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Robert Golder <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 10 Feb 2009 21:46:55 -0500
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First National Mtg., 1979, July 26-29, Hunt Botanical Library, Carnegie 
Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. Alice Tangerini took the lead in 
getting the work done to make this meeting happen. Personal highlights: 
Guest Speaker Don Eckelberry was only expected to give his talk, and 
then leave, but he stayed for the whole conference, fully participated, 
and was a great guy. Elaine Hodges liked a drawing of mine displayed in 
the first annual exhibit; a portion of it wound up in "The Book."

Second National Mtg., 1980, Nov. 16-19, Savannah, GA. Personal 
highlights: learning art techniques from Trudy Nicholson, then scouting 
out Mrs. Wilkes' Boarding House for the best food in the city.

Third National Mtg., 1981, June 26-28, Gainesville, FL. Air temperature 
was 95 degrees Fahrenheit at 9 am on the first morning of the 
conference. The gators on the lake shore discouraged casual field 

Fourth National Mtg., 1982, Aug. 4-7, Seattle, WA. I didn't attend this 

Fifth National Mtg., 1983, July 26-30, Ann Arbor, MI. Robert Bateman 
was the keynote speaker, and the lesser known speakers and workshop 
leaders were all excellent too.

Sixth National Mtg., 1984, June 16-22, at my alma mater, RISD in 
Providence, RI.

I took a bit of a hiatus from GNSI at this point. I think that the 
seventh, 1985 conference was supposed to be in San Francisco. Someone 
else will have to pick up the story from here.

Robert Jon Golder
164 Maxfield St
New Bedford, MA 02740 USA

On Feb 9, 2009, at 11:47 AM, Joan Lee wrote:

> Then shall we call this the 30th annual exhibit?
>  jl
> On Feb 9, 2009, at 11:37 AM, Britt Griswold wrote:
>> I think we have have an exhibit every year there has been a National 
>> meeting.  I think the first meeting was 1979 in a joint Pittsburgh 
>> meeting with the AMI...
>> I don't recall if we have ever not had a meeting since then.
>> Britt
>> Gail Guth wrote:
>>> Good question! And how many annual meetings have we had? the 
>>> official records don't seem to go back that far, at least in the 
>>> annual meeting folders. Maybe I can do some digging in other folders 
>>> and see what turns up, but I'm sure others have more info on this.
>>> Gail
>>> On 12 /09/08    , at 02 /09/09,  7:14 AM, Joan Lee wrote:
>>>> Can someone tell me how many annual Science Illustration exhibits 
>>>> we have had?
>>>> Thank you. Joan