Remembering Adam Fikso: snakes
Thu, 23 Jun 2011 09:47:17 PDT

One of our members is interested in tree frogs, I think. 

I did not know Adam, but I did have some interesting email exchanges with him. I will miss his vigorous replies. 


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From: "Paul Licht" <> 
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <> 
Sent: Sunday, June 19, 2011 12:36:12 PM 
Subject: Re: [pbs] Remembering Adam Fikso: snakes 

Your mention of an interest in snakes is interesting. I'm finding that 
being hooked on snakes, as well as herps generally, is often associated 
with some plant obsession. Much of my early research career and many 
dozens of my publications as a zoologist 
(physiologist,endocrinology)--pre garden-- dealt with these. I've made 
similar discoveries about several others around here that are hooked on 
the geophytes or S. African flora in general. 

This background may also explain my special fasination with Arisaema 
(the 'cobra' lilies). 

I suspect there is a theme in this tail. 

Paul Licht, Director 
Univ. California Botanical Garden 
200 Centennial Drive 
Berkeley, CA 94720 

On 6/19/2011 9:30 AM, Jim McKenney wrote: 
> In all the years I have participated in this on-line group, I've only met three of you face-to-face. I know what several of you look like from pictures posted to your web sites or your PBS bio pages. But the rest of you are pretty much a mystery. 
> I never met Adam Fikso, but I would have said the same of him except that sometime at the end of 2010 we began a brief correspondence. Adam had mentioned a snake called massasauga, a small rattlesnake with a wide distribution across central North America. It turned out that Adam and I both had a childhood fascination with snakes. Although there was a twenty year difference in our ages, we read some of the same books as adolescents. 
> At one point he sent me a brief sketch of his life as a young man: I was amazed at how similar my own circumstances had been, at how much we had had in common. There were differences of course, but in many ways we seem to have been cut from similar bolts of fabric. 
> Just as I was beginning to really enjoy these exchanges and look forward to them, they abruptly stopped. There are so many things I would like to have explored with him. We seemed to speak the same language,and there seemed to be so much potential for an entertaining and insightful correspondence in the future. 
> So when I say I'll miss Adam, it's with a lot more feeling than I might have had had I only known him from his PBS postings. 
> Jim McKenney 
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