Stephen Carl Blyskal is a mineral collector and Internet dealer in Houston, Texas. He operates under the business name of Truscon Minerals. Steve has been collecting minerals for more than 35 years, since he was a teenager in New Jersey in the 1960s. At that time he was a member of the Trailside Mineral Club in Union County, New Jersey and worked for several years for an old-time Eastern mineral dealer, Robert McAfee of McAfee Minerals. Specimens obtained from McAfee Minerals, and from other dealers at Eastern shows, formed the basis of his early collection.
Steve obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees in geology from St. Louis University and Indiana University, respectively, and gathered knowledge of midwestern geology and minerals that forms the basis of a continuing interest today. After moving to Houston to work as a petroleum geologist, he became a member of the Mineral Study Section of the Houston Gem & Mineral Society. Over more than 20 years as a member, he has participated in many shows as an exhibitor, both competitive and non-competitive, and often runs the swap area at the shows. He has been the chairman of the Mineral Study Section several times, and is a frequent speaker at Section meetings, often on mineral localities of interest, which are illustrated by photographic slides from his extensive collection of images made over 20 years of macro-photography. Lately his talks have featured digital images in PowerPoint format as the club modernizes its approach to talks.
Steve's current collecting specialties are prehnite, stilbite, apophyllite and heulandite from worldwide localities. He also has an active interest in continuing to build his collections of Arkansas minerals and Viburnum Trend minerals, and has established collections of calcite from the Midwest and worldwide localities, galena from the same areas, and also New Jersey minerals. Steve has been actively photographing minerals for a long time, and has entered many competitions, with awards for 2nd place at the 1984 and 1985 Houston Gem and Mineral Society Slide Competitions and a 3rd place at the 1999 Tucson Show Slide Competition. He has also had photographs published in Mineralogical Record and Rocks and Minerals as illustrations for articles. His other loves are folk music and guitars, of which he has five to go with his collection of percussion instruments, harmonicas, kalimbas, recorders, etc.
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WILSON, Wendell E. (2017)
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