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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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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,
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
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."
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
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-
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.
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.
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
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).
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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
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
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
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.
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
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
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-
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-
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
(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
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
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.
"// 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
"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.
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
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
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
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
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 .
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
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
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
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
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
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-
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
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...
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
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.
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
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
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
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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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
T T T TP
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
"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?"
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.
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.
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Vol.*XfX No. 5
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
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
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.
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)
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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 .
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
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.
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. . .
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. . .
President's Office: Gardner D. Stout was
elected May 6 to the presidency of the Yale
University Council. . .
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 . "
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.
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
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...
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
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.
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,
MUSEUM MAKES THE SCENE
AT 86TH STREET
The Museum's field
team of public ed-
visited an 86th St.
Mimi Fries, Grace
graced the event
with their know-
ledge and know-
And the big Educa-
tion Dept. van,
loaded with natural
and African chess
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 .
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
"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?
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
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
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
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
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...
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.
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Vol. XXVII\ No.Vl October- November
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
West Side Day
Susan Koelle .
see page 2 . .
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 ,
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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-
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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
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
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-
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
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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.
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.
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
. . . 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
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
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
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-
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-
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.
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. "
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
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
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
Slinks off, leaving a half-torn salmon
Before the Regent of the barest lands,
The Lord of no hall .
Among the regions of wind beyond winds.
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.
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
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,
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
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-
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,
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
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
David Duffy and
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
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,
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
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
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
Gerald Meynel I -formerly in advertising and
May Mirin-photographer of merit and Sunday
Mary Murphy-the job doesn't go home as a
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-
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
Public Admissions is an interesting world of its
own within the concentrics of the many-faceted
circles that constitute the AMNH.
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
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 .
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.
April - May 1972
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
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
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
"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,
". . .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
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
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
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
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,
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
The Center Recreation Assoc, is paid a fee by
the Museum to take care of umpires, trophies,
bulletins, gratuities, etc. The Museum buys the
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-
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
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
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,
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.
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 —
Mountains of the Moon.
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-
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
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
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,
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
the chairmanship from 1962
-64. That's when the laser
beams went into earnest
action, for there probably ■iiF^.^B 1
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
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
"Queen of Us All."
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
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
wanted his address registered properly — end it will be.
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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.
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
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
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Vol. XXIX, No. 6
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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-
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-
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."
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
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.
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.
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 .
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!
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-
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.
"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
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 .
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. "
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.
ME D.4IU TRIBI M
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Vuhl'nheil ky The Knipkiyeai' lirncM twoctitiun
of The American Museum of Natural Historv
The K. II A.
mi i ni|iii
eniy-nine yew* *, "I Ale
i.i.iini mi :mil nmvUle a fuiwl" nrhieh rVutiM ,i T .,nl
|inilrriii»n ml relief in ihc benefieiwieM of iiH membent.
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f,.ri.. ; .t 1 ..i 1 ..f -.ine ..f the newer members ihix brief
nffrml of it?
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informed that the Employees'
Benefit Association has com-
pleted its plans to publish a
monthly bulletin. The officers
of the E. B. A. are to he congrat-
ulated for sponsoring this publi-
cation, and I am sure that alt
the Museum employees will look
forward with interest to receiv-
ing each successive issue, ft wilt
give me great pleasure to follow
your progress, and I wish you
• rivrd .-i, tid- lolnliinji 1128 M '
fhbnrntuitlMr Archer M. Huntington
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in i.flcr in help reduce aaMearnenui unil aa by the -n,>-
iN.ri nf Ihoac attendinfi. we nave l"-"n able i,
nevcral ,,f Iheae in tbe ln-i ,»'i yean An i further
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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
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
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. #
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
I J--^ *
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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
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
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
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.
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
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
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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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.
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
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-
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
ieau uur ui i in
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
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.
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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
*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
It's nice ice . . .
holds the Star of
Sierra Leone, the
extant, which had
exhibition at the
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,
Nancy Lindsay, Lou Parkhurst.
^1^ ^^im * J^^^B S
This committee in toto in turn forcefully
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
eyes gazed in bewi lderment--it's over? Yes, it's
over and $50,000 for a year's work is quite a
salary for one poor Museum to earn.
■ — ■.
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. . .
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.
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
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
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
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.
FARIDA WILEY AWARDED SILVER MEDAL FOR DISTINCTION AS NATURALIST AND TEACHER
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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
to involved Amer-
ican citizen (as a
director of the Na-
and Visitors Bureau,
and of Boys' Clubs
of America), to
a trustee of the
U .S . International
Corps) . Many
also held by Mr.
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
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
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
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
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-
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
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
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
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,
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
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.
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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-
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
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."
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, 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-
£>^^ ^^^ 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
P.S. The AMNH wishes to thank Ogilvy & Mather,
the New York advertising firm that contributed the
creative assistance for the commercials, spots and
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
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
^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?
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
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.
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,
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
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.
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.
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
'ol. XXXI, No. 1
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
Who is it? The pale shadow-composite of an
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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-
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
"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-
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."
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
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
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
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
Robin Two Bulls, a Hualapai
of the Sioux Nation. Her
home is Peach Springs,
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.
<n i 1 1 II i in i M 1 1 in « u
THE AMERICAN SEVJH o:
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.
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.
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
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Vol. XXXI, No. 4
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
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
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.
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-
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. "
ing for the
always happy to
catch up on
friendships at the
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
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
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.
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
Come on out and cheer. It's fun.
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Vol. XXXI, No. 5
July- August, 1974
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
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
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-
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
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
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
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
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,
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
* 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
^ 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.
At the last management board meeting the
following new appointments and promotions were
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
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
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
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
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
On July 25 and 26 they conducted an American
Indian workshop in the People Center. They work-
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
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.
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.
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
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
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."
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
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
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,
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Vol. XXXI, No. 7
October - November, 1974
PLEASE DO YOUR CHRISTMAS
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
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,
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
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.
Thank you, everyone
v ; — -—
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
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.
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
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.
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? . . .
;< at the
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
A Cycle of Rhymes & A Mask of Reason /
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
THE LONG VALLEY
Adapted and Directed by ROBERT GLENN
Monday evening, January 27th at 7:30
Tuesday alternoon, January 28th at 2:00
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
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 .
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
A Christmas Tree lighting party for a
volunteers will be he
on Nov. 27 at
3:00 p.m. in Rooseve
Hall . There wi
II be doughnuts and
cider; the latte
r comes from a very
special cider mill in N.J. arranged
for through the
courtesy of Thomas
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Vol. XXXI, No. 8
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
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
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
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 !
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
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
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.
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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
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