructor in tern-origami was — 
who else but Alice Gray! The birds are suspended 
from the ceiling with nylon thread. An origami 
hawk circling in for the kill has no chance against 
them. 

For a time the Natural Science Center spilled 
over with paper and people. Then its ceilings be- 
came paper terns. Catherine Pessino and Barbara 
Neil I conducted business as usual without a murmur, 

Helen Hays is grateful to the volunteers, espe- 
cially David Duffy and Mitchell Browning. The 
original paintings were done by Chris Pineo, son 
of Miriam Pineo. 

"Great Gull Island — A Natural Laboratory," 
will remain in the Museum until the real terns re- 
turn to their island home in May. You have time, 
see it. 

DR. CHARLES CURRAN 
Dr. Charles Curran, former curator of Diptera 
in the Entomology Department, died in Leesburg, 
Florida, on Jan. 24. Dr. Curran had joined the 
AMNH staff in 1928. In 1947 he became curator 
of insect life. 

He was born in Orillia, Ontario, and graduated 
from the University of Toronto. In 1923 he received 
his M.A. degree from the University of Kansas and 
his doctorate from the University of Montreal in 
1933. Dr. Curran was 77 years old. 



A HAPPY LOT 

There are twenty senior citizens working on 
3 1/2 and 3 3/4 hour shifts behind the ten admis- 
sion booths to the Museum. After interviewing 
most of them we came away convinced — they take 
great pleasure and pride in their jobs and in the 
Museum . 

Robert Hill, assistant manager of Building 
Services, administers the division of Public Ad- 
missions. He talks in a quiet, direct way, a feel- 
ing of smile in his tone and expression. "The men 
and women come from Mature Temps employment 
agency and are not on the Museum payroll . They 
work hard and well . They are a great group, and 
always cooperative." "Do you like this job better 
than your former ones?" That hint of smile again, 
"I enjoyed being an attendant, a supervisor, and 
now assistant manager. It's not the job but the 
attitude you bring to it; you can make it difficult 
or easy according to how you approach it. " The 
way Bob Hill approaches his job, it seems easy, 
but by the time one finishes examining the time 
sheets, daily work sheets, group time sheets, the 
plan he worked out for issuance of the colored 
lapel buttons, to mention a few responsibilities, 
the complications can be appreciated. It is dif- 
ficult to get him to speak of himself. He mentions 
his wife^Annette, with obvious affection, tells of 
his first months here in 1960 walking the lonely 
halls as night shift attendant, and speaks of the 
invaluable aid and assistance given by John 
Othmer, senior attendant. 

Mr. Othmer lives in the Bronx with his wife, 
Elizabeth. He has a son in the navy and a grand- 
daughter. He is a district commander of the Amer- 
ican Legion and president, board of directors of 
Maritime Cadets of America. John Othmer feels 
positively about many things, among them the 
Museum, to which he is loyal and devoted. 

From interview to interview one receives gen- 
eral conclusions: (1) The job is wonderful to have. 
"It makes getting up in the morning a reason"; 
"My children are proud of me"; "My salary goes 
to send my granddaughter to college"; "My wife 
says she has never seen me come home looking so 
happy and speaking so enthusiastically." (2) The 
Museum is a wonderful place. "Everything here 
has its special appeal"; "It perpetuates itself. 
The kids come, grow up, bring their kids"; "The 
work of the Museum is important to everyday life 
and I enjoy my part in it";"The drafts from the 



opening doors are a real problem to all of us, but 
everything else is fine." (3) The Museum visitors, 
on the whole, are cooperative. "The children, 
especially, I love the way they say 'thank you, 
we had a great time,' when they leave"; "We 
get a few troublemakers, but if you give them the 
'blue-plate-special ' treatment they usually come 
around"; "One woman found a $5 bill on the side- 
walk and gave it to us"; "The young people and 
the poor are the most pleasant. " 

As a group, the Mature Temps vary. Some are 
witty and outgoing, some more sedate. Their back- 
grounds cover a considerable range: pharmacist, 
photographer, nurse, playwright, housewife, 
teacher, costume designer, world traveller. They 
share a reliable performance record that revives 
faith — or perhaps makes apparent the working 
senior citizen deserves to sit as suzerain in the 
labor force. 

Listed below, this Happy Lot: 
Jennette Agrant-Sat. and Sun. worker 
Betty Forman-also Sat. and Sun. 
Irving Gaumont-will he be on Broadway soon? 
Aaron Goldfarb-another weekend worker 
Irma Kienow-the children are her favorites 
Sam Levy-he catches their hometown accents 
Henry Lustig-quiet he seems, but quite a talker 
Genevieve Mayo-all lavender and smiles 
Elizabeth McMennamin-she knows the foreign 

visitors' countries 
Gerald Meynel I -formerly in advertising and 

public relations 
May Mirin-photographer of merit and Sunday 

painter 
Mary Murphy-the job doesn't go home as a 

worry 
Harry Resnich-he's in the hospital right now. 

Good luck . 
Henry Sasse-did he always have that pep? 
Louise Schuster-another weekend worker 
Selma Sherman-miles and miles go the smiles 
Kate Spindell-she was timid at first, comfort- 
able now 
Lillian Tibbets-a good worker, better traveller. 
There are two senior citizens in the Planetarium. 
John B. Rielly (be sure you spell my name right) 
who does "whatever they ask me, " and Jay Abbott, 
who serves in the children's lunchroom from 10:00 
to 1:30. 

Public Admissions is an interesting world of its 
own within the concentrics of the many-faceted 
circles that constitute the AMNH. 



Trustee Profile 




Rodney C. Gott 



MILITARY? YES. ALSO MELLOW 

When you step into the confusion of an inter- 
national company moving its world headquarters 
the next day and find the chairman and chief ex- 
ecutive relaxed as if he had nothing on his mind 
but the interview, you recognize that here is an 
executive who understands effective management. 

Such a man is Rodney Cleveland Gott, trustee 
and member of the management board of the AMNH. 
In this position, Mr. Gott made himself and vari- 
ous experts in his company, AMF, Inc., "avail- 
able to study and recommend an economical, effi- 
cient, productive system of management and con- 
trol . " Their study has come to be known as The 
Gott Report . 

Rodney Gott values his Museum association. 
When Alexander White approached him back in 
1963 to fill out a partial term as trustee his interest 
in the Museum had been minimal . Typical of Mr. 
Gott however, once involved he dug into its affairs 
with enthusiasm and concentration. "The Museum 
has several faces, " he believes, "the pleasure face 
which the public sees, and the research face. It 
also has an economic (and he emphasizes that word) 
face and without the economic face, neither of 
the other two faces would be worth much. Main- 
taining the economic face is where my usefulness 
to^the Museum comes in. Each trustee has something 
different to contribute, depending upon his person- 
ality and background. I have had a long business 
career so mine is organization and administration." 

Rodney Gott's "long business career" began as 
an impressive military one. In 1933 he graduated 
from West Point. His war service included service 
with the Fourth Infantry Division as a 1st Lieuten- 
ant and later, a Colonel, he was chief of the XII 
Corps Artillery, a part of General Patron's Third 
Army. At the conclusion of hostilities, he was in 
command of the artillery of the 79th Infantry 
Division. His decorations include the Silver Star, 
the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Oak 
Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart and the French 



Croix de Guerre avec Palme. 

Rodney Gott was born in Brooklyn 60 years 
ago. His first job was unloading freight cars in a 
New Rochelle warehouse for $75 a month. He 
made a point of unloading them faster than anyone 
else--and Mr. Gott was on his way. That way has 
been diversified and interesting. 

He has been "happily married for 38 years" to 
the former Lydia McAdam, a graduate of the East- 
man School of Music and a painter. They have 
three sons: Peter H. graduated Princeton, then 
Tulane Medical School; Rodney Jr., a Columbia 
University graduate, who is assistant trust officer 
of the Bank of America in Los Angeles; and Alan 
V., who is a student at Hofstra College. There 
are three grandchildren. The happily married 
Gotts make their home in Mt. Kisco, N.Y. and 
have a summer home in New Hampshire. 

The excitement and challenge life represents to 
Rodney Gott comes across in his sparkling-eyed 
appearance — a lean, healthy-looking man who 
does not show his age. This may be due in part to 
the sports in which he participates with obvious 
relish. He plays tennis, swims, snorkels, mountain 
climbs in the White Mountains, sails, and rides 
motor cycles. (Harley Davidson, of course, one of 
the many items under the AMF, Inc., banner). He 
says motor cycling is much like sailing in that "the 
motor cycle doesn't do anything for you, you've 
got to do it yourself." 

Mr. Gott is a director of The Black and Decker 
Mfg., Co., Bulova Watch Co., and Assoc. Dry 
Goods Corp. He is a member of the American Ord- 
nance Assn., and a trustee of the Franklin Savings 
Bank and The Council of the Americans. 

Mr. Gott believes strongly in the Museum's 
commitment to the community and its involvement 
with the neighborhood and city at large. He rec- 
ognizes that economies have a way of coming into 
conflict with these and other Museum functions and 
tries to consider this when making recommendations 
Above all, he is a realist who wants the Museum 
to be able to withstand financial pressures. From 
Rodney Gott's background and temperament it be- 
comes obvious he's a good man to have on the 
AMNH'sside. 

TO REMIND YOU 
March 6, Monday — all day, the Blood Mobile 
Unit will be making its annual visit. Give blood, 
participate in the Employee Blood Credit Program, 
get a half-day off and maybe even win a prize. 



HERE AND THERE 
Entomology: F. Christian Thompson has joined the 
department for a year on a postdoctoral fellowship. 
Dr. Thompson has his Ph.D. degree from the Uni- 
versity of Massachusetts. He is recently out of the 
Army and is soon to be married. His specialty is 
Syrphia flies, flower flies... Mrs. Grace Chung 
has returned to the department as scientific assist- 
ant to Dr. Wygodzinsky after the birth of her 
daughter, Jenny, who recently celebrated her 
first birthday. . .Pedro Wygodzinsky is acting chair- 
man of Entomology, replacing Jerome Rozen, now 
deputy director of research. 

Herpetology: llona Bicsak, who worked part time 
with the HISS project, left the Museum on Jan. 28 
to accept a position in the Butler Library at Colum- 
bia University. Miss Bicsak recently earned a mas- 
ter's degree from Rutgers University, and she will 
continue her studies at Columbia in night school . . . 
Herndon Dowling, as adjunct professor of New York 
University, is conducting a course in herpetology 
two evenings a week at the Museum. The course 
includes field trips for the fourteen students and 
hopes of taking an extended one to the southeastern 
U.S. in March. . .Also in conjunction with N .Y.U., 
Dr. Dowling and his assistant, Itzchak Gilboa, are 
collaborating with Joseph Gennaro of the N.Y.U. 
staff in the use of a scanning electron microscope. 
They hope to demonstrate that the patterns of snake 
scales will give new information concerning their 
relationships. . .The Charles Bogerts have returned 
to Santa Fe after spending two months in Oaxaca, 
Mexico, where they continued to collect specimens 
for the dept. 

Library: Adele Zenchoff, who came to the Museum 
in 1970 as supervisory clerk in the serials section, 
is leaving. While working^he obtained her masters 
degree in Library Science and is currently attend- 
ing evening classes at the Library School, Columbia 
University. The entire staff is sore at heart at her 
departure, for Mrs. Zenchoff gave competent atten- 
tion to the details of the serials section. Even more, 
however, everyone will miss the joy and intellectual 
stimulation she brought. 

President's Office: At the Jan. 11 management 
board meeting, Catherine Pessino of the Natural 
Science Center and Edward Teller, a senior attend- 
ant, were made honorary life members of the Mu- 
seum in recognition of their 25 years of service. . . 
On Jan. 13 there was a luncheon for the spouses 
of trustees, and a Museum tour conducted by Jer- 



ome Rozen... On Feb. 2, 125 members of the Men's 
and Women's Committees toured the Orientation 
Center and then the galleries. They were guided 
by the volunteers, who gave them the same ser- 
vice the school groups receive each day. 

Vertebrate Paleontology : Jennifer Perrott, scien- 
tific illustrator for the department, left the Museum 
in January. Miss Perrott had been here since the 
summer of 1968. She plans to devote her time to 
freelance work . 

FELLOWSHIP AWARDED 

Janet Chernela, an assistant to Robert Cameiro 
in Anthropology, has been granted a $1000 fellow- 
ship to study European museums for approximately 
three months. The award is granted by the Inter- 
national Museum Training Program whose purpose 
is to further international understanding and coop- 
eration among museums. 

Miss Chernela will have an opportunity to ex- 
change ideas with other museum people from all 
over the world in two symposia in Paris and London. 
She will then pursue independent research on ques- 
tions that concern her specialty, South America, 
both in reference to exhibits and collections. 

Miss Chernela responds with a chuckle to the 
question of how she feels about receiving the 
award and a direct, "I'm pleased." Dr. Cameiro, 
also with a chuckle, was also pleased. He went 
on to say, "Naturally I shall miss having her 
assistance, but in the end it will enhance her 
value as an anthropologist. It will be a good in- 
vestment for us in our preparation of the planned 
South American Hall . " 

Janet Chernela came to the AMNH in 1966 from 
the British Museum, beginning as a secretary in 
the Anthropology Department. She transferred to 
Education as an instructor, and then returned to 
Anthropology. She is a graduate of the University 
of Wisconsin and is working toward her masters 
degree in Anthropology. 

THE PLANETARIUM SCORES 
From a grateful parent to the ticket office of 
the Planetarium came the following: "To the Staff: 
It was extremely nice of you to send along my 
daughter's purse. . .Coming from New Mexico we 
were prepared for some unpleasant experiences of 
the big city. But when the purse came back in the 
mail it returned a little confidence in humanity. 
Thank you again! We really had a marvelous time 
at the Planetarium!" 




THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



Vol. XXIX, No. 4 



DUPLICATING A CHARMING-SNAKE 
Scale by scale, Frederica Leser is refurbishing 
the reticulated python that will be part of the re- 
designed Reptile Hall, planned for 1973. Ms. 
Leser, president of local 1559 of the AMNH Amer- 
ican Federation of State, County and Municipal 
Employees, has studied specimens in the Bronx 
Zoo to make certain her duplications are exact. 
The python is the largest snake in existence, 
about 25 feet long, and is a native of Southeast 
Asia. It has an extremely quick temper and lacks, 
the gentle disposition of the boa constrictor. 



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CREDIT UNION REPORTS AND ELECTS 
A Board of Directors meeting and an Annual 
Membership Meeting of the Employees' Federal 
Credit Union were held on Feb. 28. The Board 
elected the following officials for 1972: Marjorie 
M. Ransom (Education), president; Marilyn 
Badaracco (Guest Services), 1st vice-president; 
Catherine M. Pessino (Education), 2nd vice- 
president; Harry L. Lange (General Accounting), 
treasurer; D. Vincent Manson (Mineralogy), sec- 
retary. Kenneth A. Chambers (Education) and 
Albert C. Potenza (Custodial Services) were elec- 
ted to serve on the Credit Committee by the mem- 
bership during the Annual Meeting. 

From his treasurer's report, Harry Lange indi- 
cated that outstanding loans for 1971 totaled 
$253, 157. 14 and the total of members' shares was 
$293,989.65. There is $26,000 in reserve funds, 
plus $50,000 invested in certificates of deposit — 
sounds solid, what? 

The Supervisory Committee reported further 
good news. An analysis of their audits showed an 
increase of $48,672 over last year's figure of 
$245,317 and an increase of approximately 
$30,000 in the loan balance, bringing the present 
figure to $251,957. The membership has 34 new 



members which makes that total 388. 

These items would indicate that the Credit 
Union is serving its members well with low loan 
interest rates, payroll deductions savings and 
prompt, efficient service. Look into the matter. 

IN THE EYE OF THE HURRICANE 
"You certainly must like children." "I can't 
stand children. The secret is to reduce their masses 
to one class, one teacher, thence one child." 
There is a pause as the speaker smiles wistfully, 
"I love one child." 

That philosophy keeps the new Orientation 
Center in the quiet eye of the hurricane rather 
than spilling children destructively about the 
Museum. Everyone involved (there are many) prob- 
ably adheres to that credo; for twelve to fifteen 
hundred children pass through the Center daily 
with a minimum of confusion and/or calamity. It 
melts logistics, statistics and humanistics together 
in a way to confound imagination. 

The Orientation Center came into existence as 
a result of combined efforts from varied Museum 
departments and people dating back to the mid- 
1960's. At that time, Lois Heilbrun, then a staff 
member, recommended ways of improving class- 



room visits. Her ideas were weighed by the Ad- 
ministration, Education and the Women's Com- 
mittee. Nancy Fessenden spearheaded a concerted 
drive which funneled all suggestions into what be- 
came, on Nov. 16, 1971, the Orientation 
Center. The Center is funded and maintained 
through grants from the Charles Hayden and Am- 
brose Monell Foundations. Through these donations 
and the work of needed and appreciated volunteers 
a serious educational dilemma has turned into a 
constructive educational experience. 

When Malcolm Arth appointed Marjorie Ransom 
to direct the program she immediately set about 
devising a plan whereby the 55 daily classes might 
be handled with minimum disorder. She is swift to 
praise her corps of volunteers. 

By 9:48 a.m., lines form outside the heavy oak 
doors to the Center entrance — in the basement 
where the cafeteria once was located. Mrs. Ran- 
som sets the mood with her cordial word of "wel- 
come, " bracketed by a firm hand. 

After they are registered, an attendant directs 
the children to hang their coats on rack such-and- 
such and place lunch boxes in basket so-and-so. 
A volunteer then takes over, leading the group to 
a small room (there are 12 such in the Center) 
where the children sit comfortably as she/he gives 
a preliminary run-down on Museum behavior. The 
volunteer explains what's on the docket for the 
day: "We're going to find out what Eskimos eat, " 
"You'll learn what tools Indians used." They an- 
swer questions such as, "Those animals can't hurt 
you, can they?" or "Is that really you?" (pointing 
to the I .D . badge). 

The volunteers are relaxed, answering without 
condescension. They have been oriented into their, 
work through a training program which enables 
them to specialize on a particular hall, or halls. 
Some even take in-depth, five-week, fifteen- 
hours per week courses. 

The entire Museum Volunteer Program is under 
the dual auspices of Marjorie Ransom and Miriam 
Pineo, with the Orientation Center being Mrs. 
Ransom's special responsibility. 

Marjorie Ransom came to the Museum in 1944 
as a volunteer, then joined the staff in 1946 at the 
Information Desk. From there it was an easy step 
to Education — and she has not stopped since. Mrs. 
Ransom has her B.A. degree in biology and anthro- 
pology from Hunter and her M.A. degree from 
Columbia in international education. Husband 
Wesley D. is in communications and daughter 
Sherry, 16, is a dancer wishing to become a doctor. 



The Ransom/Pineo pair shed laughter, witti- 
cisms and a remarkably easy give and take. This 
last is especially noticeable when trying to pin- 
point the Orientation Center and the duties of the 
volunteers. Mrs. Pineo knows the working of the 
O.C. as well as Mrs. Ransom. The volunteers 
from one area, such as the Information Desk (Mrs. 
Pineo's domain), often take over for one another 
at the O.C. They are a flexible, dedicated group 
and it becomes difficult to draw divisions. The 
fluidity of everyone concerned is remarkable. The 
graceful Ransom/Pineo combine is one large rea- 
son. They are "concerned that things work out 
well." The effectiveness of the O.C. proves how 
well . A comment from a visiting teacher indicates 
the public's response: "The new Center is very well 
run. It had been a disaster before but this is really 
ideal." 

Francine Pel ly, Tedd Watkins and Karol Schlos- 
ser work at the Center from 9:30 to 1:30 each day. 
Their jobs are to keep matters in rigid control 
while the Center is open. They register classes, 
guide them to proper rooms for morning briefing 
and afternoon lunching. They answer questions 
and handle endless details, including emergencies. 

The volunteers are with their classes for 30 
minutes to an hour. Lunch is served from 11:00 to 
1:30 (each class being assigned a specific time). 

The managing and organizing of this mammoth 
lunch schedule is under the aegis of "one of the 
most efficient people here," Barbara Rowland of 
ARA, the catering concern dispensing hotdogs, 
cokes and other inevitable concomitants of dining 
a la America. 

This Orientation Center program, one of the 
most vital of many the AMNH offers, is provoc- 
ative education. Were it not for the fine cooper- 
ation of the volunteers the controlled hurricane 
eye could well spin out into disaster. No danger, 
though. Everyone does cooperate. Quoting Mar- 
jorie Ransom, "we do not recognize the word 
'failure'." 



A NEW BOOK 
On Feb. 8, W.H. Freeman and Co., published 
"Selected Writings of T.C. Schneirla, " a collec- 
tion of 34 papers that provides insight into Dr. 
Schneirla's observations, theories, methods, and 
experiments in animal behavior and comparative 
psychology. The book is edited by Lester R. Aron- 
son, Ethel Tobach, Daniel S. Lehrman and Jay S. 
Rosenblatt. It is the third in a series concerning 
work of Dr. Schneirla. 



A NEW MANAGER 
Robert Galandak has been appointed the new 
manager of General Services. He comes to the 
post after four years in the Planetarium where he 
began as an intern and subsequently became an 
instructor. Prior to his AMNH association, he 
served as planetarium director at the Williamsville 
Central School System. 

Mr. Galandak received his B.S. degree from 
S.U.N.Y. College at Oswego and his M.A. de- 
gree from Columbia. He is working on his Ph.D. 
degree at N.Y.U. His wife, Mary Ann, is a 
teacher. They have one daughter, Kimberly Dawn, 
two and a half. 

Mr. Galandak is a man of many talents — and 
energies — he runs an alterations business ("Have 
saw, will travel") after hours, has a pilot's license 
and is reconstructing a home for his family in 
Pearl River, N.Y. 

Robert Galandak issues a call to "come and 
see us at General Services. There are a fine group 
of people here. " 

That fine group includes the personnel of the 
telephone switchboard, shipping, print shop, the 
printers of micropaleontology press, mail room, 
supplies, general files and addressograph — about 
eighteen in all . 

OUR DIRECTOR TRAVELS 

Members of the American Association of Mu- 
seums have felt for some time that prescribed pro- 
fessional standards by which quality and perform- 
ance can be judged would be helpful. As a result, 
the AAM formed a museum Accreditation Com- 
mittee which will "do much to develop confidence 
by certifying in some visible manner that a museum 
meets professional standards. It will promote in- 
stitutional self-confidence and engender profes- 
sional pride . " 

Organizations, not individuals, will be ac- 
credited. The procedure will provide opportunity 
for a museum to undergo rigorous self-analysis 
since the same criteria apply to all museums. 

Recently, Thomas Nicholson was asked to serve 
on a visiting, on-sight committee with Robert 
Lunny, director of the New Jersey Historical Soc- 
iety of Newark. Last month they examined two 
such museums in Pennsylvania. They will make 
recommendations which will then be further acted 
upon by regular Committee members. 

Despite his busy schedule, Dr. Nicholson was 
willing to become a part of the program because 
he believes "this is an important responsibility. 



If museum administrators are not willing to give it 
their time, the valuable program will not succeed. 
Also, one always learns things one can use — some- 
times even negative — as one investigates." 

This Museum has yet to have an on-sight inves- 
tigation nor has any museum yet been accredited 
since the program is still too new. 

JOHN BURROUGHS AWARD 

On April 3, the annual meeting of the John 
Burroughs Assoc, was held in the Auditorium. At 
that time, Dean Amadon, president of the Assoc, 
presented the Burroughs Medal to Robert Arbib for 
his book, "The Lord's Woods, " published by Nor- 
ton in 1971. 

The award was created to give recognition to 
authors writing in the tradition of the great natu- 
ralist-author. Books by the recipients are required 
to combine literary merit with accurate, original 
observations and conclusions. Such qualities, ac- 
cording to Farida Wiley, secretary of the Assoc, 
are becoming increasingly difficult to find since 
many of today's natural history books are merely 
compilations. 

"The Lord's Woods" describes how an American 
woodland, southeast of what is now John F. Ken- 
nedy Airport, was destroyed to make way for prof- 
itable housing developments. The book deals with 
the conservationists' ineffective struggle against 
the development and delineates life of the woods 
before the bulldozers appeared. 

Elizabeth Burroughs Kelley, granddaughter of 
the late naturalist, gave a talk and Roger Tory 
Peterson, winner of the medal in 1950, showed a 
film, "Wild Africa Today." 

SOMETHING FROM THE PAST 
In part, a letter Grapevine received last month: 
". . .retired employees will remember the nature 
room of the Education Wing installed by School 

Nature League. . .Mrs. Ada Kneale Burns was di- 
rector until it was taken over by the National 
Audubon Society. Her friends will be sorry to 
hear she died Feb. 15 at her home in Woodside, 
Calif. 

". . .the monthly Grapevine is a splendid way 
of keeping up with the inside news of the Museum, 
and it gives me great pleasure. After 35 years in 
the paleontology dept., we came to Calif, eleven 
years ago. I have had a similar job on the Univ. 
of Calif, campus until my 'final' retirement at the 
beginning of this year. Very sincerely yours, 
Rachel H. Nichols." 



WELL CHOSEN CHAIRMAN 
In July of 1971, the Development Council of 
Natural History Museums came into existence in 
Philadelphia. It is an "informal, self-appointed 
organization," according to Sidney S. Whelan, 
Jr., the recently elected chairman. 

The Council was formed to "improve the program 
of each institution in its fund-raising efforts. "There 
are six natural history museums represented in the 
Council from the following cities: Seattle, San 
Francisco, Chicago, Boston, New York and Phil- 
adelphia. They meet twice a year to "discuss 
problems, make recommendations and exchange 
ideas. " 

Mr. Whelan will be chairman for the year 
1972-73. He believes innumerable concrete re- 
sults may be obtained from such an organization. 
He cites as an example an interesting discovery 
made by the Boston Museum: 

Its membership desk originally stood out- 
side the entry before one paid admission. 
Join up, get in free. Subsequently the desk 
was moved inside the museum so those who 
joined were refunded their admission fee. 
The refund technique garnered substantially 
more members than the no-pay technique. . . 
It's a wise fund raiser who seeks to understand the 
preferences of museum goers; and Mr. Whelan 
leads a group of wise fund raisers. 



INSIDE SCENES AS SEEN BEHIND-THE-SCENES 

Soturday, Feb. 26 dates back but memories 
stay front & center. On that day, from 10 a.m. 
to 3:30 p.m. (with 45 minutes out for lunch) reg- 
ular staff members and fifteen volunteers escorted 
over 274 of the curious "behind-the-scenes" of 
the AMNH showing them exactly where it's at 
museumally speaking. These visitors paid $3 for 
the tour. They were admirably rewarded — as in- 
dicated by the small sample of the day's activities 
depicted below. 





f Frank Lombardi, out of his job classification 
as he utilizes his ultra-sonic cleanser to polish 
jewelry for fascinated spectators. 

Usually Mr. Lombardi is spending his time, and 
has been for the past fourteen years, as a tech- 
nician for the dept. of Invertebrate Paleontology 
and preparator of invertebrate fossils. 





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T Gordon Reekie, in his marvelously precise way, 
indicates how to make leaves really look alive for 
the museum exhibits — it's all done by vacuum 
pressure, according to Mr. Reekie. Hot acetate 
sheets are placed into a vacuum press and-presto- 
within 30 to 45 seconds, out come presentable 
leaves ready to be painted and trimmed. 



•—Michael Gochfeld is explaining deformation of 
terns. He and fellow graduate student, James 
Gul ledge, spent the day on the sixth floor of 
Ornithology describing the dept. The two cormo- 
rants and gull did not noticeably contribute to the 
question-and-answer period. 

Dr. Gochfeld, Mr. Gulledge and a third grad- 
uate student, David Ewert, are part of the Evolu- 
tionary Biology program whereby students from 
CUNY participate in a joint program with the 
AMNH 



SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SOFTBALL 

They are called "Headhunters" officially, 
"The Killers" unofficially. No matter. What mat- 
ters — the AMNH has its own enthusiastic softball 
team operating out of Central Park at the 86th 
Street baseball area. The team began practice in 
March and are up for games against such adver- 
saries as Gimbels, the Metropolitan Museum, 
Police and Fire depts., banks, factories, clubs, 
etc. 

According to Klaus Wolters, team manager, 
this will be a good year for the "Headhunters. " 
They are playing Lobball, which is more suited to 
the Museum athletes, as opposed to last year's 
hard-ball, and there is no bunting or stealing of 
bases. 

The Center Recreation Assoc, is paid a fee by 
the Museum to take care of umpires, trophies, 
bulletins, gratuities, etc. The Museum buys the 
uniform T-shirts. 

The "Headhunters" have a good time, practice 
hard, work out seriously. Of a spring evening 
after work, Museumers should trot to the Park and 
cheer our "Killers" on. The support helps their 
prowess and happens to be plain down-to-earth 
fun. Call Mr. Wolters for details, or keep an eye 
on your bulletin boards. 



HERE AND THERE 
Building Services : "Julie, the janitor," still needs 
a new broom and dustpan, but he's forgotten them 
for the moment. He is so happy with his new wife. 
A Museum romance: Julius Savino, attendant guard, 
and Caroline Walkovich, matron, were married at 
City Hall on Jan. 29. "We just stood in line and 
waited our turn, " says the groom, "and then my 
brother gave a party that evening." Mr. Savino 
has been with the AMNH since 1961, Mrs. Savino 
since 1968. The couple took a week off to estab- 
lish their home in Woodside, N.Y., and "to rest, 
to visit and just kibbitz around." Catch Mrs. 
Savino's smile. It will make you happy as she. 
As for the Janitor, his grin glows like the Star of 
India in the Hall of Gems, where he is guard. 

Carpenter Shop : Odell Johnson is recuperating 
nicely from his operation. . .The Artie Schaefer 
family proudly announces the arrival of twelve 
doberman pinscher puppies on March 10 (and 
where are they now?). 

Education : After two-and-a-half years with the 
AMNH, Ellen Costello left on March 17. In late 



spring she will go to Turkey where she plans to do 
photography in anthropology and possibly remain 
as a teacher. . .Mark Soroken joined the dept. in 
late Feb. as a Museum instructor, previously hav- 
ing been a volunteer in the Natural Science Cen- 
ter and then an intern. He was formerly associated 
with the N.Y. State Addiction Control Commission 
His spare time is spent heading an improvisation 
group appearing in the Greenwich Village area. . . 
Malcolm Arth has returned from his field trip to 
Nigeria where he continued his research on aging 
in an agricultural village, Ikeagwu. He then 
visited Liberia and the Ivory Coast. Dr. Arth was 
one of the principal speakers at the Smithsonian 
Institution's Museum Education Day on March 13. . . 
Bruce Hunter led a three-week tour of archeo- 
logical zones in Mexico in late Feb. . .The dept. 
acted as host to N .Y. State museum personnel 
from March 6-10. They were here for a training 
program sponsored by the N.Y. State Council on 
the Arts. . .Best wishes from all her friends to 
Juanita Munoz, who is enduring a prolonged hos- 
pital stay. 

Entomology : Lee Herman has just returned from a 
successful four-month field trip through Argentina, 
collecting staphylinids (rove beetles) to use in 
further research. . .Charles and Pat Vaurie spent 
one month in Paris museums concentrating on 
their individual specialties: Dr. Vaurie, birds, 
Mrs. Vaurie, curculionids (weevils). . .John Cooke 
returned from three rainy weeks of field tripping 
in St. Augustine, Trinidad, where he visited the 
Univ. of West Indies. He successfully collected a 
group of live scorpions, tarantulas and spiders. . . 
On April 1, Amanda Force left the dept. to be- 
come "only a housewife and just sit at home. " 

Exhibition : 30 years and four months after he 
joined what was then the Dept. of Preparation 
and Installation, Charles Tornell retired last Feb. 
Members of the Dept. of Exhibition and Graphic 
Arts (names do change!) held a festive, nostalgic 
lunch. Mr. Tornell was presented with a box- 
within-a-box series of scale models of his famous 
silver wheels truck, the innermost of which con- 
tained a more tangible appreciation of the dept.'s 
regard for him. Charlie Tornell will move to 
Bristol, Tenn., to live with his son and daughter- 
in-law. He said "leaving the dept. is like parting 
with my family." The dept. feels exactly the same. 
General Services : After 45 years of service to the 
Museum, Farrell Carney, Sr., retired on Feb. 29. 
Mr. Carney started work in 1927 as an elevator 



operator; in 1936 he transferred to the Print Shop, 
and there he has stayed. Mr. Carney leaves be- 
hind his I.D. badge, his inky apron, the Print 
Shop (of course!) and his old elevator operator's 
uniform, appropriated by Paul Vann of the Mail 
Desk. When Mr. Vann came to claim the uniform 
he decided merely to "change the buttons and use 
it for a tux." Upon hearing the suggestion, Far- 
re 1 1 Carney countered: "Ya see, baby, ya still 
have style." Mr. Carney now is at home with 
Mrs. Carney "doing nothing special and enjoying 
it, though they may soon take a trip to Florida," 
according to son, Farrell Carney, Jr., a member 
of the Custodial Dept., in the Museum. Young 
Mr. Carney has been here since 1962. The Car- 
ney's have another son, Richard, a policeman 
with the Transit Authority. Both sons live at home 
with their parents. A fond farewell to you, Far- 
rell Carney, Sr., from all your Museum friends... 
Vincent Tumillo's father, Anthony, died suddenly 
on March 20. Our respectful sympathy to Mr. 
Tumillo and his family. 



ONE OF US 

We popped into General Files on our way to 
the Print Shop the other day and were met by the 
smiling Irish eyes of Elizabeth McHugh. She works 
in the addressograph section, maintaining plates, 
checking lists and organizing the materials nec- 
essary for accurate mailings the Museum is contin- 
ually posting. It requires concentration, an ex- 
acting eye and a sharp memory. 

Her first job application on coming to the U.S. 
from Northern Ireland was to the Museum. That 
was seventeen years ago. Miss McHugh was ac- 
cepted and here she remains, effectively performing 
a responsible job. 



Heating and Refrigeration : Plant engineer Vincent 
LePore is a grandfather. Daughter Susan Callahan 
gave birth to a boy in Lowell, Mass., where she 
is a nursery school nurse. . .Tom Toseland, formerly 
with the N.Y.C. Fire Dept., is now an H & R 
engineer. 

Herpetology : Carol Leavens, a former scientific 
assistant then a volunteer scientific assistant, soon 
moves to England where her husband will work as 
a management consultant. She will be missed. . . 
However, having Ronnie Keith, associate, back 
after a long absence is good news. She will resume 
her studies on African frogs. 

Invertebrate Paleontology : Donald W. Boyd, prof, 
of geology at the Univ. of Wyoming and research 



associate in the dept., is spending three months 
of his sabbatical here. He and Norman Newell are 
collaborating on a long-term study of Permian bi- 
valve mollusks. Dr. Boyd is here with his wife, 
Margaret. They will spend several months in 
Europe before their return to Wyoming. 
Living Invertebrates: Dorothy Bliss is chairman- 
elect of Section FG (Biological Science) of the 
American Association for the Advancement of 
Science. She is also vice-president-elect of the 
AAAS. . .In Feb. William Old judged the ninth 
Annual Sarasota Shell Show. In March he judged 
the 32nd Annual Snibel Island Shell Show where 
a record 11,200 attended in three days. 
Ornithology : Richard Olendorf, Chapman Fellow, 
left the Museum to complete one more season of 
field work on the ecology of birds of prey of the 
Pawnee Natl. Grasslands, Colorado. . .Lester 
Short is away for three and a half months of field 
study of woodpeckers in Malaya. He will make 
brief side trips for related studies in Okinawa, 
Thailand, India and possibly Burma. His investi- 
gations are supported by grants from the National 
Geographic Society and the International Council 
for Bird Preservation. 

Paint Shop : Klaus Wolters, manager of the Museum 
softball team, is a professional soccer player and 
football place-kicker and punter. He was voted 
most valuable player in the Football Champion- 
ships of '71, a semi-professional team. His soccer 
team, New York Hota, won the U.S. Champion- 
ship in 1971 . He is a champion wiffelball player, 
too. "Wow, " to quote a fellow painter. 
President's Office: Mr. and Mrs. Gardner D. 
Stout tented for 27 days in Kenya on their fifth 
safari. Mrs. Stout, the cinematographer of the 
family, took movies of certain mammals in motion 
for Richard Van Gelder, and of a Society Bird and 
Ground Hornbill for Dean Amadon. Mr. Stout 
brought back a collection of bugs, one of which, 
"an armored cricket, I found in my bed." He 
added: "It is quite an experience to stand there 
on the equator looking at snowcapped Kilimanjaro. 
If you spend three years there you could not cover 
the area. " 

Sheet Metal Shop : The Metal Working Shop is in- 
sta I ling light boxes for the cases in the Hall of 
Amphibians and Reptiles, and helping the telephone 
operators "cool it," by installing an air conditioner 
. . .Carl Hilgers reports that he has almost finished 
his new house, after two years. He now plans to 
manage a Little League team. The Hilgers family 
lives upstate at Purdy Station. 




THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



Vol. XXIX No. 5 

SAGA 
November, 1926: Carl Akeley, man of extra- 
ordinary valor, died unexpectedly while on a Mu- 
seum expedition in the heart of the mountain goril- 
la country in the Belgian Congo (now Zaire). He 
had contracted an illness while hiking 300 miles 
through darkened forests and enmeshed webbing 
vines where one sees the sun, it is said, perhaps 
three days out of sixty. 

Mr. Akeley's wife, Mary, in describing those 
last days, wrote to friends: "He often said he wish- 
ed to die in harness. . .to be buried in Africa. . .Dr . 
Berscheed, Raddatz and I have worked every hour 
of every daylight to give him the best home we 
could build... in a vault eight feet deep, lava gra- 
vel and rock. . .a coffin of solid, native mahogany, 
metal lined, a roof of thick mahogany plants. . .in 
a plot with natural drainage. . .the tomb covered 
by a pyramid of lava rock. . .surrounded by a close 
stockade of eight inch trees meshed with vine strong 
as steel wire. . .We have a large waterproof cover 
of cement with a stone slab on which we can en- 
grave his name. . . " 

April, 1971: Dr. Nicholson received a letter 
from David K. Salseth: "...While on an expedition 
. . .1 slept in the saddle of Karisimbi and Mikeno. . . 
Here I found a grave in crumbled mess of broken 
cement. . .We carefully pieced together broken 
words, 'Carl Akeley 1864-1926* . . .A man of his 
stature deserves more recognition. . .As Americans 
we could show appreciation and honor him by re- 
storing his grave... I have a personal interest in 
Carl Akeley. As the son of a missionary in Congo, 
I was raised about 30 miles from the chain of the 
Virunga Volcanoes and therefore feel a close kin- 
ship. . .1 had read his works and appreciate the in- 
fluence he has had both on Africa and the United 
States. . .1 will organize an expedition party, pro- 
vide labor. . .qualified to do this. . .and will re- 
store according to your wishes. . .by doing so I can 
show my appreciation. . . " 

It set off a series of events. First an investigation 
of Mr. Salseth, who was found to be a 21-year-old 
college student at Westmont College, California, 



June, 1972 

a history major interested in teaching and extremely 
serious about Africa. Then came an intercontinental 
correspondence into logistics, statistics, economics. 
A special fund was set up. Major contributors were 
from the Akeley family: Mrs. Melville Miller, a 
sister, and two Edward Akeley's, brother and neph- 
ew. Smaller donations came from the Museum and 
interested individuals. (Amid the high-finance, we 
ran across the following cost estimates we thought 
might raise a ho-hum: Park Guards, $3.00 per day ; 
one mason, one week, $50; costs of feeding 22 
people for one week, $60; cement, $4.50. . .) 

January 9, 1972: Sidney S. Whelan, Jr., open- 
ed a letter: "I am happy to inform you we have suc- 
ceeded. . .It took us two solid days to pack our 
equipment. . .My father and 1 carefully prepared 
the letterhead for the grave. . .We weighed cement 
and sand at regulation weight of 55 lbs. per porter. 
It was quite a sight when we began the climb. . . 
We encountered miserable weather. The wind howl- 
ed for three nights. We had to use the truck canvas 
for a canopy to work during rain. . .We are very 
pleased with the way the grave looked, once again 
attractive like it used to be . I am very thankful 
to you for your interest in this project and for work- 
ing so hard to get the funds." 

In appreciation of this work the Museum voted to 
bestow an Honorary Life Membership upon David K. 
Salseth. 

In his congratulatory letter Mr. Whelan mention- 
ed that W. Gurnee Dyer, vice-president of the 
board, and Mrs. Dyer would be in the Congo and 
were planning to arrange for the delivery of the 
scroll . He ended the letter with a perceptive com- 
ment: "What a great satisfaction it must be to have 
been able to repair the grave of a distinguished hu- 
man being completely on your own initiative ..." 

February, 1972: The peregrinating W. Gurnee 
Dyers, on their umpteenth to Africa, are in Kisoro, 
Uganda. "We were going to leave the scroll at the 
post office where the Salseths come about once 
every few weeks. (Mail sometimes takes six 
months.) The chap then said 'they may be in town.' 
We walked through the village and less than a half 



hour later saw a woman and young man. 'You 
wouldn't happen to be the Salseth family?' 'We 
are." 1 The honorary life membership transfer took 
place. Gurnee Dyer, whose home is almost a still- 
life African safari, speaks of the grave as a "fabu- 
lous looking structure. Everyone is happy about 
what they did, which is putting it mildly." 

The site of the grave, incidentally, is near the 
scene of the Gorilla Group in the Akeley Hall of 
African Mammals; Akeley was studying gorillas at 
the time of his death. 

It is a happy ending to the story of Carl Akeley 
— explorer, inventor, author, taxidermist, sculptor, 
and the man primarily responsible for the existence 
of the vast African animal preserves of today; the 
Carl Akeley whose grave now rests in dignity 
10,000 feet above sea level in the Rowensori — 
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ELECTED AND ALSO ELECTED 
Local 1559, Professional and Clerical Division 
of District 37 AFSCME AFL-CIO at the Museum 
announces the election of the following officers 
who serve for a two year period: Frederica Leser, 
president; Raymond de Lucia, vice-president; 
George Crawbuck, treasurer; Marilyn Franz, sec- 
retary. 

The following employees are shop stewards and 
likewise serve for a two year term: Henry Pinter, 
Construction/Shops; Florence Stewart, Library; 
Robert Horan, Planetarium; Helmut Sommer, Tan- 
nery; Nicholas Amorosi, Anthropology; Arthur 
Singer, Photography; Jean Jatkowska, Payroll 
Office; Paul Vann, General Services; Kenneth 
Chambers, Education; Catherine Pessino, Education 



THANK YOU IS NOT QUITE ENOUGH 
Those who labored within Museum walls with 
care and consideration on Earth Day '72 are too 
numerous for space to enumerate. The consensus, 
however, agrees a capitalized WELL DONE is 
deservedly theirs; especially since there were oc- 
casional moments of discouragement. 

There were those whose efforts extended outside 
the walls too. Richard Van Gelder anchormanned 
for five hours of interviews and talk on WNYC-AM. 
The station pre-empted all programming for this 
"Perspectives on the Earth, Earth Day 1972." 
Thomas D. Nicholson was interviewed by an an- 
nouncer, and all else rested in the capable hands 
(voice?) of Richard Van Gelder as he conducted 
fifteen minute interviews with Dean Amadon, 
Sydney Anderson, Malcolm Arth, James Atz, Rob- 
ert Carneiro, Charles J. Cole, John Cooke, Gor- 
don Ekholm, William Emerson, Kenneth Franklin, 
Stanley Freed, Helen Hays, Sidney Horenstein, 
Wesley Lanyon, Vincent Manson, Norman Newell 
and Ethel Tobach. 

The AMNHers got together and got behind Earth 
Day 1972 as merely one other day in their persistent 
struggle to improve our earth every day. 

THE MARVEL IS IT'S NOT MARBLE 
With ebullient Scottish burr, John Erlandsen 
greets us, introducing the international set that 
compose the Paint Shop team, of which he has been 
foreman since 1969: Klaus Wolters, the athletic 
German bachelor mentioned in Grapevine last 
month, has been with the shop since 1967. Frank 
Chimenti, Italian lineage, appeared in 1968. He 
takes to skiing, hunting, fishing and soccer, but 
especially to his little girls, Josephine, ten years, 
Desenai, sixteen months. Gerald Boyle, another 
Scotsman, boasts four children. He is a champion 
badminton player, soccer enthusiast and cub mas- 
ter, but his championship painting has everyone 
(led by Mrs. Low) agape with admiration. He has 
so effectively duplicated marble at the entrance to 
the new Membership Suite you are not convinced it 
is wood until you touch. Take a look. South side, 
second floor Roosevelt. Nathaniel Armstrong, from 
Georgia, joined up in 1969, and fits easily with 
this crew of physical fitness. His sports are hunting, 
fishing and basketball, and he is a member of the 
AMNH softball team. Father of four boys and one 
girl, lives in Brooklyn. 

John Erlandsen came to the Museum in 1950. "I 
thought I 'd last six months ..." He grins " . . . wel I , 
things are always changing here, new exhibits, new 



work to be done. . . " During those years he and his 
wife, Annie, have raised two children. Son Ian 
works for Seico watch company. Daughter AnnMarie, 
Mrs. John Holup, made him twice a grandfather. 
Of course John Erlandsen is a sportsman — else how 
could he be a painter? Swimming, fishing and soc- 
cer rank high in priorities but he also enjoys trips 
to Hunters Island for bird watching. 

He watches the Paint Shop, too, and is such a 
quotable Scotsman he will write much of this article. 

"This is a department of high standards across 
the 25 acres of wall-to-wall paint, floor to ceil- 
ing. Our shop is an all-round group of decent chaps 
with a fine esprit-de-corps who guard one another, 
carrying the work load together. This Museum at- 
tracts a special breed. They live and think Museum. 
A man will be off within a year or else he's here to 
stay. Like our shop, it is a good American melting 
pot on a small scale. My men keep up the standard 
of the painting trade, make it a craft. All of us 
believe if it isn't done right in the Museum, where 
will it ever be right?" 

Amid the kerosene and laquer thinner, looking 
at paint-splattered lockers, smelling varnish, catch- 
ing sight of a vintage washing machine, an ambi- 
ance of old-world dignity rests comfortably in the 
air. It is emphasized by the elegant shabbiness of 
John Erlandsen 's desk that predates George Cough- 
lin's regime in the early 1940's. "Everyone wants 
my desk," he laughs. He's right, too. Everyone 
does. 

These "pals of the brush" work from eight to four, 
Monday through Friday. Messrs. Wolters, Chimenti, 
and Armstrong have been painting ceilings in the 
second floor Roosevelt wing. Mr. Boyle may be 
found in a casement in the new Hall of Reptiles 
"bothering the carpenters, " as they good-naturedly 
kid. All have been preparing and maintaining the 
Lincoln Ellsworth murals on the first floor and will 
soon be at work lifting the face of the Men of 
Montana . 

Always on-going is the maintenance of furniture, 
offices and areas that continually require touching 
up. "We probably use over five thousand gallons of 
paint a year around here, " quoting foreman Erland- 
sen. The men nod in agreement as everyone goes 
off, getting back to the work that needs to be done. 

66 YEARS AFTER THE VOYAGE OF THE DAISY 
May 3 was a happy occasion for admirers of 
whales and Dr. Robert Cushman Murphy. Trustees, 
employees, volunteers, Women's and Men's Com- 
mittee members and friends — many of them with 
their children — got together in the Hall of Ocean 



Life for a party honoring Dr. Murphy and his wife, 
Grace. 

The main feature was Dick Young's new film on 
Dr.. Murphy's 1906 and 1971 trips to South Georgia 
Island. The first visit was made on the whaling ship 
Daisy; the second was by air with Mrs. Murphy. 
The movie, made at the suggestion of Elsie Wheeler 
of the Women's Committee, included old and recent 
footage on whaling, and Dr. Murphy commented on 
the dangerous slaughter of whales which if continued 
will cause their extinction. 




Many people contributed to the evening's fun. 
The affair was the idea of Sidney S. Whelan, Jr., 
who was master of ceremonies. The impossible job 
of making a public address system work in the cav- 
ernous Hall of Ocean Life was undertaken by the 
Projection Division — so successfully that the N.Y. 
Times wrote that the hall had a "strangely under- 
water sound. . . " 

After the movie the X Seamen's Institute led 
everyone in singing sea chanteys, but the loudest 
applause for vocalizing came at the end of the 
film: the credits were given against a background 
of "Blow the Man Down," loudly sung by the lusty 
voice of Robert Cushman Murphy. 

"GAMMY" TO A SELECTED FEW 
Animation! It bounced against the high-ceiling- 
ed elegance of the new Membership Suite as Susanne 
Low glowed-over with enthusiastic devotion to the 
Museum. She believes it is launched on one of its 
most exciting periods. "This place has caught fire. 
It is alive and working and we are really fortunate 
to have the combined leadership of Mr. Stout and 
Dr. Nicholson, among the greatest Museum leaders 
of all time." Mrs. Low's vibrant sincerity encom- 
passes the scientific staff: "It is most unusual to have 




so cordial a relationship existing." She abruptly 
shifts gear between the exclamation points and 
shines her genuineness on "EVERY one here. The 
most wonderful people in the world are in this Mu- 
seum. The courtesy, patience and kindness !.. .The 
whole staff cooperates, drops what they are doing 
to help.. ." 

Mrs. Francis H. Low 
joined the Women's Com- 
mittee in 1948. From 1956 
to 1961 she served as a 
vice-chairman, assuming 
the chairmanship from 1962 
-64. That's when the laser 
beams went into earnest 

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isn't anywhere in the Museum since that hasn't 
felt the force of her imaginative brain. 

As chairman, Mrs. Low inaugurated the policy 
of bringing the women behind the scenes, intro- 
ducing them face to face to specimens (live and 
mounted), and teaching them exactly what this 
mammoth structure is about. No longer "one big 
luncheon a year where everyone opened a check- 
book. " She arranged small lunches at which cur- 
ators spoke, scientists explained. She corralled the 
women into giving time. One does not mope around 
Susanne Low. One either smilingly gets to work or 
shamefacedly slinks away. 

Perhaps because of this attitude, Alexander 
White approached her in 1962 and said, "Come on 
the board." "I can't tell you what it did to me. 
On the board! ME?" But yes. On the board, she! 
Mrs. Low is now serving her second five-year term. 

She concentrates on three major areas: (1) Hall 
Openings. "They are a means of attracting new 
friends, saying thank you to old and suggesting 
more support is always needed." (2) Honors and 
Awards. Mrs. Low is chairman of the committee 
that awards the silver, bronze and gold medals. 
With her committee members, Sidney S. Whelan, 
Charles A. Weaver, Pedro W. Wygodzinsky, and 
Norman D. Newell, they are setting standards for 
the gold medal "that will make it the most coveted 
award in the world." (3) Restructuring and Redec- 
orating. Mrs. Low has managed the refurbishing, 
refurnishing and refining of the entire Membership 
Department (at minimum expense) so that it is now 
a handsome, useful retreat for members. She has 
overseen the changes in the Membership Suite, 
making it a place one may be proud to bring such 
exotic dignitaries as the King and Queen of Sikkim, 
who visited as a result of Mrs. Low's efforts. She is 



always working to interest VIP's in contributing to 
"this marvelous place!" 

Mrs. Low does have a life beyond the Museum. 
It began 54 years ago as Susanne W. Murray in 
Lawrence, L.I ., where she grew up in a "music, 
art, sculpture, dance sort of family. Then I married 
an outdoor man who showed me a whole new world. 
We moved to East Islip to live happily in a great 
big old barn of a house . " 

Mrs. Low attended Lawrence Country Day 
School, then commuted to the city in Miss Hew- 
itt's Classes. During the war she was chairman of 
the Nassau County Red Cross Motor Corp. There 
she met and became close friends with Mrs. Richard 
W. Derby (first woman trustee on the Museum board), 
at that time chairman of the entire Nassau Red Cross 
Corp. It was a natural segue to the Museum with 
that friendship. 

In 1943 Francis H. Low, formerly an executive 
with Home Life Insurance Company and a fine am- 
ateur ichthyologist, married Susanne W. Murray. 
Both are eager fishermen. Mrs. L. is a bird watch- 
er, but her first interest is invertebrates. She has a 
fine collection of shells from the Long Island waters 
now on display in the Museum. Mr. L. caught a 
great white shark several years ago (at that time 
the largest ever caught) which is in the Hall of 
Biology of Fishes. 

The Lows recently purchased property in Boca 
Grande, Florida, where Mrs. Low now plans to 
concentrate on shell specimens of those coastal 
waters — and orchids. 

There are three daughters in the family. Faith, 
Mr. Low's daughter by a previous marriage, is now 
Mrs. Edgar Humann. Mrs. Low's verve reaches 
burst-level when she speaks of Faith's sons Christian, 
5, and Francis, 7, the brace who call her "Gammy." 
She beams again — for Faith recently joined the 
Women's Committee. Daughter Susanne was born 
in the '40's while her Daddy was overseas in the 
Navy as gunnery officer. Susanne worked until re- 
cently as chief research assistant to Herbert Klein, 
of Pres. Nixon's staff. Linda, the youngest Low, is 
a hard-working artist. 

When the Lows are At Home in Long Island they 
entertain students from the Kalbfleisch Station at 
cookouts. Now they have journeyed to Florida — 
what else? At Homes for Archbold-ites. 

So it is with Susanne Low; her respect and love 
for the Museum and her family weave comfortably 
together. She says "we are extremely fortunate 
with our Museum board." One instinctively knows 
the board feels fortunate to have her as a trustee. 



OF QUEENS AND STRAWBERRIES 
As Dr. Nicholson began his friendly bio. intro- 
duction for each new 25 Year Club member, that 
member grew self-conscious; otherwise the May 18 
Annual Dinner was an unself-conscious evening of 
friendship, memories, and warm vibes. 

From right to left at the head table: Edward 
Teller, Joseph A. Nocera, James J. Ford, Phoebe 
L. Pierce, John G. Jones, Marjorie Ransom, Al- 
bert J. Sable, Louis Penna, Stephen E. Ryan, 
Robert T. Noonan. Absent but missed: Horace 
Freemantle, Freidoun Jalayer, Thomas Leonard, 
Anthony Moloney, Catherine Pessino. All were in- 
augurated into the distinguished company who 
Mr. Stout declared "set real style for the rest of us 
to follow. " 

As the last strawberry disappeared, George O. 
Whitaker challenged the right of Farida A. Wiley 
to be present. His challenge was accepted, except 
youth-hearted Miss Wiley was vociferously elected 
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The dinner brought Farrell F. Carney from St. 
Petersburg, looking relaxed. "Of course. I'm re- 
tired now." Nicholas Ceggiana told us of Anthony 
Tumillo's 30-odd years in the Print Shop, adding, 
"I don't travel 200 miles for a drink. Old friends 
are what counts here, " which statement reflected 

Frederick Pavone's thoughts. "I stayed my retire- 
ment just to join this club." Abraham Kaplan nod- 
ded happily. "It's a very good feeling coming back 
to see the boys. " 

John Enright bear-hugged Margaret McGoldrick. 
"She's got a million boyfriends," George Crawbuck 
insisted, "but who'd want them," Mr. Enright 
countered. 

Henry Rouf no more looked 74 1/2 years than 
James Scully looked the father of fifteen grand and 
two great-grandchildren. John Hoffman smiled 
wisely, "a happy home makes a happy life." 
Steven Knapp and Emil Kremer must have such, 
they beamed that contentedly but Sylvester Murray 
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Morris Skinner, James J . Ford, C. DeWolf 
Gibson, Albert J. Sable 

Lilian Utermehle writes asking we "remember 
her to my many friends." A certain Miss Ross begs 
we call her "only Rita, " and Maurice Wallace, 
"despite a happy 38 years here, " says "nothing 
beats retirement and this club." 

The 170 members with their combined 4,250 
years of service (not including, of course, Miss 
Wiley's 51 — the longest in-service individual in 
Museum history) are a proud example to follow. 
No wonder the dinner is such a handsome affair — 
the guests are. 




Elizabeth Nullet, 
Margaret Connoll> 
Phoebe Pierce, 
Elisabeth Emery 



HERE AND THEKt 
Education : Edna Lewis comes from Freetown, Vir- 
ginia; peanuts, she tells us, originated in Africa; 
her beguiling cookbook comes from Bobbs-Merrill 
Co. Mrs. Lewis is an intern in the Hall of Man in 
Africa, having worked in the Museum since Sep- 
tember. She claims cooking was a "way of life in 
my little village, " and that way is with her still . 
"The Edna Lewis Cookbook" is not sold in the Mu- 
seum cafeteria, so you'll have to discover the sec- 
ret of the coconut grater from your local book store. 
Exhibition : Ray de Lucia, principal preparator, is 
a grandfather. On April 21, eight-pound seven- 
and-a-half ounce Amy Marie was born. Mother 
Nanette and father Ray, Jr., are almost as proud. . . 
And who is senior secretary for Gordon Reekie and 
his department, secretary of the Employees' Photo- 
graphy Club, secretary of Local 1559, reporter for 
the Employees Federal Credit Union, not to mention 



Joseph Sedacca's "gal Friday"? Marilyn Franz, 
single-headed but many-hatted, that's who. 
Heating and Refrigeration: Peter Kanyuk is a 41- 
year-old grandfather. Gary Sean weighed in, on 
April 24, at eight pounds, four ounces. The young 
man, and his parents, Gary and Mary, are all feel- 
ing fit... Philip Horan's youngest son, Robert C, 
an electrician's mate in the U .S . Navy, married an 
Oswego College classmate, Ada L. Vathy, on April 
15. The ceremony was performed by Robert's cousin, 
the Rev. Hubert J. Horan, a White Father in Africa, 
at the St. Leo the Great church in Amherst, N.Y. 
herpetology: Roaming around the islands in the Bay 
of Panama was an enjoyable experience to Charles 
W. Myers. He has recently returned from a field 
trip of over two months into Trinidad, Tobago, Sur- 
inam and Panama. His objective was to collect 
poison-dart frogs to further his studies in collabor- 
ation with the National Institutes of Health. He 
found different species from those collected on pre- 
vious tropical trips and brought back other inter- 
esting amphibians and reptiles. 
****** 
Being an organization interested in the morale of 
its membership, the EBA adopted a resolution at 
its May meeting to send cards to fellow members 
when ill. The EBA asks all departments to in- 
form John Othmer, secretary, (ext. 226) of any 

absenteeism due to illness. 

***** 

Ichthyology: Dr. C. Lavett Smith and Dr. James C. 
Tyler (who, on May 1, became resident assistant 
director of the Lerner Marine Laboratory) spent 
April 7-10 fifty feet below the surface in the under- 
water habitat called EDALHAB as part of the Flor- 
ida Aquanaut Research Expedition. Because of bad 
weather the original four-day mission lasted only 
two days and two nights. Dr. Smith said: "We were 
comfortable enough but the engineers were afraid 
the habitat (a converted boiler that rests on the 
bottom on four legs) would walk away from the sup- 
port ship. We got quite a bit of data but we would 
like to have stayed longer. The only bad part was 
the 18 hour decompression period which is endured 
in a chamber too small to sit up in . " 
Invertebrate Paleontology: Norman D. Newell at- 
tended the annual convention in Denver of the Soc- 
iety of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, 
of which he is a founding member and one-time ed- 
itor of their Journal of Paleontology, and the 
American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the 
largest societies in their respective categories in 
the world. Dr. Newell was cited by each of the 



two societies for "his contributions in paleontology 
and sedimentology and for his impressive leadership 
in research activities in the field of education" and 
for his "significant contribution to our industry." 
Mineralogy : The Mineral Museums' Council recent- 
ly elected D. Vincent Manson as its president. Dr. 
Manson, one of the Council's prime-movers, had 
been acting as interim president since its first an- 
nual meeting early in 1971 . As president, Dr. 
Manson wants to stress that "the environment will 
not come to an end, but will it be appropriate to 
man? Knowing minerals and their significance to 
man's well-being can help alleviate this crisis. 
Our objective at the MMC is to look for a wide- 
spread development of this insight. ". . .David M. 
Seaman, scientific assistant for 18 years, was 
married to Thelma Dodge on March 25. The couple 
spent the honeymoon in Bermuda. Mr. Seaman was 
disappointed in the lack of minerals on the island, 
but the shell collection was rewarding. 
President's Office : In a real white-gown-and-veil- 
church wedding, five-foot four-inch Li I lie Segue 
became Mrs. John H. Redwood at the Cornerstone 
Baptist Church in Brooklyn. The six-foot three-inch 
groom, handsome in his Edwardian tuxedo, then 
took his bride to Antigua and Dominica. They lived 
in the center of the rain forest in the latter island 
and enjoyed hiking and mountain viewing. . .At 
the spring meeting of the board of trustees held 
April 24 in the Portrait Room, Mr. Stout, on be- 
half of the entire board, awarded the Museum's 
Silver Medal to Rodney Cleveland Gott (profiled in 
March Grapevine ). Gardn^fc D. Stout reminded the 
board of Mr. Gott's outstanding contributions in 
the areas of housekeeping advice and financial 
control "in the maintenance of this pink granite 
landmark . " . . .At the completion of their business 
meeting and prior to the dinner the board received 
a treat. Jerome G. Rozen, Jr., in his capacity as 
deputy director for research, arranged a behind- 
the-scenes tour. Divided into three separate groups, 
the trustees were introduced to the intricacies of 
(1) Ornithology and Entomology; (2) Animal Be- 
havior and Ichthyology; (3) Vertebrate Paleontol- 
ogy and the Library. The dedicated group appre- 
ciated this break in their customary routine of re- 
solving the dollars and dilemmas facing Museum 
management. 

Volunteers: Two of Henry Fairfield Osbom's grand- 
daughters are among the industrious, illustrious 
corps of men and women who help the AMNH sur- 
vive successfully — Mary Osborn Marshall and Ann 
Osborn Prentice. 




THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



Vol. XXIX, No. 6 



July-August 1972 



WINNER TAKE FIFTEEN 
At a drawing held May 10 in the Dispensary with 
Joanne McGrath, Margaret Johnston and Angela 
Tabora observing, Kay Reilly, manager of the Em- 
ployee Blood Credit Program Donor Incentive Plan, 
selected six recipients of $15 gift certificates from 
B. Altman, Alexander's or Abraham & Straus. The 
winners: Victor Asselin, Advtg.; Roger Batten, In- 
vert. Pal.; Robert Daly, Print Shop; Terence Dolan, 
Bldg. Servs. Richard Pavone, Elec. Shop, won a 
$15 certificate through a city wide Miscellaneous 
Employee Blood Credit Program drawing on April 25. 

AT $600 HE'S A BARGAIN 
Gardner D. Stout was "won" at the now famous 
Auction held here last fall. Daniel Rose, the gentle- 
man who "owned our President for a day, " was en- 
titled, for his $600 top bid, to an ornithological 
en garde to Jamaica Bay. Accompanying our boss 
was his boss, Mrs. Stout, Mr. & Mrs. John Bull, 
Mr. & Mrs. Rose and four of his relatives. 

As they toured Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Mr. 
Stout identified the Glossy Ibis, a male shoveller, 
assorted ki I Ideer, cormorants, coots, etc., for the 
edification of the assembled ladies and gentlemen. 

As Mr. and Mrs. Stout are unknighted experts 
and John Bull a field associate in Ornithology, the 
trip proved a bargain at thrice 600. . .what is more, 
that day it didn't rain. 

HEROISM 

Museum personnel are continually performing 
acts of kindness, courtesy and courage. It is dif- 
ficult to note them all even though the Adminis- 
tration is aware and appreciative. For example: 

On May 24, Edward Teller, senior attendant in 
the Hall of Minerals &Gems, smelled smoke. He 
discovered a fire in the Hall of Earth History .With- 
out creating excitement or confusion he calmly 
(1) turned in the alarm (2) ushered out visitors (3) 
began extinguishing the fire. Scarcely moments 
later, with dispatch and intelligence, Joseph Co- 
lombo, Mark Daly, Robert Hill, Peter Kanyak and 
Victorie Lammie put out the fire, accomplishing 




Give or take an ounce, three tons of whale were 
recently removed from the school service garage to 
permanent storage in the powerhouse. Frank Masav- 
age and crew said "just another job of work." "I 
prefer not to be quoted," quoth the whale. Posing 
for the camera, starting extreme left: Terence 
Dolan, Frank Masavage, Sal Di Bella (driver), 
Howard Heffernan, Louis Bonnilla, Farrell Carney, 
Jr., Sam Castelli, and John McHugh. 

this without regard for their personal safety. 

Ethel Froelich relayed messages accurately. 
Attendants Walter Carter, Stanley Pitter and Al- 
bert Ragusin kept the public under control and 
evacuated everyone in orderly fashion. 
Another five minutes might have made the situation 
extremely difficult due to the intensity of the 
smoke. When the Fire Dept. arrived, matters were 
under competent control. Charles Miles, and all 
of us, have reason to be proudly satisfied with 
the ability and loyalty of his staff — an example 
of "heroism under fire," would you say? 

FROM THE UNION 
Local 1559 sends word that the clerical raises 
have at last passed the Washington Pay Board; clerks 
will receive an additional $550, senior clerks $650 
and supervising clerks $700 retroactive to last July. 
Seven senior technician titles have been awarded to 
the Museum, six from the city and one from private 
museum funds. Promotions will be announced shortly. 



TAPE THE DECK! RELAY THE SYSTEM! 

BUT: YOU'LL FIND NO SPOTS ON ME! 

A modest, definitely behind-the-scenes crew 
are the five members of Projection Division. A 
pedometer once clocked over five miles as the dis- 
tance they covered on a busy day while setting up 
equipment, and cleaning and maintaining the Mu- 
seum projectors, tape decks, seauential sound 
systems, spotlights, amplifiers and tape recorders. 
In back of the screen show for Earth History, it 
looks as if Tom Sawyer tangled imaginations with 
Kurt Vonnegut. Only precision attention keep 
these complicated machines reliably working there 
and in Pacific Hall, Woodlands Indians, Montana, 
Man in Africa, Ocean Life, and Living Inverte- 
brates. Wanna quit? — They don't. There's still 
Gull Island, "And Then There Were None," the 
P. A. systems. There are the 35 and 16 mm. pro- 
jectors, record players, floodlights. Just about 
every department requires Projection Division ser- 
vices, some round the clock, seven days a week, 
others for special film showings, Education Hall 
events, banquets, dinner parties and ??? 

Albert Wanagel has been with the projection 
team longest, since 1941 . He is presently vaca- 
tioning in Hopewell Junction, N.Y., in a house 
built with neighbors' help after the original burned 
down. Jean and Albert Wanagel have two daugh- 
ters. Carol Ann has two children of her own; Diane 
is the godchild of Projection Division manager, Joe 
Abruzzo who j s next in line for years of service, 
having joined in 1947. During the interview it 



came out unexpectedly that the AMNH 100th An- 
niversary coincided with the 100th of the Mason's 
Herder Lodge ^698 of which Mr. Abruzzo is a past 
master. He was appointed and served in 1969 as 
district deputy grand master for the Ninth Manhat- 
tan District, consisting of 28 masonic lodges. This 
grand master manager has a firm background in 
audio/visual work dating to 1929. He proved his 
excellence in 1953 when his engineering abilities 
enabled the Museum to develop the guide-a-phone 
tour equipment, and when he discovered a means 
for making the above-mentioned Earth History show 
more effective. Wife, Elsie, and daughter, Barba- 
ra, are of different minds about his flying license, 
but everyone is in agreement regarding his com- 
petence in handling the endless demands of his job. 

Lawrence Scheurer arrived on the Museum scene 
in 1952 and if he and his wife, Ann, did not enjoy 
Caribbean cruises quite so much they, too, might 
have a country "estate" a la Wanagel. The Scheurers 
have two sons, Frank and Robert, but it was never 
determined whether they were cigar addicts like Dad. 

From the Air Force, into electrical work, and 
thence to the Museum in 1969, came Lewis Gainey. 
Why we asked the young-looking Mr. Gainey if he 
were a grandfather is uncertain. His answer: "Well," 
pause, "out in New Rochelle where Jacqueline and 
I live, we think Keli (7) and Kevin (4) might still 
be a little young for marriage and children. . . " 

Larry, "The Hair, " Van Prang, was away cel- 
ebrating with wife, Ann, the birth of their first 
child, Karla. Mr. Van Prang came to the Museum 



In vigorous warm up before The 
Game! AMNH's very own "Head- 
hunters" about to face Kraftco on 
June 14. More or less standing, 
from left: Irving Almodovar, catch- 
er; Mike Murray, shortstop; Bobby 
Jones, third base; Klaus Wolters, 
center field & mgr.; Jimmy Blake, 
asst. mgr.; Don Serret, first base; 
Bennett Armstrong, right field; and 
Joe Donato, left field. On the 
ground: Tony Polo, second base; 
Billy Graham, pitcher; Sal Cigli- 
ano, shortcenter. It was a great 
game, complete with home run, in- 
jury (not serious) and long slide to 
home. As we go to press, out of 
seven games played so far, Head- 
hunters have won the last five! 
They stand second place in the 
league with eleven more games to go 







last year from jobs as free-lance projectionist and 
video tape operator. The newly increased Van Prang 
family live in Valley Stream, L.I. 

All are members of Local 306, Moving Picture 
Operators Union I .A.T.S .E . And there you have 
them: The five "exceptionally nice bunch of guys," 
to quote a member of another department frequently 
utilizing their services, "who often do all sorts of 
crazy, last minute jobs, and do them willingly, too. 

HERE AND THERE 
Anthropology : Kathy Phelps, "our senior secretary 
with lovely, charming ways," has returned to her 
Florida origins to become a teacher. The depart- 
ment will miss her but wishes her great good luck 
. . .Helene Weinstein, whose husband is a computer 
expert, has been welcomed as her replacement. 
She studied drama (and tries to see every Broadway 
play), and likes music and dance. . .Milica Skinner 
and her husband have returned from an enjoyable 
tour of France on their yearly vacation. 
Education: Former asst . curator Robert Matthai re- 
signed to become chairman of education at the 
Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago. . . 
Phyllis Mandel and Margaret Woods have joined 
the dept. as instructors. Ms. Mandel has her B.A. 
degree in anthropology from SUNY in New Paltz 
and is interested in ethnic arts and crafts. Miss 
Woods has a B.A. degree from Wilson College, Pa . 
She is working on her M.A. in sociology, was 
formerly part-time instructor at Adelphi and is ex- 
tremely interested in photography, black literature 
and Afro-American history . . . Ann Dill has been 
promoted to secretary to Malcolm Arth who, in turn, 
recently participated in a seminar on "The Esthetic 
Force of Nonviolence," held during the National 
Art Education Conf. in NYC. . . Barbara Jackson 
received a grant from the Nat. Endowment for the 
Arts to study in Africa. She visits Senegal, Ghana, 
Nigeria, Tanzania and Zambia in August & Sept., 
concentrating on dance, sculpture, painting, 
crafts and body adornment. . . The dept. has a 
grant from the Nat. Endowment for the Arts to train 
four minority-group members in museum or cultural 
careers. The program begins in Jan. and includes 
an intensive course here as well as at other north- 
eastern museums. Each trainee will also study at a 
museum that has collections relevant to his special 
interest. . . The Alexander M. White Fund has 
given money to the Dept. for construction of a 
new urban ecology center. 

Entomology: Deborah Berry of E. Village, N.Y., 
began working as secretary for Drs. Wygodzinsky 



and Herman recently. She instantly became one 
with the entomology "in" group — she owns a cat. . . 
Liliane Folge, scientific asst. to Dr. Rozen, re- 
ceived her B.S. degree summa cum laude from 
City College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. 
Guest Services : It wasn't just the rain that made 
June a sad month. Among the retirements and re- 
signations was that of the ubiquitous, capable, 
tactful lady of distinction, Anna Montgomery. In 
1943 she began her career as asst. registrar in Ed- 
ucation. She later became supervisor, then man- 
ager, of Guest Services. Since that time her be- 
nign presence has affected everyone connected 
with AMNH. Miss Montgomery plans "to relax un- 
til I make up my mind what I am going to do. . . 
but I Am going to have a ball!" (So shall we, at 
her absence, bawl, that is!) 

Herpetology: Another farewell! John Healy came 
to the Museum 44 years ago as attendant guard in 
Building Services. In 1946 he became a technician 
in Herpetology and is now rather an expert. Mr. 
Healy will retire to Queens and "take it easy; may- 
be travel with my wife, Mary. Hard to say right 
now." He does know he will "miss my associates of 
so many years," who certainly will miss him. Mr. 
Healy has given much to the Museum in those 44 
years, for which he receives a genuine "thank 
you. "...Drs. Zweifel and Cole (with Dr. Lanyon) 
spent May 7-14 on St. Catherines Island, Ga., in 
connection with a continuing survey of the island. 
Voucher specimens of amphibians and reptiles were 
collected along with small samples of Lepidoptera, 
Odonata and other invertebrates. Mating calls of 
frogs were taped but unfortunately they failed to 
discourage chiggers or mosquitoes. . .Marg Bullitt 
Pough, former scientific asst. both in Herpetology 
and Ichthyology, and husband Harvey, a former 
student at Kalbfleisch Station and now on the biol- 
ogy staff at Cornell, announce with customary 
parental pride the birth of daughter Amanda 
Midori . . .Jose' Rosado, biology student at CUNY 
City College, recently joined the department on 
the HISS project after three years in Photography. 
He intends to enter medical school soon. 
Lemer Marine Laboratory : Robert F. Mathewson, 
resident director since 1961, received an honorary 
doctor of science degree in June from Dowling 
College in Long Island .. .James C. Tyler, formerly 
with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadel- 
phia, hus been appointed asst. resident director. 
Dr. Tyler, an ichthyologist, joined C. Lavett 
Smith in Project Flare, the dive off the Florida 
coast which took place last spring. He was born in 



Shanghai, received a B.S. degree from George 
Washington University in 1957 and his Ph.D. de- 
gree from Stanford University in 1962. He has been 
on expeditions to the Gulf of Mexico, Antarctica, 
Indian Ocean, various Caribbean sites and the 
Great Barrier Reef, where he found cannons 
jettisoned byCapt. Cook in 1770. 

Libr ary: Tony Dominski was appointed to the newly 
created position of serials librarian and is intently 
occupied recataloging and inventorying the 150,000 
-volume periodicals collection. He once served a 
Museum internship under a N.Y. State Council on 
the Arts grant and worked at the N.Y. State Mu- 
seum Library in Albany. . .Lucienne Yoshinaga, 
Mildred Bobrovich, and Nina Root attended the 
Special Libraries Assn . conference in Boston. 



ALLTOGETHERNOW 
What do Community Relations, Contributors, 
Development, Guest Services and Public Relations 
have in common? Shared office space! All five 
offices have moved and may now be discovered 
laboring hard and learning fast to adapt to their 
new environment — second floor, section two, on 
the site of the former employees' cafeteria. 

Under the management of Ann Breen, Public Re- 
lations has become the Office of Public Affairs and 
includes Guest Services, of which Arthur Grenham 
is coordinator and Marilyn Badaracco asst. coordinator 



Living Invertebrates: Everyone is in agreement. 
The honorary in Scientia Doctoris awarded to 
Dorothy Elizabeth Bliss by Brown Univ. on June 5 
is a well deserved testimonial to a "complete 
scholar," who has "guided numerous students 
through the intricacies of graduate study. . .con- 
tributed to man's understanding of the nervous and 
hormonal systems. . .and shared knowledge willing- 
ly. . .to help us all know more about ourselves and 
our world." Dr. Bliss was presented with the honor- 
ary degree by Donald F. Hornig, president of 
Brown, from which she graduated 35 years ago. . . 
William Emerson attended the fourth annual meet- 
ing of the Western Society of Malacologists and par- 
ticipated in two symposia . . . During a recent visit 
to Europe, William E. Old, Jr., visited the 
British Museum of Natural History; Berlin Museum; 
Zoological Institute, Amsterdam; Institute Royale 
Des Sciences Naturelles, Belgium; and the Uni- 
versite Libre de Bruxelles, to study mollusks. 

Museum Shop: The Museum Shop staff sends sincere 
thanks to the many departments who cooperated in 



the opening of their new Junior Shop. As a result, 
the opening was a big success. . .Bob Re, gift buyer, 
reports overwhelming success with the Chinese Art 
exhibit due both to the publicity received and the 
nature of the rare pieces themselves, some of which 
were on display by the 77th Street elevators. . . 
Charles Allcroft, a part-time assistant, is also a 
volunteer in the Tibetan Section of Anthropology, 
volunteers at the Jacques Marchais Center of 
Tibetan Art in Staten Island and is a graduate stu- 
dent at the New School. He has a B.A. degree in 
art history from Yale. . .Joel Beck, full-time sales 
asst., is a candidate for a Ph.D. degree in philo- 
sophy, having won his B.A. degree in humanities 
and M.A. degree in philosophy from the University 
of Chicago. Somehow he finds time for dog breed- 
ing and training, camping and cinema. He is usu- 
ally stationed in the new Junior Museum Shop. 
Natural History: Alfred Meyer, editor and asso- 
ciated with the magazine for 6 1/2 years, has re- 
signed to assume the post of managing editor, Sat- 
urday Review of Science. Alan P. Ternes, former 
executive editor, is now acting editor. Mr. Ternes, 
a former newspaperman and special projects reporter, 
has been with the magazine for 2 1/2 years. He has 
a B.S. degree in economics from Columbia where 
he is now working as a doctoral candidate in eco- 
logical geography. Wife Suzanne is studying for 
her Ph.D. degree in geography and is a teaching 
assistant at Columbia. For the moment, two-year- 
old daughter Kate is majoring exclusively in paren- 
tal psychology. Alan Ternes carries his famous an- 
cient typewriter with him from old to new office. 
Planetarium: Mark Chartrand is touring Europe with 
plans to visit Stonehenge, where he will meet and 
lecture to a group of amateur British astronomers. . . 
Roger Howard, scientific asst., will accept a post 
as director, Boulder Valley Planetarium, Colorado 
. . .Tom Carey is leaving but his plans are indef- 
inite . . . Helmut Wimmer has been asked to exhibit 
his paintings in the Adler Planetarium, Chicago. . . 
Kenneth Franklin led a caravan of camper-trailers 
to the Gaspe Peninsula to view the solar eclipse 
on July 10 while Franklyn Branley directed an 
eclipse-watch here in Central Park. 
Public Affairs (nee Relations ): There were sad faces 
mixed with the punch and prosciutto as many friends 
came to bid Roberto Rendueles goodbye. Mr. Ren- 
dueles retired as manager June 30. His staff are 
quite incapable of expressing their feelings but are 
vociferous in wishes for a happy retirement in Spain 
with his lovely wife, Nieves. A long and happy re- 
tirement to young Roberto Rendueles! 




THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



Vol. XXIX, No. 7 September 1972 

IMPRESSED BY THE PRESS 

Stepping into the air conditioned friendliness of 
Micropaleontology Press is rather like stepping into 
an elite publishing house that tilts slightly. The staff 
attends to work diligently but smiles as if sharing a 
lovely secret. They do; for the Press, hidden away on 
the first floor behind the Eskimos, quietly goes about 
its business of being the micropaleontological infor- 
mation center of the world where science and indus- 
try regularly come to its doors for help. 

Five catalogues and two periodicals are issued from 
Micro Press under the benign guidance of Tsunemasa 
Saito, a gentleman of such open affability one would 
never suspect his awesome education and experience. 
Dr. Saito general manages with a relaxed authority 
that evokes appreciation and respect from his staff of 
thirteen . 

Micro Press originated as a WPA project in 1930 
with Dr. Brooks Ellis, curator of the Dept. of Micro- 
paleontology, as its director. Together with the late 
Angelina Messina, assoc. curator, they published the 
first Catalogues of Foraminifera and Ostracoda. 

In 1969 the Depts. of Micropaleontology and of 
Fossil Invertebrates became the present Dept. of In- 
vertebrate Paleontology with Norman D. Newell as 
chairman and Dr. Ellis as curator emeritus. In 1970 
Dr. Newell invited Dr. Saito to assume editorship of 
the Press. Dr. Saito, who is associated with Colum- 

ETHEL CUTLER FREEMAN 

On July 14, Ethel Cutler Freeman died at her home 
in Morristown, N.J. Mrs. Freeman had been an asso- 
ciate anthropologist with AMNH since 1937 and was 
a recognized expert on the Seminole Indians of Flor- 
ida, having written and lectured widely about them. 
She sometimes made the Archbold Station her base. 

She was formerly secretary of the Indian committee 
of the American Civil Liberties Union, a member of 
the Natl . Coordinating Committee on Indian Affairs, 
a trustee of the Archaeological Institute of America 
and a member of the executive committee of the Soci- 
ety of Women Geographers. 



bia's Lamont-Doherty Laboratory, spends three days a 
week here and has reorganized Micro Press effectively. 

Born and educated in Japan, Tsunemasa Saito was 
granted permanent U.S. residence in 1966. He is one 
of the scientists in the JOIDES deep-sea drilling pro- 
gram, in the forefront of exploration of the ocean's 
bottom. Through drilling and piecing together infor- 
mation from thousands of micro-fossils, the scientists 
have made a regional map of the ocean floor enabling 
them to learn about the origin and history of the ocean 
basins, their currents and environments. As Dr. Saito 
explained, " . . .from one tiny foraminifer you can be 
quite precise about what the earth was like billions of 
years ago . " 

In a home in Tappan, N.Y. (which he paints on 
vacations) "Tsune, " as most everyone calls him, lives 
with his wife, Nao, and two daughters, Noriko, 3, 
and Michiko, 2. Dr. Saito's square face has an ap- 
pealing crinkle around the eyes as he speaks of his 
co-workers, honestly admiring them and their abilities. 

Acting as Dr. Saito's right arm is Norman Hillman, 
assistant editor. Mr. Hillman also came to Micro 
Press from the Lamont-Doherty Laboratory. He has a 
master's degree in biological oceanography from the 
Univ. of Rhode Island. Norman Hillman is an expert 
photomacrographer, taking pictures of insects in such 
a way as to make them positively endearing. In a 
quiet voice traced with an a I most -forgotten West Vir- 
ginia accent, he spoke of his son, Glenn, "one week 
younger than Tsune's older daughter, " and wife, Pris- 
cilla, "an artist who paints with delicate imagery." 

There are seven publications under the Micro Press 
banner. Micropaleontology, the prestigious quarterly, 
is edited by Arthur N. Dusenbury, Jr., with Susan 
Young his editorial assistant. Ms. Young is a straight- 
out-front woman who has her B.F.A. degree from 
Miami University in Ohio and came to New York, 
"well, because I wanted to." Ms. Young makes up 
the layout, and dummy, and handles billing, com- 
plaints, typing, etc. 

Arthur Dusenbury is responsible for the accuracy 
and photo-plates in the quarterly once Dr. Saito has 
selected the articles to be included. Mr. Dusenbury 



began at the Museum in 1961, coming here after his 
first retirement from twenty years of travel and resi- 
dence in South America working for private industry. 
He is a White Plains bachelor whose education in- 
cludes Princeton, Stanford and eventually an M.A, 
degree in geology from Columbia in 1930. He is now 
working on his second retirement, but seems far too 
vigorous and good-humored to be near quitting age. 
The Bibliography and Index of Micropaleontology 
is a monthly listing of titles of recent publications 
with key words accompanying the index to make for 
simplified reference. The Bibliography, a compara- 
tively new publication, is edited by Dr. Harold L. 
Cousminer of Rutgers, and Julia Golden. Dr. 
Cousminer teaches a course for Rutgers students at the 
Museum in Palynology, the study of pollen and spores, 
alternating yearly with Dr. Saito, who teaches a 
course on foraminifera . Ms. Golden, an assistant ed- 
itor, has her M.A. degree in geology with emphasis 
on micropaleontology, from Washington Univ. in St. 
Louis. She came to the Museum from home-base Chi- 
cago "because this is one of the few museums in the 
U.S. with a micro collection." Julia Golden helped 
coordinate the entire bibliography with Dr. Cousminer. 
Her manner is like a soft brown breeze, yet there must 
be iron in her back for she is also responsible for noting 
and classifying new species for the Catalogue of Fo- 
raminifera and Catalogue of Ostracoda. Forams, as 
they are called among friends, are minute, single- 
celled marine organisms that stand as important keys 
for unravelling geologic history, as well as being an 
invaluable help to the oil industry in determining sub- 
surface conditions. Ostracoda are equally tiny crus- 
taceans that can live in any kind of water, even very 

hot. 

The Catalogue of Polycystine Radiolaria is a brand 

new publication, which will be issued for the first 
time in October. Radiolaria are single-celled micro- 
organisms with a silica skeleton. This catalogue is 
printed in Japan, and then returned to the Museum 
for distribution . 

The catalogues of Index of Smaller Foraminifera 
and Index of Larger Foraminifera complete the Micro 
Press publications. These last two are permanent cat- 
alogues sent to individuals upon request, not regular- 
ly mailed out to a subscribing membership as are the 
other publications. 

Martin Janal, assistant editor, works coordinately 
with Norman Hillman on these catalogues. Mr. Janal 
is something of a linguist who enjoys karate, photo- 
graphy and travel. He has his B.S. degree in geology 

from CUNY and will soon start work on his master's 
degree. A Brooklyn native, he had led a diversified 
life and is now a Manhattan resident in bachelor 



HELP? WE HAVE NO HOME! 
The AMNH Employees' Photography Club has many 
potentially active members, but no place to go. New 
Museum construction took away the laboratory near 
the subway; so the photographic enlarger was folded, 
the developing trays collected and all aparatus stow- 
ed. If anyone knows a suitable dark room — with run- 
ning water and space for spreading out trays — Marilyn 
Franz, Club secretary, asks you to call. Ext. 477. 

quarters. 

Publishing these important magazines and catalogues 
requires a skilled, intelligent staff . In addition to the 
men and women mentioned above, five highly endowed 
Micro Press members contribute their efforts. 

G. Robert Adlington, specialist, photographs the 
plate reproductions used by the Press. He has been 
with the Museum for 38 years, starting in the account- 
ing office of the Museum. He joined Invertebrate Pa- 
leontology with Dr. Newell in 1946. His rich baritone 
rolls out fascinating stories that project a sense of the 
history and dedication so much a part of the Museum's 
past. Bob and Rose (a member of the Dept . of Entomol- 
ogy) Adlington live in Rivervale, N.J., a bit far from 
daughter Roberta (Mrs. Martin Ab r amson) and three 
year old grandson, Joshua, of Monterey, Calif. 

Sandra Badellino and her remarkable green eyes 
are a welcoming committee of one. She is "very much 
a New Yorker, " with a B.A. degree in anthropology 
from Lehman College, CUNY. Ms. Badellino's lively 
face details the complicated routine of her job, es- 
pecially in managing subscriptions and membership 
with their inevitable complaints. One catches on fast 
that "Sandy" is the life of the department and "runs" it 

Reuben Bossik, museum technician, artfully repro- 
duces the Adlington photographs, preparing them for 
plates in the catalogues. Mr. Bossik is a gentleman 
with a warm, subdued manner. He once was a textile 
handpainter who retired but "since I can't sit on a 
bench all day or participate in gossip, I work until 
he shrugs and a smile brightens his eyes. 

Charles Falborn, printer, knows his job, that's for 
sure. He is a down-to-earth character all brimmed 
with cheerfulness as he claims "there's nothing you 
want to know about me. I was with the Daily Mirror 
twenty -five years till it closed down. " Mr. Falborn, 
however, wasn't about to close down. "Now I'm here. 
A bachelor I be, and will remain." He gives his trou- 
sers a yank and goes on about his work . 

Mrs. Bella Kotler, editorial assistant, is an expert- 
extraordinaire on the $18,000 IBM selectric composer. 
She operates the machine with the same ease with 
which she speaks four languages, as if everybody could 
do it. Bella Kotler assures the finest accuracy and de- 




Just another summer's day in 
Central Park as Juanita Munoz 
contemplates the millipede's 
psychological adjustment to so 
many new pals . . . The Dept. 
of Education's Outreach Program 
is obviously reaching out to all. 



tail in the printing of the catalogues. She has been at 
her job 9 1/2 years and is "beyond a doubt, the smart- 
est person here/' to quote a colleague. Mrs. Kotler 
came from Latvia, "oh, a long time ago! I walk to 
work, love music." Her eyes flash and hands expand 
expressively to emphasize this enthusiasm. 

Mrs. Margery Miller, editorial assistant, originally 
worked for Dr. Cousminer but is now "Miller-of-all- 
trades" for Micro Press on a part-time basis. She is a 
trim, determined woman of intelligent efficiency with 
an M.A. degree in geology from N.Y.U. Mrs. Miller 
and husband, Stanley, live in Queens with their sons 
of 17 and 11. 

Mark Barbera is a part-time curatorial asst. He pre- 
pares the catalogues for shipment and curates some of 
the specimens. He is a junior at Queens College who 
has ever/ intention of achieving a Ph.D. degree in 
paleontology. 

It is quite a list of persons who garner material, 
edit and print this vital information subscribed to by 
scientists, government and industry. They keep con- 
tinually alert to the latest on the tiny creatures that 
mean so much to mankind. One feels, amid this staff, 
a happy, unpressured precision as they produce the 
significant service. Micropaleontology Press represents 
another facet of the individuality and stature that are 
part and parcel of our Museum. 
TAKE NOTE 

The Employees' Federal Credit Union members may 
now cash their Credit Union checks by showing Muse- 
um I .D .s at the 81st Street, Columbus Ave. , branch 
of the Chemical Bank. 

PLAYTIME'S DONE 

Local 1559 announces, now that its brief summer 
"breather-period" is over, that the Executive Com- 
mittee of Shop Stewards will meet Wednesday, Sept. 
13, at 12:00 noon, to discuss the Fall aaenda. 



HERE AND THERE 
Administration: From the Wall St. world of import - 
export-invesfments, comes Phyllis Browne, executive 
secretary for Jerome Rozen . The smartly tailored Ms. 
Browne looks out from her large blue eyes, smiling 
carefully: "Quite a change, you might say." You 
might. She loves to ski, play tennis, paint, sew and 
cook, "but only French. " 

Animal Behavior: Carl Berg and Peter Moller were ap- 
pointed associates, effective June 5. . .Rosemarie 
Angus, the new administrative asst. to Philip Zeigler, 
enjoys ceramics and does volunteer hospital work. . . 
Samuel D'Angelo became an honorary life member in 
June . 

Anthropology: David Thomas was appointed asst. cu- 
rator of North American Archeology effective Sept. 1 
Archbold Station: James Layne was recently 
awarded a citation recognizing his contributions to 
the Florida Foundation for Future Scientists and was 
appointed an advisory member of the Environmental 
Information Center of the Florida Conservation Foun- 
dation, Inc. . .and this same justly honored Dr. Layne 
recently wrote a letter detailing the menu planned by 
the Station for 150 guests from the Amer. Society of 
Mammalogists: "We served a 'cracker' lunch of Lake 
Okeechobee catfish, frogs' legs, soft-shelled turtle, 
hush-puppies, boiled swamp cabbage, key lime pie, 
etc." (what could the "etc. " possibly have been?) .. . 
Richard Archbold was a member of the local arrange- 
ments committee. . .Fred E. Lohrer, scientific asst. , 
is librarian-research asst., studying for his M.S. de- 
aree at the Univ. of South Florida. Mr. Lohrer and 
wife, Charlotte, include among their pleasuresgarden- 
ing, bird-watching and reading. . .Chester Winegamer 
scientific asst., recently married the former Marsha 
Siegler, who is also completing her M.S. degree in 
bio. at South Florida. 



Entomology: Lee Herman has left for a field trip vaca- 
tion which will include the Chicago Field Museum and 
then California where he will collect specimens for his 
studies on the rove beetle. Dr. Herman has been pro- 
moted from asst. to associate curator. . .Pedro Wygod- 
zinsky spent a rainy vacation in upstate N.Y. this 
past July. . .Mohammad Shadab is combining field trip 
and vacation in his Pakistani homeland . . .Jerome 
Rozen, his scientific asst., Maggie Favreau and 
Urban Corps student, Ron McGinley, are on a month 
long field trip covering S. Dakota and Nebraska which 
will end at the Southwest Research Station. The group 
will be continuing studies of bees in their adult and 
immature stages . 

General Services: John Hackett was promoted from 
supervising clerk to supervisor. He succeeds Robert 
Galandak, who is leaving to take up teaching, but 
first will vacation with his family in Colorado. Mr. 
Hackett came to the Museum in 1937 as an attendant 
guard, always on special duty work. In 1952 he joined 
General Services. John Hackett lives in Ridgefield' 
Park, N.J. He and his wife, Margaret, have a daugh- 
ter and married son. . .Peggy Brown, congratulations 
on your daughter's graduation from Nursing School . 

WEST SIDE WHAT ? 

Oh, but of course — that day the Museum grows 

vivaciously wild— WEST SIDE DAY, Saturday, 11 

a.m. -5 p.m. Sept. 30. See ya ! 
************ 

Herpetology: In June, Richard Zweifel, Charles 
Myers, Herndon Dowling and Itzchak Gilboa attended 
the annual meeting of the American Society of Ichs 
and Herps in Boston .. .Shortly thereafter, Drs. Zweifel 
and Cole left with their families for a summer's work 
at the Southwestern Research Station. . . Renee Parker, 
a student at Boston Univ., assisted Dr. Cole in his 
chromosome studies. She is a participant in the NSF 
Undergraduate Research Participation Program. . .Janis 
Roze spent August vacationing with his family in 
Oaxaca and Yucatan. . .John Healy, whose retirement 
was reported in the last issue, left for a month in his 
native Ireland to visit relatives. 
Ichthyology: C. Lavett Smith was promoted from 
associate to curator on July 1 . 

Library: Three interesting visitors came to the Library 
this summer: Mrs. Ismael originally from Thailand and 
currently working at the Univ. of Hawaii; Mastini 
Prakoso from the National Museum Library, Djakarta, 
Indonesia; Nathalia Schachaj of Tucuman, Arqentina. 
Living Invertebrates: At the annual meeting of the 
Western Society of Malacologists held last June, 
William Emerson, a past president, received the So- 



ciety's Award of Merit "for his significant and diverse 
contributions to malacology," and the President's 
Award "in recognition of outstanding contributions to 
the study of Mollusca." 

Maintenance and Construction: James Doyle, elec- 
trician, retired in July and Odell Johnson, carpenter, 
will be leaving in Sept. You read about both these 
gentlemen in earlier Grapevines. Goodbye to you and 
good luck. . .Two new painters have joined the depart- 
ment: Romano Bertuletti and Angelo Concepcion. Wel- 
come and good luck . . .John McCabe has transferred 
from the custodial to the electrical division. 
Ornithology : Ruth Trimble Chapin was appointed 
associate, effective June 5. 

Payroll: Robert Applebaum was appointed payroll man- 
ager-data processing operation and Arthur Naylor pay- 
roll manager-social benefits, both effective last June. 
President's Office: Everyone will miss Sidney Whelan 
who resigned in July. He will begin work as execu- 
tive assistant with the New York Community Trust. . . 
David D. Ryus has joined the Museum as Vice-Pres- 
ident who, it was announced last week by Gardner 
D. Stout, will head the Development and Communi- 
cations Programs of the AMNH. Mr. Ryus immediately 
started work on the new corporate fund camDaign, 
which should benefit from his broad business and pub- 
lishing background. Mr. Ryus will "try to reinforce 
the image of the Museum. . .after all, it is more than 
a great museum of natural history. It is a national in- 
stitute of research and education. . .it is The American 
Museum, preeminent among like institutions through- 
out the world." David Ryus, a Californian, lived in 
Los Angeles and attended Stanford University after 
which he joined the Navy during World War II. He is 
an enthusiastic golfer and tennis player. . .interests 
shared by his wife, Mary Louise, and their five chil- 
dren. They live in New York City. . .Gillian Schacht 
was appointed executive secretary to the president 
July 1. Congratulations, Mrs. Schacht .. .and the 
same to Shirley Brady who has been promoted to ex- 
ecutive secretary. Miss Brady, formerly secretary in 
the Development Office, has been at the Museum for 

29 years. 

Projection: Larry and Ann Van Praag announce the 
birth of their first child, Karla Joy, on June 30; 
and a carload of joy is she to the handsome young 
family. . .Lawrence Scheuerer has done it again — 
another cruise with his wife, Ann, for eleven days 
on the "Island Venture" to Haiti, Barbados and St. 
Thomas. . .Joseph Abruzzo has now joined the ranks 
as honorary life member of the Museum. 
Vertebrate Paleontology: Beryl Taylor was promoted 
from Frick assistant to Frick associate curator. 




THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



Vol. XXIX, No. 8 



And who else should be chatting with 
Prince Philip than our very own 
peregrinating ornithologist, Robert 
Cushman Murphy? The occasion was the 
opening of the Hall of Birds at the 
British Museum's facility in Tring, 
England, a former Rothschild estate. 
Lord Rothschild, a naturalist of 
distinction, had gathered an exceptional 
study collection of birds. Some of these 
found their way, through the 
generosity of the late Mrs. Harry Payne 
Whitney and her children, to the AMNH. 
The major portion remained in England 
and was handsomely established in Tring 
on July 21st. With our Dr. R. CM. is 
John E. duPont, director of the 
Delaware Museum of Natural History and 
an AMNH research associate. They were 
the only American guests at the reception 
which included 300 naturalists from all 
over Europe. 



SO MANY PEOPLE GAVE SO MUCH 
West Side Day is successful because just about 
everyone pitches in with a willing drive that defies 
failure, whatever the weather. Flo Stone, who can 
scarcely be labelled inarticulate, becomes exactly 
that when thank you time rolls 'round. 

There is no doubt thank you is deserved by number- 
less and nameless individuals; however, suggested for 
special appreciation are: The projection team, elec- 
tricians, Phil Miller, Al Potenza and their assistants, 
PLUS Frank Masavage and his tireless crew. West Side 
Day contributors contributed their best. Their best was 
even better. Thank you, so many people who gave so 
much. . .and, when you get right down to it, what a 
lot of fun after that work is done. 




MR. CREDIT UNION RETIRES 
Credit Union officials, at a happy Fleur de Lis 
luncheon Sept. 5, sadly bade Harry Lange goodbye. 
Mr. Lange, with CU since its inception in the thirtie 
and its treasurer since the forties, retired from the 
Museum. He was acclaimed "speculative, long-term 
treasurer. " 

Harry Lange was also active in the EBA and was i 
treasurer for five years. He began at the Museum Jar 
27, 1927, as a jr. draftsman. In '29 he joined the Bi 
sar's office. "I've enjoyed my 45 years, good days a 
bad, and I've learned to play it from day to day. . . . 
Hobbies? When you own a house, everything is a 
hobby, but I do like the fishing and golf so easily 
available in Baldwin, L.I." 




HERE IS THERE IS EVERYWHERE 

A Gertrude Stein quote? Nope! Just a lead-in line 
for General Services because all Museum roads do, 
eventually, lead in to that ubiquitous dept. Its impact 
and importance cannot be minimized. John Hackett 
manages nine randomly located divisions: accessions, 
addressograph, duplicating machines, filing, mail room, 
office supplies, print shop, shipping and receiving, 
the telephone room. 

Accessions are the world-wide gifts or loans the 
Museum receives. Luch Shih registers each one in a 
huge black book, twice-times her diminutive self. 
Along with her filing chores and her fill-in work on 
archives, Mrs. Shih keeps track of the arrival and de- 
parture of these accessions. She looks up mischievious- 
ly: "Almost as difficult as keeping track of my two 
sons. " 

Elizabeth McHugh chuckles understanding ly at her 
office companion, for Miss McHugh "also sits on sev- 
eral stools, entering and maintaining all $20 member- 
ships and up, working for addressograph, contributors 
..." her perky Irish nose crinkles engagingly, "oh, 
anything they ask . " 

Step across the hall with us now into the domain of 
handsome Bob Noonan, whose agreeable intelligence 
maintains order amid continually changing addresso- 
graph plates required by almost every Museum dept. 
Mr. Noonan, like manager Hackett, is equanimity it- 
self through crises. Bob Noonan came to the Museum 
in 1946. "I participated in sports in those days, " he 
shrugs, "but too old now!" His trim, youthful appear- 
ance totally belies the statement. 

Assisting Mr. Noonan is dark -eyed, dark-haired, 
Raymond Murphy, who divides his energies between 
archives and Purchasing. Mr. Murphy, a Vietnam 
veteran, was wounded in action. 

From addressograph it is merely an open doorway to 



the mail room and its staff. James Blake came to 
AMNH in 1963 as an elevator operator. In '65 he 
shifted to the mail room, handling all office supplies 
as well . Rounded but vigorous Mr. Blake participates 
actively in softball, bowling, basketball. "I'ma 
bachelor, " he admits with a happy laugh. 

"I'm an eligible bachelor, " calls out Paul Vann, 
looking friendly in his yellow shirt, as he sorts the 
mail. On weekends he is an organ-vocalist, playing 
rhythm and blues in night clubs. 

Irving Almodovar began delivering mail last May. 
Like Jimmy Blake, he is on the Museum softball team 
and is a great one for taking pictures, many of which 
include wife, Juanita, and one-year-old Christopher 

Lee. 

The print shop is but a short walk to the end of the 

hall. We meet Robert Daly, who learned his trade in 
Dublin, perfected it in Toronto, then, fifteen years 
ago, joined the Museum. With hazel eyes a'sparkle 
and in Irish brogue he admitted his interest in sports 
may have been too enthusiastic. This vacation, while 
playing football with children, Patrick, Sandra and 
young Imelda, (adult Imelda is Mrs. Daly) he frac- 
tured a wrist. 

Vincent Tumillo joined the print shop in '64 when 
the Journal-American and Mirror closed down. Nei- 
ther he nor wife, Johanna, are certain what path 16- 
year-old Wayne will eventually take, "but probably 
not printing. " Mr. Tumillo is an amateur photographer 
who does his own developing and enlarging. He is an- 
other G.S. staff man who hangs on to calm and order 
despite the printing requirements that pile in. A deal 
of work rests in the hands of these two pressmen. 

Come outside to the courtyard, up this ramp—be- 
hold — shipping and receiving! They are a team, these 
two Edwards: McCormick of the red hair and blue 
eyes and Dosckocil of jocular air and flashing smile. 



Mr. Dosckocil, without a pause in his effective pack- 
aging, fills us with non-stop stories dating back over 
his 35 AMNH years, "beginning as delivery boy, then 
driving a truck and now, here I am!" Virginia and Ed 
Dosckocil's daughter, Marianne, lives at home with 
her two daughters. Son Thomas, once in Custodial 
Dept., is now a beautician. Grandpa Dosckocil has 
been a stamp collector since his teens. 

Edward McCormick started at the Museum in 1959, 
beginning as an attendant. Now he handles the bill- 
ing and lading in S&R. "We work as real partners, " 
say the two Edwards. Mr. McCormick, who owns a 
country home in Kent, Conn., lives in Brooklyn with 
wife Emily and their three children. 

Fifth floor, please! In front of a switchboard built 
for 1941 requirements, three full-time and two part- 
time operators answer phones under 1972 pressures. 
Vita de Vita, here since 1960, asks what we want to 
know about her. "She's a compulsive buyer, " Peggy 
Brown calls out and Mrs. de Vita agrees not at all 
shamefacedly. Vita and Sal de Vita have a married 
daughter and one grandchild, thus making their son 
a seven-year-old uncle. 

The atmosphere up here is friendly vibes and pretty 
faces. The women spoke of blonde, gentle Catherine 
Bizieler who was, alas, out sick. Miss Bizieler loves 
to travel and just returned from the Bahamas. 

Peggy and Arthur Brown recently moved to a new 
apartment in Ft. Lee. Mrs. Brown is busy fixing it 
up — and "doing lots of reading." 

For three years Ann Nielson has been "helping out 
whenever the girls need me." She makes her own 
clothes and bead necklaces. Helen Dean, second re- 
lief operator, has been here since May. She cocks 
her pleasant face up at us: "I enjoy sewing and read- 
ing most . " 

Together with John Hackett, recently appointed 
manager (see GV-Sept.), that constitutes the group 
of men and women who work in General Services. 
"I have a good staff, " says Mr. Hackett peering over 
his glasses. "Each attends to the job capably. Most 
have been here a long time. Until very recently there 
were six more in the dept. That makes a difference. 
We're a service organization, trying to succeed and 
keep everybody happy. I don't know if we do or not, 
but we try. " 

His dept. is certainly a focal point operation. One 
comes away impressed by its fellowship and application 
to the job. 

REFRESHING, FRIENDLY, GENUINE 
That is the way they both came across at separate 
interviews: the mother, Janet Morgan, outgoing trust- 
ee; the daughter, Caroline Macomber, incoming trustee. 



Mrs. Morgan's memories stretch to the days when 
women board members were a rarity. Her expressive, 
cheerful face brightened as she recalled "that very 
first meeting. I was frightened to death and asked — 
oh gracious, I can't remember who it was — to walk in 
with me. " It undoubtedly took courage to speak out 
in those days. "I didn't talk much, " Mrs. Morgan ex- 
plained realistically, "but was busy in other ways. 
And it did help that my husband, though he never ex- 
pressed it in so many words, was obviously very proud 
of me." She smiled shyly at some private recollection 
about her life with the late Alexander P. Morgan, 
then continued, "I believe in this Museum. The ex- 
hibitions are my special interest as are the luncheons 
at which members take tours and get to understand our 
programs. " 

Mrs. Morgan does not feel there have been signif- 
icant trustee changes. "There are, of course, more 
women, younger people, and that provides a needed 
balance; but the older members are terribly interesting 
and have so much to contribute." 

Janet Morgan has no intention of losing touch. "I 
shall stay with the Women's Committee to work on fund 
raising." Trim and lively in her blue suit, emphasizing 
the blue-grey sparkle of her eyes, she answered a query: 
"Oh my! I have no advice to give my daughter. In 
fact, " her clear, precise voice emphatically stressed, 
"I listen to her." 

Listening to Caroline Macomber is an excellent 
suggestion. Mrs. Macomber knows the Museum from 
childhood on, cares very much about it, and gives 
inexhaustible, intelligent energies to its welfare. 

In 1959 she joined the Women's Committee, then 
retired while husband, John, management consultant 
with McKinsey and Company, Inc., worked in Ge- 
neva and Paris. 

The Macomber family, like the Morgan family, 
are "sea people, " as well should they be, with Com- 
modore Perry as a forebear. Perhaps because of this 
respect for the outdoors, mother and daughter are both 
so refreshing. Their common interest makes them eager 
to share this enthusiasm "with city children who are 
seldom exposed to the natural excitement of this beau- 
tiful world, " as Mrs. Macomber expresses it in her 
rapid, articulate tones. She strives to communicate 
the significance of "how the Museum relates to chil- 
dren. It is necessary that we reach them. That is why 
the Natural Science Center is meaningful. I think 
Catherine Pessino one of the most moving spirits here. 
Sometimes, perhaps I'm a bit of a gadfly with my ab- 
sorption in the Center but I think its importance can- 
not be stressed too much. " 

In 1969, when the family returned to the U.S., 
Caroline Macomber really set to work both as a vol- 




unteer and chairman of the Women's Committee. One 
cannot help smiling appreciatively at the effect her 
sincere, outgoing vitality must have on everyone. She 
has that wholesome, shake-hands-and-get-to-know- 
you appeal — and her attractive appearance lends a 
special grace to it all . 

Caroline Macomber and her mother are both unpre- 
tentiously hesitant about claiming they bring special 
talents to AMNH. With similar characteristic waves 
of their hands, they credit others, but obviously their 
efforts, separate and combined, have been valuable. 
Mrs. Macomber pushes back her soft, straight hair, 
puts chin in hand and looks meditative: "This Museum 
is like eating peanuts," she says, and then continues 
logically, "you see one good thing, then find another, 
then more, even more. You can't stop." 

Well, don't stop, Caroline Macomber — and we look 
forward to the day when those two endearing charmers, 
daughters Janet and Zabette, will pitch in to contrib- 
ute their brand of Macomber-Morgan tact, vitality 
and intelligence for the Museum. 

EVERYONE IS INVITED 
Those wishing to ask questions or just the silently 
curious are cordially welcomed, but members are 
urged to attend the general membership meeting of 
Local 1559 in Education Hall, Tues., Oct. 17, 5 
p.m. There will be sandwiches and coffee served to 
all. 

Members are asked to present suggestions they wish 
included in forthcoming Museum contracts. New busi- 
ness and the CIRS pension plan will be discussed. 

HERE AND THERE 
Entomology: Apparently it was quite a party (ornithol- 
ogy included, of course) thrown for the Charles 
Vauries to celebrate their Paris departure to study at 
the Muse'um Nationale d'Histoire Naturelle. They 



appreciated the fine-pointed golden fountain pen 
gift. . .Lilian Floge spent a month in Mexico concen- 
trating on Mexico City and learning Spanish. . .Dave 
Brody recently returned from three restful weeks in 
New Jersey. . .Mohammad Shabab enjoyed his visit to 
Pakistan seeing friends and family, and doing field work 
Exhibition: From W.A. Burns, director of the San 
Diego Natural History Museum, GV learned of the 
death of Armin Schmidt on Sept. 10. Mr. Schmidt 
had been a preparator here many years and then with 
San Diego for 22. "His memorial, " writes Dr. Burns, 
lies in the many beautiful exhibits he helped to cre- 
ate." 

Herpetology: After playing hosts in Santa Fe all sum- 
mer, Chuck and Mickey Bogert are now by themselves 
enjoying Oaxaca . . . Herndon Dowling and Itzchak 
Gilboa, associated with the HISS project, attended 
the combined meeting of the Soc . for the Study of 
Amphibians and Reptiles and the Herpetologists League 
at the Univ. of Okla. Biological Station. The boards 
of both moved to end the society newsletter but to 
provide funds for two separate HISS publications: 
Titles , an alerting service on current publications re 
amphibians and reptiles, and News, a general news- 
letter. 

Ornithology : Very early one morning, Lester Short and 
family were treated to a rare and exciting sight during 
their combination vacation-field trip to St. Catherine's 
Island, Ga.: they saw several huge loggerhead turtles 
come ashore to lay eggs. . .The Wesley Lanyons had a 
wonderful canoe trip in Minnesota this summer, then 
attended the annual Amer. Ornithologists' Union meet- 
ing in N. Dakota, as did Drs. Short and Eisenmann 
and Helen Hays. 

Planetarium : Sept. 5, 1:35 p.m., comes a call to 
Kenneth Franklin: "Can you tell me why we've lost 
all contact with the Olympic Games. I was watching 
when an announcer said they might lose contact, then 
went off the air." K.F.: "We have no information on 
that. Why not ask ABC?" "No good. I'm at work there 
right now. Maybe I'll call RCA." 

REMINISCENCES, PLEASE 
Grapevine will be 30 in January. Help us mark 
the event with your 1943 memories, photographs, 
stories — and nostalgia. Those who joined the Museum 
that year, or who have now retired, or just know some 
great tales: tell them to us. GV will be eight pages in 
January to celebrate. Even so, we ask that your mem- 
ories be limited to 75 words or less. We cannot prom- 
ise to use all responses but want to include as many as 
possible. Let's make XXX *1 lots of fun, redolent with 
remembrance. 




THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



Vol. XXIX No. 9 November -December 1972 

What has Barbara Garrison, Louis Ferry, Cindy Gosling, George Whitaker & Barbara Worcester so absorbed? see p.2 




CALLING ALL CHILDREN 

The year has rolled round again — and we're head- 
ing for that carefree-wheeling day of the Annual 
Christmas Party — Dec. 8, 5:30 p.m., Auditorium. 
The EBA -sponsored evening has become a highlight 
for Museum employees lucky enough to have a young 
companion as escort. 

After the entertainment (about one hour), every- 
one moves on to Education Hall for elegant (child- 
style) dining and fanciful (child-taste) gifts presented 
by the Santa Claus for a day. All free. All fun. 
APPOINTMENTS MADE 

At a special meeting of the board of directors of 
the Credit Union, Robert Adlington was appointed 
treasurer to fill the unexpired term caused by the re- 
tirement of Harry Lange. George Crawbuck was 
chosen first asst. treasurer. The appointments became 
effective October 16. 



HAROLD BOESCHENSTEIN 
Mr. Boeschenstein, since 1954 a trustee and 
since 1966 an honorary trustee, served the Museum 
devotedly until his death Oct. 23. The great 
blue whale and acoustical ceiling in the Hall of 
Living Invertebrates are two of his many gifts. He 
will long be remembered for the unstinting generos- 
ity of time and effort that he gave to the Museum. 

WILL YOU SHARE YOUR 30-YEAR MEMORIES? 

We want to know what the Museum was like 30 
years ago in 1943. We want to know about those who 
have retired and those still with us. Send photographs, 
engaging tales, or just reminiscences so the January 
Grapevine may be a grand bit of then and now. We 
want it to be your 30th anniversary Grapevine, your 
special nostalgia . 



HEY, GREAT! 

The season is over but the trophy lingers on — for 
third place, the first for the Museum in 20 years. It 
may be seen in the Trophy Case on the 5th floor. The 
cup was presented to our Headhunters (see GV July/ 
Aug.), softball team extraordinaire; out of sixteen 
games they lost only four. Twenty-six teams partic- 
ipated. The awards were presented at a gala Boat 
Pier Circle Line party last month. Klaus Wolters, 
manager, thanks the Museum and his teammates. Okay, 
Headhunters. . .on to next year! 
EXPANSION 

As you know, the Courtyard Parking Area between 
the Planetarium and Whitney Wing has been closed 
indefinitely because our Planetarium is growing. 

According to Kenneth Franklin, there will be two 
floors in the planned addition. The first will be ele- 
vated above the yard to match the existing Planetar- 
ium floor and will house a new library plus a new 
version of the Gift Shop. The second floor, known as 
the Richard S. Perkin Memorial Wing, will have a 
new exhibit area entitled the Hall of the Sun. Once 
the superstructure is up (which should be within the 
next 1 1/2 years) the parking space will again be- 
come available. 




On Thurs., Mar. 8, 1973, 8 p.m. -1:30 a.m., 
the Museum is planning a night of endless diversions 
at a wondrous party aptly called Rites of Spring. The 
entire second floor will become vibrant with action 
as famous singers, dancers and musicians provide 
lively entertainment. There will be gaming, raffles, 
dinosaur races and chances to pin the tail on an ele- 
phant. (Not T.R.'s). 

Admission is $25 "per" for most of the invited 
guests but all Museum employees are cordially wel- 
comed at $6 each. The admission includes ethnic 
foods to be served in appropriate halls. Drinks, how- 
ever, wili require a $1 contribution each. It is a 
night for good times and carefree conviviality to 
raise money for the Museum. Jane Ulstrup, party 
chairman, is a member of the Volunteers and Women's 
Committees. Her first lieutenant, Barbara Levy, may 
be reached at exts. 258 or 289. 



(answer to p. 1) 

WEST SIDE DAY, 

of course ! 

-- here showing Carol Leavens 

introducing a friend to a 

skeptical son but intrepid father. 



&*« 




FAREWELL-WELCOME 

"Joe Chamberlain saw some of the astronomy books 
I had written and, one thing leading to another, he 
asked me to come to the Planetarium as a guest lec- 
turer and associate astronomer. That was in 1956. " 
We are quoting Franklyn Branley, who resigned Oct. 
16 as chairman of the Planetarium because "this seems 
a good time to move on. I want to concentrate now 
on writing and editing." 

Kenneth Franklin, his successor, had been a re- 
search fellow in the Dept. of Terrestrial Magnetism, 
Carnegie Inst., Washington, D.C. "I was doing work 
on radio noise coming from Jupiter. Joe Chamberlain 
suggested I come to the Planetarium to lecture on the 
subject. While here he asked me if I knew anyone 
who might be interested in a job. Later he invited me 
to join the staff as associate astronomer. That was in 
1956." 

Though he had enjoyed the research, Dr. Franklin 
believes his greater talents lie in education, so his 
decision to join the staff was a wise one. "I feel I 
can contribute more to astronomy by improving public 
attitudes rather than by placing my name in a catalog. 
Now, as chairman, I have additional hopes." 

Kenneth and Charlotte Franklin (a member of the 
Volunteer Corps) have two married daughters and one 
living at home in Rivervale, N J . 



DANIELS. LEHRMAN 

Dr. Lehrman began his Museum association in 1938 
as a volunteer collaborating with Dr. G. Kingsley 
Noble on a study of laughing gulls. He graduated 
from CUNY in 1947 and conducted his doctoral re- 
search at NYU under the sponsorship of the late Dr. 
T.C. Schneirla. During that period he wrote his now 
famous paper, "A Critique of Konrad Lorenz's Theory 
of Instinctive Behavior." In 1959 he founded and be- 
came the first director of the Inst, of Animal Behavior 
of Rutgers but continued a close working relationship 
with the staff of the Animal Behavior dept . , collab- 
orating with them on the two-volume memorial for 
Dr. Schneirla and contributing two chapters to 
"Biopsychology of Development, " edited last year. 
He was the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony 
for the new laboratory addition a year ago. 

The trustees voted to record the deep sense of loss 
at his death on Aug. 29 in words reflecting the feel- 
ings of everyone in the Museum: "It is with sincere 
appreciation for the enduring quality of Dr. Lehrman's 



labors and his continued contribution to science that 
the trustees express their deepest sympathy to the 
members of his family at this time. " 

VALERIE NEWELL 

Mrs. Newell, who died Oct. 4, was a well -loved 
woman with many Museum friends. "She knew how to 
tell marvelous stories, particularly on herself, " said 
one admirer. "Valerie was austere-looking, but what 
a fantastic sense of humor! She was full of understand- 
ing, a sympathetic and patient person." Dept. asso- 
ciates spoke of the detailed, serious work she did, 
such as assisting her husband Norman Newell on the 
Bivalve Volumes of the Treatise on Invertebrate Pale- 
ontology. Dr. Newell told us how closely they work- 
ed together. "She had a stiff backbone, stayed with 
me in the field, slept in a sleeping bag — whenever I 
had difficulties with people, I sent her to solve things. 
A member of the dept. told us, "how much we all en- 
joyed the picnics she gave each year. " 

There are many who miss Valerie Newell. 



BRAN LEY BASH A SMASH 
Fifty Planetarium and Museum associates (one fly- 
ing from Colorado) feted Frank Branley at the appro- 
priately named "Good Old Times" restaurant on Oct. 
13. Despite sadness at his retirement, it was not in 
evidence at the get-together honoring the Planetarium 
chairman who, after sixteen years, left the domed 
edifice to devote more time to writing and to devel- 
oping some new ideas in science communication. 




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A prologue at the bar was followed by a delectible 
buffet. Dr. and Mrs. Branley were front and center 
at the head table flanked by the incoming chairman, 
Kenneth Franklin, his wife Charlotte, Mark Chartrand 
and Charles Weaver. With Frank in top form, the gift 
presentations began: "a wire from Joe Chamberlain" 
was just that — a hunk of wire; an impressionistic space 



painting by artist Helmut Wimmer turned out to be an 
empty wooden frame; a red coffeepot symbolized the 
staff's regular morning coffee k latches. In remem- 
brance of past Christmas shows, which always includ- 
ed Frank's favorite, "The Drummer Boy, " FMB was 
handed a pile of unwound audio tape on which the 
tune was ostensibly recorded. The foregoing served 
as counterpoint for the "serious" gift — a one-of-its- 
kind sculpture of a venerable professor with telescope 
teaching a young boy astronomy. Mounted on a bronze 
zodiac plate, placed on a lucite base, the entire 
scene is topped by a lucite dome. 

A handsome leather guest book enclosing bon mots 
from every plateau of our establishment, and in every 
style from Chinese to Morse Code, was handed to Dr. 
Branley "with love, " and the evening came to a 
reluctant conclusion. 

HERE AND THERE 
Accounting: Arthur Nay lor began his Museum career 
in 1929 mailing magazines for Membership. At his 
resignation last montfi he was payroll manager-social 
benefits. His parting was noted at a gala party given 
by his host of friends. Twice president of EBA, Arthur 
Naylor was also captain of the bowling team and 
played on the softball and basketball teams. Happy 
days ahead for you, sir, in your retirement. 
Carpenter Shop: Bill Barbieri has been promoted to 
superintendent of shops, Maintenance and Construction 
Division. George Keeley is the new foreman of car- 
penters. Congratulations to both gentlemen. 



Deputy Director's Office: Fall foliage cannot be com- 
pared to granddaughter Janice Susan Sicoli, claim 
John and Alma Cook. The sunshine baby with golden 
hair was born Oct. 4 to Joan and Frank Sicoli . That 
makes five grandchildren for the Cooks. 
Director's Office: Mayor Lindsay invited Dr. Nichol- 
son to serve as a member of the Health Research Coun- 
cil during the next four years. Dr. Nicholson has also 
been elected president of the N .Y . State Assoc . of 
Museums. 

Entomology : Jerome Rozen, former URP student Ronald 
McGinley and Christian Thompson spent Oct. in S. 
Africa working on research on immature bees. Their 
work relates to the role bees play as pollinating agents 
and to their evolution and classification. The trip was 

funded by the National Science Foundation Liliane 

Floge, who worked in the dept. for 5 1/2 years, now 
has a fellowship at Columbia, majoring in Sociology. 
. . .Pedro Wygodzinsky is on a four-week field trip to 
Chile and Peru collecting his favorite animals, black 
flies and silverfish. . . .Adelaide Vernon is vacationing 
in France. . . .John Cooke returned from two weeks in 
Salt Lake City, where he and assistants Mohammed 
Shadab and Isabel Garfinkle packed the Chamberlin 
Spider Collection for delivery to the Museum (N .Y. 
Times, Oct. 27). 



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Herpetology : Charles Myers and colleague John Daly 
of the Natl . Insts. of Health are in Colombia again 
collecting more poison-dart frogs for their studies on 
the biochemical properties of the skins. On his way 
home, Dr. Myers will stop in Panama for further work.' 
Ichthyology : Vita Dalrymple's hobby is macrame'. She 
and fellow artists and craftsmen have opened a coop- 
erative at 240 W. 72 St. . . .C. Lavett Smith has been 
aboard the schooner Westward off Cape Verde and the 
Canary Islands on a collecting trip. 
Invertebrate Paleontology: Norman Newell, Mark 
Barbera of Micropaleontology Press and Donald Boyd 
of the Univ. of Wyoming spent Aug. 2-14 doing field 
work on Permian and Triassic fossils in Wyoming and 
Nebraska. They brought back several tons of rocks 
containing silicified fossil invertebrates. They faced 
one inopportune moment when their truck was stuck ii 
sand for 24 hrs. and Dr. Boyd had to hike 30 miles for 
help.... Dr. Newell and Niles Eldredge participated I 
in the 24th Intl. Geol . Congress in Montreal Aug. 
20-26. Dr. Newell was the initial speaker. He will 
also be a delegate and chairman at sessions of the Int 
Permian-Carboniferous Conference in Sao Paulo, Nov. 
19-29. 

Living Invertebrates: Early in Sept., Drs. Bliss and 
Connell with Julie DiGioia, spent several weeks on 
Bimini studying the land crab. . . .In Oct., Harold 
Feinberg and William Old made a survey of the in- 
vertebrate fauna of St. Catherine's Island, Ga . 

Maintenance and Construction: Frank Marmorato, wej 
sadly report, resigned Oct. 20 to accept a position 
with a Long Island firm. Walter Koenig was promotec 
to manager of Maintenance and Construction. 
Photography : Everyone will be happy to know that 
Ellwood Logan is now home and recuperating nicely. 
Part of the reason for his fine recovery was due to the 
quick action of people like Margaret Johnston, who 
responded instantly to the call for help from Helen 
Jones, Jo D'Orsi and Jim Coxe. In addition, the co- 
operative action of Ethel Froehlich, Frank Hoffman, 
Vinnie Le Pore, Phil Miller, Joe O'Neill and Al 
Sable made it possible for Mr. Logan to be speeded 
safely and comparatively comfortably to the hospital . 
President's Office: Caroline Macomber and Tom 
McCance passed wit and witticisms back and forth 
like pros and Boker Doyle gave a pep talk almost out 
classing his previous Auction performance. The occa- 
sion was the Annual Contributor's Dinner of the Men's 
and Women's Committees on Oct. 25. The decorating 
skills of Katie Hilson, Lou Parkhurst and Nan Rees 
gave the tables a gloriously colorful air of fall . . .a 
successful dinner in every way. 




THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 




Vol. XXX, No. 1 January 1973 

EDITORIAL 
by Thomas D. Nicholson 

One real test - of an idea is whether or not it 
lasts. I believe that Grapevine must have been a 
pretty good idea when it was created 35 years ago, 
because it's still 
here ! Bigger, better, 
different in style, 
but still here ! 

The Museum has 
never been and can 
never be any better 
than the people who 
operate it. And 
Grapevine is an im- 
portant element in 
the process that helps] 
these people — you 
and I — work together 
more effectively. It is one way of getting to know 
one another better. It is one way of talking to one 
another. And to the extent that we do know and 
talk to each other, we will understand and help 
one another in the bond that brings us all together: 

running this Museum and helping it accomplish 
its objectives. 

A file of Grapevine over its history would make 
fascinating reading. Can you imagine the great 
people and the great characters who have appeared 
in its columns? Can you imagine the changes it 
has recorded in people, in events, in things that 
were part of this Museum's life for the past three - 
decades? And Grapevine is the only continuing 
publication of the Museum in which the life of 
the Museum and its people are recorded. Someday, 
an historian is going to find it a veritable treasure 
house . 

Let's hope that Grapevine will be as success- 
ful in recording the future as well as it has re- 
corded the past. We have great plans for this Mu- 
seum, plans that will be shared by the Trustees, 
the employees and the public alike. The plans in- 



clude exciting new exhibition halls, the best that 
the Museum has ever built. This year, the Hall of 
Earth Materials will begin construction; it will be 
our first hall with air conditioning, among many 
other features. Next year we will start Peoples of 
Asia and Biology of Mammals. We are making in- 
roads in our collection storage problems: a new 
area for the fossil fish collection and a new, se- 
cure, temperature-and-humidity controlled area 
for costumes, furs and textiles will be renovated 
this year. A larger, more modern and more effect- 
ive Natural Science Center is in planning and 
should be finished during 1973. And we are em- 
barked on aggressive and ambitious program plans 
for raising the necessary funds for these and other 
improvements. Grapevine, in the months and year 
ahead will be telling you about these plans, and 
the people who will make them work. 

I was not around when Grapevine was started 
35 years ago; as an employee of only 19 years' 
time I'm still a relative newcomer! And I know I 
won't be around when Grapevine comes to an end 
because I'm sure it will never end. Many things 
and many people may come and go in this Museum 
but one thing should go on forever, and that is 
our interest in knowing one another better and 
communicating with one another. And that is what 
Grapevine is for. # 

" . . .AND HISTORY, WITH ALL HER VOLUMES 
VAST, HATH JUST ONE PAGE..." 

Once upon circa 1921, a certain "publicity 
committee" issued a booklet, Museologists, "for 
the enlightenment of Museum employees." It 
wrote its informative course all through 1922. 
Followed the dark ages until Feb., 1937, when 
EBA took up AMNH citizenry enlightenment with 
a six-page, 7 1/2" x 11" publication. 

Among the goodies of this issue: an intramural 
gossip column, "Non-Scientific Discoveries"; a 
"Dinosaur Lullaby" by one J.R.S. (and there was 
only one J .R .S .), and a name-calling contest; 



this last won, states issue No. 2, by Agnes K. 
Saunders of Education, with "Grapevine." Mrs. 
Saunders was "awarded two tickets for the great 
South Sea Island night as your prize, " and issue 
No. 3 bears out the prediction. "It was a great 
night." 

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Vol. I, No. 4, reveals a choice item: "Notice 
to Employees from Administration: Resolved: 
That in accordance with the recommendation of 
the president and in conformance with the custom 
of the last six years, the trustees hereby approve 
of closing on Saturdays from June 5 to Sept. 25, 
1937, all depts. of the Museum except those re- 
quired for the necessary operation of the Museum 
to keep it open for the public." Sic transit labor 
relations. 

Once Vol. I, No. 4, passed the presses, how- 
ever, drunk from the fruits of its plentiful vine, 
all logical continuity was absorbed in a flow of 
volumes, numbers, page sizes and pages of arbi- 
trary capriciousness. Vol. I, Nos . 5 &6, are in 
one six-page June issue. No. 7 came out in Oct., 
and in Dec. , '38, Vol . II appeared with a four- 
oage 2A No., followed in Jan. '39 with a six- 
page 2B. In Feb. '39 we are down in pages and 
size but holding tenaciously to Vol . II through 
April, 1940, altering type print, color and size 
as if Alice were "drinking me . " This primary 
color arrangement erratically endures unto a 
mighty climax series in 1943 of three sixteen- 



page, 4 1/2" x6 1/2" Vol. IVs published on St. 
Patrick's Day, Flag Day, EBA Day, followed by 
an eight-page Christmas special, all sponsored by 
William Burns. 

BUT— It is Dec. 1959, Vol. XVI, No. 7! 
Under the editorship of Kate Swift, Grapevine 
becomes a Public Relations publication. Mimeo- 
graphed on 8" x 14" paper, six pages, it lists an 
impressive staff, the following of whom are still 
at the Museum: Bob Adlington, Dorothy Bliss, 
George Crawbuck, John Erlandsen, Helen Jones, 
Mary McKenna, Al Potenza, Arthur Schaefer, 
Margaret Shaw and Bill Sherman. Father of our 
Marilyn, the late Victor Badaracco, is also listed. 

In 1967, with Vol. XXIV, No. 2, GV took 
off in offset with its present masthead and has 
published along this comparatively consistent 
course until today, when you find Grapevine cel- 
ebrating its 35th Anniversary with its 30th Vol- 
ume (and with but one page allowed on which to 
note its voluminous history). Only an institution 
of such prestigious scientific precision as ours 
could sanction such dubious numerical whimsy. 

Hail! Happy Birthday Grapevine! You don't 
look a year over Stegosaurus. # 

REMINISCENCES 

1943 was the year, according to Herpetology 
reporter Peggy Shaw, for giving information on 
venomous snakes, with a summary of first-aid 
treatment for snakebites, to foreign war theaters. 
This included an outline of poisonous snakes in 
the Indo-Australian region — and today in the 
1970's includes requests for snakes of Southeast 
Asia. Charles Bogert, now curator emeritus, 
served as chairman of the Greater N.Y. Fund in 
the Museum's 1943 drive. Dr. Bogert remains ac- 
tive, with hdqrtrs. in Santa Fe and frequent col- 
lecting trips to Mexico. John A. Moore, a re- 
search assoc . in 1943, still serves in that capac- 
ity from his Riverside, Calif., home. 

Rose Adlington recalls the 1940's when F. 
Trubee Davison, Museum president, gave an an- 
nual picnic at his Long Island home. 

Mrs. Robert Rockwell writes from Exmore, Va . , 
about the June GV article on Carl Akeley's 
grave. Her husband, associated with the Museum 
from 1925-42, mounted most of the animals from 
and participated in the expeditions. She also tells 
us that Martha Miller, Mr. Akeley's secretary, 
is now Mrs. Albert Bleven of Tyron, N .C, and 
further reveals that A. Fitzpatrick Ayre and Mr. 
Rockwell are the only men now living who were 



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37 FROM '37 TIMES 35 LEAVES 31 ? 
Of the 37 ladies and gentlemen associated with AMNH since 1937, 31 were on hand to brave a 
freezing wind and honor Grapevine's 35 years. Top Row (I . to r.) Bob Adlington, Jim Williamson, 
Charles O'Brien, Philip Horan, John Hackett, Bill Sherman, Harry Tappen, George Decker, Joe 
Roche. 3rd Row, Gordon Ekholm, Arthur Scharf, Ted Galusha, Al Potenza, Eddie Doskocil, Fred 
Scherer, John Cook. 2nd Row, Beryl Taylor, Jack Scott, Tom Ford, Helen Jones, Eddie Hawkins, 
George Petersen, Bob Kane, Alma Cook. 1st Row, Dean Amadon, Rose Adlington, Mary Wissler, 
Joe Saulina, Dottie Naylor, Harriet Walsh, Morris Skinner. Not in picture: Alice Gray, Elwood 
Logan, Tess Martin, Henry Pinter, Larry Pintner, Farida Wiley. # 



on the expeditions. "Pat Ayre was one of the 
'white hunters' and my husband Carl Akeley's 
chief asst. Pat lives in Umzumbi 20, S. Coast, 
Natal . The two men had a happy reunion in 
Durban in 1964." Robert Rockwell was 87 last 
Oct. 

Bill Old sends down a friendly story from one 
Maude Nickerson Meyer of Captiva, Fla., who 
once was employed by "an organization in NYC, " 
she writes, "that had close contacts with the 
AMNH." Dr. G. Clyde Fisher, curator in the 
Dept. of Ed. once told her a story: One fall Mon- 
day he walked through the dept. on his usual 
morning greeting and outside activities check. 
Some of his staff had been exploring Long Island's 



east end and brought back a riotous bouquet of 
brilliant leaves. Straight-faced, he asked what 
they were. He was answered, "We've not had 
time to look them up." He countered, "Try 'Rhus 
toxicodendron," 1 and quickly exited. You guessed 
The women had gathered great armsful of poison 
ivy! 

Marguerite Newgarden, in Education from 
1928-66, writes from St. Petersburg, Fla., "The 
Grapevine is still a source of interest to all Mu- 
seum retirees like myself, though so many of the 
old-timers are no longer with the Museum — or 
with us." She adds a p.s.: "I hope the Museum 
Shop carries this recycled paper. Haven't been 
there for two years but firmly believe in conserv- 



ation of our natural resources. " 

Margaret Gil Hard Person writes from Pocono 
Pines, Pa., "I dearly love receiving the Grape- 
vine, sent every month as a courtesy to staff wid- 
ows." (Her first husband was E. Thomas Gill lard) . 
Mrs. Person sent us a copy of the first edition 
when it was still both nameless and priceless. She 
continues, "more power to you and keep up the 
great work." Thank you Mrs. Person, for the words 
and the paper. We are no longer nameless and we 
hope there is no price upon our heads. 

Writes Alma Cook: "1937. . .back to the days 
when I first fell in love with the Museum. . . quiet 
halls, pridefully clean .. . the friendly Mike Gaer 
and Maurice Wallace, greeting each day with 
Irish smiles as they manned the 77th St. elevators 

..."Red Head" Bob Murray, trusted messenger, 
who often said: 'They wouldn't send a dog out on 
a day like this, but they would Murray !'.. . the 
walks in Central Park at lunchtime. . . the old 
employees' cafeteria where delicious hot meals 
were prepared under dietician Blanche Preston 
and served for 40 cts. per. . . the excitement of 
taking shorthand from Frank Lutz, Roy Waldo 
Miner, James Clark, Clyde Fisher, Bill Barton 
and Mike Lerner. The mileage built trotting 
alongside my employer, Hans Christian Adamson, 
delving into exhibition halls where he dictated 
broadcast material for final dictation directly on- 
to stencils for our two weekly award-winning CBS 
broadcasts. . .our loved and respected president 
Trubee Davison, the charm of our explorer- 
director Roy Chapman Andrews. . .the friendships 
formed and solidified. . .All nostalgia? Perhaps, 
but coupled with happiness still part of this won- 
derful place ! " # 



Perhaps the exchange 
of cutting pliers 
(Arthur Scharf's) for 
the Indian's tobacco 
was not entirely 
fair -- the Indian 
hasn't changed a 
bit. (Peter 
Stuyvesant Group, 
1937) # 




EBA: A SHORT HISTORY 
(kindness of Art Grenham) 

In 1908 "fringe benefits" did not exist. Con- 
cerned employees did, so they joined arms to es- 
tablish EBA, assessing each member 50$ to aid 
families of deceased workers, giving each family 
$150. This was later raised to $200. With time, 
a bond grew among the employees. A spate of 
social activities resulted: spring and fall dances 
attended by over 300; enthusiastic baseball and 
bowling teams; a chess and photography club; 
the annual Christmas Party for children; and pic- 
nics, an especially well -remembered one at the 
home of trustee F. Trubee Davison. 

These extra-curriculas have drifted away, as 
did even the Christmas Party until its revival 
under the past EBA presidency of Charles Weaver. 
It now remains the major EBA event of the year. 

In 1937 EBA founded and was entirely respons- 
ible for Grapevine , now prepared by the Public 
Affairs Office. EBA had a column in the paper 
as recently as 1969. Why not rejuvenate that 
custom, eh, EBAers? # 




Speaking of the EBA Christmas party, here's one 
of this year's guests: Stephanie Carbonaro, 
granddaughter of Sam Casfelli, Blda. Services. 
More pictures, next page. § 



ONLY THE SAUERKRAUT RAN OUT 
Tina, 4 1/2, was equally proud of 16-month- 
old brother Anthony and Union president father, 
Vito Melito, as was Charles Miles of his Daryl, 
14, Angelica, 7, and Malcolm, 2, (a handsome 
family--and after meeting Mrs. M. we know 
why). Angelica and guest, Gina Trice, managed 
to look disarming behind their juicy rolls (before 
the sauerkraut was gone) . 

Which is by way of introducing the EBA Annual 
Children's Christmas Party, a robust affair attend- 
ed by 375 guests (we hesitate distinguishing adult 
from child). Art Grenham, the M.C., officiated 
in quietly controlled manner. Levi Graham, Tony 
Moloney and Walter Michalski contributed toward 
the harmony with effective and inconspicuous en- 




Above, Frederick & Rosemary Schneider, 
grandchildren of Nicholas Sirico, en- 
gineer. Above right, Lisa (1), daughter 
of Fred Hartmann, Natural History, with 
Dorothy Naylor & granddaughters Jill & 
Karen Preston. Below, from left, Jimmy, 
son of Joseph Colombo, Plumbing, & 
Christopher Lee, son of Irving Almodovar, 
Office Services; Joe Donato, electrician; 
young Jennifer with Brenda & Gareth 
Nelson, Ichthyology; young Joseph with 
father Joe Nemet, Paintshop. 



gard-smanship. 

Auditorium entertainment took sixth place be- 
hind balloons, elegant attire, noise, food, Santa 
Claus (him-very-self George Crawbuck, who did 
not get a damp lap this year), and handsome Joe 
Donato, unrecognizable but mischievious as The 
Clown . 

Among the volunteers: Donna and Barbara, 
bright as the balloons they dispensed, are daugh- 
ters of Joseph Lorenz, electrical shop. The tree 
sparkled graciously, courtesy Ray deLucia. 
Ernestine Weindorf, general factotum for the oc- 
casion, maintained her cool while happy havoc 
erupted about her from the first "yo-ho Happy 
Hanukah" issued from Santa's interfaith counten- 
ance, to his final "and to all a good night." 




HERE AND THERE 



Archbold Bio, Station : John Kinsella is studying 
the ecology of parasitism in small mammals with 
support from an Archbold Research Fellowship. 
He will be at the Station with his wife, Edna, 
and their three children until Aug. Dr. Kinsella 
received his doctorate from the Univ. of Montana, 
held a Natl. Inst, of Health postdoctoral fellow- 
ship in the Dept. of Veterinary Science at the 
Univ. of Florida and is the author of numerous 
publications on bird and mammal parasites. Ama- 
teur movie-making and handball really claim his 
primary attentions, however. 
Building Services: Thomas Leonard, a member of 
the dept. for 26 years, died Nov. 6. He had been 
a Marine veteran of W.W .11 . Mr. Leonard will 
be much missed by his many friends. He is sur- 
vived by his wife Josephine and children Tom, 
Bob and Patricia. . .Vito Melito has been elected 
pres. of Local 1306 succeeding John McCabe. 
Entomology: After four years at AMNH, Veronica 
Picchi is leaving to attend graduate school at the 
Univ . of Conn . . . .Alice Gray spent one month 
in Japan attending an origami workshop. . .Drs. 
Wygodzinsky and Herman attended the meeting of 
the Entomological Soc. of America in Montreal. 
Exhibition: Matthew Kalmenoff, background painter 
with the Museum since 1942, was honored at a 
retirement luncheon last month given by his friends 
and fellow workers. His many field trips collect- 
ing studies for paintings have carried him from 
Alaska to Texas. Because of Mr. Kalmenoff's 
generous donation of time in running art classes 
for employees, amateur Museum artists have be- 
come much more skillful. 

Library: Wendell Su has transferred to Micro. Press 
. . .Shelia Burns, on a grant from the NSF, will 
catalog the Museum's rare film collection; she will 
remain here one year. . .Assisting Ms. Burns is 
Henry Medina. Coming from Custodial Services, 
Mr. Medina joined the Library in Dec. He, too, 
is working on an NSF grant. . .Sponsored by the 
Library Automation Research and Consulting Assn., 
Nina Root spent three weeks participating in sem- 
inars in Denmark, Sweden, the USSR, E. and W. 
Germany and the Netherlands. 
Micro. Press: Julia Golden was promoted to asst. 
editor. . .Reuben Bossik, who has silhouetted and 
stripped plates for catalogs since 1965, has retired 
— will he be able to remain so? . . .Wendell Su will 
take over for Mr. Bossik . . .It was a tonsillectomy 
that kept Sandra Badellino from work last month 
. . .Bella Kotler visited family in Riga, Latvia . 
Museum Shop: Alice Pollak retired last month as 



manager of the Shop after 23 years with the Mu- 
seum. During her tenure sales have increased 
about 500%. Ms. Pollak is not yet certain what 
she will do but you can be sure music and reading 
will be part of her decision. . .Robert Re, who 
came to the Shop straight from the School of Vis- 
ual Arts in 1961, is also leaving, to move west- 
ward for San Francisco and start his own business. 
It won't be the same Shop without those two. 
Martin Tekulsky is the new manager. 

Ornithology : Charles O'Brien, whose retirement 
becomes final in June, has been with the Museum 
about 45 years. Currently this represents the long- 
est service of any active employee. The dept. 
held a gathering in his honor. Robert Cushman 
Murphy, another valued old-timer, spoke of Mr. 
O'Brien's long years of dedicated service. Sev- 
eral days later, popular C.O'B was guest of honor 
at a "21 Club" luncheon. Happy retirement to you! 
Planetarium: A grateful Evelyn McKnight wrote to 
Kenneth Franklin complimenting him upon the 
compassionate helpfulness of Messrs. Berlitz, 
Blake, Martin and O'Dwyer. Dr. Franklin, though 
answering for the Planetarium really included the 
whole Museum: "I have passed on copies of your 
gracious letter to the gentlemen involved, who 
do, indeed, feel the compassion you recognized. 
In fact, everyone here would have responded sim- 
i larly . I am not surprised, but I am pleased . " . . . 
David Quinn was elected president of the Stony 
Point Chapter, Sons of the Amer. Rev., one of 
N .Y. State's most active chapters. 
President's Office: Dec. 13, was the opening of 
Hitch Lyman's one-man show of paintings at the 
Blue Parrot Gallery on Madison Ave., between 
80-81 Sts. It will be there until Jan. 10. 
Projection: Good news! Joseph Abruzzo is recu- 
perating from a very serious operation. Everyone 
is looking forward to seeing his smiling face back 
on the job and to enjoying his cheerful manner. 
Southwestern Research Station: Joe and Gennie 
Remington, maintenance man and cook at the 
SWRS for the past four years, are visiting the 
AMNH this Dec. -Jan. to see what their parent 
institution is all about. . .Vincent Roth and daugh- 
ter Susan made a spider collecting trip out of an 
Alamos, Sonora vacation which included a ride 
on the famous Barranca del Cobre train. The three- 
day trip cost $16 for two, including sleeping ac- 
commodations (bedrolls), 10 hrs. of train ride, 
postcards, fruit quesadillas and tacos. "Actually 
we took most of our food, " writes Vince Roth, 
"but try to beat that price!" # 




THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



Vol. XXX, No. 2 

OF MORE THAN PASSING INTEREST 
^1 . Through the kindness of Dean Amadon, GV 
learned of an article on Alexander Seidel, 75, 
that appeared in the N.Y. Times last month. Mr. 
Seidel, now a designer of intricate engravings for 
one-of-a-kind Steuben Glass masterpieces selling 
for thousands of dollars, was a handyman at the 
Museum in 1943. Ernst Mayr learned Mr. Seidel 
had been a painter in his native Germany. Before 
long the handyman began working on exhibits, in- 
cluding an alcove of extinct birds, a forestry 
mural and a mural of primates. 

But it is this closing quote from the article that 
may give cause for thoughtfulness. "Asked the se- 
cret of his health and happiness. . .Mr. Seidel re- 
plied softly, 'I was in the first World War for four 
years, and when I was first shot at I was not yet 
17. I learned then that the next day was a gift, 
and every day since has been a gift. 1 " 

*2. John Pal lister received a call from a police 
officer in Jan. "I don't pay much attention to 
these things," he said, "for they happen all the 
time. " This particular time it had to do with 
beetles found in a heroin cache. "The life cycle 
of these flour beetles (Tenebrio ferrugineum) from 
egg to adult is a maximum of four months. They 
are a very common variety found the world over. 
Heroin is usually cut with flour or powdered 
sugar," Mr. Pallister went on to explain, "and 
since these were adults I figured they were ap- 
proximately three months old. These conclusions 
coincided with the police officer's suspicions as 
to how long the heroin had been in the country." 
His smile was one of satisfaction. 

John Pallister still has the beetles. He 
doesn't know any more about the outcome of the 
story or the heroin, but ask him sometime of the 
murder case he helped solve ten years ago — all 
to do with zebra butterfly wings and car radiators. 

*3. Waist watchers, waste not calories. Wait and 



February 1973 

watch your weight disintegrate as you dine daily 
on the Cafeteria's new Slim Line Special: fruit 
juice, salad, fish and vegetable. Just $1 .00 to 
lose the spare tire. 




What happens when someone is caught writing 
on the walls of the Museum? If our attendant/ 
guards are on the scene, he cleans it off. 



SPECIAL STYLE WITH SMILE 
"The primary function of the Graphic Arts 
Division," its manager, Joe Sedacca, tells us in 
his serious, soft-spoken way, "is service; service 
for the graphic needs of the Museum whether it 
be to paint a small backroom sign for the Custo- 
dial Dept. or work on something lavish and ex- 
acting as the Annual Report. " 

One discovers wild and wonderful products on 
the walls and shelves of this sunbright office that 
have spun from the imaginative brains of its cre- 
ative staff — it seems they spend lunch hours 
crushing discarded cans into esthetic chef d'oeuv- 
res, making dime-story candy dishes into gold- 
leaf extravaganzas or designing chimerical pencil 
holders of papier mache. 



Travelling from desk to desk, we first met Tony 
Vitiello. He enjoys all phases of his work, spe- 
cializing in maps and printing. Mr. Vitiello has 
been here since 1969. 

Rene Moens ("pronounced like in Phoenix") 
claims "I do as good work as possible . " Mr. 
Moens, all pink shirt and smiles as he pasted type 
for label copy, came to work in 1967. He and 
Helene, a psychotherapist, live in Closter, N.J., 
in a home for which they first made a 3-dimen- 
sional model and then worked with the builder 
through to its completion. "That was 10 years 
ago, " he tells us while carrying the chair to the 
next desk interview, "and I always get home 
faster than Si . " 

"Si" is Simon Siflinger, a Bayside resident who 
convinced Juan Carlos to move there. "Lower 
taxes, nice neighborhood," he nods quietly. Mr. 
Siflinger is currently working on a brochure for 
the Archbold Biological Station. 

Handsome Anthony Baker, another quiet one, 
is working on design for the Drama of the Skies 
Planetarium Mural and animal signs to be used in 
the new Natural Science Center. 

Juan Carlos, the other Baysider, looks out from 
under his heavy black brows, much happier speak- 
ing of his family than himself. Wife Alcira is a 
portrait and still life painter who has won prizes 
in N.Y., N.J., and Spain. Daughter Giovanna, 
14, is also artistic. Son Carlos-Alberto lives in 
Conn., with two Ellyns--wife and daughter. 
Grandfather Juan has just completed some graph- 
ics for Animal Behavior. 

"We are an all male division, " Joe Sedacca 
explains, "with a marvelous, loveable female 
secretary." Gordon Reekie, chairman of Exhibi- 
tion and Graphic Arts, was emphatic: "One of 
the happiest days of my life was when Marilyn 
Franz came to work . " 

Ms. Franz? "The only time I associate with 
them, " she points through the glass to their desks 
contemptuously, "is when I have lunch with them;' 
she looks at us impishly, adding, "which is prac- 
tically every day." Here since 1968, it is ob- 
vious the division survives because of her. Fore- 
most among the new Westsider's interests are 
figure-skating, painting and her new dog. 

Manager Sedacca, "scarcely wet behind the 
ears and just graduated from Pratt Inst.," arrived 
in 1955 thinking "I'd stay a year or two. Some- 
how seventeen flew by. It was a two-man dept. 



in those days. We convinced the Museum of the 
need for better graphics. We began helping in- 
formally with temporary exhibits, found we had 
a flare for them, gave more and more time to their 
creation. Our division designed and executed the 
mural for the People Center and will continue 
doing their exhibit cases. The staff shares the 
work, throwing it back and forth. We have differ- 
ent personalities and it shows in the styles of the 
exhibits, giving them a fresh look. Printing is 
another important aspect of the dept. We know 
the business well and frequently handle layout 
problems for Natural History, Micro Press, the bi- 
monthly calendar, the Education dept. brochures, 
the Planetarium, Museum Shop. . ." 

Mr. Sedacca is grateful to Gordon Reekie. 
"He gives me complete ("ALMOST," G.R.) free- 
dom which is fantastic for a creative person. I 
don't know if I could work for anyone else, but 
Gordon is a wonderful chairman for all of us." 

There is something wonderful about the entire 
division with its serio-comic attention to detail, 
wide creative scope and the touches large and 
small it continually applies toward enhancing the 
Museum's public image. 



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TAKE NOTE 
As of Feb. 2 the Natural Science Center will 
be closed for nine or more months while it is re- 
furbished and new exhibits are installed. Upon re- 
opening, the Center will again continue to intro- 
duce youngsters to the natural world; this time 
with emphasis placed on urban ecology. 

IT WILL BE A LITE, BRITE NITE AT 
"RITES OF SPRING" 

For a ticket to the gala evening, "Rites of 
Spring, " Thurs. , March 8, 8:30 p.m., Museum 
employees and guests pay only $6.00 (everyone 
else pays $25.00). 

There will be belly dancers and snake charm- 
ers; dinosaur races, gaming, singing, ethnic din- 
ing; International House performance; a Scientific 
Spectacular including such luminaries as Malcolm 
Arth, Richard Van Gelder and Margaret Mead. 
Peter Duchin and orchestra will provide the music. 

There will be raffles and prizes of endless va- 
riety: a Cunard Cruise for two; a Lindblad trip to 
Bali; raspberry bushes; dresses from Henri Bendel 
and Oscar de la Renta; two tickets for next year's 
Super Bowl; a season series at Yankee Stadium; 
bicycles; a Kenneth hairstyling; a golfcart, a sun- 
fish, and, as they say at the local real estate 
office, Lots More. 

For information and tickets, call Barbara Levy, 
ext. 258 or 289. 



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HERE AND THERE 
Anthropology: At the AAAS meeting on Dec. 29 
in Washington, Margaret Mead delivered the 
Presidential Address to the Society for General 
Systems Research (affiliated with the sections on 
social and economic sciences, history and phi- 
losophy sciences, and engineering). Her subject 
was: "The World System: Only One Earth . " . . . 
Jean-Claude Quilici has been appointed re- 
search associate . 

Education: Carlton Beil joined the dept. in 1945 
as an instructor and retires as supervisor of Cir- 
culating Exhibits this month. Mr. Beil was an en- 
thusiastic member of the Museum Chess Club and 
a youth leader for many years in Boy Scouts and 
the Woodcraft League of America,and as a nature 
counselor in summer camps and an instructor in 
field courses on insect life and stream ecology. 
His hobbies include nature photography, Indian 
lore and a broad range of arts and crafts. . . 
Catherine Pessino attended the Natural Science 
Centers Conf. in Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 3-7 
and the AAAS meetings in Washington, D.C., 
Dec. 27-30. . .Malcolm Arth vacationed in St. 
Thomas for several weeks. 

Entomology: Kumar Krishna, who is vacationing 
in India, has a new part-time asst., Bertie Jo- 
sephson. . .Dave Brody's son's guppie had babies — 
that's the news as we received it L 
Exhibition: George Petersen, chief preparator, 



retired in Jan. after 40 years of service to the 
Museum. His specialty was making artificial 
plants and many of the techniques now used were 
introduced by him. Collecting trips took him to 
the south seas, Africa, Japan and many N. Amer. 
sites. We doubt if you can find a hall that does 
not contain samples of his work. Forty-three 
friends honored "Pete" at Donohue's Restaurant 
and wished him happy retirement. 

Herpetology: Herndon Dowling and Itzchak Gil- 
boa attended the meetings of the AAAS in Wash- 
ington. They reported their use of scanning elec- 
tron microscopy as a tool for reptile identification 
and taxonomic arrangement at the annual meeting 
of the Herpetologists' League, which met at the 
same time. . .Herpetology has a new bride, Mich- 
elle Coxe, who married William Blitz Dec. 9. 
Her many Museum friends wish the couple happi- 
ness and good luck in their new life. . .Among the 
many dept. visitors over the holidays was John 
Healy, who is taking great deiight in his retire- 
ment. He and his wife enjoyed their Ireland trip 
last fall. 

Invertebrate Paleontology: Norman Newell par- 
ticipated in an international symposium on the 
Carboniferous and Permian Systems in S. Amer. 
held in Sao Paulo in Nov. at the invitation of the 
Academia Brasileria de Ciencias. Dr. Newel I 's 
contribution covered his extensive paleontologic 
and stratigraphic studies in the Andes and*6razil. 
He presided at several sessions. After the symposi- 
um, delegates travelled through Sao Paulo and 
Parana* examining glacial deposits of the Permian 
age throughout a now subtropical region. It has 
been generally agreed that some of the ice cen- 
ters were in S.Africa when Africa and S. Amer. 
were still joined. The glacial geology observed 
supports the theory of former union of the two con- 
tinents until at least the mid-Permian with sub- 
sequent separation. 

Library : Mary Wissler retired on Jan. 4 after 35 
years of service. The Library has lost its historian, 
archivist and peregrinating catalog. The Library 
staff feted her at a dinner party at Tavern-on-the- 
Green. Not only the Library staff will miss her. . . 
Sylvester Chigodora came to the Library as Sr. 
Clrk., from Custodial Services. He will assist in 
shipping, binding and processing. 
Living Invertebrates: Effective Dec. 1, Harold 
Feinberg was promoted to scientific asst. 
Micropaleontology Press: Reuben Bossik, the in- 



domitable former textile handpainter, has now re- 
tired as a Museum technician for the Press. Where 
to now, Mr. Bossik? 

Mineralogy : In 1953 David Seaman started as a 
specialist in the dept. and was later promoted to 
scientific asst. After 19 years of dedicated service 
he retired in Jan. During that time he identified 
50,000 mineral specimens for the public, all ver- 
ifiable through Mr. Seaman's accurate records. 
David Seaman loves minerals and enjoys helping 
and teaching. The dept. suffers a serious loss and 
will miss his enthusiasm and knowledge. He plans 
to retire to Maine in a house in the pegmatite 
area so he can continue his work on them, and of 
course, continue collecting rocks and minerals, 
many of which he donated to AMNH. We look 
forward to the book, "Pegmatite Minerals," 
"Dave" is planning to write in retirement. 

# # 
SHALL WE DANCE? 
There is a plot afoot to organize a Museum 
dance group of free-form body movement. Bettie 
Erda, exceptional dancer/teacher, has agreed to 
lead but at times others will be encouraged to 



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direct a class. 



The group wants to form a serious, attentive 
list of women and men who will appreciate the 
extraordinary opportunity of working under 
Bettie Erda's direction. 

The first meeting will be Mon., Feb. 19, 
5:15 p.m. in the Auditorium. 

# # 
Planetarium : Strangers often do act kindly. An 
anonymous one sent the Planetarium office a 70% 
Attendance Certificate form which belonged to a 
dutiful student who had regularly presented him- 
self at his Light and Radio in Astronomy course. 
Also enclosed was a note: "This was left in a taxi- 
cab. Please give to owner. Thank you. ". . .Inci- 
dentally, if any AMNHers are interested in Plan- 
etarium courses (with or without certificates) call 
ext. 206. 

Telephone Operators : Vita de Vita, at the Museum 
twelve years, is now working for Varsity Bus Co. 
. . .Helen Dean, who loves animals and crossword 
puzzles, is the new operator. 
Trustees: In the current issue of N.Y. State Con- 
servationist there is an interesting dual article on 
the pros and cons of snowmobiles. AMNH Honor- 
ary Trustee W. Douglas Burden takes the con side. 




THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



Vol. XXX, No. 3 

BITS & PIECES 

"want to save $1 .50 on the circus? Office 
Services has discount envelopes from Madison Sq. 
Garden. Specify date, number of tickets, price, 
seat, and enclose check. You receive your dis- 
count tickets by mail . Office Services also often 
has "twofers." Check it out. 

^Another money saver may be the Teachers 
Insurance and Annuity Assoc. (TIAA). For infor- 
mation or membership application, contact Charles 
Weaver's office, ext. 221 . 

"The Natl. Sci. Fndtn. has again funded the 
Planetarium's Summer Sci. Training Program, 
given for the past 15 years except 1972. The pro- 
gram will begin July 9. 

^The new Gallery 77 (Section 1A, first floor) 
will open in April with an exhibit on Greenland, 
a part of Arctic Denmark. 

^Late nostalgia from Dorothy Edwards 
Shuttlesworth, who writes: "1943! It looked like 
the beginning of Women's Liberation with women 
taking over as attendants. . .My husband was in 
the SeaBees, baby Gregory required attention, 
but the Museum was an oasis where work fell into 
ordered pattern. . .My life recently overflows with 
activity but when I think of my Museum career I 
feel like singing 'Those were the days, my friends'.' 

*Sign Up! Become a Headhunter! Last season 
the team placed third in the softball champion- 
ships (see trophy on the 5th floor, section 12). 
This year? To join, call Jimmy Blake, ext. 239. 
He will send you the practice and official game 
schedules. All games are played within walking 
distance of AMNH in Central Park. You'll have 
a ball! 

*Some of us get no farther than Kalbfleisch 
Field Research Station for the summer, but this 
'year a few AMNH folk will make it to Africa. 
Christopher Schuberth will lead an August geo- 
logical teaching trip to Kenya and Tanzania. 
Also in Kenya will be Ken Franklin. He and 
Roger Caras of Princeton will be the two "private 




March-April 1973 

It's nice ice . . . 
Dr. Nicholson 
holds the Star of 
Sierra Leone, the 
largest diamond 
extant, which had 
a successful 
exhibition at the 
Museum earlier 
this year. 



citizens with special credentials" leading an ed- 
ucational tour viewing the June 30 eclipse of the 
sun. Dr. Franklin has information about a score 
of eclipse tours, ready to disperse same for inter- 
ested GV readers — as for example a trip off the 
coast of Mauritania, W. Africa, with Mark 
Chartrand aboard the S.S. Canberra. This will be 
the longest-lasting solar eclipse for the next 175 
years; those viewing in Kenya will see it for 4 
min., 44 1/2 seconds; in the Sahara Desert it will 
last 7 min., 8 seconds. 

^To friends and co-workers, Gillian Schacht 
and Norman Newell happily announce their en- 
gagement to be married. The couple plan a small 
church wedding in May. We wish them a long and 
happy life together. 

^An interdepartmental effort is underway as 
we go to press. Lavett Smith of Ichthyology is 
engaged in a week-long dive near Freeport, 
Bahamas, to study coral reef communities. He is 
using HYDROLAB, an underwater laboratory- 
residence located 50 feet beneath the surface. 
Support divers for the project include Alan Be' of 
Invertebrate Paleontology and Mondy Dana of 
Natural History Magazine. 



tickets: Rusty Gelb; dinner: Betty Whitman; pub- 
licity/entertainment: Nan Rees; arrangements: 
Erica Prud'homme (and the marvelously whimsical 
art work), Barbara Worcester; gaming: Dan Seitz, 
Nora Cammann, David Wierdsma; raffle: Noel 
Mordana; decorations, boutiques and volunteers: 
Melinda Blinken and Katy Hilson; invitations: 
Sibyl Golden; liason: Barbara Levy; consultants: 
Kitsie Dolman, Sally Goodgold, Kiku Hoagland, 
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points to the miracles performed by the electri- 
cians, carpenters and building services personnel. 
They sound a resounding blessing upon them and 
so many others who of necessity must be nameless 
--but everyone knows who everyone is. 

Tired feet trod the halls Mar. 9, and glazed 
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No cultural group has ever performed rites of spring quite like those staged at the AMNH. Some people 
were serious about the gaming (above left), some were excited (above right). Some, like columnist 
Leonard Lyons, Trustee Mary Lindsay, and Mayor John V. Lindsay, met friends (below left), and some 
just relaxed and listened to Odetta (below right). Museum employees, who were to be seen all over the 
place, boosted receipts by buying the remaining prizes at discounts later. 





HERE AND THERE 
Anthropology: The Librarian of Congress, L. 
Quincy Mumford, has appointed Margaret Mead 
one of three "Honorary Consultants in American 
cultural history, each to serve a term of three 
years beginning Jan. 1." Dr. Mead is cited as 
being "among the most distinguished of American 
anthropologists. . .and has spent nearly her entire 
career since 1926 in various positions at The 
American Museum of Natural History, " for which 
we are all extremely grateful . 
Building Services: Since 1969, Peter De Marcan- 
tonio was a valued member of the Museum family, 
serving much of his time as guard in the Hall of 
Minerals and Gems. He died suddenly of a heart 
attack at the age of 60 while on duty Feb. 2. . . 
Through the efforts of John Othmer, the John 
Fraser Bryan American Legion Post *19 donated 
$500 "to support the Museum's scientific, edu- 
cation and renovation programs, " the second such 
donation given by the Bronx Post. 
Education: Joan Dunitz resigned in Feb. On April 
14 she will be married to Howard Epstein, move to 
Allentown, Pa., and work in an art museum 
there. . .Violet Pena, with the Planetarium since 
1969, is now a senior clerk in Education but con- 
tinues to handle bookings for both depts. . . . 
Malcolm Arth will participate in a symposium on 
"Museums and the Schools" in Denver in March, 
will give a paper at the meetings of the Society 
for Applied Anthro. in Tucson in April and will 
deliver the keynote address on "Science and 
Art" in Memphis in May. . .Bruce Hunter led two 
Maya Archeology tours in Feb. . . .The dept. re- 
cently received a gift of $5000 for special pro- 
grams from the Harry Nias Fdntn. . .Catharine 
Barry, whose impressively varied career began 
here in 1941, retired last month. Miss Barry has 
appeared on TV and films, authored many child- 
ren's books and articles and has been particularly 
innovative with programs for handicapped child- 
ren, which "I most certainly plan to continue 
since this is really my first love." Her outside 
activities include scouts, crafts, membership in 
a semi-professional drama group, and a love of 
theater, ballet and classical music. She plans to 
travel west this summer and in future years visit 
the Canary Islands and So. America. . .You will 
be missed, Catharine Barry. 

Entomology : John Cooke returned to England after 
3 1/2 years at the Museum. . .Julia Gervasi, sec- 
retary to Drs. Rindge and Cooke, also leaves in 



March after eight years at the Museum. Mrs. 
Gervasi is going to have a baby. . .In Feb. , Rose 
Adlington vacationed in Florida for two weeks. 
Exhibition & Graphic Arts : The 103rd Annual Re- 
port received the Mead Award of Merit for its 
graphics, the second such given to the Report. . . 



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CREDIT UNION REPORTS 
At the 38th Annual Meeting of the AMNH 
Employees' Credit Union in Feb., treas. Robert 
Adlington presented the 1972 Financial and Sta- 
tistical Report to the directors and members. The 
348 loans made to members in 1972 totaled 
$257,693 outstanding at the end of the year. 
(The CU has made 15,974 loans amounting to 
$7,777,726 since its inception.) Cash in banks 
and certificates of deposit by fiscal 1972 was 
$1 16,253. Members' shares totaled $335,764 and 
the regular reserve was $26,668. 

The new directors and officers will be reported 
on in the next issue of GV. 

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Eight intricate soapstone, marble and jade pieces 
of Rene Moens's sculpture are on display at Arthur 
Brown & Bros., 2 West 46 St. An admirer of Jean 
Arp and Henry Moore, Mr. Moens's original 
craftsmanship expresses three-dimensional sensi- 
tivity to Maya and Chinese carvings, and ancient 
architecture. 

Herpetology: A huge welcome was given to Herp's 
new technician, Edward Teller, who transferred 
from Building Services in Feb. Mr. Teller has been 
with the Museum since 1946. . .Charles Myers is 
on an extended field trip to Colombia and Panama 
to collect more data on poison-dart frogs for his 
work with the Natl. Institutes of Health. 
Library: Blanca Fukunaga resigned in Feb., after 
more than two years at AMNH. The staff wish her 
good luck... From Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cullman 
III, the Library received a gift of the 67-year un- 
published diary record of Ernest Thompson Seton. 
An exhibit of the material is planned for the new 
Rare Book Room. 

Living Invertebrates: At the 1972 Washington, 
D.C. AAAS Dec. meeting, Dorothy Bliss was 
elected to the Committee on Nominations. Dr. 
Bliss is chairman of Section G, Biological Sci- 
ences of the AAAS, and a member of the Commit- 
tee on Council Affairs. 
Planetarium: Recent request from a 7-yr.-old in 




The Museum has re instituted the practice of holding teas for employees who are retiring. The 
occasions have been a great success. At left are Dr. Tsunemasa Saito, retiree Reuben Bossik, 
and Raymond Bossik; center, retiree Mary V. Wissler; right, retiree George E. Petersen, with 
Mr. and Mrs. Gardner D. Stout. 



Union, N.J.: " . . .1 would like to know about any 
new inventions, or pictures of new inventions 
coming up in the future." 

Photography: Joe Saulina came to the Museum in 
1935 to work in Fulfillment. In 1971 he moved to 
Development, so now, naturally, he goes to 
Photography as asst. mgr. Mr. Saulina's wife, the 
former Peggy Guy, had been a secretary in Ento- 
mology. The Saulinas live in River Vale, N.J., 
have one married daughter and another in college. 
President's Office: In Feb., Gregory Long was 
appointed manager of Development. Mr. Long has 
a background working with cultural institutions, 
including the Brooklyn and Metropolitan museums 
and the Univ. of Hartford. A graduate of N .Y.U ., 
Mr. Long hails from Minneapolis but is now a 
proper New Yorker who enjoys music, swimming 
and studying the history of architecture. Gregory 
Long's new position represents the amalgamation 
of three separate offices—Contributors, Corporate 
Drive and Development, all three of which are 
under the overall direction of David Ryus. By cen- 
tralizing them, Mr. Long hopes "to raise contri- 
butions to the Museum and reduce the deficit." 
...Assisting Mr. Long will be Beth Hamilton, 



senior secretary. Ms. Hamilton came to the 

Museum from working in the offices of Teacher's 
College. Originally from Andover, Mass., she is 
an enthusiastic New Yorker, who writes and paints 
in her spare time. . .David Ryus entertained the 
Japanese Consul General in Feb. to discuss plans 
for the joint party the Museum and Consulate will 
give marking the departure of the Stegosaurus 
specimen replica going to Japan in May . . .On 
March 1, Gardner Stout and Arthur Godfrey were 
among those heralding Air India's gift of their im- 
pressive mounted tiger to the Museum. This rep- 
resents a cooperative effort to point up the nec- 
essity to save such animal species from destruction. 
Reproductions: Robert Douglass, a general partner 
in Wilson White, Belf, Lake, Rochlin & Co., 
wrote to Dr. Nicholson about the Stegosaurus 
replica: "Your staff, and especially Mr. Cassidy, 
are to be commended for undertaking such a worth- 
while project involving not only the students but 
also the public. . . " 

Telephone Operators: The slimmer Peggy Brown 
went off her diet long enough to celebrate the 
engagement of daughter, Patricia, a Public 
Health nurse, to Edward Wishoet, an architect. 




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At preview of new exhibition "Greenland: Arctic 
Denmark/' in the Museum's air-conditioned Gal- 
lery 77 , Gordon R. Reekie, chairman of Exhibition 
and Graphic Arts (who is retiring early this sum- 
mer), chats with exhibition designer S/ren Sass, of 
Copenhagen, center, and Axel Dessau, director of 
jhe Danish National Tourist Office. The "Green- 
land" exhibition continues through August 5. 

UNNAEANS HONOR HAYS, JOHNSON 
The Linnaean Society's annual dinner, held 
in the Hall of Birds of the World on March 13, saw 
honors bestowed on two concerned conservation- 
ists. One, Helen Hays, who is Chairman of the 
Great Gull Island Project, was installed as the new 
(and first woman) president of the Society. The 
other honoree was Herbert Johnson, recently retired 
superintendent of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. 

From 1953 until this year, Mr. Johnson was 
the driving force that transformed the 12,000-acre 
preserve from a sandy, brackish, polluted waste- 
land into a major migratory haven for hundreds of 
species of waterfowl, land and shore birds on the 
Atlantic Flyway. 



May-June 1973 

Along with words of praise from Gardner D. 
Stout, Mr. Johnson accepted a laudatory scroll 
which was designed by Time-Life cartographer 
Richard E. Harrison. Jane Plunkett, who chairs 
the Society's conservation committee, presented 
Mr. Johnson with a memorabilia-filled scrapbook. 
Veteran Society member Adrian Dignan presented 
the guest with a fine camera. Also accoladed at 
the dinner was Arthur Swoger, whose color photo- 
graph studies of the Jamaica Bay refuge have been 
on exhibit in the Museum's Center Gallery. 



MUSEUM NOW HAS "CCTV" 

"It means having eight extra pairs of eyes. 
It never goes to lunch or on a coffee break. And 
it works 24 hours a day, " says Charles L. Miles, 
manager of Building Services. 

"It" is located in the Control Room off the 
first floor Roosevelt entrance behind a door marked 
"Off Limits. " And if you haven't already guessed, 
"it" is the Museum's new closed circuit TV (CCTV), 
in operation since October. 

The system was installed at a cost of $36,000, 
of which $20,000 was provided under a grant from 
the New York State Council on the Arts. It was 
brought in to supplement the existing guard force. 

Mr. Miles stresses that the system is only a 
supplement. "Nothing can replace human beings 
for overall effectiveness," he says. 

The CCTV is composed of a console which 
controls eight cameras and eight monitors. The 
monitors are located in the Control Room in the 
Building Services office. The cameras are located 
at the subway entrance, first floor Roosevelt en- 
trance, 77th Street entrance, Roosevelt Rotunda, 
Hall of Birds of the World, Hall of Early Dinosaurs, 
employees parking lot and visitors parking lot. 

Each camera is a flexible piece of equipment 
that constantly observes whatever is going on withir 
its range. Cameras operate both automatically 
and manually; on manual, they can be directed by 



the monitor operator to move left, right, up or 
down. They also have zoom lenses which can be 
focused on objects or people of special interest. 

Examples of the uses of the system, as noted 
by Mr. Miles, include being able to spot prowlers 
in the parking lots, catching thieves in the act of 
breaking into cars, and helping Building Services 
personnel observe unusual behavior in the halls. 

An added feature of the system is a sensitive 
two-way voice apparatus hooked up to each camera. 
This permits communication between the guard mon- 
itoring the system and the guards on the floor. It 
also allows the monitor to speak to teachers, request- 
ing, for example, that they keep the noise level of 
their group down to the proverbial dull roar. 

Other institutions which have similar systems 
include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the 
Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center. At 
The American Museum, CCTV has bolstered the 
busy guard force and augmented surveillance of 
halls and other areas. 



FOUR MARCH TO DIFFERENT DRUM 
As Philip Horan, Thomas Toseland, Leonard 
Kivi and Nick Sirico, who work under plant en- 
gineer Vincent Le Pore, will probably agree, the 
seismograph in our Hall of Earth History is like a 
cow brought back from pasture each evening in 
need of being milked. Neglect Bossy and she'll 
be in painful discomfort, to say the least. Ne- 
glect the seismograph and there will be a disrupted 
flow of scientific data, with concomitant embarass- 



ment. Why? Because the data becomes mean- 
ingful only when triangulated with the findings of 
two other seismic systems. One is in the Lamont- 
Doherty Geological Observatory at Palisades Park. 
The other, also in New Jersey, is at Ogdensburg . 

A major seismograph component is a s-l-o-w-l-y 
revolving drum covered by a sheet of heat-sensitized 
paper, actually a chart with spaces for each of the 
day's 1440 minutes. On it are traced the arcane 
wriggles of a stylus whose quiverings are activated 
by subterranean shudders. Tiny wriggles, no sig- 
nificant shudders. Violent wriggles, tremblor 
trouble, somewhere. 

Minute by minute, the stylus inscribes its 
wriggly message until, at conclusion of a 24-hour 
period, 1439 of the 1440 spaces have been filled 
(usually around 9 p.m.). At that point, someone, 
within the final minute, has to remove the filled 
chart and install a blank one on the revolving 
drum. The "someone" is Phil Horan, Tom Toseland, 
Leonard Kivi or Nick Sirico, depending on whose 
turn it is. And so each night, seven nights a week, 
one of the conscientious quartet leaves his basement 
duty station, goes up to the Earth History hall, 
watches for the last --the 1439th — space and then 
deftly performs the exchange. 

Not necessarily an earth-shaking story, but 
an example of non-scientific but technical employ- 
ees doing scientific support work. Mineralogy's 
D. Vincent Manson and his secretary Gertrude 
Poldervaart, who coordinates the operation, are 
highly pleased with the arrangement. 



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Farida A. Wiley, honorary associate in natural history education, receives the Museum's Silver Medal from 
Gardner D. Stout in recognition of her more than 50 years in the natural sciences, and accepts congratulations 
from some of her longtime colleagues in Education (I. to r.): Marguerite R. Ross, Marjorie M. Ransom, Malcolm 
Arth, Catherine M. Pessino, Miss Wiley, C. Bruce Hunter, Kenneth A. Chambers, Elizabeth A. Guthrie. 




All Museum employees, including part-timers and research associates, and Museum volunteers, are 
invited to the "Sayonara to Stegosaurus " party to be held on Sunday, May 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. in 
the Hall of Early Dinosaurs. Entertainment at the Japanese-style fete will include demonstrations 
of flower arranging, calligraphy and koto music, and the premiere public appearance of a recently 
restored Japanese Buddha, courtesy of the Dept. of Anthropology. The students who worked on 
the Stegosaurus replica will be on hand to explain the duplication process, and tea and Japanese 
food will be served . If you haven't received your invitation and would like to come, please call 
Marion Carr at ext. 483. 



HOWARD LONGSTRETH CLARK LEADS 
As everyone here knows, the AMNH recently 
launched its first annual corporate fundraising 
drive, holding several receptions and luncheons 
followed by behind-the-scenes tours for chief 
executive officers of major national corporations. 
Fewer know that one of the persons responsible for 
the success of this vast and complicated undertak- 
ing is Howard Longstreth Clark, a member of the 
board of trustees and chairman of the corporate 
drive. Generous in his devotion to the task of 
raising much-needed funds for the Museum, Mr. 
Clark, who is chairman of the board and chief 
executive officer of the American Express Company, 
donated much of his talented staff's time to assisting 
the Museum in its maiden effort at annual corporate 



CORPORATE FUNDRAISING DRIVE 
fundraising. "There are certain cultural and sci- 
entific institutions which make New York the great 
city it is," says Mr. Clark, "and I feel they must be 
supported staunchly by our corporate citizens. This 
support cannot, as in the past, be left to others." 

Mr. Clark's active support has helped the 
Museum learn just what — and what not — to do to 
arouse the philanthropic interest of huge corpora- 
tions. The Museum has already garnered over 
$180,000 from corporations, and the knowledge 
gained will help immeasurably in what has become 
an ongoing effort to raise corporate funds. 

Outside of guiding the vast operations of the 
American Express Company, Mr. Clark's profes- 
sional functions range from New York City-booster 



(as a director of the 
Downtown -Lower 
Manhattan Ass'n), 
to involved Amer- 
ican citizen (as a 
director of the Na- 
tional Convention 
and Visitors Bureau, 
and of Boys' Clubs 
of America), to 
internationalist (as 
a trustee of the 
U .S . International 
Executive Services 
Corps) . Many 
directorships of 
corporations are 
also held by Mr. 
Clark. 

Mr. Clark likes to spend as much spare time as 
possible on the golf links. He is a past president 
and a current director of the International Golf 
Ass'n, and a member of the Augusta National 
Golf Club, Ga., and The Royal and Ancient Golf 
Club of St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland, to mention 
just two. 

A native of South Pasadena, Cal., Mr. Clark 
received his A.B. degree from Stanford University. 
He then came East and attended Columbia Uni- 
versity Graduate Business School at night before 
earning a degree from Harvard Law School. Mr. 
Clark is married to the former Jean Beaven and 
has four children and five stepchildren. The 
Clarks make their home in New York City and 
Greenwich, Conn. 




ROBERT CUSHMAN MURPHY MEMORIAL HELD 

On March 24, nearly 300 people crowded 
the gray shingled Presbyterian Church on Caroline 
Avenue in Setauket, L.I. With Rev. Donald 
Broad officiating, a memorial service was held 
for Robert Cushman Murphy, who died five days 
earlier, in his 85th year. 

Gathered that Saturday were his widow, 
Grace Barstow Murphy, and his sons, Dr. Robert 
C. Murphy, Jr., and the Rev. Amos Barstow 
Murphy, both of whom addressed the group in 
words that poignantly expressed their sense of 
loss. Also present were others of the immediate 
family, intimate friends, neighbors and many who 
were his associates in the broad community of 
science and scholarship. The American Museum 



of Natural History, Dr. Murphy's principal affili- 
ation over the past 67 years, was represented by 
Dean Amadon, Thomas D. Nicholson and Gardner 
D. Stout. 

Concluding a brief eulogy which accoladed 
Dr. Murphy's achievements in far-flung field 
studies that laid the foundation for his unparalleled 
knowledge of sea birds and the factors governing 
their distribution, Dr. Amadon said, "Robert 
Cushman Murphy — scientist, museum curator, past 
president of scholarly societies, authority on 
marine birds, recipient of numerous medals and 
awards — a man ripe in years and honors. Those 
of us who shared his scientific interests will miss 
him sorely. Our loss will be shared not only by 
his family. . .but also by the many others who were 
privileged to know this very distinguished, very 
humane gentleman and scholar." 

Fresh in the memory of some at the service 
was another gathering, a tribute to the living 
Robert Cushman Murphy. It took place scarcely 
ten months earlier, in the Museum's Hall of Ocean 
Life. There Museum trustees, employees, com- 
mittee members, volunteers and their friends joined 
to honor Robert and Grace Murphy. That evening, 
Sidney S. Whelan, Jr., then AMNH vice-presi- 
dent, quoted from an article in Natural History 
magazine. He said, in part, '"Decade after 
decade, he has represented The American Museum 
on the dour, rain-soaked coasts of Ecuador, in the 
green, mineral-laden waters of the Humboldt Cur- 
rent, in the gray, storm-lashed endlessness of the 
South Pacific and on uncounted islands of southern 
seas on which terns, sheathbills and flamingoes 
alight to rear their young. Dr. Murphy came to 
know. . .groupings of wholly different life zones. 
In his Ocean Birds of South America, he placed 
his favorite groups of birds in their natural relation: 
to their environment with a grace and understand- 
ing that opened up an entirely new dimension of 
life on this planet.' This is the caliber of the man 
who has made the Museum one of the world's great 
scientific institutions." 



CREDIT UNION BANK SWITCH 
The AMNH Employees' Credit Union Chemi- 
cal Bank account has been transferred to the 
Chemical branch at 72nd Street and Columbus 
Avenue. Members can cash CU checks there — 
remember to bring your Museum identification. 
Elections at the Annual Meeting produced 
the following directors: Joseph G. Abruzzo, G. 



Robert Adlington, Marilyn Badaracco, Raymond 
H. de Lucia, Alice Gray, D. Vincent Manson, 
Philip C. Miller, Catherine M. Pessino and Mar- 
jorie M. Ransom. Immediately following the 
meeting, the directors elected Miss Badaracco 
president, Mr. de Lucia and Mrs. Ransom vice- 
presidents, Miss Pessino secretary and Mr. Adling- 
ton, once again, treasurer. 



CAMARADERIE KEYNOTE IN CO-ED BASEBALL 

Joined by friends and relatives, an enthusi- 
astic group of Museum employees met on two con- 
secutive Thursday evenings last month to play 
co-ed baseball in Central Park. 

The men and women were evenly distributed 
between two teams, with representatives of each 
sex alternating in the batting order. 

The two games were organized by the Mail- 
room's James Blake, who enlisted 30 people from 
numerous departments for each contest. 

Playing in a spirit of friendly competition, the 
teams held each other's scores down to a few funs 
in both games. The women on the two teams dis- 
tinguished themselves on the mound and with an 
occasional belt from the plate. The men, who 
are meeting on a regular basis to play other all- 
male teams around the city, are outstanding both 
in the field and at bat, and should give their com- 
petitors a stiff workout. 

The co-ed teams will continue to meet from 
time to time throughout the baseball season and 
extend a warm welcome to anyone who would like 
to join the group. In the meantime, come out 
and cheer for the Museum Headhunters! 



HERE AND THERE 
Administration : Unsuspected Talent Department — 
Charles A. Weaver, Jr., our Dulcet-Voiced 
Deputy Director, not only emceed the March 25 
and 31 Sunday People Center performances of the 
Roger Casey School of Dance troupe (reels, jigs, 
clogs and step-dances) but also gave forth melli- 
fluously with such traditional Irish folk songs as 
"The Maid of the Sweet Brown Knowe, " "Young 
Roddy McCorley" and "Brenna on the Moor." 
Anthropology: Dr. Margaret Mead left April I for 
her eleventh trip to the Pacific. This time, it's 
to study a group of the Arapesh, a New Guinea 
mainland people whom she worked with in 1931- 
32. The Arapesh have been resettled on the Is- 
land of New Britain. As part of her two-month 
visit to the area, Dr. Mead will deliver the key- 



note address at a conference on housing in Sydney 
for the 10th anniversary of the Building Science 
Forum of Australia. . .Recent getaways — Bettie Erda 
for Colorado skiing .. .Liza Whittall and husband 
for a look at Guatemala . . .Junius B. Bird for a 
Panama dig. . .volunteer Sue Tishman to the Gal- 
apagos. . .and, if not too anticlimactic, Robert L. 
Carneiro to Pennsylvania State University for a 
leave of absence spring quarter teaching stint. . . 
Joe Nocera is saying "No" (again) to nicotine. .. 
new sec'y on the scene is Judy Libow, previously 
employed at a city methadone maintenance center. 
Astronomy: York College, in Queens, has Ken 
Franklin as visiting professor for a day. The Amer- 
ican Astronomical Society joined the college in 
extending the invitation. Dr. Franklin's assign- 
ment is to advise York students, faculty and ad- 
ministration on matters astronomical — the same 
kind of counsel he has been giving educational 
institutions for more than fifteen years. . .Mark 
Chartrand attended April meetings in Providence 
and Boston of the Middle Atlantic Planetarium 
Society, of which he is a board member. His 
paper, read at the general meeting, was titled 
(yes, you're reading it right) "How Not to Justify 
a Planetarium to Your School Board." 
Entomology : Scientific assistant Linnae Christensen 
came to the Museum from graduate school . She is 
interested in art and music and hopes to move her 
Metuchen, New Jersey, household (including one 
cat) to the city soon . . . David A . Brody and his 
parrot spent their vacation in South Carolina col- 
lecting "strange beasts." 

Exhibition : Frederica F. Leser encapsulates the 
bittersweet saga of Nicholas N. Gusakovsky, her 
department colleague. We offer it here only 
slightly edited. Born in China, the son of a 
Russian Czarist military attache, Mr. Gusakovsky 
was a cadet at the Russian "West Point" — Suvorov 
Military Academy — when the revolution erupted. 
He volunteered to fight the Bolshevik forces in 
Siberia. In October, 1922, he and units of the 
Russian Navy escaped by ship to Shanghai. From 
China, he joined a brother in Korea who headed 
a Ford Motor Co. division there. During his 30- 
year stay in North Korea he developed his interest 
in entomological taxidermy. His specialty: cap- 
turing and mounting the rarest Asian Alpine but- 
terflies. Mr. Gusakovsky speaks fluent Korean 
and Japanese. When the communists overran 
Korea, he and his family fled to Brazil, where 
still another language had to be learned. Twelve 



years ago, his dream of coming to the United 
States materialized, and with it, a job at The 
American Museum of Natural History. Then came 
U.S. citizenship. Ms. Leser concludes her re- 
port with a comment on Mr. Gusakovsky's April 16 
retirement after twelve years: "We hope his long 
journeys are at last over and that he can enjoy 
his well-earned retirement, growing flowers and a 
beautiful garden at his home in Mastic Beach, 
Long Island. ".. .Eugene B. Bergmann left for Europe 
April 29 on a fellowship awarded by the Interna- 
tional Council of Museums. Among ten persons 
in New York State selected by the Council, Mr. 
Bergmann is the only exhibition specialist. The 
grant will enable him. to become familiar with ex- 
hibition techniques and practices at many European 
museums. First, there will be a week of Council 
seminars at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. While 
there, Mr. Bergmann will look in on the Musee de 
I 'Homme and other museums. A trip to Rouen is 
also planned. During the next two weeks, he will 
cover museums in Munich and other European 
cities. The final week is to be spent in England's 
Leicester and London. 

General Services: Newly assigned as senior clerk 
is Farrell Carney, Jr., formerly of Building Ser- 
vices. Mr. Carney is a high-average bowler. 
But the anticipated clangor of wedding bells will 
soon be drowning out the clatter of tenpins. 
Herpetology: Neither cold nor rainy weather 
daunted Herndon Dowling and his N.Y.U. field 
zoology class probe of the South Carolina Okeetee 
region and the Museum's new research area on St. 
Catherine's Island, Georgia. Very little herpe- 
tological life was in evidence. On the productive 
side was the marking of 37 juvenile alligators on 
the island for further study of their growth, migra- 
tion and mortality .. .St. Catherine's Island was 
the late April mise-en-scene for Richard Zweifel 
and his family. Their purpose: to continue the 
survey of amphibians and reptiles started earlier 
by Charles J . Cole and Dr. Zweifel. 
Living Invertebrates: Dorothy E. Bliss, Penny 
Connell and Jane Boyer spent part of March at 
the Lerner Marine Laboratory in Bimini, Bahamas. 
They studied the land crab Gecarcinus lateralis. . . 
Harold and Norma Feinberg had five days of vaca- 
tion in Puerto Rico during February. They visited 
the Yunque National Rain Forest, where Mr. Fein- 
berg collected land snails. 

Mammalogy : George B. Schaller, currently incom- 
municado in some Asian hinterland where he is 



studying snow leopards, wild goats and wild sheep, 
has won the 1973 National Book Award in the Sci- 
ences for "The Serengeti Lion: A Study of Preda- 
tor-Prey Relations." The book's last three sen- 
tences read: "Man, one hopes, has gained enough 
w'rsdom from his past mistakes to realize that, to 
survive in all their vigor and abundance, the prey 
populations need the lion and other predators. 
Ecological and aesthetic considerations aside, 
predators should be allowed to survive in national 
parks without justification, solely for their own 
sake. Only by so doing, can man show his good 
intentions and atone in a small way for the avarice 
and prejudice with which he continues to extermin- 
ate predators throughout the world." Earlier 
Schaller books were "The Mountain Gorilla," 
"The Year of the Gorilla" and "The Deer and the 
Tiger." Dr. Schaller, a Mammalogy Department 
research associate, is characterized by Richard G. 
Van Gelder as "probably the most outstanding 
naturalist in the field today." 
Mason Shop : Edward Collins reports that he is 
"improving each day, " and to his Museum friends, 
both active and retired, he writes: "As you know 
it would be impossible for me at this time to thank 
each and every one of you personally for all your 
prayers, wishes and thoughtfulness. So I have 
asked Grapevine to print a big sincere 'Thank you' 
and 'Hello' to all of you . " 
Micropaleontology Press : Starting out April 20 
from Wellington, New Zealand, Tsunemasa Saito 
and a fellow paleontologist will be aboard the 
12,000-ton Glomar Challenger until its cruise 
ends June 12 at Guam. En route, Dr. Saito 
will participate in the U .S . Deep Sea Drilling 
Project, Leg 20. Probes made in waters ranging 
from 12,000 to 16,500 feet deep are expected to 
yield important fossil data contained in sediment 
layers taken from these Pacific Ocean beds. 
Museum Shop: Manager Martin Tekulsky reports 
that the shop's booth at the Rites of Spring party 
"drew bravos from many people who were unfamil- 
iar with the high quality of our goods. " Since 
the shop is sprucing up in warm orange tones, its 
offerings seem more beguiling than ever, he says. 
Mr. Tekulsky came to the Museum from Macy's 
Herald Square emporium where he was group 
manager of the store's eighth floor merchandising 
complex, much of it giftware. The New York 
City native attended Hamilton College (Alexander 
Woollcott's alma mater), graduating in I960 with 
an A .B. degree. 




Vol. XXX, No. 5 

AMNH PLANS NEW EXHIBITION HALLS 

Ten new permanent exhibition halls are now 
either under construction or in the active planning 
stage, according to Thomas D. Nicholson, director. 

Because of major redesign and expansion, the 
Natural Science Center can be considered a new 
exhibition. It will be opened at its former location, 
2nd floor, sec. 11, in early 1974, and will contain 
about fifteen small exhibits designed primarily for 
city children in the third through sixth grades. 

The Hall of the Biology of Amphibians and 
Reptiles, 3rd floor, sec. 9, will be opened in 
late 1974 or early 1975. A third section is being 
added to the Hall of the Biology of Man, 1st floor, 
sec. 4, and is due to be opened in 1975. Two 
additional 1975 debuts: the Hall of Minerals and 
Gems, 1st floor, sec. 8, and the Hall of Mollusks 
and Mankind, 1st floor, sec. 2-A. 

A $25,000 grant from the Billy Rose Foundation 
will be used to design the Hall of the Sun, which 
will occupy an area on the 2nd floor of the Perkin 
Memorial Wing, the Planetarium's new addition. 

Planning has been completed and construction 
is pending for the Hall of the Biology of Mammals, 
3rd floor, sec. 3, and for the Hall of the Peoples 
of Asia, 2nd floor, sec. 3. The 2nd floor, sees. 
6 and 8, will be the site for the Peoples of South 
America hall, not yet beyond the early planning 
stage. Space has not yet been allotted for a new 
insect hall; its location and estimated opening 
date will be announced next year. 



BITS & PIECES 

*The first annual corporate fundraising drive net- 
ted more than $210,000 from 171 corporations. The 
second annual drive will be launched in early autumn 

^"The Rites of Spring," the successful March 8 
benefit attended by more than 2000 invited guests, 
realized net profits of $76,000 for the Museum. 

*NYC's Parks Dept. is now at work rebuilding 
the crumbling old retaining wall bordering the 
Columbus Ave. Museum yard. To protect the 
public from possible danger at the construction 
site, a temporary fence has been erected in Roose- 



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July-August 1973 

velt Park. The fence will be removed at the end 
of Sept., when construction is due to be completed. 

* Marilyn Badaracco, president of the Museum's 
Credit Union, announced that the C.U . board of 
directors voted to pay a 5 1/2 percent regular div- 
idend, plus a 1/2 percent bonus dividend, for a 
record total of 6 percent on shares held June 30. 
The low 9 percent annual rate on loans continues 
to be one of the best money bargains in the city. 

^Alan Ternes, editor of Natural History, spoke 
at a workshop on publications at the 68th annual 
meeting of the American Association of Museums, 
held June 3-8 in Milwaukee. 



CADET PROGRAM RETURNS TO AMNH 
Once again this summer, several Museum 
departments are using the services of local high 
school students on Mondays through Thursdays. 
This year's 35 cadets, whose Museum salaries are 
paid by the Neighborhood Youth Corps, began 
work July 9 as assistants to attendant guards and 
as clerks in offices including the Mail Room, Print 
Shop, Photography and Building Services. 

Jobs have been assigned to relate as closely as 
possible to the talents and interests of the cadets, 
who are given the opportunity to learn skills on the 
job. Marjorie M. Ransom, supervising instructor 
in Education, and Charles L. Miles, manager of 
Building Services, are the program coordinators. 



EXHIBITION AND GRAPHICS: NEW CHAIRMAN 

George S. Gardner, a designer and museum 
planner, has been appointed chairman of the Dept. 
of Exhibition and Graphics. Mr. Gardner, who 
assumed his duties July 1, succeeds Gordon R. 
Reekie, chairman of the department from 1959 un- 
til his retirement in June. The department's name 
has been changed from "Exhibition and Graphic 
Arts" to "Exhibition and Graphics . " 

Mr. Gardner has worked on exhibition pro- 
jects here, including sections of the halls of Earth 
History, Ocean Life and the Biology of Man. He 
designed three Corner Gallery exhibits: "Stone 
Toolmaking," "Minerals — The World Beneath Our 



Feet" and "100 Years of Wonder." 

For twelve years, Mr. Gardner was a partner 
in the New York design firm of Yang/Gardner As- 
sociates, Inc. His design projects include nine 
trade fair exhibitions for the U .S . Dept. of Agri- 
culture in Vienna, Munich, Paris, Brussels and 
Cologne. His international design experience also 
includes exhibitions in Kenya, Rhodesia and Somalia 
for the U .S . Dept. of Commerce. He has served as 
museum planning consultant for the Hall of Fame of 
the Trotter, Goshen, N.Y.; the Wildcliff Natural 
Science Center, New Rochelle, and the U.S. 
Military Academy Museum, West Point. 

Mr. Gardner studied engineering at the Poly- 
technic Institute of Brooklyn. He majored in 
industrial design at Cooper Union and at Pratt 



Institute, where he obtained a Bachelor of Indus- 
trial Design degree. He has taught design both 
at Pratt and at N.Y.U. 

Mr. Gardner lives in the Yorktown area of 
northern Westchester with his wife Joan and their 
daughter Heather. 

TRUSTEE ELECTED TO HARVARD POST 
AMNH trustee Gerard Piel, who is president 
and director of Scientific American Magazine, was 
elected a member of the board of overseers of 
Harvard University on June 13. Mr. Piel is also 
a trustee of Phillips Academy (Andover) and Rad- 
cliffe College. Sales have been brisk for Mr. 
Piel 's book, "The Acceleration of History," pub- 
lished last year by Alfred A. Knopf, New York. 



AN AMNH NIGHT 
On the evening of May 17, more than 90 
members of the Quarter Century Club gathered 
in the Whitney Memorial Hall of Oceanic Birds. 
They had come to dine, to reminisce and to wel- 
come into their ranks Joseph G. Abruzzo, Pro- 
jection; Samuel P. D'Angelo, Animal Behavior; 
Howard J. Heffernan, Building Services; and 
Edward W. Morton, Museum Shop. 

Pre-dinner conservation among the club mem- 
bers was focused on the "retirees, " some of whom 
are busier now than ever before. Wayne M. 
Faunce, who was an AMNH vice-director and 
exec, secy., moved to Stowe, Vt., after his re- 
tirement in 1953, and there for 17 years ran a suc- 
cessful hardware business — so successful that "the 
business began to run me, instead of the other way 
around." Currently Mr. Faunce is first chairman 
of the Lamoille County Advisory Committee, and 
a trustee of 4-H Camp Ingalls and of the state's 
4-H Foundation. He is a vice-president and 
board member of the Vt. State Assn. for Mental 
Health. And, along with all of these activities, 
Mr. Faunce is a grand juror, which is an elective 
post in Vt., vesting in him the powers of a pro- 
secuting officer. When there is a lull, he pas- 
sionately pursues his hobby, restoring old clocks. 
Mrs. Robert E. Wunderly (the former Dorothy 
Bronson) retired in 1967 after more than 25 years' 
employment in the General Files and Accessions 
office, and now lives in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. 
"I'm active in fourteen organizations, " she 
stated, and proceeded to name some of them: 
Daughters of the American Revolution, American 
Assn. of Retired Persons, Business and Professional 



FOR REMEMBERING 

Women's Club, American Assn. of University 
Women, Young Oldtimers, Antique Study Club, 
Art Study Club, Daughters of the American Col- 
onists, National Society of New England Women 
and the Huguenot Society of New York. 

Former Herpetology technician John Healy, 
a member of the Quarter Century Club since 1954, 
was experiencing his first year of retirement. For 




An unscheduled temporary exhibit at the Quarter 
Century Club dinner consisted of five past and presr 
ent preparators from Exhibition. They are, I. to r., 
Matthew Kalmenoff, George E. Petersen, Charles 
B. Tornell, Raymond H. de Lucia and Fred P. Scheret 



him, a highlight was his tour last summer of Ireland 
and England. "In London, I stopped in at the 
British Museum of Natural History and said hello 
to Alice Grandison, their herpetology curator, 
whom I met and assisted when she was here doing 
research in our department. " 

Artist Matthew Kalmenoff of Exhibition, whose 
last Museum project was the Lincoln Ellsworth 
Memorial mural, has been working steadily since 
retiring from the Museum. "I'm busy as a free 
lance, " he reported, "and I'm painting dioramas 
for other museums ! " 

Payroll's Adrian Ward: "Illness kept me away 
from the 1971 and 1972 reunions, so I'm delighted 
to be back tonight. What keeps me busy? For 
one thing, taking care of my summer place on Lake 
Oscawana in Putnam County." 

Also on hand was Walter Meister, who started 
at the Museum in 1916 as office boy to president 
Henry Fairfield Osborn. Mr. Meister retired dur- 
ing the Centennial year after serving as deputy 
director, asst. treasurer, exec. secy, to the board 
of trustees and asst. to president Gardner D. Stout. 
"I helped to initiate the Quarter Century Club 
tradition, " he said. "Tonight, I'm seeing and 
chatting with many of my old friends. " 



PAPER FOLDERS NEEDED 
Volunteers are needed to fashion the thou- 
sands of origami ornaments that will trim the 25- 
foot Christmas tree planned for the Roosevelt Ro- 
tunda in December. Paper and instructions will 
be provided, as well as origami animal subjects to 
suit every taste and degree of proficiency. Those 
interested should call Alice Gray, ext. 313. 



HERE AND THERE 
Anthropology: Margaret Mead was awarded an 
honorary Sc.D. degree at Harvard University's 
commencement exercises on June 14. The degree 
was conferred by Harvard president Derek C. Bok, 
and Dr. Mead's tribute read: "Through her lively 
and illuminating studies of faraway peoples, she 
has brought us better understanding of ourselves 
and of the continuum of the human adventure." 
. . .Five students will take part this summer in the 
Museum's 14th Undergraduate Research Participa- 
tion Program, supported by the National Science 
Foundation; all five will assist in the Anthropology 
Dept. Two students will work at the Museum 
with Stanley A. Freed on a project titled "The 
Economic System of a North Indian Village," 



near Delhi. Three others will assist David H. 
Thomas in excavating the Gatecliff Shelter in 
Nevada for ancient Shoshone artifacts. 
Education: A new asst. curator, Donald R. Hill, 
began work April 23 shortly after receiving a Ph.D. 
degree in anthropology from the Univ. of Indiana. 
Dr. Hill's main interest is theoretical anthropology, 
and he has also done work on the role of music in 
society. He studied the folk music of Korea dur- 
ing a stint in that country asaU.S. Army Korean 
language specialist, and analyzed the songs of 
Carriacou, a Caribbean island, as part of his 
doctoral dissertation. Here at the Museum, Dr. 
Hill is working with the Caribbean and African- 
American Studies programs as well as with the 
program to train minority group members in museol- 
ogy. "There should be all kinds of people work- 
ing in museums, " he says. "This isn't a quota 
thing, but simply a logical, sensible realization 
that different kinds of people will benefit from 
the Museum and that the Museum will benefit from 
their presence." Dr. Hill lives with his wife 
Blanche, a musician, and their 5-year-old son 

Anthony in West New York, N.J In Memphis 

on May 18, Malcolm Arth delivered the keynote 
address for "Consortium '73," sponsored by the 
Brooks Memorial Art Gallery in cooperation with 
the Memphis Pink Palace Museum, a natural his- 
tory museum. The consortium was based on the 
idea that a kinship exists between the arts and 
the sciences. At the opening session, Dr. Arth 
described how "we are told, implicitly and ex- 
plicitly throughout life, that the arts and sciences 
are separate. No one mistakes Harvard for 
M.I .T.". . .Kenneth A. Chambers, Catherine M. 
Pessino and Marjorie M. Ransom have been promotec 
from senior instructors to supervising instructors; 
Juanita Munoz has been promoted from instructor 
to senior instructor. . .The dept. has been awarded 
a grant of $41,000 by the van Ameringen Founda- 
tion to support the first year's operation of the new 
Natural Science Center. . .A grant of $5000 has 
been received from Museums Collaborative for sum- 
mer workshops in Caribbean and African studies. 
Entomology: Mohammad Umar Shadab recently re- 
turned from a 3-week vacation in Pakistan where 
he visited his family... Dr. and Mrs. Frederick H. 
Rindge's daughter, Barbara Stewart, has presented 
them with a new granddaughter, Lorraine Phyllis, 
born on May 20. . .Lee H . Herman has been ap- 
pointed acting chairman and assoc . curator of the 
dept.; Pedro W. Wygodzinsky remains as curator 



. . .Norman I . Platnick joined the staff July 1 as 
asst. curator. . .Alice Gray appears with her live 
insect exhibits and animal-fashioned origami on 
the Mike Douglas Show, CBS-TV, on Thursday, 
July 19. 

Exhibition and Graphics: On June 21 more than 
75 people attended a retirement tea for dept. 
chairman Gordon R. Reekie. The gathering was 
held in the Audubon Gallery and was hosted by 
Thomas D. Nicholson, Harry L. Shapiro of Anthro- 
pology and Mrs. Francis Low, an AMNH trustee. 
Mr. Reekie, who was born in Barking, England, 
returns to his native land in August to resume resi- 
dence there. He came to the U .S . in 1939 and 
was employed as a staff artist at the Museum in 
1953. In 1955, he became manager of Exhibition 
and Construction, and in 1959 was appointed 
chairman of the Dept. of Exhibition and Graphic 
Arts. In England, Mr. Reekie plans to work as 
a free-lance graphic artist and to do some consult- 
ing work for local museums. With additional 
leisure time, he will give more attention to his 
hobbies — "travel, landscape and architectural 
photography, collecting second-hand books on 
art and architecture, trying to amass the world's 
largest collection of musical comedy recordings 
and writing dyspeptic letters to technical maga- 
zines about bad automobile design . ". . .Fred P . 
Scherer, principal preparator in Exhibition and a 
39-year AMNH employee, and his wife Cicely, 
Planetarium librarian, both retired in June. They 
have moved to their 91 -year-old house on the 
water near Penobscot Bay in Friendship, Me. The 
Scherers 1 9-year-old granddaughter, Kim, who 
lives with them, looks forward to attending school 
in Maine and learning to ride horses. Among Mr. 
Scherer's many retirement plans: working part- 
time for the Augusta Museum of Natural History 
and repairing and restoring works of art on a free- 
lance basis. Mrs. Scherer will continue to paint, 
particularly landscapes, and is planning to have 
a one-woman exhibition at the Green Mountain 
Gallery in Manhattan next spring. Both Scherers 
plan to get physical exercise by working in their 
vegetable garden; both also look forward to "en- 
joying nature and living in the country. " 
Ichthyology : C. Lavett Smith's week-long dive 
last spring to study the coral reef fish life of the 
Bahamas will be featured in an article scheduled 
to appear in the July 29 issue of Parade , the na- 
tional Sunday supplement with an 18-million 
circulation. 



Invertebrate Paleontology: Norman D. Newell 
and his wife, the former Gillian Schacht (until 
recently, secy, to Gardner D. Stout), left June 6 
for three weeks' research and field work in Great 
Britain, to be followed by two months of field 
work in Morocco and Tunisia. While in England, 
the Newells will study important fossil collections 
in Oxford, Cambridge and London, and visit Mrs. 
Newel I 's relatives. In Africa they will work 
with the Univ. of South Carolina geological sur- 
vey team. . .Niles Eldredge spent two weeks in 
field work down south in late May and early June. 
He was accompanied by Sidney Horenstein. . .Mel 
Hinkley has returned from an extensive trip to 
Ohio, Calif, and Alaska. 

Ornithology: Lester L. Short gave an illustrated 
lecture on the birds of Ceylon and showed speci- 
mens of that island nation's unusual bird life at a 
May program presented by The Asia Society in 
New York City. . .Wesley E. Lanyon has been 
promoted to dept. chairman and curator; Dean 
Amadon remains Lamont Curator of Birds. 
Payroll Office: After 27 years in the Payroll 
Office, Jean Jatkowska has transferred to Ar- 
chives and Central Files as a supervising clerk. 
Photography: Helen B. Jones, manager of Photo- 
graphy and an AMNH employee for 46 years, re- 
tired in June. A testimonial signed by more than 
200 well-wishers and a cash gift from her colleagu 
were presented to her by Charles A. Weaver, Jr., 
deputy director for administration. She was also 
given a gold watch by three of her friends. Miss 
Jones, who is now a Museum volunteer, is current 
ly making a survey for the administration. In 
Sept. she plans to take a trip to the Orient, visit- 
ing Hong Kong, Japan and Thailand. 
Planetarium: On May 14, Army Lt. Col. David 
Quinn (Ret.), Planetarium technician, journeyed 
to West Point to represent the Reynolds-Hayden 
family at the U.S. Military Academy's memorial 
to the Class of 1873. Bainbridge Reynolds, whose 
nephew was Charles Hayden, founder of the Plane 
tarium, was a member of that 41 -man class and 
subsequently was often cited for "gallantry in 
action." The Hayden family presented Capt. 
Reynolds' class ring, as well as his father's sword, 
to the Academy Museum. For the centennial celt 
bration day, the 108-year-old command flag of 
Col. James Baird Quinn, father of Lt. Col. Quinr 
andU.S.M.A. 1866, was flown at the Academy. 
Public Affairs: Daphne Prior has been promoted to 
public affairs correspondent. 




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THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



Vol. XXX, No. 6 

AMNH OFFICES AND PEOPLE MOVE BUT 
WORK GOES UNINTERRUPTEDLY ON 

Unless your vacation was far more extensive 
than ours, you've been aware of construction ram- 
pant in the Museum. Because the changes may be 
confusing, hang on while we carefully enumerate. 

Personnel has been temporarily functioning 
on the 2nd floor, sec. 5, where Public Affairs 
held sway until a year ago (see July-Aug. 1972 
GV) . Personnel will transfer permanently to the 
present site of Payroll (3rd floor, sec. 1A) which, 
in turn, will temporarily step down to Personnel's 
present location. Payroll will later set up per- 
manently in George Decker's former headquarters 
(3rd floor, sec. 1A). Mr. Decker's new lodgings 
are next to the equally new controller's office on 
the 3rd floor, sec. 2; both are permanent locations 

In this same area Thomas D. Nicholson now 
operates in offices that were once those of Con- 
troller Pauline Meisler. Charles A. Weaver's 
new offices are adjacent to Dr. Nicholson's. 
Florence Brauner and Ruth Manoff, Sci . Publica- 
tions, and Exec. Secretary Shirley Brady, have 
also moved into this new suite. 

But we're not through! The 77th St. eleva- 
tors will get new cabs and become self-service. 
Within the courtyard angle formed by sees. 4, 6 
& 8, a small wing is being built to house a stair- 
case and a new passenger elevator for use by the 
public. The Museum Shop's storeroom and one of 
its offices have been moved from the 1st floor, 
sec. 2 (adjacent to the Keller Memorial Shell ex- 
hibit) to make way for the planned Hall of Mol- 
lusks and Mankind. The storeroom and office are 
now located behind the Warburg Memorial Hall of 
Man and Nature (1st floor, sec. 3). The new 
rare book room of the Library will go where the 
Director's Office was (4th floor, sec. 2). 

Why all this hopscotching? Many of the 
changes make it possible for administrative areas 
to form a more cohesive unit, with key adminis- 
trative offices centered in sec. 2, on the 2nd, 3rd 



September- October 1973 
and 5th floors. The flow of visitor traffic is im- 
proved. Most important, however, the arrange- 
ment creates much-needed space for storage and 
new exhibition halls. The old Personnel and Sci. 
Publications office space (2nd floor, sec. 5), for 
instance, will be used for the new Hall of Man in 
Asia, soon to be under construction. 

Scientific depts. are also on the move. The 
Vert. Paleo. staff has switched from its old head- 
quarters on the 5th floor, sec. 5, to the new 
Childs Frick Wing (sec. 3A, floors 9 & 10). The 
wing's 8th floor, which houses labs, roughly co- 
incides with the 5th floor of other Museum build- 
ings. The days of gracious 20-foot ceilings have 
apparently gone the way of the brontosaurs! The 
dept.'s extensive collection of fossil mammals, 
stored in the basement and up through the 7th 
floor, will be much more accessible for study. 

To house the scanning electron microscope 
recently purchased by the Museum for staff scien- 
tific investigations, three rooms have been appro- 
priated on the 5th floor, sec. 5, site of the former 
Vert. Paleo. offices. A section of that same area 
has been refurbished as the new Staff Lounge 
(which formerly occupied the Portrait Room on the 
2nd floor). 

Careful planning went into the permanent 
placement of the various offices and sections, and 
the cooperation of everyone concerned with the 
relocation added to its success. The new arrange- 
ments contribute enormously to economy and effi- 
ciency—the cost of living being what it is, this is 
as important to the Museum's pocketbook as it is 
to our own. 

BITS AND PIECES 

^The Museum's physical fitness class continues 
to meet Mondays from 5-6 p.m. in the auditorium. 
The group stresses modern dance techniques for 
women and men. Anyone interested should call 
Daphne Prior, ext. 481 . 

*On Sept. 24 at a 7 p.m. dinner in the cafe- 
teria, the Men's and Women's Comms . will make 



their plans for the coming year. 

^Everyone seems to get involved with West Side 
Day, which this year will be on Sat., Sept. 29 
from 10-5. Plans are similar to those of the past 
three successful years. New games have been added, 
the scope is broader, but in the main, WSD is roll- 
up-you-sleeves-and-get-to-work time for hundreds of 
people. Despite wear & tear there's a dash of ex- 
uberant satisfaction about the day. It's that time 
of year again. See ya I 





Boat Basin 
'right lane 




Through the good offices of Gardner Stout and 
Richard Clurman (comm . of parks, recreation & 
cultural affairs & ex officio trustee), AMNH gets 
proper billing on the West Side Highway. 

THEY MUST HAVE BEEN RH POSITIVE 
The winners of the Museum prize drawing of the 
Employees Blood Bank were: Arthur Grenham, Guest 
Services; Martin Janal, Micro.; Robert Kane, Exhib., 
Lorraine Meeker, Vert.Paleo.; Rene Moens, Graphics; 
Thomas Otterness, Bldg. Servs. The prizes were $15 
gift certificates from Alexander's, Abraham & Straus 
or B. Altman & Co. The grand prize drawing of a 
$250 gift certificate was won by Simon Sif linger, 
Graphics . 

A special prize should go to Mary Nettleton, 
Planetarium, who has donated blood 17 times since 
1967, four times this year. Her donations increase 
blood credit for all. The gift awards are given to 
call attention to the constant need for donors. 

THE CAMPAIGN IS ON! 

As the Development Office maintains, cooperation 
from Museum people is what makes corporate drives suc- 
cessful. Bldg. Servs., Projection, the carpenters, paint- 
ers, electricians and, of course, the scientific staff 
worked so earnestly last year it is no wonder the drive 
did so well . 

This year's campaign, again under the chairmanship 
of trustee Howard Clark, began with a rally in the People 



Center for the 25 members of the 2nd Annual Corp. Drive 
committee. Behind-the-scenes tours and solicitations 
are planned in Oct. and Nov. The comm. members, 
prestigious business and industry leaders, will act as 
spokesmen to further the Museum cause and trustees will 
looked to for even more intense aid than last year. 

Through cooperation from everyone in the Museum 
we can work toward improvement—be it for education 
programs or more convenient stairways. 

HERE AND THERE 
Animal Behavior : The 13th International Etiolog- 
ical Congress was well represented in Washington, 
D.C. by the members of the department who re- 
ceived special invitations for the limited attend- 
ance audience. Papers were presented by Drs. 
Adler, Aronson, Lazar, Tobach, Ziegler and 
graduate students Pushpamangalam Thomas and 
Gordon Beckhorn. Drs. Mollerand Berg were 
also among those invited. Dr. Tobach presented 
a theoretical paper that created considerable in- 
terest and was the basis for valuable round-table 
discussion. Two plenary sessions were dedicated 
to the memory of the late Daniel Lehrman, for 
many years an honored research associate here. 
Anthropology: With a presentation titled, "An- 
thropological Insights into Depression," Dr. 
Margaret Mead will be the dinner speaker Nov. 
1 at the 1st annual Friends Hospital Clinical Con- 
ference to be held in Philadelphia. More than 
300 psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental 
health professionals will attend the conference on 
basic understanding and treatment of depression. 
Building Services: Ethel Froehlich tried doing 
without a car for 1 1 months as an experiment in 
ecology. Ecology lost. Ask her about it, or go 
through July newspapers where her experiences 
received coast-to-coast coverage. In today's 
society, Mrs. Froehlich regretfully conceded, a 
car is a must--at least for suburbanite commuters. 
Deputy Director for Research: Robert J. Koestler, 
scientific asst., has been appointed scanning e- 
lectron microscopist . Mr. Koestler was formerly 
with Lamont-Doherty Observatory, is married and 
lives in Richfield Park, N.J. His interest in scuba 
diving, camping and karate constitute a vigorous 
trio of hobbies. 

Education: Malcolm Arth, invited to join the 
Review Panel for the Natl . Endowment for the 
Humanities, was in D.C. serving on the panel 
during July. 

Entomology: Dr. William Steel Creighton, re- 
search associate, died June 23 at E.J. Noble 
hospital in Alexandria, N.Y. He was 71 . Dr. 



Creighton was professor emeritus of biology at 
CCNY. At Princeton, in the 1920s, he did re- 
search on the luminescence mechanics of the fire- 
fly. Later, working with Dr. F. E. Lutz here, 
he made extensive studies of ants and in 1950 
published his "Ants of North America," the au- 
thoritative work on the classification of ants .... 
Julia Gervasi, eight years a secretary, and hus- 
band, Frank, spent the summer getting acquainted 
with young Anthony, their first child, born in 
July. . . .Alice Gray spent two weeks in Arizona 
with the Junior Entomological Society. 
Herpetology : Charles J. Cole collected specimens 
in Georgia and Arizona en route to the South- 
western Research Station. He and family spent 
the summer with the Richard Zweifels. Their work 
was given able assistance by student volunteer 
David N. Reznick of Washington Univ. in St. 
Louis. .. .Carol R. Leavens, Grace Tilger, former 
sci . asst., and Charlotte P. Holton, of Vert . 
Paleo., vacationed in Yucatan, collecting am- 
phibians and reptiles Herndon Dowling repre- 
sented the dept. at the Amer. Soc . of Ichs. & 

Herps. in Costa Rica lanis Roze spent June 

teaching marine ecology. Between the abundance 
of sharks in the area and help from C. Lavett 
Smith (Ichth.) the course was a great success. 
Roger Conant retired from the directorship of the 
Phila. Zoological Garden and moved to Albuquer- 
que for continuing research. J. Kevin Bowler, 
husband of former sci. asst. Ellen Bowler, was re- 
cently appointed curator of Reptiles at the Phila. 
Zoo.... Dr. and Mrs. Bogert vacationed in Africa, 

England, Scotland, Tanzania and Ethiopia this 
summer. . . .Peggy Shaw received a delightful lun- 
cheon visit from Jean O'Donnell (formerly in the 
Controller's Office), son Tom and other friends. 
Library : Kevin McShane, serials librarian since 
March, claims writing, stained glass and sports 
as his hobbies. Toby Brown, who spent the sum- 
mer here as an intern from SUNY, enjoyed her 
job so much she has joined the staff to work on a 
five year program restoring the rare book collec- 
tion. The Clark Foundation granted $117,000 for 
this project. In November the rare book room will 
move to its new location ... .Michael Dallas, 
formerly with acquisitions, became senior clerk 
(serials). He vacationed in Europe this summer 
....The "New Journals Room" has been painted, 
relighted and partly refurnished. . . .While Nina 
Root was attending the AAAS meeting, Science 
of Man in the Americas, in Mexico in June, 



Fred North was in charge of the Library. Mr. 
North recently attended a seminar in Wash. D.C. , 
entitled "Workshop series on ABP in library 
operations: Acquisitions" sponsored by the Fed- 
eral Government ... .Rita Mandl and family went 
south to investigate their adopted country. They 
like it. .. .Sheila Burns, as film librarian , viewed 
and reviewed miles and more miles of film, cata- 
loging same. She has come to the end and is now 
senior librarian replacing the recently retired 
Mary Wissler. 

Living Invertebrates: William Emerson and Morris 
K. Jacobson, assoc . in malacology, attended the 
annual Western Soc. of Malacologists meeting in 
Pacific Grove, Cal .... Horace Stunkard spent the 
summer continuing his research on parasitic worms 
at Woods Hole . . . .Dorothy Bliss spent 10 days in 
June at the Lerner Marine Laboratory continuing 
her field work on the land crab, and then attended 
CONTACYT and AAAS meetings in Mexico City. 
Micropaleontology: Susan Young left to travel in 
Kashmir, Sri Lanka, the Middle East and Majorca 
. . . .Susan Eisenberg, recently with Personnel, is 
the new editorial assistant. 

Ornithology: Callthisone "Future Shock-less. " 
Richard R. Olendorff, field assoc, was involved 
in a study seeking ways to make electric-utility 
poles less lethal for eagles in the West. In a sam- 
ple survey of a three mile powerline strip in the 
Colorado outback, he found seventeen electro- 
cuted eagles on the ground. His survey was re- 
lated to experimentation by utility men, conser- 
vationists and wildlife experts. Their findings 
point to "hot" wires on utility poles being spaced 
wider apart than an eagle's wingspread as a solu- 
tion to a hazard killing 300 eagles yearly. . . .G . 
Stuart Keith, research assoc, recently wound up 
a one-month look at birds on the Galapagos Islands 
and forested areas in Ecuador. . . .Lester L. Short 
served on the steering committee of the 1st Int. 
Congress of Systematic and Evolutionary Biology, 
held during early Aug. in Boulder, Colo. 
Photography Division: Robert E. Logan retired on 
July 27, after 43 years of service. He joined the 
Museum in 1930 working in Public Education with 
the late Dr. Grace Fisher Ramsey and Farida Wiley. 
His transfer to Photography in 1940 was interrupted 
later that year by military service. In 1952 he was 
made division manager and chief photographer. 
Elwood, as most of his Museum associates called 
him, accompanied several solar eclipse expeditions. 
He went to Barro, Colo, with the late Dr. Schneirla 
to get photo documentation of the army ant. For 



many years a member and professional advisor in the 
Museum's Camera Club, his life-time hobby has 
been natural history. Mr. Logan's future plan? "En- 
joy life!" The new mgr. is Joseph Saulina ... . 
Arthur Singer has been promoted from senior to 
chief photographer, Jim Coxe from technician to 
photographer and Josephine D'Orsi from senior to 
supervising clerk ... .AMNH Cadet Corpsman Glenn 
Anderson, Urban Corpspeople Eveleth Hoover, 
Peter Goldberg and Laura Soto, and volunteers 
Carmel Wilson and Helen Wulff helped greatly. 
Projection: Albert W. Wanagel, projectionist and 
museum employee for more than 31 years, retired 
in June. He enjoyed a summer stay at his country 
home in Dutchess Cty. His associates look forward 
to greeting him at the next annual get-together. 
President's Office: Sue Selden, administrative 
sec. to Mr. Ryus, is a native New Yorker. After 
graduating Colby Jr. Col. and Katharine Gibbs, 
she went to Cambridge, Mass. and her first job at 
Harvard Bus. Schl . George Selden was on the 
scene, studying at the Law Schl.; they were mar- 
ried in 1971. She then went to work for E.F. 
Hutton & Co. in Boston. When theSeldens moved 
to N.Y.C. and his job with Berle & Berle, she 
transferred to Hutton's Manhattan office. Soon 
after that, the Museum. Mr. & Mrs. S. share 
enthusiasm for tennis but skiing has stopped unless 
Mr. S. can be convinced. The Seldens share their 
domicile with three parakeets and two cairn 
terriers. ... "Dolly" Flynn Kreuzer is administrative 
sec. to Gardner D. Stout, who was also her boss 
35 years ago at the investment firm Dominick & 
Dominick. Mrs. Kreuzer was first Mr. Stout's 
sec. then later a registered representative; that 
title carries with it accreditation as an investment 
counsellor. Like Sue Selden, Mrs. K was born in 
N.Y.C. With her husband Henry she now lives in 
Syosset — conveniently close to golf courses. 
Vertebrate Paleontology: Upon retirement last Jan., 
Morris Skinner, Fric assoc . curator, was made Frick 
curator emeritus and was also honored with an ap- 
pointment as research affiliate in vert, paleo. at 
the Univ. of Nebraska. A collector of fossil mam- 
mals for the Museum since 1927, Mr. Skinner be- 
came a full-time employee of the Frick Lab. in 
1932. His interest has been fossil mammals, partic- 
ularly the horse .... Marie Skinner's retirement be- 
came effective in June. She began doing volun- 
teer field work in 1931, and first employed by the 
Frick Lab. in 1948, becoming a sci . asst. when 
the lab merged with Vert. Paleo. The Skinners will 
spend summers in Neb., winters in N.Y. and con- 



tinue as volunteers with Vert. Paleo. .. Kevin 
Moodie, curatorial asst. under an NSF grant since 
Aug., 1972, left the Museum in Sept. for the 
Univ. of Ariz, where he plans working and taking 

courses in the geosciences dept Dr. Bobb 

Schaeffer delivered a paper on gnathostome fishes 
at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientif- 
ique Symposium last June, after which he and Mrs. 
Schaeffer motored about France. In late July Dr. 
Schaeffer flew to a Soc . of Vert. Paleo. com- 
mittee meeting in Austin, Tex. From there he went 
to Hulett, Wyo., joining the Museum's Gil Stucker 
and George Winters who had been working a 
Jurassic fish locality since June. The trio returned 

to N.Y. in July Returning to N.Y. in the fall, 

Dr. Richard Tedford has been in Australia where, 
under his NSF grant, he has ended his third season 
of field work there. Assisted by members of the 
So. Australia Museum and the Queensland Museum, 
co-sponsors of his project, Dr. Tedford has been 
studying Quaternary sediments at Lake Callabonna 
and searching for fossil marsupials in the Miocene 
of the Frome Embayment area and in the 
Cretaceous and early Tertiary of the Great Artesian 
Basin. Mrs. Tedford accompanied her husband.... 
Dr. Eugene S. Gaffney, since late Aug., has been 
in Novia Scotia prospecting for and collecting 
Carboniferous amphibians and reptiles in Cape Breton. 
During the summer Urban Corps worker, Priscilla 
Wu, helped make many tasks easier, especially for 
Dr. Gaffney whom she assisted in the tiring task of 
renovating the fossil reptile and amphibian 
collections. .. .Dr. Malcolm McKenna and twelve 
other intrepid people set out for a four-week run 
down, the Colorado River. En route their dorries 
and raft capsized. The undaunted Dr. McKenna 
was in Boulder by Aug. I for the first Int. Con- 
gress of Systematic and Evolutionary Biology for 
which he organized a symposium on continental 
drift and evolutionary consequences. The final 
two weeks of Aug. were spent doing field work 
north of Dubois, Wyo. .. .Ronald Brown, 
originally a Frick Laboratory technician and then 
scientific assistant, resigned in Aug. Mr. Brown 
and his wife have moved to Scottsbluff, Neb. 
He will learn how to run a McDonald's — and he 
promises 10% discount to all Museum employees — 
with their badges as proof of identity, naturally. 

Shun not the mounted razorbill stored in your attic. 
Ask Barbara Levy, ext 258, if she needs it for the 
Museum Auction on March 7, 1974, of which Jane 
Ulstrup (rites of spring fame) is chairwoman. 




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THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



Vol. XXX, No. 7 

FREE FUN FOR ALL 
Do you wish to celebrate Christmas with an 
original flare? Call Alice Gray (x 313). She is 
teaching anyone interested how to fold colored paper 
into animal shapes and to thread and assemble the 
ornaments — all the whys and why nots of the art of 
origami. And, if you so like, the results of your 
newly discovered genius will be displayed in Roose- 
velt Hall on a giant Christmas tree. It's fun, a 
creative ball you might say, and could get you 
anonymous billing in all the media. 

"IN CAMERA" ON PHOTOGRAPHY 

500,000 file prints, a picture from the 1894 
Greenland voyage of the Miranda and half a million 
negatives make up part of that part of fir. 4, sec. 11, 
known as the Division of Photography. 

Joe Saulina, 38 years ago a messenger in Nat . 
Hist., is mgr.; Arthur Singer is chief photographer. 
Mr. Saulina, as overall administrator, concentrates 
on the economies. Mr. Singer focuses in on the 
Studio. They are soft-spoken, becalming people who 
work well with a staff of which they are proud. A 
comradely aura comes through. . .and good stories: 

Effervescent 5'2 1/2" Jo D'Orsi, supervising 
clerk and Museum employee for over 20 years, tells 
of a 6'3" gentleman who questioned her militantly 
about the accuracy of labelling as "northwest coast 
Indians" a print of unclad individuals. Mrs. D'Orsi 
felt it wiser not to address herself to the matter. 
Then there's the story of the difficulty encountered 
in explaining why a request to make color slides 
from a set of black and white negatives could not be 
filled no matter how much the staff wanted to be 
helpful . 

And helpful they all are in "Photography," which 
comprises two distinct areas. Dorothy Fulton, assoc. 
mgr., is in charge of those 500,000 file prints plus 
some 20,000 slides. A Hunter Coll. grad. and 
Museum employee for over 30 years, Miss Fulton 
built up this exceptional slide collection. Mrs. 
D'Orsi, who has worked with her colleague for seven 



November 1973 

years, told us, "Dorothy is in Munich on vacation 
right now. She is a wonderful person, kind, great 
in emergencies. .. " Jo D'Orsi, formerly with the 
Film Library, thinks the division a fine place to work, 
if you can't be travelling, that is. 

The Print & Transparency section is open week- 
days from 10-4. People from all over the world write 
or come in for photos. The prospective purchaser 
selects a print file card which, for $2 each, the 
Studio then makes into a picture. Prices for public 
production vary according to whether world, U.S. 
or Canadian rights are sought and whether the publi- 
cation is an encyclopedia, novel, biography, scien- 
tific paper, etc. Clients may take away a selection 
of color slides for examination at a cost of $1 for a 
three week period. As with the black and white, 
prices vary according to use. Requests come in at a 
rapid rate for a wild, wide range of prints — the eye 
of a fly, perhaps, or a vicious tiger close enough to 
count his back molars. Miss Fulton and Mrs. D'Orsi 
manage it with grace, never showing their back molars 

Joe Saulina, for many years in Fulfillment and 
later in Development, assumed his present job in 
July. He keeps tabs on rentals, sales, reproductions 
and monthly reports. Since one daughter is now 
married and the other is in college, Mr. Saulina has 
stopped keeping close tabs on them. The former 
Peggy Guy, who once worked in Entomology, and 
Joe Saulina have been married for 26 years. 

Jim Coxe, photographer, is an active member of 
the N.Y. Knickerbocker Darts league, but spends 
most of his time developing his photo eye. Mr. Coxe, 
along with the picture taking, assisting and advising, 
eats pound cake. "When I first came to work here 
Arthur had all his hair," he tells us between mouth- 
fuls. 

Peter Goldberg, Museum tech., and in his spare 
time photog. for the German-Amer. Soccer League, 
has a healthy head of hair. He works on the contact 
printing and enlarging, and keeps track of inventory. 
He is assisted by Urban Corps worker Daniel Sheehan, 
who does the drying, cleaning and some printing. 







The Division of Photogra- 
phy denies all responsibil 
ity for the photograph on 
the left. In fact they in- 
sist on giving credit wher 
due: your GV reporter. 
After a morning with the 
staff it is easy to see why 
They are experts. 



Mr. Sheehan is both managing and photographic 
editor of his Richmond Col I . paper. 

David Berliner, a devoted volunteer, puts in 12 
hours a week and is a tremendous asset to the dept. 
Mr. Berliner retired from govt, service several years 
ago. "It seems right to be here. I was always inter- 
ested in photography." 

Arthur Singer showed us the back rooms where 
thousands of valuable nitrate based negatives are 
stored, waiting to be filed and reprocessed. These 
perishable photographs, of historic and scientific 
importance, will get new faces when placed on 
safety film. A room in the Studio will be refurbished 
for work on the collection which dates back to the 
1800's. 

Squire Singer enjoys his newly acquired home in 
Kent Cliffs, N.Y. Interested in photography since 
his teens, he studied same at Brooklyn (his native 
land) Coll . and the New Schl . In 1966 he began at 
the Museum in the Custodial Dept. and claims "my 
feet still hurt." His wife, Jane Carruth, works in 
publishing. Confident that the dept. will continue 
turning out work of high caliber, he tells us, "We 
are investigating new methods for speeding up our 
work and maintaining quality." 

ON LOAN 
Through the courtesy of the Parks Dept. and 
NYC artist, Alexander Wakhevitch, his piece of 
sculpture will remain on display through Dec. 15 
on the lawn near the corner of 77th St. and CPW 
Originally intended for the World Trade Center, 
the sculpture, weighing approximately four tons, 
proved to be just a bit too much. 



DONALD SERRET 
Donald Serret, plumber, died in Oct. at Kings- 
bridge Veterans Hosp. Mr. Serret, 46, began work 
in the Custodial Dept. in 1951, transferring to the 
Plumbing Shop in 1955. He had always been a par- 
ticipant in the sports activities of the Museum, es- 
pecially bowling and softball. Mr. Serret, a com- 
petent, amiable person, was well liked by his as- 
sociates. He lived in NYC with his wife, Marion, 
and their four children. Donald Serret was a past 
commander of the Amer. Legion Post *581 . 



"Steggy," (remember the spring party?) is 
safely home at the Osaka Museum of Nat. Hist, and 
here seen with Manzo Chiji, director of the Museum 




BITS AND PIECES 
^Check out the Center for Inter-Amer. Relations 
>n Park & 68th -- Peruvian Paintings by Unknown 
Artists, 800 B.C. to 1700 A.D. "It's a nice little 
how, the first of its kind." Peregrinating Junius 
Jird is responsible for the quote and many of the 
decisions about the art subsequently placed on dis- 
may. The Center approached him for assistance, 
(specially in selecting the paintings coming from 
'eru. "So much of that stuff can be faked, you 
enow. I was in Panama anyway, so I took a four 
day Peruvian side-trip to see what might be worth- 
while." 




£>^^ ^^^ P 1 ^^ HH 

Dr. B. was skeptical that the Peruvian gov't, 
would issue permits in time and therefore sought ad- 
ditional material from northeastern U.S. collections, 
including our own. Junius B. Bird usually knows 
what he is about! The show opened Sept. 12. At 
4 p.m. the day the paintings from Peru arrived in 
Miami airport. ". . .a good thing the other items 
were on hand spaced on the walls so no one realized 
the Peruvian collection was missing." 

The exhibit is now complete. "When I faded 
out to Panama in January much of the subsequent 
work was accomplished by Milica Skinner and 
Barbara Conklin, with an assist from Sue Tishman." 
These last two are longtime anthro. volunteers. The 
"nice little show" closes Nov. 1 1 . 

"tou might be able to save a little money for 
(Christmas by utilizing the services of the lowcost 
Credit Union (9% per annum, 3/4 of 1% on the un- 
paid balance per month) which is less expensive than 
[credit card rates. Get full info, at B49 in the 
Roosevelt basement from 12-1 Tues. and Thurs. 

^Robert H. Rockwell, a taxidermist with the 
Museum from 1925-42, died in Sept. During that 
ime Mr. Rockwell mounted 27 large mammal groups, 
nany of which he helped collect on the Ake'ey- 
iastman-Pomeroy expedition. Upon his retirement 
|o Jamesville, Va . , he took up bronze and ceramic 



sculpture. Mr. Rockwell is survived by his wife, 
Ruth, a daughter, son and three grandchildren. 

# The Awards Comm. of the N.Y. Brd. of Trade 
selected the Museum as one of 12 local orgs, to re- 
ceive an award at their annual "Business Speaks" 
dinner in Oct. The honor is given to "organizations 
and individuals whose commitment to improving the 
quality of life in our city and country has been re- 
flected in significant economic and social projects." 
ON THEIR WAY 

Katy Hilson stopped by to brief us on ' 73 - ' 74 
activities for the 124 Women's Committee members. 
Katy (Mrs. John) Hilson is the new chairwoman, 
succeeding Caroline Macomber. If enthusiasm, energy 
and friendliness make for good leadership, Mrs. 
Hilson will be a wow ! Hailing from an Ohio farm, 
she claims her affection for natural history is thor- 
oughly natural . Her aim is to make that affection 
thoroughly catching: "Enlarge the membership, get 
the women to work and work hard. We want them to 
give us ideas, plan our affairs, raise scads of money, 
join the volunteer corps, but mostly to find out what 
great fun it is to be here. We want to keep this a 
warm, friendly place." By "we" she includes her 
co-chairwomen Melinda (Mrs. Alan) Blinken and Nan 
(Mrs. Thomas) Rees. She rushes on to explain that 
"the three of us are really a sextet because Lou (Mrs. 
Burrell) Parkhurst, Erica (Mrs. Hector) Prud'homme 
and Barbara (Mrs. Dean) Worcester help so much we 
can't manage without them . " She smiles. "We're 
going to open this Museum to our members, get them 
familiar with it. We want them to hostess at the 
corporate cocktail parties..." she laughs, "oh, do 
all kinds of jobs. . . " 

The first job starts Nov. 5 when the Men's and 
Women's Comms . jointly host a potential donor cock- 
tail party complete with music, live (small) animals, 
a Nat. Sci . Center preview, 10-minute interval 
showings of Robin Lehman's "Coulter's Hell" and 
endless other treats. Each member is to bring at 
least two guest couples. Barbara Levy ("Oh, but if 
she isn't one who keeps us going! Going properly, 
I might add") has all facts. 

Since July the Women's Comm. has raised almost 
$7000 but after Nov. 5 when the women really go 
into action it will seem a small sum. 

"Tess Martin and Marie Caulfield work hardest 
of al I, though, " claims Mrs . Hilson . "They do so much 
detail — compiling kits, handling replies, keeping 
track of donations — they work, those two!" 

Big plans are ahead but not yet complete enough 
to mention here, except the March 7 date — AUCTION 
DAY — a sure thing! 



When Katy Hilson said goodbye she left us ex- 
hausted. One hopes, for all their youth, Bill (Boston 
U.), Dwight (Deerfield Academy) and Melissa 
(Nightingale Banford) can keep up. We got the im- 
pression husband John (Wertheim & Co.) can... and 
the Women's Comm. will. Because that sextet afore- 
mentioned is going to make it clear: Museum support 
is self-support. You get back as much, if not more, 

as you put in. 

HERE AND THERE 

Anthropology: Margaret Mead is Fogarty Scholar- 
in-Residence for the Nat'l . Institutes of Health in 
Bethesda, Md . , through Dec. 31. 
Electrical Shop: Welcomed back after a 7-month 
leave is John McCabe. While away Mr. McCabe 
married Karen Wallach at a ceremony held in a fifth 
fir. Canal St. loft apartment. Mrs. McCabe is a 
social worker for the NYC Dept. of Welfare. Also 
during his absence Mr. McCabe worked as adminis- 
tration organizer for Local *1 199. . .Reporter Vincent 
Lammie, Jr., reports that the Joe Donatos have a 
lovely baby girl, Jennifer, born last Feb. 
Entomology: Here for a year working with Kumar 
Krishna on the termite collection are O.B. Chhotani 
and his wife, Geeta . 

Ichthyology: Vivian Oleen, bibliographic asst. for 
the Dean Bibliography since 1967, left the dept. 
last month. Mrs. Oleen, whose daughter, Pamela 
Ransford, is 3 months old, will soon receive her doc- 
torate from CCNY...Lynne Hirsch, sci . asst. to Dr. 
Rosen, is a native NYer who enjoys botanizing and 
tropical fish. The recently married Mrs. Hirsch re- 
ceived her BA in biology from Queens College and 
attended graduate school there and at Washington 
Univ., St. Louis. . .Alice Lawson, originally suc- 
ceeding Mrs. Oleen, has now transferred to Mammal- 
ogy as Archbold secty. She has three teenage daugh- 
ters and is attending CUNY at Herbert Lehman Coll . 
for an MA in Amer. Hist. . . .When Donn Rosen re- 
turned from Guatemala he made some changes: James 
Atz is now on the first floor. Vickie Pelton occu- 
pies his former office. Vita Dalrymple conducts 
business adjacent to Lavett Smith's office. The space 
vacated by Mrs. Dalrymple and Miss Pelton is now a 
laboratory for Lynne Hirsch. The Accessions Rm . was 
moved to the first floor to make way for grad . student 
offices. . .James Atz is pres. -elect (1975) of the 
Amer. Soc . of Ichs. & Herps . . . .Gareth Nelson and 
Niles Eldredge, Inver. Paleo., are co-editors of 
Systematic Zoology .. .Dr. Smith is in the Bahamas 
studying the ecology of coral reef fishes with James 
Tyler. 

Invertebrate Paleontology: Norman and Gillian 



Newell spent a part working, part vacationing summei 
in Eng. and Africa. While in Eng., Dr. Newell 
conferred with colleagues and studied collections in 
Oxford, Cambridge and the British Museum. He 
conducted surveys in Africa, particularly in Rabat, 
the Argana Valley and the Middle and High Atlas 
mtns. in Morocco in line with studies being conducted 
on a widely favored interpretation of continental 
drift that holds northwestern Africa was continuous 
with England and southern Europe during the Creta- 
ceous Period. Dr. Newell is serving as an unsalaried 
consultant for the project involving some 40 American, 
European and Moroccan geologists. The work is 
being financed from AID funds administered through 
the NSF. All of these travels involved considerable 
outdoor camping; Mrs. Newell proved more than 
equal to the job. 

Library: Janina Gertner visited Israel and France 
this summer. She reports that Jerusalem "was divine, 
the Dead Sea glorious and Paris — was Paris!"... 
Nina Root and Toby Brown visited the New England 
Document Center recently for a seminar on how best 
to utilize and administer the Clark Fndtn. Restoration 
grant ... Kevin McShane, serials librarian, visited 
the Nat'l. Lib. of Medicine in D.C. to learn more 
about serials data bases. 

Living Invertebrates: During a visit to Europe in 
Sept., Dorothy Bliss presented a paper co-authored 
with Penny Hopkins to the 6th Intl. Symp. on Neuro- 
secretion in London. In France Dr. Bliss visited the 
Univ. of Paris laboratories. 

Mineralogy: The Norway, Maine Democrat had a 
long article about David Seaman's retirement to its 
town. Mr. Seaman will continue his studies in peg- 
matite mineralogy. Both he and his wife, Thelma, 
are active in the Oxford County Mineral and Gem 
Assoc . 

Ornithology: After two years as Museum attendant 
guard, Willie Pryor transferred as a curatorial asst., 
a position supported by an NSF grant for expanded 
care of the bird collections. 

Reproductions: Susan Payne Hoffer, now a part-tim 
employee, worked as a volunteer since last winter. 
She is a sculptor who has had several shows. Ms. 
Hoffer also makes beautiful pottery. . .Regular vol- 
unteers who have returned to help include Elizabeth 
Clark, Ady Mittlemann and Zolita Oliver. Mrs. 
Oliver is from Bermuda and has come here to learn 
casting techniques as part of her taxidermy studies 
. . .The division has 12 new students . They are from 
Brandeis H.S., the City-As-School program and othe 
city high schools participating in the reproductions 
workshop program for school credit. 




THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



Vol. XXX, No. 8 



December 1973 




THE CHASE MANHATTAN DINNER 

On Nov. 18, David Rockefeller, chrmn. of the 
>rd., Chase Manhattan Bank, N .A . , and Mrs. 
Rockefeller hosted a dinner at AMNH honoring the 
)ank's Intl. Advisory Comm. 

The guests were taken on small conducted tours 
hrough special Museum areas. After dinner in 
Whitney Hall everyone went to the Hall of Ocean 
.ife to hear members of the N.Y. Camerata perform 
'Vox Balaenae," by contemporary composer George 
Irumb, based on whale sounds tape recorded by Dr. 
toger Payne . 

There were 100 invited guests including those 
nembers of the Museum's scientific and education 
lepts. who acted as guides for the tours. The Ex- 
libition Dept., Construction and Maintenance and 
lldg. Services also contributed immeasurably toward 
flaking the dinner a remarkably successful occasion. 

Affairs such as this serve to introduce groups not 
isually involved with an institution like ours to 
^MNH's accomplishments and objectives. The coop- 
iration and assistance given by the staff were greatly 
ippreciated by Mr. and Mrs. Rockefeller and the 
dministration. 



The llama found both the music and the people enter- 
taining. The occasion was the Nov. 5th Men's & 
Women's Committee cocktail party for potential donors 



A FABLE 

Once upon a time a big family with lots of mem- 
bers living all over the world decided to hold a re- 
union in the United States of America to see the 
sights and find out how things were with the relatives 
residing in that distant land. The big family agreed 
New York City would be a fine place to hold their 
reunion. 

And so people came from all over. There were 
very old family members from France who liked to 
read a lot. There were very young family members 
from Italy who liked to watch people dance. There 
were very wise family members from Uganda who 
liked to think about why people behave as they do. 
And several especially serious people from England 
wanted to find out if New York City had green trees. 

The big family met in a big hotel and ate all 
their meals together in a big dining room. But — 
they had a great deal of trouble getting along. They 
spoke many different languages. They were of many 
different ages. They were interested in many dif- 
ferent things. The reunion was not a success at all . 
Everyone was beginning to feel very angry at having 
spent so much money and so much time coming to 
New York City. In fact, they grew so angry they 
each went off in their own little groups to gossip and 
say nasty things about the other little groups. 

They took buses uptown . They took buses cross- 
town . They took trains to New Jersey. Some went 
to their rooms to listen to the radio and sulk. Some 
went to the nearest bar to have a drink and watch 
TV. Some even got so angry they sat in a dentist's 



You will be after you visit 

The American Museum of Natural History. 

It's an unforgettable experience. 



office just to look at old magazines. 

That night, when it came time to eat, they all 
gathered back in the big dining room to share the 
evening meal together. 

Each group talked to its own little group about 
what had happened that day, but in such loud ex- 
cited voices that the different groups began to under- 
stand one another. The people who had taken the 
buses mentioned seeing big black-and-white ads 
that said something about The American Museum of 
Natural History. The people who had taken a train 
to New Jersey said "Oh my goodness. We saw an 
ad about The American Museum of Natural History, 
too. " The people who had been to the nearest bar 
remarked in awe about a beautiful 30-second color 
spot telling about The American Museum of Natural 
History. The people who had listened to the radio 
remembered hearing about an American Museum of 
Natural History and a magazine. The ones who had 
been angriest of all and went to sit in a dentist's 
office suddenly laughed and laughed because they, 
too, had seen an ad about croaking frogs and The 
American Museum of Natural History. 

Everyone was very surprised. Everyone began 
talking to everyone else. Everyone began talking so 
carefully, so happily they really and truly could 
understand one another. 

"This must be a most unusual Museum. We should 
find out if that is really so." And the very next day 
they did exactly that. And that evening they all sat 
down to dinner together and talked and talked about 
The American Museum of Natural History and all the 
wonderful things they had seen. That made everyone 
very happy. And it made the reunion a very happy 
reunion . 

P.S. The AMNH wishes to thank Ogilvy & Mather, 
the New York advertising firm that contributed the 
creative assistance for the commercials, spots and 
signs. 



BITS AND PIECES 
# Max O. Urbahn, chrmn. of the N.Y. Board 
of Trade presents Gardner Stout with the handsome 
lucite award (designed and executed by Ann Border 
prog, dir., N.Y. Brd. of Trade) mentioned in Nov 
GV . 

The inscription reads: The New York Board of Trad 
American Museum of Natural History. For signifi- 
cant contributions to the enrichment of New York 




^Excerpts from a very nice letter: "I wanted t< 
tell you how much my family and I enjoyed West 
Side Day. . .It was our first Museum experience. . . 
We had a grand time. . .and intend to visit many 
more times. I also want to thank a young man who 
though on his lunch hour, helped me to find a 
valuable piece of luggage. His name was Bill 
Delfino (attendant grd.). My family and I are ver> 



irateful to him and to the Museum for a wonderful 
lay." 

^The EBA presents its annual children's Christmas 
•arty, complete with presents, candy, cake, ice 
:ream and etceteras, at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 7. Fes- 
ivities begin in the auditorium with the Off Center 
heater presentation of "Beauty and the Beast." 

^It wasn't the greatest season for the "Head- 
lunters" Softball team last summer but it was one of 
he most interesting. In the pre-season warm-up 
lames men and women participated. There were ex- 
libition games that were quite classy — and the team 
>layed organizations like the U.N. and big-time 
idvtg. firms. There was spirited action and re-action 
imong the players: Irving Almodovar, Jean Augustin, 
lames Blake, Felix Caraballo, Sal Cigliano, Joseph 
)onato, William Graham, Frederick Hartmann, 
ieroy Jenkins, Anthony Macaluso, Anthony Polo and 
Claus Wolters. The playing fields were in Central 
'ark directly across from the Museum. More fan 
upport might have enhanced the score card. Next 
'ear, with greater participation from the AMNH and 
t members, will be a vintage year, yes? 




NEVER MISSED 



A SATURDAY 



Jack Rudin, AMNH trustee and president of 
Rudin Mgmt. Co., has been "getting a great kick 
out of this Museum since a boy attending those 2:00 
p.m. shows every Saturday. I grew up on West 80th 
St. We still live nearby, and my kids went to those 
movies, too. Serving on the Board in many ways is 
like serving my family. The Museum has always 
been part of my life. It is a significant plus to New 
York. I believe in this city, and helping the Museum 
is helping it." 

Mr. Rudin tells us all this with a straightforward 
emphasis that exudes enthusiasm. His business, in 
which he has a very solid background, is real estate 



const, and management. His years of experience have 
given him an intimate knowledge of the city and its 
community-minded business citizens. As a Museum 
trustee he hopes to steer the right people toward the 
right projects. "I know experts who would be thrilled 
to participate in an advisory capacity. New Yorkers 
are the most generous people in the world, you know." 

Mr. Rudin also serves on the Museum Pension 
Fund (with L.F. Boker Doyle and other committee 
members) and in the supervision of investments. 
"Our Board is made up of men and women of extremely 
high caliber. Under leadership like Gardner Stout's, 
we 1 1 , we can 't miss . " 

Confident, optimistic Jack Rudin claims these as 

necessary characteristics for anyone in the construction 

industry. Rudin Mgmt. Co., is a family concern. 

Father Samuel, its founder, is active with Uncle 

Henry and brother Lewis as officers, and Lewis Rudin, 

also an ardent native son, is head of the NYC Diamond 

Jubilee Comm. and chrmn. of the Assoc, for a Better 

N.Y. 

Jack Rudin's contagious enthusiasm spills over 

into especial vitality when he speaks of his family. 

One feels the entire Rudin clan must be a congenial, 

mutually supportive group. 

Mrs. Roberta Rudin teaches remedial reading in 
the public schl . system. She plays the piano and is 
an expert in needlepoint ("I thought the Cammann 
exhibit excellent and bought her book."). Son Eric, 
20, once capt. of the Trinity Schl. wrestling and 
football teams, is a jr. at Washington Univ. in 
Clayton, Mo. Madeleine, 18, a music enthusiast, 
is a freshman at Pine Manor, Newton, Mass., and 
Katherine, 12, is a 7th grader at Dalton. She is a 
fine athlete and admirer of Babe Didrikson Zaharias. 

Every weekend Mr. Rudin travels to his Elberon, 
N.J. home to play tennis with four doctor friends. 
He claims to be a frustrated writer who enjoys 
mystery novels, biography and military history. He 
likes life to be orderly. 

Jack Rudin, a product of the NYC schl. system, 
served overseas in WWII in the 89th Infantry Div. 
After 3 1/2 years in Europe he returned in 1946 and 
"decided to try the family business and loved it." 
He began as a time-keeper, then became first 
superintendent and subsequently supervisor of con- 
struction learning his work, quite literally, from the 
ground up. He continues to concentrate on the con- 
struction and administration while brother Lewis 
Rudin handles renting, management and financing. 
The site on which the handsome new Rudin Mgmt. 
bldg. now stands (345 Park Ave.) once contained 
P.S. 18, Samuel Rudin's alma mater, c. 1911. 



Jack Rudin's civic devotion reaches many areas. 
He is a trustee of lona Coll. and he holds important 
office in the Boy Scouts, concentrating on their 
Lunch-O-Rees' program. He is active in the Amer. 
Jewish Comm., Federation of Jewish Philanthropies 
and Cong. Shearith Israel . He is a member of the 
Third Panel Sheriff's Jury and serves on the executive 
brds. of many local bldg. and construction assocs. 

The obvious continuity and stability in the Rudin 
family that exists both in their professional and per- 
sonal lives will undoubtedly rub off most advanta- 
geously on the Museum. 

HERE AND THERE 

Astronomy: From our missed and retired friend, Jeff 

Sparks, this photograph: 




"The only picture, to my knowledge, of four succes- 
sive chrmn. of the Planetarium: Joseph Chamberlain, 
Thomas Nicholson, Franklyn Branley, Kenneth 
Franklin. (Taken during the Zeiss 50th Anniv. 
party.)" 

Controller's Office : Lou Benesh was married to 
Margaret M. Williams in Nov. at the Evangelical 
Congregational Church of Little Ferry. The honey- 
moon was spent at Beach Haven W., Manahawkin, 
N.J. 

Education : Christopher Schuberth spoke on the geol- 
ogy of N.Y. in the Educational Pavillion of the 
Bryant Park Flower Show in Sept. 

Exhibition : Returned from a one year maternity leave 
is preparator Leanore Drogin. In Oct. Denis (prepar- 
ator) and Benjamin Prince became parents of a baby 
boy, Yohance. 

Herpetology : Roger Conant, research assoc, retired 
last spring as director of the Phi la. Zoological Gar- 
dens and is now settled in Albuquerque, N.M. The 
revision of his book, "Field Guide to Amphibians and 
Reptiles," has gone to press. Both he and Charles 
Bogert (curator emeritus) were recently appointed 
adjunct profs, in the Dept. of Biology, Univ. of N.M. 



Library: From I. to r., present at the opening of the 
Rare Book Room: Joe Sedacca, Thomas Nicholson, 
Walter Koenig, Nina Root, George Gardner and Ed 
McCartan, a guest representing G. K. Hall, Pblshrs. 



Rare Books 
& Manuscripts 





Living Invertebrates: The N.Y. Academy of Sciences 
presented The Boris Pregel Award for Research in Biol- 
ogy to Horace Stunkard "for our continued admiration 
for your productive life work in biology and zoology, 
and for your report on 'The Trematode Family, 
Bucephalidae: Problems of Morphology, Development 
and Systematics: Description of Rudolphinus gen, 
nov. '" The award carries with a citation of $500. 
Ornithology: Hans Winkler, of the Univ. of Vienna, 
arrived in Oct. He has a year's Chapman Fellowship 
and will study N. Amer. woodpeckers, visiting 
various parts of the U.S., including the Southwestern 
Research Station. His wife, Maria Theresia, will 
join him at Christmas. 

Paint Shop: John Erlandsen is out of the hospital and 
back at home recuperating from a heart attack. The 
Jerry Boyle's had their fifth child, Daniel John. 
Vertebrate Paleontology : The Paleontological Societ; 
"takes great pride in announcing that Dr. George 
Gaylord Simpson is the eighth recipient of the Pale- 
ontological Soc. Medal." The medal is awarded for 
fundamental contributions to the advancement of 
knowledge in paleo. It was awarded to Dr. Simpson 
in Dallas in Nov. 




W^f 




THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



'ol. XXXI, No. 1 



January-February 1974 



ABOUT THIRTY THOUSAND FEET ON FLOOR FOUR 



Although most of its 300,000 vols. (110,000 
looks; 190,000 periodicals) are installed on shelves 
lidden from public view, the Library is not an ice- 
terg. For, according to Nina Root, librarian, "This 
s a service organization. We try to provide the 
cientific staff with the books and serials they need, 
md are here to make their lives easier. We wish to 
istablish policy or procedure to their satisfaction, 
f they want those books upside down in the stacks, 
hey 'I I get them upside down." 

Provision was made for the Library (one of the 
ive greatest natural science libraries in the world) 
n the original Museum charter. For many years 
sach scientific dept. had its own; ten years ago the 
:ol lections were coordinated into the present space. 
t is especially strong on Indians of the Americas, 
:oology, ornithology, mammalogy and ichs. &herps. 
3pen from 11-4 Mon-Fri to the public, AMNHers 
:an come in from 9:30-4:30. 

Because a collection of such caliber should be 
ivailable to the community, Library materials can be 
lorrowed through local libraries which are members 
>f the N.Y. State Interlibrary Loan Network, of 
/hich the AMNH Library is a subject referral center, 
ir through the rules established by the Amer. Library 
^ssoc. 

Nina Root, now in her third year here, received 
in MSLS from Pratt Inst. A native Manhattanite who 
'adores the city," Ms. Root claims "you can't beat 
^Jew York." She finds "the longer I work here the 
lore I understand what a presitigous collection we 
eally have and the more I fall in love with my work." 

The Library is divided into two sections, 
leaders' services, the part the public sees, handles 
eference, circulation and interlibrary loans. Tech- 
lical services, which consists of cataloging, acqui- 
itions, serials and restoration, takes place behind 
he scenes. There are sixteen full-time, five part- 
ime and three Urban Corps employees. 

The visible members are the five in readers' 
ervices. Mildred Bobrovich, head readers' services 
ibrarian, received her MSLS from Columbia. Ms. 



Bobrovich, here two-and-a-half years, only recently 
discovered the Museum's Monday dance classes but 
is now an enthusiastic participant. Sheila Burns, 
library reference and circulation, originally came to 
catalog the archival film collection and then took 
over when Mary Wissler retired. Ms. Burns, also 
with an MSLS from Columbia, is presently working 




Just before the coffee break, from I. to r.: Fred 
North, Sylvester Chigodora, Barry Koffler, Rita 
Mandl, Nina Root, Tessie Rechstschaffer, Lucienne 
Yoshinaga, Russel Rak and Genevieve Silberstein. 



for a degree in biology. Loretta Forte, sr. clerk, 
enjoys the way "I get to see everyone from all over 
the Museum and keep up with their activities." She 
is working on a master's degree in anthro. Genevieve 
Silberstein, sr. clerk, has a B .A . in international 
politics from Hunter; she now takes courses at the 
School of Visual Arts. Ebullient Janina Gertner, an 
emigree from Israel, enjoys her job, the U.S. and 
NYC. One-liner anecdotes tumble: '"Do you have 
color photos of the dinosaurs?' one serious caller 
asked me, 'or a recording of their mating call?' A 
sculptor wanter a photograph of a griffin, but 
thought dinosaurs had never lived. 'Please send me 
some snapshots of the Indians greeting Columbus,' 
was another request." Ms. Gertner throws up her hands 



"Do you believe me? It's a madhouse here! I'm a 
foreigner, you know, and sometimes I wonder if I'm 
hearing correctly." She is. 

Moving on to those behind the scenes, we come 
to Toby Brown, conservator, presently studying for 
her library degree and also learning about binding, 
mending and leather work. She has already com- 
pleted some fine book restorations. Tina Stewart, 
sr. clerk for fourteen years, works with the files, 
logging in the materials, acquisitions and serials re- 
ceived, a time-consuming job demanding great ac- 
curacy. Ms. Stewart's son Paul is getting a B.S. in 
sociology at NYU . 

Michael Dallas, serials clerk, and Barry Koffler, 
part-time serials librarian, work in happy coordina- 
tion with Kevin McShane, serials librarian. Mr. 
McShane is responsible for establishing the serials 
computer program and for some of the best comic 
lines this side of Woody Allen. Mr. Dallas likes to 
cook, solve problems, travel and "trouble-shoot." 
Mr. Koffler, with the Museum since 1968, is working 
toward a degree in animal behavior, raises tropical 
fish and talks gently to his turtles. All three men 
are constructing a serials data base from which they 
will build a computer-printer serials holding catalog. 

Lucienne Yoshinaga has been cataloging librarian 
since 1968. Originally from Haiti, Ms. Yoshinaga 
received her MSLS from Columbia and is now classi- 
fying and describing the library collection in prepar- 
ation for the public catalog. Ms. Yoshinaga has a 
green thumb for African violets. 

Fred North, acquisitions librarian, started as a 
typist in 1964. His interests vary outrageously: ori- 
gami, occultism, astrology, travel, cooking, eating, 
birdwatching, book and record collecting, dancing 
and writing book reviews for Choice. Russel Rak, 
admin, asst., knows the Library from "ABC of Evo- 
lution" to "Zygouries." He has an M.A. in foreign 
affairs, economics and trade from CUNY, and is 
"the foremost authority on stereo hi-fi equipment 
north of the Chatahoochee River." 

Tessie Rechtschaffer, part-time asst., scientific 
publications, came to NYC from Maryland at the re- 
quest of her children, who wanted her nearby. Ms. 
Rechtschaffer answers requests about Bulletin, Novi- 
tates and Anthro. Papers, and handles the billing 
and collections. Sylvester Chigodora, sr. clerk, is 
"grateful to work here because it makes it possible 
for me to continue my studies in biology." Mr. 
Chigodora enjoys his job and will continue here until 
attaining a graduate degree; then he will return to 
Zimbabwe (Rhodesia). 

Rita Mandl, sr. sec. in her sixth year at the 



Library, recently presented Nina Root a "Best Boss 
Award." "I bet she didn't tell you," says Ms. Mandl 
about her boss, "that her name will be in the ninth 
edition of 'Who's Who of American Women' ! " She 
didn't. Ms. Mandl handles all secretarial and some 
administrative duties. The mother of two boys and a 
girl, she likes to sew, travel and read. 

Three Urban Corps workers, June Lee, Winniford 
Pitter and Constance Wick, plus two part-timers, 
James McLaughlin and Mark Zuss, were not on hand 
at interview time. Ubiquitous and popular Sidney 
Horenstein, when not elsewhere occupied, takes care 
of the map collection. 

That's it. A group that applies itself to the job 
with dedication, aware of the stature of the AMNH 
Library. "There is a lot to do, but the scientific 
staff shows so much interest and the director is sup- 
portive. All this creates a positive atmosphere," one 
clerk told us. A good way to end an article, too, in 
a positive atmosphere. 

TRUSTEE 
Richard G. Croft, honorary trustee, died Dec. 
30 at his home in Conn. First elected a trustee in 
1958, Mr. Croft served until 1969. In 1971 he was 
awarded the Museum's Silver Medal "in recognition 
of his many contributions to the Museum." The Bd. 
of Trustees issued a statement extending "deepest 
sympathy to the members of his family on the passing 
of this wise friend who contributed so much to the 
quality of everything with which he was associated." 




BITS AND PIECES 

^Margaret Mead is conducting a three-lecture 
series titled "The Pain — and the Promise — of Change," 
on Feb. 5, 12 and 19 at 8:00 p.m. in the auditorium. 
Series tickets are $25; $12.50 for students. Museum 
employees wishing to attend without buying tickets 
may contact Tess Martin (ext. 429). Names will be 
placed on a first-come first-served waiting list in the 
event all seats are not sold. 

# The 39th Annual Meeting of the AMNH Em- 
ployees' Federal Credit Union will be held in Room 
426 at 12:15 p.m. on Mon., Feb. 4. Members are 
urged to attend. Refreshments will be served. 

^Toni Gerber, Natural History , won a $250 gift 
certificate for merchandise from B. Altman & Co., 




SCENE AT THE CHRISTMAS PARTY 

The Saito girls, Noriko, 4, and Michiko, 3, dis- But the children on the end of that long line were 

cussing the origin of snowflakes with a friend from almost disappointed. More people showed up at the 

fantasyland. party than had replied to the invitation. There were, 

Waiting for a chance with Santa was more fun this quite literally, just enough presents. Please. Next 

year because the origami Christmas tree was there, year. Tell the Committee if you are coming. Yes? 



ibraham & Straus or Alexander's for the pint of 
lood she gave last year. Coming up Feb. 28 is 
nother chance at other gift certificates; that is the 
ate the Bloodmobile will be at AMNH. Give blood. 
\ is important. This year the supply is not quite as 
lentiful as in previous years. You will get com- 
ensatory time off from the Museum, and you could 
nd up helping your own family in an emergency. 

^Passengers on the "Adriatic Odyssey" study- 
ruise depart via plane from Kennedy for Venice on 
tay 16. Aboard the commodious m/v Neptune from 
len until May 27, guests will visit fourteen legendary 
orts, including Split, Dubrovnik, Corfu, Thera and 
■haca, with Athens the final destination. Dr. 
Jicholson and two other scientists (Barbara Halpern, 
Serbo-Croatian scholar, and David Mitten, prof, of 
lassical archeology at Harvard) will be aboard to 
elp make this a vacation with meaning. Though 
ie m/v Neptune can accommodate more, the pas- 
snger list wi 1 1 be limited to 160 people . For a 
rochure and further details contact Gregory Long 
2xt. 397). The all-inclusive fare ranges from $1185 
d $1485 and includes a $200 donation to the Museum. 



NEW HOURS 
Be it herewith noted and remembered: As of 
Feb. 3 the Museum will be open from 10-4:45 
Mon-Sat., and 1 1 :00-5:00 Sun . &hols. This 
applies to visiting hours only, not to business 
hours. 



A RIDDLE 

Who is it that can be found digging fossils in 
Nebraska, discovering the intricate mating habits of 
African food fish or developing theories on Chinese 
bronzes? Who helped design and build the first 
microwave (radar) equipment and then (some yrs. 
later) put mop fringe on the head of the chief in a 
famous war canoe? Who pokes around with a Land 
camera, draws beautiful posters, spends time manag- 
ing the disposition of 900 circulating exhibits, teaches 
children or tells them stories as they travel through 
long corridors? 

Who is it? The pale shadow-composite of an 
AMNH volunteer. 



There are volunteers who serve 1000 hrs. yearly. 
There is a volunteer who has been coming regularly 
9:30-5:30 five days per week for ten years; there is 
another dependably answering letters of inquiry from 
all over the world. There are volunteers whose 
creative intelligences, enthusiasms and energies might 
easily light up the NY skyline in neon, nightly pro- 
claiming the worth of the Museum. 

Several volunteers barely started walking eight 
years ago, while others carry themselves with a dig- 
nity attainable only through years of experience. It 
is impossible to select any one volunteer for special 
commendation, and often difficult to spot them be- 
cause many bring a professional aura of ability and 
reliability to their tasks. But they are "there," and 
the Museum knows it. There is no riddle really: 
AMNH volunteers deserve the Museum. The Museum 
deserves them. 

HERE AND THERE 
Astronomy: On Jan. 3, Mark Chartrand was ap- 
pointed acting chairman of the dept. Ken Franklin, 
whose resignation as chairman was accepted with re- 
gret by the Administration, will remain as astronomer 
and continue with his scientific work. Effective 
March 1, Dr. Chartrand will become chairman. He 
has been responsible for its education programs and 
for producing the sky shows. A genuine devotee of 
opera and music generally, Dr. Chartrand lives in 
Manhattan, conveniently close to Lincoln Center. 
Anthropology: The N.Y. Academy of Sciences pre- 
sented The Annual Lehman Award for "high achieve- 
ments in the field of anthropology, your deep and 
inspired involvement in present-day problems of all 
the world's peoples, and also for your long friendship 
and interest in our Academy" to Margaret Mead at 
the society's annual dinner, Dec. 6. 
Education: An exhibition of paintings, drawings and 
prints by Dumile Daniel Dumile, intern, were fea- 
tured in the Black History Museum, Hempstead, L.I., 
from Nov. 18 -Jan. 15. Mr. Dumile's work has 
also been included in group shows in other L.I. areas 
as well as in NYC . 

Entomology: John C. Pal lister spoke about Mexico 
at the Natural History Society of Delaware in Nov., 
and at Marymount College in Dec. 
General Services: John Hackett has recently re- 
covered from a bad bout with the flu . . . Lucy Shih is 
now recuperating at home after an illness which hos- 
pitalized her. . .Farrell Carney, Jr., has traded in 
his bowling ball and is now concentrating on Yonkers 
. . .Irving and Juanita Almodovar attended a wedding 
in Youngstown, Ohio... and Jimmy Blake, who has 



redecorated his apartment, is inviting all the Generc 
Services gang to his place for dinner to meet the ne\A 
Mrs. Blake — Diane. 

Herpetology: Richard Zweifel attended the first 
meeting of the Cte. on Systematic Resources in Herp: 
The Cte. represents the three nat'l. herps. societies 
...Congratulations to retiree John Healy, who be- 
came a grandfather for the first time Dec. 27 when 
daughter Helene Sambek gave birth to a son, Joseph 
Micropaleontology: Wendell Su, technician, resigm 
in Nov.... Susan Eisenberg, former editorial asst., 
has now become a "stripper," i.e. technician. 
Museum Shops: It was a fine Christmas season for the 
shops, Joseph Battaglia reports, and with Martin 
Tekulsky's recent trip to the Atlantic City Gift Show 
new items will soon be appearing. 
Ornithology: Lester Short reports that a person join- 
ing the staff next summer desires to sublet, from July 
through Sept., an attractive one-bedrm. frnshd. apt, 
in Paris near the Musee d'Histoire Naturelle. Con- 
tact Dr. Short (ext. 422) for details. 
Personnel: Ringing in the new year properly, Susan 
Anne Kessler, sr. sec, and Michael Neil I were 
married Dec. 29. 

Projection: Handsome Larry Scheuerer is seriously ill 
and has undergone major surgery. "We all hope for 
his quick recovery and eventual return. We're pu Mir 
for you, Larry, " writes reporter Joe Abruzzo. . . Fred 
Silberstein joined the dept. in Oct. Not a newcome 
to the Museum, Mr. Silberstein was a technician for 
the Centennial Exhibit, "Can Man Survive?" He an/ 
wife Ellen, who live in Dumont, N.J., have one 
daughter. . .Above-mentioned Mr. Abruzzo has been 
with the Museum since 1947, starting as projection 
technician. In 1952 he became chairman of the 
Projection Div. He served on the Bd. of Dirs. of the 
Federal Credit Union, as v. p. of the Camera Club 
and as a key figure in the development of the 
Museum's original Guide-a-Phone system. Mr. 
Abruzzo plans to continue work in the theatrical or 
advertising fields. Then he will gradually taper off 
and, with his wife Elsie to assist, devote full time to 
his hobbies — traveling and collecting antiques. 
The Abruzzo's have a married daughter, Barbara Ann 
Dantone. Everyone will miss that friendly Abruzzo 
smile and we all wish him happiness in his retirement 
Public Affairs: Two well-known and well-liked mem 
bers of the office have been promoted. Art Grenham 
has become the new mgr. of audio-visual services, 
taking over for the retired Joseph Abruzzo. Marilyn 
Badaracco has been promoted to Mr. Grenham 's 
former post as coordinator of guest services. Congrat 
ulations and good wishes to both. 




•ol. XXXI, No.%^- 



THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



March 1974 



A FIELD TRIP IS NOT NECESSARILY A FIELD DAY 



Ray de Lucia, chief preparator, and Matthew 
(almenoff, retired principal preparator, got into a 
ed panel truck one bright morning last December. 
A/ith them were saws, scissors, liquid latex, plaster, 
in herbarium press, two cameras (movie and stereo- 
copic) and many etceteras. 

Ray de Lucia and Matthew Kalmenoff, as per 
jrrangement prior to Mr. K's retirement, were head- 
ng to Florida with the Wood Ibis to view these birds 
n their special bailiwick, nesting amid cypresses 
$5-40 ft. high. There they watched them feeding in 
aw grass shallows. They caught, on camera and on 
:anvas, the color and movement in the brush. They 
ook samples of trees, plants, and grass. All these 
jfforts were going toward the creation of another 
ife-like diorama for which the Museum is so justly 
amous. 

Mssrs. de Lucia and Kalmenoff were on A Field 
l"rip. These background-collecting expeditions are 
aecoming a dying tradition, because not many habi- 
at groups are required anymore. "That's why I 
arought the movie camera," Ray de Lucia told us. 
"I wanted pictures for the future. I may be one of 
\he last around here who knows the techniques of 
hese trips." (Our "Fielding's Guide?") 

Mr. de Lucia and Mr. Kalmenoff spent a week 
jt the Charles Payson ( Mrs . C.P. of N.Y. Mets 
: ame) Plantation near Punta Gorda, Fla. (Mr. 
tayson is financing both the expedition and the ex- 
libit.) They also went to Corkscrew Bird Sanctuary 
and the Museum's Archbold Biological Station. In 
all three places they ran into nasty weather. "Fifty- 
Four degrees there, while you had fifty-six in the 
:ity, " said the chief preparator with that famous 
smile . 

The men would get up early, drive to the Plan- 
tation, and then settle in (rain or shine). They would 
spend all day in the field gathering specimens, 
olacing leaves in the herbarium press, cutting trees, 
hacking at grass; yet doing it all in such a way as to 
oreserve the natural life of the area. It is hard, 
exacting and sometimes discouraging work, but both 



men enjoyed the temporary change in life-style. 

There is a saying among preparators when on a 
field trip: "Collect twice as much as you think you 
need, for once back and working on an exhibit, you 
find you have only half as much as you really need." 

Exhibition is now busy using the materials gathered 
on this field trip for the new exhibit. Some, like 
grass and tree trunks, can be used as is, because they 
hold up with time. Others, like leaves and pickerel 
weed plants, which deteriorate, are used to make the 
molds for life-like reproductions. These are delicately 
painted with an airbrush before being made ready for 
the diorama — ergo, the name "preparator." 

The results of all these labors will eventually be 
seen in the new Wood Ibis diorama on permanent 
display in the North American Bird Hall. 




On location: The kneeling Ra/ de Lucia concen- 
trates on proper preservation of the flora while the 
standing Matthew Kalmenoff executes effective 
brush strokes on canvas. 



HERE AN 
Animal Behavior : "The Four Horsemen: Racism, 
Sexism, Militarism and Social Darwinism, " critically 
examines controversial proposals for controlling human 
behavior. This new book, edited by Ethel Tobach, 
is co-authored by Howard Topoff, John Gianutsos of 
/ delphi and C. G. Gross of Princeton. Behavioral 
Publications is the publisher. 
E ducation: C. Bruce Hunter was promoted to 
adjunct assistant professor of archaeology by the 
NYU School of Continuing Education. In announc- 
ing the promotion, associate dean Stanley Gabor 
wrote to Thomas Nicholson, "As you know, Bruce 
Hunter is a foremost scholar and lecturer on Meso- 
American archaeology. He has been a distinguished 
lecturer. .. .for a number of years and his classes 
are among the best attended . " 

Electrical Shop: Inclement weather put a stopper on 
the Wiffle Ball World Series; but at press time the 
score was three games to one. The lead team players 
were Richard Pavone, Vincent Lammie, Jr., and Tony 
Macaluso. Klaus Wolters, Joe Donato and Salvatore 
Furnari were on the trailing team. 
Entomology: Mohammed Shadab, who recently re- 
ceived his Ph.D. from the University of Karachi in 
Pakistan, is the first sci. asst. in the department to 
attain a doctorate. 
Herpetology: Charles Myers, with chemist John Daly 



D THERE 

of the National Institutes of Health, is in South 
America and Panama on a two-month stint collecting 
more poison dart frogs for his work on toxins. Dr. 
Myers's first report came from Quito, Ecuador — 
where finding something "crunchy" in the sangria was 
a bit unpalatable. 

Invertebrate Paleontology : Norman and Gillian 
Newell recently returned from five weeks in Tunisia, 
continuing the field work started irl Morocco last 
summer, again financed by AID funds administered 
through the NSF. The work involved an original sur- 
vey of the marine Permian strata in the desert moun- 
tains of Southern Tunisia, and systematic zonal col- 
lecting of fossils — often with the cheerful assistance 
of local shepherds. The success of the'tfiissiqn ex- 
ceeded the most optimistic expectations with the dis- 
covery of many interesting new facts about the marine 
life and environment of the Mediterranean Permian. 
Camels, couscous and oases were enjoyed enormously 
as well as the rigors of candlelit nights in cave 
dwel lings. 

Ornithology: Ivy Kuspit, senior sec, is a graduate 
of Queens College where she majored in sociology. 
She has many hobbies; her favorite is culture of 
houseplants, with emphasis on philodendrons. Her 
idea of "culture" includes conversations with plants 
and entertaining them with classical music. 




Two gentlemen whose faces are familiar. The occa- 
sion was a presentation of a Silver Medal given "with 
affection and regard" to the taller of the two at a 
Bd . of Trustees meeting in early winter. 




Pbte, 



GOING WEST 

Shirley Brady has resigned, effective March 
31 after 31 years with AMNH. Ms. Brady is 
heading for Bakersfield, Calif., where she will 
work and live. 

In 1943, Shirley Brady's first Museum job wa 
as senior clerk in Membership. After consistant 
advancements, Ms. Brady became executive secre- 
tary for the Board of Trustees in 1972. 

Shirley Brady recently told a GV reporter, 
"Through the years I have made some close Museurr 
friends who are very important to me . I shall miss 
them." The entire Museum "crowd" will miss 
Shirley Brady. Good luck and best wishes in all 
that sunshine. 





/ 







he 1974 Auction, held early this month, was a 
mashing success, in terms of fun, humor and 
loney raised ($31,000 net). At the top 
5 L.F. Boker Doyle, Museum trustee and hero of 
he evening, who acted as the lead auctioneer. 



Shown above are three more heroes: 
(I. to r.) Daniel W. Seitz, Charles Robinson and 
Thomas McCance, all from the Men's Committee of 
which Mr. McCance is chairman. The Women's 
Committee, many of whose members worked for 
months to prepare for the event, get credit for 
still another in an unbroken record of hits. 



QUARTERLY DIVIDEND ANNOUNCED BY AMNH 
FEDERAL CREDIT UNION 



means that money can earn more right here at 
AMNH than in a regular savings bank account. In 
addition, with the payroll deduction plan, it is not 
The Museum's Credit Union is now paying a 6% necessary to leave the building to take advantage 
uarterly dividend on all share accounts. This of this more-for-your-money service. 




And here they are, folks — your newly elected 
jovial EBA officers for 1974-76! From r. to I.: 
John Othmer (Bldg. Services), re-elected secretary; 
Marjorie Ransom (Education), director; George 
Crawbuck, Jr. (Exhibition), re-elected treasurer; 
Ray de Lucia (Exhibition), director; Gertrude Polder- 
vaart (Mineralogy), president; Richard Pavone (Elec- 
trical Shop), vice-president; Dorothy Fulton (Photog- 
raphy), director. 

Directors retaining their positions from last year 
are: Arthur L. Grenham (Projection), honorary 
director, Mary McKenna (Accounting), William A. 
Graham (Const. &Maint.), Vincent LePore (Heat 
& Refrig.), Anthony Gallardo (Electrical Shop), 
Audrey Yui lie (Accounting). 

Among the many EBA activities, one of the more 
thoughtful is sending get-well cards to those on the 
sick list. John Othmer, responsible for the program, 
asks AMNHers to be sure to notify him when someone 
is seriously ill . Do that. 



HANDSOME JOE ON THE GO 
In 1957, the 20th Precinct stationed Patrolman 
Joseph Cirillo, badge $777}, on Columbus Ave., 
between 80th-83rd Sts. "That's your beat, Joe," 
the rookie cop was told. And until February, 1974, 
that was still his beat, though broadened slightly 
(76th-81st, between the Park and the River), and he 
was assigned a radio car. 




Patrolman Cirillo ready for action — but — as 
policeman or actor? 

As liaison officer between the 20th and the 
Museum, we saw him around a lot. He worked in 
cooperation with the AMNH security staff. He 
helped direct traffic; he watched the cars parked on 
the street, "especially those with out-of-town plates 
loaded with suitcases and cameras"; and he kept his 
eye out for pickpockets and muggers. But in Febru- 
ary, "our" Joseph Cirillo was made police officer in 
the analysis and development office of the chief of 
operations "down at headquarters." We've lost him 
and he us; a mutual loss, all agree. 

Joseph Cirillo may well be one of the most ver- 
satile and best-known policemen on the force. Want 
a run-down on his talents? Actor, artist, song 
writer, model, ceramist and happy family man. 

Police Officer Cirillo, a veteran of the Korean 
War, has won eight awards as a policeman, two for 
saving lives. He liked working with the Museum, 
and had previously turned down other jobs to stay 
here. He was popular in the neighborhood, among 
his colleagues and probably every place else. 

It was through a neighborhood friend that Police 



Officer Cirillo first entered show biz. Seems a 
movie director was "looking for some Italian types 
for The Godfather, and he asked me whether I'd like 
a job as an extra. I went to Paramount for an inter- 
view." Our former local patrolman was on his way. 
h>low a member of Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA, 
he has been in 38 films and on TV, and has a speak- 
ing part in "Crazy Joe," the story of Joe Gallo. 

Police Officer Cirillo has written the lyrics for 
an off-Broadway show, "Break a. Leg" (partner Pat 
Masone wrote the music); he is also at work on a 
Broadway show with a Chappaqua clergyman. He has 
posed for ads, including political ones, but cannot 
recall if the candidates were Dems. or Reps. He has 
taken acting classes at HB Studios and wishes he 
could continue, but he doesn't have enough time. 
(Wonder why?) 

Officer Cirillo draws graphs, posters and identi- 
fication paintings for the Police Dept. He once did 
much of his art work in the Planetarium studio of 
Helmut Wimmer. 

And it was Badge "/771 who was the first police- 
man upon the scene in 1965 when that star-of-some- 
thing-or-other disappeared from you -know -where . 

It was while we were speaking about "Crazy 
Joe" ("the whole family's in it; my wife, kids, and 
mother-in-law") that people began coming in to 
wish "Museum Joe" goodbye and good luck. He in- 
tends to stop in now and then, and firmly states he 
remains Good Will Ambassador between "the force" 
and the Museum. 



JOHN ERLANDSEN 

Everyone misses John Erlandsen and his friendly 
brogue. The Scottish-born foreman painter, who 
died in February, served in the British Navy and 
was in the Normandy invasion. Mr. Erlandsen, 
whose home was in New Jersey, learned the paint- 
ing trade in his native land, and it was there, too, 
where he met and married the former Annie McKay. 
John Erlandsen came to the U.S. in 1947, and to 
the Museum in 1951 . He loved the outdoors, hik- 
ing and camping. At one time, he, Thomas 
Nicholson and Joseph Chamberlain spent weekends 
sailing on the "Sea Owl," a 110-ft. yacht used to 
study the micro-fossil history of the bottom of L.I. 
Sound. 

Besides his widow, Mr. Erlandsen is survived 
by two children, Anne Marie and Ian, and two 
grandchildren, Mark and Johanna Holup. 







THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



Vol. XXXI, No. 3 



April -May 1974 



CHANGES 

Last week we stepped into the office of Deputy 
Director for Research Jerome Rozen to get a run- 
down on anticipated changes being made in the 
scientific depts. 

"Organic evolution, a favorite research subject 
among our staff," Dr. Rozen said, "moves slowly. 
So too does the evolution in our scientific dept. 
boundaries and personnel . This year, however, with 
the approval of the Management Board and the 
Administration, there is a quickening pace." 

The first change involves the review of, and 
rotation policy for, the chairmanships of scientific 
depts. The chairperson of each dept. will be re- 
viewed during the seventh year of tenure. Normally, 
a new chairperson will then be appointed. If the 
incumbent retains the chair, he or she will be re- 
viewed every five years thereafter. This procedure 
establishes rotating leadership, allowing chairpeople 
a chance to return to more active research and ex- 
hibition responsibilities. 

This review will bring Sydney Anderson into the 
Mammalogy Dept. chair in July, replacing, after 
many years of excellent service, Richard Van Gelder. 
It makes Dorothy Bliss, as of July 1, chairperson of 
the newly-created Dept. of Fossil and Living 
Invertebrates. This new dept. results from the merger 
of Invertebrate Paleontology and Living Invertebrates. 



Formerly chaired by Norman Newell and William 
Emerson respectively, both men leave their chairs 
after serving with distinction for many years. 

The merger includes all personnel and collections. 
It gives the new dept. a strength greater than that of 
the two "old" depts. combined. Dr. Bliss will retain 
her third-floor research area, but departmental head- 
quarters will move to the former Osborn Library on the 
fifth floor. All this will officially take place on July 
1st, when the physical move will also begin. 

Jerry Rozen then went on to explain the last 
major change, which concerns dept. boundaries and 
renovations: "When Vertebrate Paleontology moved 
into the Frick wing, much of the fifth and sixth 
floor areas were vacated. This space will house 
Fossil and Living Invertebrates. The offices that the 
scientific staff of this new dept. formerly occupied 
will now be used by other depts. Further, the 
fifth-floor Roosevelt auditorium will be gutted and 
then decked, creating a two-floor storage area for 
most of the Entomology collections. 

"We can expect to see substantial improvement 
in physical accommodations, of which the new 
lighting in sections 3, 5 and 9 is just a beginning. 
Bit by bit over a prolonged period, it is planned 
that all scientific collections will be properly and 
conveniently housed, thus improving opportunities 
for teaching and research." 



W. GU 
Active traveler, accomplished photographer and 
devoted Museum board of trustees vice-president 
W. Gurnee Dyer died early in April at the age of 
71. Mr. Dyer, a native New Yorker, was elected 
a trustee in 1966 and vice-president in 1968. He 
and Mrs. Dyer, the former Betty Toiler, have taken 
many African trips for the Museum, collecting 
artifacts and recording music. Some of the material 
in the Hall of Man in Africa is from the Dyer 
collections. 



RNEE DYER 

As chairman of the trustees 1 education commit- 
tee, Mr. Dyer's influence affected many of the 
recent changes in the Dept. of Education. The 
trustees of the Museum recorded "their deeply felt 
sorrow . . . and express their warmest appreciation 
for the many fine contributions of W. Gurnee Dyer 
and for the pleasure his presence among us always 
engendered. " 

In addition to his widow, Mr. Dyer is survived 
by two daughters, a brother and six grandchildren. 



HERE AND THERE 



Anthropology: The North American Committee of 
Non-Governmental Organizations recently elected 
Margaret Mead as its president. The NGO is for- 
mulating plans to develop a world-wide information 
center with headquarters in Nairobi. Its membership 
consists of individuals from disparate groups such as 
the Sierra Club and the World Society of Ekistics, 
and it has a consultative status to the United Nations' 
Secretariat on Human Environment. 




Richard Archbold, Archbold Biological Station 

Archbold Biological Station: Richard Archbold re- 
ceived the 1974 Conservation Achievement Award 
from the Florida Conservation Council "for a life- 
time of work in conservation and for his great help 
to other scientists. " 

Controller's Office: Burt Rosenberg is the new 
assistant to the controller, coming to AMNH after 
several years in industry. His hobby is reading 
historical books. Formerly a Bronx resident, Mr. 
Rosenberg now lives in Flushing with his wife, 
Elizabeth, and their two sons. 
Education: The Institute of Culture of Puerto Rico 
and the Cultural Government Museum Institution of 
Jayuga, P.R., presented the Order of Toa to Maria 
Uyehara for her cultural accomplishments for the 
Puerto Rican community. The presentation was made 
on March 21 in Jayuga. 

Entomology: Patricia Neary, a new secretary, has a 
B.A. in anthropology from Tufts Univ. and is inter- 
ested both in physical geography and cats. . . . 
Sarfraz Lodhi, a new research assistant, has a masters 
in entomology. He is interested in all wildlife — in- 
cluding cats. . . . Frederick Rindge, at AMNH for 25 
years, will become an honorary life member at the 
25 Year Club dinner in May. 



Ornithology: In the Jan. issue of the Putney St. 
Survey, a Hobart and William Smith publication, 
Dean Amadon received a justly-deserved accolade 
for his years of outstanding work in ornithology. 
Dr. Amadon was awarded an honorary Sc.D. from 
the college in 1961 .... Jorge Rodriguez Mata, 
an Argentinian bird artist, is spending three months 
in the dept. working on watercolor illustrations for 
a reprint of Claes Olrog's "Birds of South America." 
. . . Chapman Fellow Hans Winkler of Vienna, is 
spending some time at the Southwestern Research 
Station continuing his woodpecker studies. 
Planetarium: Howard Schwartz, chief technician, 
has been with the Museum since 1973. He was 
once a Florida policeman and a chief audio-visual 
technician for IBM's 1964-65 World's Fair exhibi- 
tion in N.Y.C., and has taught audio-visual 
techniques at Pace College.... Fay Levine, sales 
assistant in the Planetarium Shop, is a graduate of 
Radcliffe. She works part-time so that she may 
concentrate on writing. Ms. Levine has had 
stories in the New Yorker and is the author of "The 
Strange World of the Hare Krishnas . " . . . Sandra 
Kitt, librarian, is an artist who does graphic de- 
sign and children's book illustrations. She studied 
in Mexico and N .Y. art schools and will soon re- 
ceive an MFA in graphics from CUNY. Ms. Kitt 
free-lances, writes children's stories, designs 
clothing and loves to travel .... Jack Ng, tech- 
nician, formerly with G.T. & E. Labs, is interested 
in re-building hi-fi's and TV's, but at the moment 

is reconstructing his home In April a carpenter 

found a bat in one of the exhibition halls, promptly 
forwarding same to Mammalogy. It was the second 
such find in the Planetarium in as many years. 
Payroll: Lucretia Spezzano, payroll assistant, re- 
signed last month to move to Mesa, Ariz.... Helen 
Scally was married on April 6th to Harry (Skipper) 
Velez, an N.Y.C. policeman. 
Reproductions: Twenty-three volunteers work in 
the studio helping to make the fossil replicas that 
are sent around the world. . . . Lois Lipton, an 
Empire State College student, previously worked in 
Animal Behavior and also made origami animals for 
the Christmas tree. . . . High school students Conley 
Carter and Joan Bickelhaupt work full-time, re- 
ceiving full credit for an entire semester's work ... . 
Many volunteers are high school students and repre- 
sent a mini-U.N.: they hail from Pakistan, Hon- 
duras, Taiwan, Chile, Haiti and the Dominican 
Republic, among others. . . . Susan Hoffer and 
Elizabeth Clark visited the Smithsonian's exhibition 
and pa I eonto logical laboratories last month. Zolifa 



Invertebrate Paleontology: Melvin Hinkley spent 
nine days in the Canary Islands and took a diverting 
side trip to Morocco on his recent vacation. 
Library: Last Feb., reference librarians from the 
metropolitan area visited the Rare Book Room. The 
Mses. Nina Root, Mildred Bobrovich and Sheila 
Burns discussed reference work with them. . . . Nina 
Root, Kevin McShane and Fred North attended the 
American Library Assn.'s Institute on Bibliographic 
Networking in New Orleans in March. . . . Lucienne 
Yoshinaga, Mr. McShane and Ms. Root attended 
METRO and N.Y. Technical Services Librarians 
Seminar on N.Y. public library data bases. Ms. 



Root was the principal speaker at a restoration binder 
seminar for these two groups. She has been asked to 
publish a paper on the subject. 

Micropaleontology Press: Cheryl Formisano is the new 
editorial assistant of the Journal of Micropaleontology 
A graduate of Harpur College in Binghamton, N.Y., 
Ms. Formisano is interested in photography, para- 
psychology, the feminist movement and a certain 
divinity student. 

Oliver, a former volunteer, welcomed them. Ms. 
Oliver is now an apprentice taxidermist at the 
Smithsonian. She plans to return to her native 
Bermuda when she completes her studies. 




Stegosaurus — going — UP! on the southeast 
corner of the Power House roof. Here, putting the 
handsome chap in place, is John Stark. Watching 
encouragingly are Alfred Sigler and Carl Hilgers. 

It was John Stark, principal preparator in Ex- 
hibition, who conceived and executed the thirty- 
inch high, four-foot-long stylized fossil. He spent 
three weeks fashioning the pitch-black aluminum 
beauty for the benefit of those gazing from the win- 
dows of the new Natural Science Center, or for any 
passer-by wishing to know which way the wind blows 

Mssrs. Sigler and Hilgers (and William Heslin, 
mgr., Machine & Metal Shop but not in photo.), 
made the mast. The weathervane is the only one of 
its kind south of a certain Conn, village where a 
three-dimensional, gold-leaf version swings atop 
the barn of Mr. Stark's weekend retreat. 



A LITTLE LUCK, A TOUCH OF TALENT 
AND PLENTY OF "FIGHT TEAM, FIGHT" 
Okay, AMNH! It's muscle-stretch time; the 
season of the slow pitch, high curve and fast steal 
home. The Headhunters are planning spring practice 
and want interested applicants to answer the cal I . 
The team meets after work in Central Park and action 
can be vigorous. Contact Klaus Wolters (ext. 439), 
1974 co-manager with Fred Hartmann. Mr. Wolters 
will supply all pertinent details. 

The team plays 16-20 games per season. Two 
years ago the mighty Headhunters came in second 
place. Last year is best forgotten, but the Parks 
Dept. is giving the Museum one more chance. This 
year? Over the top! 

HEY, GREAT IDEA 

Four Accounting office members have taken on 
a special project — helping a child. 
Bill Humber, Lydia Lopez, 
Trudy Neger and Audrey 
Yuille, through the Save the 
Children Federation, 
adopted nine-year-old 
Robin Two Bulls, a Hualapai 
of the Sioux Nation. Her 
home is Peach Springs, 
Ariz. 

The Accounting quartet 
have had a coffee club for 
about one year, to which 
each contributes $1 per 
week. Last December they realized they still had 
$16 in the kitty and sought a constructive use for the 
money. They saw the adoption plan advertised in 
Natural History and decided to become sponsors. 
The cost is $15 per month. The four sponsors have 
begun corresponding with Robin in order to become 
friends with her. 







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THE WAY WE WERE 

The 77th St. entrance as it was in April, 1943: sands of Armed Forces members came to enjoy the 

This is the sun deck of the Canteen-Clubrooms for facilities offered without charge — "manned" by 

servicemen and service women. Indoors were a can- female employees on off-duty hours or by wives of 

teen, game room and library-writing room. Thou- AMNHers. 



SIX WIN GIFT CERTIFICATES 
One hundred twenty-nine people donated blood 
during AMNH's February annual drive. At a drawing 
held April 10th, the following donors won $15 gift 
certificates: Donald Buckley, Maint. & Construction; 
George Gardner, Exhib. & Graphics; Marilyn Gods- 
berg, Education; Sankar Gokool , Bldg. Services; 
Gilberto Luciano, Bldg. Services; and Angela 
Soccodato, Natura l History_Mag. A city-wide 
drawing for a $250 gift certificate will be held soon. 



ITEM 
Did you have your piece of $4,420.34 pie? 
That was the amount divided among Credit Union 
shareholders as their April 1st dividend. Stop by 
the CU office (B-49) Tuesdays or Thursdays between 
12:00 and 12:50 p.m. to find out how you can par- 
rake of the next dividend pie. 




A CONCERT 
Saturday, May 18th at 4:30 p.m. , there will be 
a recital at St. Peter's Church, 346 West 20th St. 
Beatrice Brewster (Invert. Paleo.) soprano, 
will sing music by Gustave Mahler, Gordon Jacobs, 
George Frederick Handel, Richard Strauss and 
Anonymous, among others. One of her musical 
colleagues will be violinist Ruth Manoff (Scientific 
Publications). Ms. Brewster and Ms. Manoff are 
members of a Museum chamber music group. Ad- 
mission is free, although contributions will be 
accepted . 




THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



Vol. XXXI, No. 4 



June 1974 



BLOW HOT, BLOW COLD 



Time was when thirty men controlled Museum 
temperatures. All that changed in 1966 when Con Ed 
and N.Y. Steam took over, shutting off boilers, re- 
moving generators and thereby converting the Power 
House into offices for Exhibition and Graphics, 
Maintenance and Construction, Ichthyology, the 
Tannery, and one spacious floor for storage. The seven 
men in Heating and Refrigeration now keep Museum 
fahrenheits in order. They also attend to more than 
375 air conditioners, thousands of radiators and 20 or 
so miles of steam pipes. The only "carry-overs" from 
those bygone days are Vincent Le Pore, Philip Horan 
and Peter Kanyuk. 

Mr. Le Pore, plant engineer, initially came to 
the Museum in 1950 as oiler and fireman. He left 
in '52 only to return in '60, "because you just can't 
leave this place. I like it here. We're a compatible 
group. It's a responsible job and the men, all ex- 
perts, never let you down." 

The Family Le Pore — wife Marjorie, two child- 
ren and two grandsons — are Long Islanders. 
Married daughter Susan is an R.N., son Jimmy is an 
amateur magician and daddy Vincent likes bow 
hunting and fishing . 

In 1937, Philip Horan came to the Museum as 
attendant in the Custodial Dept., but in 1940 he 
moved to the Power Plant as an oiler. During WWII 
he was a 1st class machinist at Todd Shipyards. He 
spent the next ten years as stationary and refrigeration 
engineer "in power plants for the butcher, baker and 
candlestick -maker, but I came back here in 1955 and 
here I've stayed." Several years ago, Mr. Horan 
received a Museum commendation for quick thinking 
and fast work during a basement flood. Philip and 
Rosemary Horan live in Jersey City where they have 
raised three sons, Phil, Jim and Bob. They dote on 
their two grandsons. 

"In 1950, I began as a coal passer — about as 
low as you can get," Peter Kanyuk told us. "Then I 
was off two years in the Korean War, coming back in 
1953." When Con Ed took over, Mr. Kanyuk was 



assigned to Animal Behavior, but in 1966 Plant 
Engineer Le Pore requested his services as steamfitter- 
helper, his present title. 

Like the H&R plant engineer, Peter Kanyuk is a 
bow hunter (also rifle and pistol). The two men have 
spent good times together bow hunting on the Kanyuk 
22-acre retreat in Saugerties, N.Y. It is an equally 
great hideaway for wife Dorothy, the three Kanyuk 
children and one grandchild. 




From I . to r. in the air conditioner room on the 
fifth floor of the Frick Bldg. are H&R men Frank 
Zindulka, Nicholas Sirico, Peter Kanyuk and 
Vincent Le Pore. Absent late afternoon and night 
shift employees are Philip Horan, Leonard Kivi and 
Thomas Toseland . 

Leonard Kivi, operating engineer, is an Estonian 
who served as an electrician on Swedish vessels 
during WWII . He came to the U.S. in 1950 and now 
lives in New Rochelle with his 18-year-old son, 
Douglas. Sailing on L.I. Sound is a Kivi hobby at 
which both men spend a great deal of time. "They 
have a boat moored near their home, " Mr. Le Pore 
told us, because Mr. Kivi--on the 12-8 a.m. shift — 
was not available to speak for himself. "He has been 



with the Museum since 1970 and is the quietest gu/ 
around here — the strong, silent type, you might say." 

Nicholas Sirico, stationary engineer, and wife 
Rosemary have five children and three grandchildren. 
They live in New City, N.Y. Mr. Sirico, here four 
years, is taking advantage of the Warburg Scholar- 
ship Fund by working for a bachelor of professional 
services degree. In his free (?) time he teaches at 
technical schools in the city. 

Thomas Toseland, watch engineer, came to 
H&R in 1971 after 22 years with the N.Y.C. Fire 
Dept. He applied for the job but received no 
answer. Upon returning home one midnight, his 
wife delivered a message: "You received a call 
from a woman — no matter what time you come in, 
call her." "That sort of thing can unnerve an old 
man, you know," said Mr. Toseland. The message 
was from AMNH Personnel: "Come to work first 
thing next morning." Thomas Toseland came, 
passed the physical, and stayed. He and Stella 
have three boys and three grandchildren. 

Frank Zindulka, the "baby" of the group, is a 
stationary engineer from Hicksville, L.I. He has a 
gift for house remodeling and is doing just that now 
at home, which pleases wife Beatrice and the three 



Zindulka daughters. Mrs. Zindulka is studying for 
a degree in sociology. Mr. Z., who served for 
three years as trustee on a local board of ed . , is 
now on the Holy Family Parish School Board. 

The Power House, part of which now serves 
as offices for H&R, is filled with old machines, 
young white oak trees and lots of memories. The 
enormous coal bins and boilers are silent and un- 
attended, but the men have stories to tell of the 
past — like the time a bin broke and covered the 
entire basement with coal . The young oak trees 
and other bits of greenery and life amid the big 
machines make the Power House offices a scene of 
interesting contrasts. 

The H&R staff cover much ground keeping tabs 
on all the heating and cooling equipment in the 
Museum. They patrol at least every eight hours 
every day, seven days a week. Not too long ago, 
due to Mr. Zindulka's vigilance, a possible danger- 
ous situation was avoided. On his inspection he 
discovered a crack in a main valve. He reported 
it pronto, repairs were made and a crisis was avertec 

But it's all in their line of duty — routine. The 
men take pride in the work they do. One comes 
away feeling AMNH safety is in competent hands. 



A NEW V.P. FOR AMNH 



Mrs. Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff, a well- 
known AMNH booster, was elected to the vice- 
presidency at the May board of trustees meeting. 
Mrs. Eristoff, as she is more familiarly called, is the 
first woman v. p. in the Museum's 105-year history. 



Anne Eristoff has been a member of the board 
since 1967 and chairwoman of the Exhibition Com- 
mittee since 1969. She is also a member of the 
Women's Committee, serving as its chairwoman from 
1964 to 1967. 



IT'S ALL IN HOW THE BALL BOUNCES 

Twenty years ago, Donn Rosen, Ichthy. chm., 
and Charles O'Brien, retired asst. curator, 
Ornithology, started playing ping pong together 
during their lunch hour. Dr. Rosen still plays, 
along with Jean Augustin, Eugene Bergmann, Lew 
Brown, Ken Chambers, Lou Gainey, Ray de Lucia, 
Ray Mendez, Steve Medina and Phil Miller. 

They are sure-fire players; possibly not quite 
Chinese-team caliber, but close. The athletes 
meet during lunch hour, play doubles often, and 
easily settle small financial problems like paying 
for new balls. Each man has his own paddle in a 
special closet. 

The ping pong table was originally a gift to 
Mr. O'Brien from the Carpenter Shop. Upon his 
retirement he "bequeathed" it to his teammates. 
It is a fast table; the game moves apace. No 
tournaments, no world series, just action and 
amicability during lunch hours. 




In action from I. to r.: Ray de Lucia, Ken Chambers 
Steve Medina, Phil Miller and Lew Brown 



HERE AND THERE 



Accounting: Mildred Schmitt, sr. clerk, underwent 

eye surgery several weeks ago. Everyone wishes her 

good luck and a quick reappearance, all smiles. 

Herpetology: Welcomed back with open arms was 

Charles Myers, assoc. curator, after his brief hospital 

stint. . . . The dept. is seeking a botany-minded 

person who can answer this question: Is baking soda 

harmful to large plants? 

Library: Kevin McShane, serials librarian, is engaged appeared on "To Tell the Truth," on May 24. Ms. 

to Christine Lintz, a Duke graduate now working at Harrison was recently involved (along with Richard 

Thomas Y. Crowell Co. White and Earl Manning) with the Closter, N.J., 

Southwestern Research Station: Ruth Morse, a native Dwarskill mastodon dig organized and sponsored by 



degree at Temple Univ. in the fall ... . Janice 
Ebenstein became a permanent employee in Feb. 
Ms. Ebenstein is secy, to Richard Tedford and Beryl 
Taylor, and holds a B.A. degree from SUNY in 
Binghamton, where she majored in African American 
studies. Her hobbies are sewing, crocheting and 
leather-work. A trip to Mexico is on her summer 
agenda.... Jessica Harrison, curatorial asst., 



of England, has become assistant to the resident 
director, Vincent D. Roth. 

Vertebrate Paleontology: Richard White, a temporary 
curatorial asst. on an NSF grant, leaves the Museum 
this month to teach field archeology at Seton Hall 
during the summer. He will work towards his masters 



the Bergenfield Community Museum of Paramus. . . . 
Bobb Schaeffer, chm. and curator, attended a two- 
day conference in Lubbock, Tex., in May as a mem- 
ber of the Advisory Comm. for Systematic Resources 
in Vert. Paleo. The Soc. of Vert. Paleo. and the 
NSF sponsored the meeting. 



GOOD TIMES 



May 8 was the 25th anniversary of the Recog- 
nition Dinner honoring those who have served the 
Museum 25 years or more. Some 100 employees and 
former employees enjoyed the annual get-together. 
As George Mason, genial former Museum artist, 
said: "I come here to see who's still around." Mr. 
Mason, writer of 18 wildlife books for children, was 
speaking with a fellow author, Dorothy Shuttlesworth, 
the founder of Jr. Natural History. Ms. Shuttles- 
worth is publishing her 30th book, "Disappearing 
Energy and Earth Shaking Crises," due out this 
summer from Doubleday. "I was 17 when I began 
working here," she said,'bnd we were thinking about 
energy and conservation even then." Mr. Mason, a 




Dorothy Shuttlesworth and George Mason - old 
friends together again sharing old times. 



Princeton, Mass., resident who paints and runs "a 
gentleman's farm," sold his first watercolor recently. 
"But," he said, "it's writing that keeps me feeling 
lively since I left Museum work." 

About feeling lively — there were two octogen- 
arians at the celebration, but no one would have 
known. Oscar Shine gives 1894 as the year he was 
born; 1934 seems more reasonable. Mr. Shine lives 
in Yonkers and Ft. Lauderdale. He missed the 
dinner last year, but has been to every other since he 
retired. Mr. Shine remains active in a family busi- 
ness, Darling Furniture Co. He has three married 
daughters, seven grandchildren and three great- 
grandchildren. 

What happened to 81 -year-old Elisabeth Emery 
since last year? The vivacious lady married 81 -year- 
old Vincent H. Lamarche last October, one month 
after they met. (It took them three days to become 
engaged.) The bride and groom "don't regret one 
minute of it." 

Frederick Pavone, former Electrical Shop fore- 
man, came from Florida, where he has a home in 
Hallandale. "Retirement is a ball . I time my annual 
trips North by the date of this dinner." Mr. Pavone 
was surrounded by colleagues glad to have him back. 

Anna Montgomery was looking her gentle, lovely 
self and Helen Jones seemed lively as ever. Beryl 
Taylor, Ted Galusha and Harry Scanlon, three pre- 
sent and former Vert. Paleo. gentlemen, were deep 
in conversation. Said Mr. Scanlon: "This is my 
eleventh dinner and I intend coming to at least 
eleven more. " 



Former Planetarium technician Stephen Ryan 
was attending his third. Arthur Scharf, helpfully 
pointing out some of the old-timers, introduced us 
to Dorothy Wunderly, former central files accessions 
clerk. "She knows more about the Museum than 
most." Ms. Wunderly lives in Wappingers Falls, 
N.Y., and enthusiastically drives the 60 or so miles 
for every Museum dinner. "Wouldn't miss it for 
anything. This evening and GV help me keep up 
with my friends and associates. " 







Dorothy Bronson 
Wunderly, smil- 
ing for the 
camera, is 
always happy to 
catch up on 
friendships at the 
annual 25-year 
celebration. 



The Power House crew, in their traditional 
corner, looked comfortable. Zoltan Batary, Arthur 
Heinemann, Sylvester Murray, Philip Horan and 
John Jones stopped exchanging yarns just long 
enough to pose for their yearly photograph. Chief 
photographer Arthur Singer put down his camera 
just long enough to exchange news with retired 
photographer Alexander Rota. Mr. Rota, who lives 
in Fishkill, N.Y., and spends much time land- 
scaping, admitted that "I still get up very early in 
the morning because I enjoy the sunshine. After 25 
/ears in a dark room, you love the new day." 

Carlton Beil owns a 13-room Staten Island 
landmark home. He helped establish and organize 
the Staten Island Chess Club. Mr. Beil arrived too 



late for cocktails but found the lamb chop dinner 
delicious . 

Lou Gainey, Projection Div., made certain 
the microphones operated smoothly as Thomas 
Nicholson, assisted by Gardner Stout and Joanne 
McGrath, presented scrolls to the new 25-year 
members. Patrick O'Dwyer and Frederick Rindge 
were on hand to receive theirs. Morris Skinner 
accepted for his wife Marie, who was ill. William 
Heslin, also unable to attend, was given his scroll 
in absentia . 

The friendliness and the memory-lane quality 
of this special annual dinner are always evident. 
The happiness at this last reunion was mirrored in 
Dr. Nicholson's speech, which noted how much the 
honored guests meant to the Museum and how much 
they had done — and are still doing — for it. 

The 25th Anniversary dinner was a distinct 
success. No doubt about it. Just look at the 
pictures! 




From I. to r., applauding the standing 80-year- 
old youth, Oscar Shine,are: Phoebe Pierce, 
Zoltan Batary, Phil Horan, Arthur Heinimann, 
Steve Ryan, Mrs. Gardner Stout, Sylvester 
Murray and George Whitaker. 



STARTING FINE 
The Headhunters won their first game of the 
year! The score: AMNH, 13, Random House, 9. 
The lineup: Irving Almodovar, catcher; Lee 
Anderson, left field; James Blake, 3rd base; Farrell 
Carney, short stop; Salvadore Cigliano, short center; 
William Graham, pitcher; Fred Hartmann, 2nd base; 
Klaus Wolters, center field. The reserves: George 
Slaughter, center; Felix Caraballo, infield; 



Guillermo Rivera, outfield; Leroy Jenkins, outfield; 
Romano Bertuletti, pitcher; Anthony Polo, infield. 

The team plays in the Crusader League at the 
diamonds across from the Museum on 81 Street. Hen 
is their June schedule: Mon., June 3, 6:45 p.m. 
against Marsteller; Mon., June 10, 5:30 p.m. 
against Katz TV; Wed., June 19, 6:45 p.m. against 
Olivetti. 

Come on out and cheer. It's fun. 




THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



Vol. XXXI, No. 5 



July- August, 1974 



ATTEND US 



During 100 specially selected non-consecutive 
days of the year that began July 1, attendance at 
the Museum has been undergoing scrutiny. The 
National Research Center for the Arts, an affiliate 
of Louis Harris & Associates, is conducting the 
survey which is sponsored by the New York State 
Council on the Arts. The purpose of the study is to 
achieve better understanding of why visitors come 
to the Museum, what they want from it and what 
they actually get. AMNH can serve its public 
more successfully once it knows the answers to these 
questions. 

Bernard Lacy, vice-president of the Research 
Center and in charge of the Museum survey, says 
that this is the first time a single museum is under- 
going such complete attendance analysis. Using the 
expertise of the Harris organization and suggestions 
from Museum department heads, a detailed 
questionnaire was formulated. 

This same Harris expertise explains why 
exactly 100 days were selected for the study. 
Figured on another mathematical formula,250 people 
per day (25,000 for the 100 days), will be asked to 
answer the written questionnaire. There will be no 
person-to-person interviewing. 

The Museum's Volunteer Office is supplying 
the personnel, and volunteers are continually being 
trained in the special skills required for the survey. 
The Research Center has carefully worked out a 
basis for approaching only certain persons each day: 
every 15th person on one day, every 10th on another, 
and yet every 4th on still another. Thus, if the nth 
person happens to be a women with a male 
companion, she must accept the questionnaire and 
not present it to the man. So too, if the nth 
visitor is young, the questionnaire cannot be passed 
to an older friend or to a parent. The volunteers 
must use tact and common sense in dealing with the 
visitors they approach. 



During the summer, with many regular 
volunteers away, students have taken on the task of 
distributing questionnaires. Miriam Pineo hopes more 
volunteers will be available in the fall when the 
students return to classes. Although not an easy job, 
partly because it involves complicated mathematical 
head-counting, its importance cannot be over- 
estimated . 

The questionnaire, which is filled in annony- 
mously, has two sections. The first part will be 
filled out upon entry in the Museum. It asks 
demographic questions: age, sex, race, education, 
income, profession, etc. It then asks why visitors 
came to the Museum, by what mode of transportation, 
what they expect from their visit, and many etceteras. 
The second part should be filled out at the end of the 
visit. This asks (in subtle ways) whether or not 
expectations were fulfilled. It also seeks criticsm 
or praise relative to employee courtesy and the 
public areas, from cafeteria and rest rooms to 
exhibition halls. 

Cooperation from the entire Museum staff 
is crucial. Please wear badges so that they may be 
easily seen; otherwise, volunteers cannot properly 
distinguish between visitors and employees. 
Unintentional employee inclusion upsets the "game 
plan." Employees' guests or business visitors also 
should not be counted. Ask these visitors to identify 
themselves at the cashier's desks as they enter. 

Undoubtedly, questionnaires will be found 
about the Museum. Please place any you find 
(whether filled in completely, partially or not at 
all) in the special boxes at each entrance. 

If visitors talk to you about the questionnaire, 
assure them of its anonymity and importance. Its 
primary purpose is to help the Museum discover how 
it can serve its public more successfully. 

And that's that! We're being polled ! The 
results should interest everyone. 






** 




Even way back in circa '08, serious-minded 
Education Dept. messengers brought (in their non- 
polluting vehicle) enlightenment to school groups. 
Doss anyone recognize the gentlemen? If so, 
contact Photography, for you will see them in 
considerable enlargement adorning that dept's walls. 
The print is one from a vast supply of pictorial 
memorabilia contained in their files. 

HERE AND THERE 

Anthropology: David Thomas and wife Trudy are 
hunting arrow points and rock drawings in Nevada. 
Left behind for safe-keeping with Joan Gannon 
are their two parakeets . . . Ian Tattersall will 
be absent from his desk for one and a half years 
while he studies the lemurs of Madagascar. Since 
they are most active in the wee hours of early morn 
and Dr. Tattersall wants to time their activities, 
he will either need to turn his clock around, or else 
lose a lot of sleep. . . Walter Fairservis is spending 
the summer in Pakistan in search of early man and 
his culture . . . Steve Tomka, recovering from an 
operation, is missed by his colleaques. 

Building Services: Good, good news! Al Potenza is 
back and looking fit again, at last. He received 
many letters, cards, prayers and flowers from his 
Museum friends. Mr. Potenza wants to let everyone 
know how much they meant to him. "If only I could 



express it as warmly to them as it felt to me." You 
have, Al Potenza. Now stick around and get to 
work ! 

Electrical Shop: Helen E. Shaw, wife of electrician 
William Shaw, won several prizes for her skill as a 
Japanese sumi-e (brush painting) artist. The Nippon 
Club on West 57th Street recently had an exhibition 
of her work . 

Entomology: Rose Adlington was in the hospital for 
an eye operation but is now all mended. . . Still 
on the sick list is John Pallister, who has been home 
for several weeks. All look for his recovery and 
return. 

Exhibitio n: Ray and Elizabeth de Lucia had their shai 
of adventure recently. In the Azores the plan was tc 
do some photographing of open-boat whaling. A few 
days before their arrival an enraged, harpooned spern 
whale attacked the whaling boat, killing the seven- 
man crew. The shocked islanders did no more whal- 
ing. The de Lucia's headed for Madeira, arriving 
just in time for the Portugese revolution. The 
undaunted Mr. de Lucia took pictures of that. 
"Wasn't it awfully dangerous?" "Oh, I just smiled 
and waved a lot . . . !" . . . Edward Denyer 
became a second-time grandfather. He wishes the 
announcement stated thusly: "A most amazing chi Id 
was born to Lauri & Efram Marder. Darius Edward 
emerged from his mother's womb with the assistance 
of his father (natural childbirth) 15 minutes after 
the couple arrived at a Northampton, Mass. 
hospital. It was really by the grace of Saab the 
birthing did not occur beside the road." 

Herpetology: It seems there was this snake named 
Harry doing overtime as a guard for a marijuana 
cache! The police of Fairview, N .J . , got wind 
of same and immediately called on the services of 
Fairview's numero uno snake man, George Foley, 
to help in the raid. In unmarked cars, the plain- 
clothsmen entered the house with considerable 
bravado and short-wave radio action. They grew 
strangely docile, however, until Mr. Foley removed 
the boa constrictor from its 50-gallon terrarium in 
front of the door behind which rested the offending 
25 ounces of grass. Mr. Foley says boa constrictors 
are not venomous but can give a nasty bite if in 
the mood. Harry was a friendly boa, Mr. Foley 
assures us, and the friendly ones apparently can be 
most disarming — which possibly makes them 



ineffectual guards. But then, if you are not George 
Foley, how do you recognize a friendly boa 
constrictor? 

Dept. of Fossil & Living Invertebrates : Donald 
Boyd is visiting the department to continue research 
on Permian pelecypods. 

Maintenance and Construction: Walter and Janet 
Lennon are extremely proud. Their son, John, who 
recently was graduated from high school with all 
sorts of honors has received a full ROTC scholarship 
to Syracuse University. Janet Lennon is a retreat 
manager at Mount Alverno Convent in Warick, 
N.Y. Walter Lennon has been a mason with the 
Museum for 24 years. 

Men's and Women's Committees: There are still some 



staunch members remaining during the summer. Ron 
Vermette is rendering magnificent ink drawings of 
favorite habitat groups which will result in an 
AMNH coloring book. . . Betty Whitman is 
helping Sarah Flanders. She is working as a docent 
in the summer program in natural science. . . Katy 
Hilson continues with her Patagonian bird project 
in Ornithology. She, Suzie Low, Jr. and Gregory 



Long, of the Development office, are organizing a 

Junior Committee. . . Sally Goodgold, though 
still valiantly trying to save the West Side from an 
interstate highway, will again assist Flo Stone for 
West Side Day plans. . . Nan Rees and Melinda 
Blinken are working on invitations and prizes for 
the big March 6 party. They are also helping 
Richard Van Gelder. . . Jane Ulstrup's beautiful 
daughter, Melissa, worked in Animal Behavior for 
her senior project and later was graduated cum 
laude from Dobbs. There has to be a connection! 

Mineralogy: Julius Weber was recently awarded 
the honorary degree of doctor of science by Jersey 
City State College for his outstanding work in 
photo-micrography. Dr. Weber is presently working 
with Drs. Willard Roberts of South Dakota and 
George Rapp of Minnesota on the world's first 
encyclopedia of minerals. 

President's Off ice: Judi Van Pelt, formerly a senior 
secretary in Public Affairs, is now administrative 
secretary in the office of the vice president. Ms. 
Van Pelt has been with the Museum since March, 
1973. 



BITS AND PIECES 
^ In the mail recently came a newspaper clipping 
from San Francisco. The article mentioned Union 
Street, "a fashionable area of restored Victorian 
homes now housing a diverse group of exceptional 
shops. One such, located at 1540-A called 
'The World Fare,' is owned by Robert Re," former 
buyer in our Museum Shop. Mr. Re, in N.Y. 
recently on a buying trip, said he is always happy 
to see Museum friends. Interested visitors would 
enjoy his unique collection of 19th-century Chinese 
puppets. 

* From the Credit Union to GV readers, this 
message: "For low-cost vacation loans, check your 
local CU office, room B-49, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 
from 12-1 p.m." 

* During the run of the Education Dept.'s. 
"Impressions d 'Haiti " exhibition, the Haitian 
Permanent Mission to the United Nations paid a visit, 
They were impressed and pleased to have Haiti 
represented by the Museum. Accordingly, Minister- 
Counselor Jean Sassine, as a mark of appreciation 
presented Malcolm Arth with the book, "Haiti: Her 
True Face." Shown here examining same are, from 







I. to r. : Dr. Arth, Maria Uyehara, Henry Frank 
and Mr. Sassine. 

* Men's and Women's Committee members, 
please note: The annual joint committees dinner 



(for wives, husbands, dates) will be held rn the 
Planetarium on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The invitation 
cover will be a reproduction of a Helmut Wimmer 
painting. 

^ West Side Day is Saturday, Oct. 5. Flo 
Stone needs volunteers ("Are you reading me, 
Men's & Women's Committees members?" asks Katy 
Hilson.) This is a call for help. Answer. 

* A disparate selection of AMNHers joined 



forces on July 2: Ken Franklin, Nat Johnson, 
Robert Koestler, Catherine Pessino and Flo Stone, 
moderator, taped a 60-minute talk -show program fc 
Norma Greenstein of radio station WEVD. They 
spoke about the varied activities that will take 
place at the Museum during August and early fall . 
If you catch the program (to be aired on Aug. 
12 at 9:15 p.m. ~ 13.30 AM, 97.9 FM) let 
your GV know. 



CHANGES 

At the last management board meeting the 
following new appointments and promotions were 
instituted: 

Appointed to supervising Museum attendant-guards 
were Peter Clarke, Ralph Csencsics, Sankar Gokool, 
Franklin Hoffman, Jr., Robert Jones, Anthony 
Moloney, Frank Masavage, Walter Michalski, 
Joseph O'Neill, Albert Sable and Harry Tappen; 
appointed to foremen were William Barbieri, 
Anthony Gal lardo, William Heslin, John Ignatieff 
and Klaus Wolters; appointed to assistant managers 
in the Museum Shop were Joseph Battaglia and 
Eleanor Forbes; appointed to Caribbean Studies 
assistant coordinator was Henry Frank; appointed 
to accountant was William Humber; appointed to 
Museum nurse was Margaret Johnston; appointed 
to plant engineer was Vincent Le Pore; appointed 
scientific assistant in Entomology was Sarfraz Lodhi; 
appointed consultant in Mineralogy was Vincent 
Manson; appointed production manager in Natura l 
History Magazine was Sue Severn and appointed 
research associate in Animal Behavior was Rae 
Silver. 

The promotions are Sydney Anderson, 
chairman and curator of Mammalogy; Dorothy 
Bliss, chairwoman and curator of the newly created 
Department of Fossil and Living Invertebrates; 
Charles Cole, associate curator in Herpetology 
and Niles Eldredge, associate curator in Fossil and 
Living Invertebrates. 



BOOKED FOR COOKS 
Fresh morels en pesto? "Racque" d'agneau 
steeped in aquavit? . . . The Men's and Women': 
Committees are planning to publish an AMNH 
employees' cookbook, proceeds of which will go 
to the AMNH. How do you serve up your daily 
bread? The yeast you can do is send a favorite 
recipe to: "Cookbook, Committees Office." 
Each entry will be given advance trial, so omit 
no vital ingredient. Call extension 258 if you 
wish more info; better yet, cook and serve. 

ALMOST A COOL MILLION 
That thoughtful and conscientious distributor 
of largesse, the New York State Council on the 
Arts, has presented AMNH with $983,182. The 
grant is one of many the Council gave to state 
cultural institutions. We are certainly grateful 
for the money, a mark of the Council's intellige 
sensitivity to the importance of institutions like 
ours to the city and state, answering the public 
need for cultural sustenance. 

Details of actual distribution of the funds will 
appear in a later GV. The major portion, however 
will serve as basic support for the Museum's and 
the Planetarium's on-going education services, 
maintenance, curatorial support, collection 
management and administration. 

Despite this nice bundle, as you well know, w< 
need more-more; and the Museum is busy trying to 
raise same. Meanwhile, pick up that paper clip 
off the floor. There's a shortage of them, too. 



WORTH A STROLL 
Treat yourself to some after-work entertainment. 
Adjacent to the Central Park's Delacorte Theater 
near 81st Street, our own "Headhunters" are putting 
on a most remarkable show. They are in first place 
in the Softball League, having won five games out 
of six, and are hoping for a championship. 

The men work together with style. The spirit 
and enthusiasm communicates. Team members are: 
Irving Almodovar, Lee Anderson, Romano Bertuletti, 
James Blake, Farrell Carney, Sal Cigliano, Joe 



THROUGH THE PARK 
Domato, Joe Fiore, Bill Graham, Fred Hartmann, 
Leroy Jenkins, Bobby Jones, Tony Polo, Burton 
Rosenberg and Klaus Wolters. 

Check it out. You'll like it; and the team 
would appreciate your support. Here's when the 
action is: 
5:30 p.m. games: Wed., July 10; Wed., Aug. 7; 

Mon. , Aug .12. 
6:45 p.m. games: Fri.,Julyl2; Wed. July 17; 

Mon. July 29; Wed., Aug.7. 





THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



Vol. XXXI, No. 6 

THIS PAST SUMMER 

Twelve teenagers participated in a summer 
program unambiguously titled "New Ways for 
American High School Indian Students to Explore 
the U. S.," sponsored by Union Carbide. 
Arnold Anderson, an Iroquois from Canada and 
manager of public and urban affairs for the 
chemicals and plastics division of Union Carbide, 
conceived the idea of taking these young people 
on a tour of the eastern part of the country and 
having them live in private homes here for the 
summer. 

They came from reservations from the 
states of North and South Dakota, Minnesota, 
Mississippi, Alaska, Washington, Oklahoma, 
Idaho and Arizona. They were from the follow- 
ing tribes: Caddo-Kickapoo, Chippewa, Choctaw, 
Eskimo, Navajo, Potawatomi, Shoshone and 
Sioux. They toured Washington, D . C . for one 
week, learning about their government and sight- 
seeing. Then they came to New York City, with 
nine of them spending almost two months working 
at AMNH under the guidance of Marjorie Ransom 
of the Education Dept. 

According to Mr. Anderson, the Museum 
experience was their best. "They loved Mrs. 
Ransom and could not say enough about her. 
She was a real friend to them. For a while they 
were an extremely homesick group and found city 
life hard to take — except for the Museum, a 
definite high point. " 

The high school students worked part-time in 
such areas as the library, animal behavior, 
education and building services. Their Indian 
background was not stressed, nor were they here 
to enlighten colleagues on Indian ways of life. 
It was simply an opportunity for cultural inter- 
change that turned out to be a warm, worthy 
experience . 

On July 25 and 26 they conducted an American 
Indian workshop in the People Center. They work- 



September, 1974 




Above: At the American Indian Workshop program 
in the People Center on July 25 & 26, Nat John- 
son demonstrated how fire was made. Below: 
In this photo, the stick has become very hot — 
feeling is believing. 




ed side-by-side in cooperation with other 
Education Dept. staff, demonstrating to visitors 
aspects of Indian life. Teepees and toys were 
contructed and Indian design, games and dress 
were explained. It was an extremely popular, 
well -attended two days for which the visiting 
students were largely responsible. 



HERE AND THERE 

Cafeteria: ARA's manager of Museum food service 
areas, Helen Somers, received ARA's Vice- 
President Award as best manager of the year in 
the Metropolitan New York, New Jersey and 
Westchester region. In addition, she and all 
her staff received "best unit award" for all ARA's 
Manhattan units. 

Electrical Shop: All his colleagues congratulate 
Joe Donato on his promotion to electrician and 
wish him the best. "It couldn't happen to a 
nicer guy," says reporter Vincent Lammie, Jr. 

Herpetology: Richard Zweifel attended a meet- 
ing of the Cte. on Systematic Resources in Herp. 
at Ann Arbor, Mich., in mid-June and then went 
with Charles Myers to Ottawa for the annual 
meetings of the Amer. Soc. of Ichs. and Herps. 
The Zweifel family spent their summer at the 
Southwestern Research Station, he continuing 
work on long-term research projects. . . Charles 
Cole was invited to speak at a genetics symposium 
in Mainz, Germany. While in Europe, he 
examined specimens at the natural history museum 
in Paris. He will begin a long-term project on 
lizard populations on St. Catherine's Island in 
Sept., initially being assisted by his son, Jeff, and 
Donn Rosen's son Philip. The dept. regretfully 
reports the deaths of two eminent herpetologists, 
both of whom worked at the Museum many years 
ago: Clifford H. Pope, author of several 
excellent books and Carl Kauffeld, recently 
retired as director of the Staten Island Zoo. 

Library: Sheila Burns resigned as reference 
librarian to attend graduate school full-time... 
Loretta Forte, sr. clerk-circulation has also 
resigned to seek her fortunes in San Francisco. 
They wil I both be very much missed . . . Michael 
Dallas spent his vacation in Iceland and returned 
bearing smoked salmon and Icelandic cheese to 
share. . . Toby Brown was on a four-week leave 
of absence, attending Library School and 
enjoying the cool of upstate N . Y. ... Rita 
Mandl is returning to Budapest after seventeen 
years, to visit former home, friends and relatives. 
She and husband, Bela, will then tour Europe by 
car. . . Russel Rak attended a Beethoven concert 
in Tanglewood and pronounced it excellent. 

Planetarium: Effective September I, the following 
changes were made in Planetarium admission fees: 
Young people and students with I . D . cards, $1 .00; 
students attending reserved school shows, $.75. 




ITEM 

It pays to bleed a little: Earlier in 
the year, you may remember, six Museum 
blood donors won $15 gift certificates. 
Last July, in a city-wide Greater New 
York Blood Bank Program grand prize 
drawing, Larry Van Praag of Projection 
won a $250 gift certificate from Abraham 
& Strauss — the inflationary going rate 
for a blue-blooded AMNH donor! 



fHE CRUSADER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS 




■*■>«* 



ieated from I. to r.: Bruce Feniger, bat boy; Klaus 
bolters, foreman painter; Tony Polo, electrician; 
'aul Vann / genl. services. Standing from I. to r.: 
lomano Bertuletti, painter; Sal Cigliano, electric- 
arls helper; Rolando Detouche, jr. draftsman; Fred 
Hartmann, Nat . Hist .; Jimmy Blake, Farrell Carney, 
rving Almodovar, genl . services; Bobby Jones, 
upervising Museum attendant grd.; and Lee Ander- 
ion, Museum attendant grd. Team members absent 
rom pic: Joe Donato, electrican; Joe Fiore, 
Museum attendant grd.; Billy Graham, asst. to mgr., 
taint. & Const.; and Leroy Jenkins, Museum 
ittendant grd. The Headhunters didn't make it to 
:ity-wide championship, but played the Museum 
iroud as Crusader League champs. 





YOU NOTICED? 
It is not caprice that has eliminated one of the 
arches at the 77th Street entrance. The hammer- 
ing and partitioning are in the interest of a bigger, 
better, happier Museum Shop. The work was 
begun July 15, and hopefully will be completed 
sometime in early October. The result will be a 
Shop more than double the present size. 

The former offices of the Shop will become 
part of the selling area. Above, on a handsome 
new balcony, Martin Tekulsky, manager, and 
Eleanor Forbes, assistant manager, will have 
their offices, along with Carol Crane, book 
buyer, and Steven Peterman, receptionist. In 
the storage area on the Central Park West side of 
the Shop, Joseph Battaglia, assistant manager, 
and Elaine Schreiber, cashier, will share an 
office. 

Mr. Tekulsky is enthusiastic about the Shop's 
new design. Petersen Associates, the Museum's 
architect, and Walter Koenig, Maintenance and 
Construction, and Mr. Tekulsky have all taken 
part in planning the new quarters. 

Though the general feeling of the old Shop 
will be maintained, Mr. Tekulsky is looking 
forward to creating a fresh look. There are 
many customers who return frequently to shop, 
and the manager does not want them seeing the 
same items month after month. In the new Shop, 
he will have the space neccessary to keep adding 
quality merchandise. 

The Junior Shop, under the direction of 
Senior Clerk Ignacio Fajardo, will continue to 
sell the inexpensive wares which young people 
love. "The new Shop will carry medium to 
high-priced items, " Martin Tekulsky informed 
us. "For example, Mexican jewelry will cost 
anywhere from $10 to over $100; the American 
Indian pieces will start at around $15 and go up 
to $750 or more for the popular squash blossom 
necklaces. There will be many more posters 
and wall hangings (from Africa, Canada and 
South America), and a beautiful line of station- 
ery. Our large book department will remain 
about the same. " 

A new Shop entrance closer to the 77th Street 
entrance is being constructed, and the old one 
is being altered. Employees, volunteers and 
trustees still receive a 25% discount on all items 
except books, on which there is a 15% discount. 
Members are entitled to the 15% book discount 
and to a 10% discount on other merchandise. 

"I have a most competent staff, " Mr. 
Tekulsky told us. "Ed Morton, stock room clerk, 



Richard Gubitosa, the week-end supervisor, and 
Pat Martin, sales assistant, are also on the full- 
time employee list; including part-timers, there 
are over twenty on the staff. " 

"We certainly are pleased with the plans 
for our attractive new store and are looking 
forward to its completion. Though our appear- 
ance will be changed, our attitude remains the 
same — to be of service to the public, to 
members and to the entire Museum family." 

ART BENEFIT 
The FAR Gallery, Madison Ave. and 65 
St., will hold a show featuring animal paintings 
(the realistic kind) beginning with an Oct. 22 
opening benefit for AMNH. This is the first 
time in recent memory the Museum is stepping 
outside its 77-81 St. confines to hold a benefit 
in someone else'syard. 

The Women's Committee, with special 
assistance from Melinda Blinken, Sally Goodgold, 
Katy Hilson and Lou Parkhurst, is involved in the 
planning. 

The Museum is lending some of its most valuable 
paintings for the occasion: "The Elephant, " by 
David Shapherd, which hangs in the president's 
outer office; "The Moose," by Carl Rungius, 
which is in Jerome Rozen's office; two snow-shoe 
rabbit paintings by Audubon from our Audubon 
Gallery; and two original Robert Clem shore-bird 
pictures from the book, "Shore Birds of North 
America," which Gardner Stout edited. These 
Museum pictures will remain at the FAR through 
the run of the show but will not be for sale, as 
are the Galleries' pictures. The Museum 
offerings will return to their accustomed niches 
after Nov. 29. 

In cooperation with the FAR Gallery and Carl 
Battaglia Galleries, Ltd., the opening will be a 
$25-per-person affair. All monies raised by this 
admission fee go towards helping the Museum. 
The two galleries will receive all profits from 
the sale of their own paintings displayed in the 
show. The catalog will sell for approximately 
six dollars, a percentage of which will go to the 
Museum. 

The refreshments served are promised to be 
more interesting than the customary red or white 
wine and biscuits usually reserved for art open- 
ings. The animal -picture fete lasts from 6-9 p.m. 
on the 22nd, but the actual show runs until Nov. 
29. All with the $25 are welcome — in fact, 
very welcome. 




THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



Vol. XXXI, No. 7 



October - November, 1974 



PLEASE DO YOUR CHRISTMAS 
FOLDING EARLY 

Once again the Museum's magnificent 
artificial balsam fir will grace the Roosevelt 
Rotunda from the end of November to early 
January. Needed to cover its branches with a 
glittering array of shrimp, whales, protozoans and 
dinosaurs are a large and enthusiastic group of 
volunteers. Alice Gray (ext. 313) is asking for 
same and offering her sine qua non assistance. 
Previous experience in the art of origami is not 
necessary, but paper-folding experts will certainly 
not be discouraged. There were some 1500 
ornaments on the "O Christmas Tree" exhibit last 
year; an equally resplendent number are needed 
this year. Be you 7 or 70, call Ms. Gray and do 
your part to make this exhibit as effective and 
popular as it was during the 1973 holiday season. 



TEMPO QUICKENS FOR MEN'S & WOMEN'S 
COMMITTEES' ACTIVITIES 

There will be gaming, dancing and all matters 
nautical on March 6 when the gala Nautical Night 
of Spring takes over the Museum's entire first floor. 
Museum employees will be invited to attend. The 
price of tickets has not yet been determined, but 
GV will keep you informed. Daniel Seitz, chairman 
of the Men's Committee, has named Donald Evers 
head of the Men's Committee's effort to secure 
exceptional prizes from manufacturers and business 
people. Mr. Seitz has asked Philip Wilson to 
oversee cashier operations for the evening. 

A unique piquant chapter will be included in 
in the Museum cookbook, now being edited by the 
Women's Committee. It will concentrate on how to 
prepare whale blubber, skin a toad, milk a rattle- 
snake and other crucial matters. Faith Humann, 
who is assuming directorship of the cookbook 
preparation, is also seeking your own favorite 
recipes and asks Museum employees to send them to 
her, care of the Men's and Women's Committees. 



Also in the future, is the establishment of a 
Junior Committee, which will seek the assistance 
and energetic support of men and women aged 17 
to 30. Those interested should contact Barbara 
Levy in the Men's and Women's Committee Office, 
ext. 289. 



HORACE STUNKARD HONORED 

The Third International Congress of Parasitology 
was held in Munich on August 26-31 . Dr. Stunkard 
was one of 29 parasitologists from eighteen countries 
invited to become honorary members. 




The Congress was organized by the Deutsche 
Gesellschaft for Parasitologie under the patronage 
of the president of the Cabinet Council of Bavaria. 
Forty national and regional societies are affiliated 
with the World Federation and 2700 members were 
present for the program. 

At the plenary session only six professors 
were awarded a special citation for distinguished 
work in parasitology. They were presented with the 
Rudolph Leuckart medal, (one face of which is 
pictured above) which was specially struck for the 
occasion. 



WEST SIDE DAY 

These pictures don't tell half the story, of 
course, but they serve as pleasant reminders. West 
Side Day, Oct. 5, 1974, was a glorious pot-pourri 
of activities according to those who participated or 
partook. The weather cooperated brilliantly (not 
always a dependable item in the past) and so did 
the community, the Museum staff and the elephants. 





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Photo No. 

2. "Come now, Steggy, stop winking & 
stand still" — drawing dinosaurs. 

3. Ishmael Calderon,Education, convinc- 
ed the young man that all hominids 
are not alike — or equally hungry. 

4. Two 20th Precinct Officers "blow up" 
for the crowd . 

5. Francie Stewart & Leroy McNeil 
performing in Ramayana dance. 

6. Mrs. Miriam Wolf fingerprinting an 
innocent. 

7. Hamming it up at African Names — 
Education's Theresa Moore on right. 

8. Fossil & Living Invert's. Gerald 
Thurmann introduces a living verte- 
brate to some odd invertebrates. 





LAWRENCE SCHEUERER 

Larry Scheuerer,who died last month after a 
long illness, was a popular person throughout the 
Museum. Mr. Scheuerer came to the Museum in 
1949. In 1952, he began working full-time as a 
projection technician. He was particularly well- 
known to the inhabitants of the Natural Science 
Center, where the pet starling spoke to him on 
intimate terms. He is survived by his wife and two 
sons. 



ITEM: 

Guest Services wishes to remind Museum citizenry 
that it is verboten to take food out of the cafeteria. 
Employees are asked to comply with this regulation. 
Guest Services also asks cooperation re wearing 
ID badges; periodic spot checks will be made during 
cafeteria hours. This regulation is for employee- 
protection and keeps the general public from the 
Museum dining area. 



ITEM: 

Since that book, "The Best," by Peter Passell 
and Leonard Ross, was published several months 
ago, we have received newspaper clippings from 
all over the country noting the inclusion of AMNH-- 
as The Best natural history museum. 

"Of course, " we answer politely, naturally 
avoiding the too obvious pun. 



HERE AND THERE 

Anthropology: In August, the world premiere of 
"Drums at Yale" was presented at Poughkeepsie's 
Sharon Playhouse - and very well received. The 
play, written by Walter Fairservis, deals both 
with the American revolution and with present- 
day youth. Dr. Fairservis manages to create 
sustained mystery and drama through the use of 
double roles: i.e., the character of Nathan Hale 
is also a Yale drama student named Peter. Shall 
we look for a Broadway opening this winter? . . . 



°MATINEE THEATOE 
VERIEST 

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The 19th Season of Distinguished Theatre Events 

Monday evening, November 11th al 7:30 
Tuesday afternoon, November 12th at 2:00 

New York Premiere 

FIRE & ICE 

ROBERTFROST 

A Cycle of Rhymes & A Mask of Reason / 
with 
Theater of The Open Eye , 

Monday evening, December 2nd at 7:30 
Tuesday afternoon, December 3rd at 2:00 

New York Premiere 

DRUMS AT YALE 

by Directed by 

WALTER A. FAIRSERVIS, Jr. ISAIAH SHEFFER 

Monday evening, January 6th at 7:30 
Tuesday afternoon, January 7th at 2.00 

World Premiere 

THE LONG VALLEY 

JOHN STEINBECK 

Adapted and Directed by ROBERT GLENN 

Monday evening, January 27th at 7:30 
Tuesday alternoon, January 28th at 2:00 

World Premiere 

THE VAGABOND 

COLETTE 

Adapted and Directed by CORRINE JACKER 

SUBSCRIPTION TO FOUR EXCITING EVENTS 

Monday Evenings $20 00 • 

Tuesday Afternoons $15.00 

Please make checks payable to White Barn Theatre Foundation, Inc. 

Mail to Matinee Theatre Series 

THEATRE DeLYS, 121 Christopher St. NYC. 10014 

For Subscription Information Only Call: WA 4-3930/WA 4-8782 

Limited Number ot Single Tickets Available Call Box Office WA 4-8782 



Junius Bird was presented the medal of Gran 
Maestre de la orden "El Sol del Peru," by the 
Peruvian Government in September. The present- 
ation was made by Ambassador Berkemeyer at 
the Peruvian Embassy in Washington, D. C. Many 
of Dr. Bird's friends attended the reception. 
Education: Congratulations to Barbara Jackson. 
She has attained her Ph.D. in Social Science 
(Sociology and Anthropology) from Syracuse 
University. 

Exhibition: The I ma Pol lick became a grandmother 
again in September. Joel Alan and Francine 
Pol lick presented her with Amy Shari, of whom 
all are extremely proud. 

Fossil & Living Invertebrates : In August, Dorothy 
Bliss made a field trip to the Lerner Marine 
Laboratory and to Boca Raton, Fla., to study the 
land crab. . . William Emerson attended the annual 
meeting of the Western Society of Malacologists 
in Pomona, Calif., and also attended the annual 
meeting of the American Malacological Union in 
Springfield, Mass. . .On a field trip to the 
Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee and North 
Carolina, Harold Feinberg collected numerous 
specimens of land snails, including some that are 
quite rare and two supposedly "lost" species. 
Herpetology: Carol Townsend, Grace Tilger 
(formerly a scientific asst. in Herpetology) and 
Charlotte Holton of Vertebrate Paleontology spent 
an extremely enjoyable August traveling in 
Guatemala... Jose Rosado, an Urban Corps intern, 
will be greatly missed. Mr. Rosado will graduate 
from CUNY in Feb. His plans include spending a 
year working as a paramedic in a N .Y. hospital 
and continuing his education, specializing in 
herpetology or medicine. . . Curator Emeritus Charles 
Bogert and Mrs. Bogert spent several weeks this 
summer at their old stamping grounds, Oaxaca, 
Mexico. The Bogerts remain active and keep fit 
by mountain climbing out west. 
Library: Nina Root is the first woman elected to 
membership in the august Archons of Colophon, an 
organization of administrators of large research 
libraries. .. The Library has a new "acquistion": 
Barbara Wurtzel, librarian-reference and circulation, 
succeeds Sheila Burns. Ms. Wurtzel is originally 
from Mt . Vernon, and once worked as librarian 
for the Harry Daniels Primary Center. Her hobbies? 
Photography (35mm), music, talking, camping. 
Before joining the library she traveled in Holland 
and Great Britain... Seeing the world this past 
summer were Mildred Bobrovich in Jamaica (and 
we don't mean Queens), Lucienne Yoshinaga and 



husband in England, andjanina Gertner visiting her 
parents in Stockholm. . .Due to additional funds 
received from the Clark Foundation, Carolyn 
Wickman, who acted as a replacement for Toby 
Brown, while the latter was on vacation, will 
remain on the staff as senior clerk -restoration for at 
least another three years. 

Micropaleontology : Tsunemasa Saito and Martin 
Janal attended the Third International Conference 
of Marine Plankton in September in Keil, Germany 
attended by four hundred and fifty specialists from 
all over the world. Dr. Saito presented a paper 
and chaired an a f ternoon session. . .Brooks Ellis, 
curator emeritus of Micropaleontology and the 
first editor of Micropaleontology Press recently 
returned to the town of his birth, St. Marys, in 
the West Virginia hills. Dr. Ellis is co-founder 
of the quarterly Micropaleontology, and has author- 
ed several highly specialized books. 
Ornithology : Dean Amadon and Eugene Eisenmann 
attended the American Ornithologists' Union meet- 
ing in Norman, Oklahoma, last month. Dr. and 
Mrs. Wesley Lanyon are currently doing field work 
in Bolivia . 



MARGUERITE ROSS 

For 31 years, Rita Ross had been connected 
with the Museum, and during all that time was with 
the Education Dept., first as an instructor and 
subsequently as a supervisor. Miss Ross died last 
month after a long illness. 

Miss Ross was a quiet, efficient individual, 
we 1 1 -respected by her colleagues. The Pre-school 
story hour, once a regular program here, was a 
special favorite of hers. She will be missed by 
everyone. 



A Christmas Tree lighting party for a 


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volunteers will be he 


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3:00 p.m. in Rooseve 


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cider; the latte 


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special cider mill in N.J. arranged 




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Nicholson. 








THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



Vol. XXXI, No. 8 



December, 1974 



IT CAN EVEN HELP WITH CHRISTMAS SHOPPING 

The new Environmental Information Center located 
in the Hall of Birds of the World, functions under 
the auspices of the Education Dept. It is funded 
for one year by a grant from International Paper Co. 
Foundation, with the possibility for futher extension. 

Talbert Spence is coordinator of the Center. 
Hailing originally from Philadelphia, Mr. Spence 



knowledgeable and skilled in understanding the 
infinite variety of issues. Hopefully they will 
become motivated to assume the responsibility of 
active citizens. " 

Every month or two, the Center emphasizes a 
different theme. In Nov. - Dec, the topic is 
energy; in Jan., it will be population and food. 
"The idea is to present concepts in depth. We do 




At the opening :TalbertSpence, Thomas D. Nicholson, Mr. Spence explains environmental matters of 
F.L. Foster, pres. of Int'l. Paper Fdn., David interest to interested visitors. 

Ryus & J. L. Bacon, vice-pres. 



and his graduate-student wife, Carolyn, are now 
Manhattanites. He has a B.Ed, from the Univ. of 
Toledo and an M.S. in Environmental Education 
from the Univ. of Michigan. Mr. S . is a soft- 
spoken, serious-minded ecologist who has assumed 
his complex job with authority. 

Mr. Spence obviously cares about the work he is 
doing. He systematically investigates all sources of 
information, from newspapers and magazines to 
encyclopedias and serious governmental tomes. He 
believes he should present the ecology story in a 
thorough, unbiased fashion. "The facts, when 
properly investigated, speak for themselves. There 
are so man/ interacting problems that they must be 
dealt with in exact terms. It is my purpose to 
educate people in such a way that they become 



not want to hand out random materials that lose 
their effectiveness," says Mr. Spence. 

The Center has a working relationship with 
similar agencies and there is interchange of 
materials and ideas. There is also cooperation 
within the community. For example, 25 students 
from School District 4 in East Harlem are partici- 
pating in a workshop with the Center. There is 
also a co-ed Explorer Scout group that is concerned 
with a restoration project in Central Park. The 
group receives considerable information and 
practical advice from Mr. Spence. 

He is enthusiastic about his job and enjoys the 
work. "I try not to take a dry, stereotyped 
approach. We deal with real problems and there- 
Continued on bottom of page four 



KIBBUTZNICKING 
TOGETHER 

Joining the ranks of AMNHers who take off on 
unusual vacations, Florence Brauner, Scientific 
Publications, and husband, Sol, recently put in 
t hree weeks of hard work on a kibbutz in north- 
eastern Israel near the Sea of Galilee. 

They arose every day at 5 a.m., and spent the 
morning picking fruit, feeding livestock, peeling 
vegetables, gardening or otherwise immersing 
themselves in community life. In return, they 
received their food and lodging — this latter a 
small, two-room house where they frequently enter- 
tained their hosts with pre-dinner schnapps and 
snacks. 

The Brauners were in israel to sightsee, yes, but 
also to visit their two grandchildren who are now 
permanently settled there. After only ten months, 
the children (aged 7 and 5) already speak, read 
and write fluent Hebrew. 

"Life on a kibbutz is rigorous," Ms. Brauner 
admitted, "but consisted of more than just work. 
In the evenings, if we weren't too tired, there 
were concerts or movies." Mr. Brauner, in 
particular, led an active life on the kibbutz. "He 
wanted to try everything. He tied wires in the cable 
factory, the mainstay of the kibbutz's economy, and 
drove a tractor. He also scooped out the eyes of 
an estimated 500 pounds of potatoes (already peeled 
by machine) during a tour of KP duty. " 

The kibbutz has 200 cows, whose milk is sold to 
a cooperative. No money is exchanged on the 
kibbutz and medical care, housing and clothing 
are all free. The only time members need cash, 
which they receive from the kibbutz's communal 
credit bank, is when they leave for visits or 
vacations. 

Beleaguered country though Israel may be , Ms. 
Brauner found that kibbutz life was warm and 
comradely. Accustomed to the 9-5 routine of 
Museum life, she was struck by the kibbutz daily 
schedule, "especially that 12-4 p.m. 'siesta'. 
This may seem like luxury, but actually, Israel is 
extremely hot and the rest period is essential. 
Then too, because residents rise early and work late, 
the time is made up anyway. The work week on the 
kibbutz is six days — and even children participate 
in the responsibilities — but some members with 
special talents are released from full-time work to 
paint, sculpt or do photography. 

Welcome back, Florence Brauner, to the 9-5 
Mon . - Fri . shift ! 



ITEM 
Effective Jan. I, Natural History Mag. will cost 
$10 per subscription, which includes associate 
membership in the Museum. As of Jan. I the cost 
of employee/volunteer gift subscriptions will be 
raised to $5 each. However, if you wish to order 
a gift subscription at the old $4 rate, call ext. 594 
before Dec. 31 . 



MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE PLANETARIUM 
The Planetarium's Laserium is truly a "cosmic 
concert" that deserves investigation. Boggling 
the mind and unsettling the imagination, the show 
is a dancing display of light and sound in stereo 
spectacular. 

Performances are Fri. &Sat., 7:30, 9:00 and 
10:30 p.m. Reservations can be made through 
Ticketron at $2.25 per; but: Mark Chartrand has 
arranged for a special free show just for AMNH 
employees and one guest each. This will be at 
5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, on a first -come, 
first-served basis. It will undoubtedly be your 
only chance to see the show for free, so take down 
the date and take a seat. 

Since the 81st St. doors will not be open at that 
hour, please ask your guests to enter through the 
1st floor Central Park West entrance and then 
proceed to the Planetarium entrance from there. 



F. TRUBEE DAVISON 

F. Trubee Davison, a pioneer in aviation, died 
at his home in Locust Valley, L.I ., on Nov. 15. 
Mr .Davison was elected a trustee of AMNH in 
1922; his interest in, and devotion to, the Museum 
led to his becoming its president from 1933-51 . 
He was an honorary trustee at the time of his death. 

During his tenure as president, Mr. Davison was 
instrumental in fundraising drives that helped 
overcome many Museum financial crises and helped 
build the Planetarium. He and Mrs. Davison, 
together with Martin and Osa Johnson, made an 
extensive field trip to Africa in 1933, during 
which elephants were collected for the herd now 
exhibited in Akeley Hall . 

Surviving, besides his widow, are three sons, 
Endicotf, Daniel and Gates, and seven grandchildre. 



ON THE OCCASION OF THE LIGHTING OF THE TREE ~ 
ASSORTED FRIENDS: left: Alice Gray; below in succession 
I. to r.: George Campbell; Fred North; Robert Koestler & 
Mike Dumont; Janice Ebenstein; Dorothy Gauthier, Audrey 
Yuille & Johanna Marx; Robert Applebaum; Elvira Lopez 
and Richard Singletary. 




HERE AND THERE 
Astronomy: Mark Chartrand participated in the 
1974 EcTTpse Cruise to the So. Pacific last June, 
and this Oct. he and Ken Franklin visited the 
NASA Space Center. . . .Joe Maddi, newest 
member of the technicians' staff, a former part- 
timer, now works full-time. He was formerly 
with Inflight Motion Pictures Corp. Mr. Maddi 
has two children, aged 8 and 2 1/2. His biggest 
interest at the moment is decorating and building 
additions to his L.I . home. . .Tom Lesser, the new 
astronomer intern, will be here for two years. 
Mr. Lesser is a graduate of Adelphi Univ. and 
teaches Basic Astronomy at Dowling College, 
Oakdale, L.I ... .Sandra Kitt, librarian, made 
a trip to Goose Bay, site of our Air Force base in 
Labrador. She advises that "the good cold 
weather there will make N.Y. winters a breeze." 
You're sure about that? 

Fossil and Living Invertebrates: Jane Hicksman 
has assumed the position of editorial assistant for 
Micro Press. Ms. Hicksman, who lives on the 
upper West Side, is especially interested in 
writing and photography. . .Julia Golden, for the 
past three years assistant editor of the Bibliography 
& Index of Micro., is now curatorial associate. 
She manages the curating and cataloging of the 
invertebrate fossil type collection. 
Herpetology: Charles Myers and John Daly 
(National Institutes of Health) are in the field 
collecting yet additional material on the poison- 
dart frog for their joint studies on neurotoxins. 
Men's & Women's Committee s: Carol White has 
talcen over the important job of Prize Committee 
Coordinator for the Nautical Night of Spring, 



March 6. Mrs. White will be filling the post that 
Caroline Macomber handled so successfully for the 
last Rites of Spring. 

Ornit hology : John Bull's beautiful book, "Birds 
of New York State, " published by Doubleday 
Natural History Press, is now on sale in bookstores 
and in the Museum Shop. The regular price is 
$29.95, but,of course, in the Shop employees 
receive their regular discount. . .Jack Farrand is 
author of the section on North American birds in 
a new "Atlas of Birds," published by Mitchell 
Beazley Publishers, Ltd., and distributed in the 
U.S. by Rand McNally at $29.95. . .Dean Amador 
spoke on "Eagles and Evolution" at the Joint 
Center for Graduate Study at Richland, Washingto 
in Oct. 

Photography : Jim Coxe and Marlise Rockey, an 
administrative secretary to a plastic surgeon at 
N.Y. Hosp., will be married on Fri., Dec. 13, 
at City Hall. The actual ceremony will not be 
an elaborate affair, but we understand friends are 
planning quite a bash afterward. (It's a surprise, s 
don't tell Jim.) 

REPORT FROM THE CREDIT UNION 
The board of directors of the AMNH Employees' 
Federal Credit Union announces an increase in the 
interest rate on loans to a 12% annual percentage 
rate, or 1% per month on the unpaid balance. 

For the past year a 6% dividend, compounded 
quarterly, has been paid to all shareholders. 

With loan insurance, payroll deductions and 
fast processing, your Credit Union continues to 
offer the best service, whether for loans or for 
savings, despite the necessary increase. 



Continued from page one 



fore need to give real answers, which usually 
involve not just biological, but economic, 
political and social factors. Our primary purpose 
always is to educate." 

And here is where the solution to Christmas 
comes in: Among other material Mr. Spence 
dispenses at the Center is a fine bibliography. 
The list includes one pictures-only-book (presumably 
for children) that makes perfect gift-giving. It 
is "The Spider Web, " by Julie Brinckloe, 
Doubleday & Co., pblshrs. There is an excellent 
adult (definitely) reference, "Economy of the 
Environment," by Robert and Nancy Dorfman, 
W.W.Norton, pblshrs., that Mr. Spence especially 
recommends. Carol Crane, book buyer for the 
Museum Shop, says she hopes to carry as many of 



the books on the bibliography as possible. 

Mr. Spence welcomes inquiries — and assist- 
ance — from Museum employees. He is especially 
open to suggestions from specialists and hopes they 
will come by the Center to speak with him. It is 
a popular spot. Young people appear in larger 
numbers during school visits on weekdays, but on 
weekends many seriously concerned adults seek 
information. 

The Center's hours are 10:30-2:30 Tues.- Fri.; 
10:30-4:30 Sat.; 11-4:30 Sun. It is closed 
Mondays and holidays. 

Check it out. Talbert Spence couldn't be more 
agreeable — and really — if will solve at least 
some of your Christmas shopping problems, most 
ecologically!