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St. Regian (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) 19??-????, January 01, 1978, Image 176

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The one thing I remember best about that first office was the leak in the ceiling and the subsequent hole I dug in the floor to let the water drain out. The mold on the walls is now only a dim memory. Of the thousands of students who have attended my classes and the many who continue to keep in touch through the years, one especially had a profound affect on my present life. Through Peter Martin (’63) of Richmond. Vermont, I became acquainted with his father, Rueben, who, in 1968, influenced me to pursue a hobby that has provided me with some of my most gratifying experiences — soapstone carving. This activity has grown into a richly rewarding avocation. During the past five years I have been invited to exhibit my work and demonstrate the art of carving at gem and mineral shows and craft fairs throughout the State and the country, in addition to frequent participation in local events; to name a few, Blue Mountin Lake, Potsdam, Auburn, and many times at Syracue. In 1976, I was invited to carve at the National Gem show in Austin, Texas, and in '77 I demonstrated at the Eastern Gem show in Hampton, Virginia. In 1979 I plan to be at the National Show in Tampa, Florida. LAPIDARY JOURNAL published my article on soapstone carving in December, 1974, and as a result I have corresponded with many potential carvers throughout the United States and from as far away as New Zealand. In addition to carving my other hobbies are travel and photography, both of which tie in nicely with my geology and geography courses. One of my high-priority goals in life is to visit all of our National Park features which presently total well over 300, with more being developed; I have approximately 60 to go! I have shown slides of my travels to many groups and organizations and am always happy to share these experiences. In addition to programs on Alaska, Japan, the Virgin Islands and Iceland, all parts of the contenental United States have been covered. The two most popular programs seem to be a 10-day float trip through the Grand Canyon and a fishing trip to Hudson Bay. Prior to my accepting the job at Paul Smith’s, my one certainty regarding my profession was that I would never take a teaching job. Maybe that is why I tell my students to “never” say “never\ and \always\ about things in geology. There are exceptions to everything. Bill LaBounty You might say I'm a 20-year man, at least at present. The graduation of the Class of ’78 will complete my 20th year at Paul Smith’s. After college and prior to P.S.C., I served over six years in the Marine Corps and then worked as a mining geologist in Michigan, Missouri, California and Nevada. When I began teaching in 1958, it was my intention to return to the western mines within two years. However, external forces were responsible for a change in plans — a change which I have never regretted. My first office and classes were in the Old Classroom Building next to the cafeteria. This burned down just a month or so after moved across the road. 172

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