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Posted by Richard Wells on March 12, 2002 at 01:27:25:
I still have a few original copies of both the "Synopsis" and "Classification" papers. At the present time they are packed on pallets in my warehouse awaiting the completion of a new building for my library. Construction will be finished over the next couple of months
then the big unpacking. It took me over two years to pack everything away for the move, and I have had to endure the annoyance of organised chaos for far too long. I now hate the sight of cardboard boxes, sticky tape, plastic shrink wrap, forklifts, semi-trailers, truck drivers and everything else that has kept from my library. The scale of this project has been so all-consuming that I have had little time for much else since the days of 1985. It has taken some 50 semi-trailer loads to move so far and I still have material warehoused in other parts of Australia ! I now know that my library weighs over 1500 tonnes (and my muscles have been punished mercilessly). I shall be happy to send you or the great Dr Boehme copies when they surface.
As for Kingsnake, I only discovered it relatively recently as I tend to like the old ways of a manual typewriter, books, pens and paper etc. However, when my daughter started using the Net for her doll trading activities, she came across some unpleasant comments about her dear old dad and wanted to know why no one liked him ! Then I had a bit of a look and lo and behold there was all this tripe that had been plasted on the Internet for years without me ever knowing that it existed. So, it sort of made me think that perhaps my polite ignorance of the stupidity of the responses to my articles back in 1984 and 1985 was a bit of a mistake. Although the works were never formally suppressed, it is clear that some have continued to discourage any use of the works, and quite frankly, enough is enough. So now I'm back and I'm sure that Kingsnake will soon be buzzing with all sorts of interesting discussions - particularly after I place another 100 taxonomic papers on it !
With my kind regards,
>Subject: Your python taxonomic work 1984, 1985
>Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2002 21:36:36 +0100
>I was quite amazed seeing your name on the kingsnake forum.
>Let me take the chance to ask you if you have PDF-reprints of your python
>taxa work available ?
>I was looking at the ZFMK in Bonn some time ago but Wolfgang Boehme was
>moving to a nother room so that we couldn't find the publications. Anyway he
>only would have had one of the major publications as far as I know.