The NOC Gem & Mineral Society show in 2004 was held at the La Habra Community Center. The Center located at the corner of La Habra Blvd. and Central Ave. in La Habra, CA.
Displayed by Tony Fender
Bob the computer controlled car and his Cal Tech team are located in the front parking lot. They will have many stories on how Bob was to be controlled by computers, and how it finished in the race.
The team from Cal Tech was comprised of students, mostly undergraduates. They accepted the challenge and spent about a year building computers, and modifying the car to start, stop, and steer Bob.
Bob is a 96 Chevy Tahoe 4 X 4 modified by a Cal Tech team to compete in a driverless off-road race from Victorville to the Nevada Line on March 13, 2004. The prize for the winner, the first team to complete the course in under 10 hours was to be $1,000,000.
The race was sponsored by the US Defense Projects Agency (DARPA). The purpose of the race was to produce a vehicle which could drive itself off-road from Victorville to Las Vegas in 10 hours. It was to be completely computer controlled without human intervention. No joy sticks allowed.
We offer a special thanks to the Cal Tech team for sharing Bob.
Displayed by Walt Wright
Walton (Walt) Wright is a Botanist/Ecologist/Paleontologist /Geologist and Paleobotanist. Mr. Wright claims his mother, who had a PHD in science & math, gave him his first piece of petrified wood at the age of 10. This opened a new fascinating world into the study of petrified wood.
Walt has worked for the U.S. Forest Service and the University of California. He has been a consultant for various government agencies. Mr. Wright has done extensive writing in the field of petrified woods. He wrote a chapter on the Triassic Chinle Formation on fossil woods in 2002, the “Secrets of Petrified Plants” in both English and German. When asked about his degrees, he sort of chuckled and said he had some, but that they were not that important, so we would just assume that he has quite a few.
His recent study is Fossil Tree Ferns out of Argentina first discovered and reported in the Southern hemisphere which was published in Review of Paleo-Botany & Paleontology Journal. He is presently working in Utah describing new species of seed ferns from Queensland, Australia.
Walt is a busy speaker and is booked for several months in advance. He is a resident of Brea, California and we are very happy to have Mr. Wright as a NOC member.
We thank him for his sharing of his display on Petrified Wood at North Orange County Gem & Mineral Society, 2004 Jubilee of Gems Show, La Habra, California.