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BOUNCE killietalk at aka_org: Non-member submission from ["Ted K" <tpklotz at dreamscape_com>]
I find this thread very interesting. Many times during the winter
months,with the Fish and Egg Listing so small, I have a great amount of
space left over in the BNL each month. Instead of the usual space fillers i
use, I am wondering if perhaps a column slanted towards a biographical
nature for some of these older ( many times forgotten) members would be of
interest. I would need a friend of the person to write these columns up for
me,describing as best they can this persons accomplishments. I would gladly
give the author credit for what he/she submits.
I would be glad to hear from anyone interested in such a project.
9969 Bethel Rd.
From: RuevenM at aol_com <RuevenM at aol_com>
To: killietalk at aka_org <killietalk at aka_org>
Date: Saturday, July 15, 2000 9:19 PM
Subject: John Gonzales
> Glad you liked the books. Did you have the "annuals" issue of The
>Aquarium Journal? I find it very interesting.
> I did not know John either, but the first killies I ever saw were
>raised by him. It was in the mid-sixties in a shop and I was 5 or 6. The
>owner was talking about this guy in Philly who made a living raising
>Recently, Rosario told me John made about 20-30 thousand his best years,
>that's the late 50's and early 60's! He actually goes back to Innes. He was
>one of the first to breed neon tetras in the 30's when they were new and
>a piece in The Aquarium about it.
> Unfortunately, soon after the AKA started a fellow charter member
>an attitude made a big stink about the elections or the proposed egg bank
>that John was creating and John pulled back from active participation. He
>still raised great killies and sold them -- famous for occidentalis and the
>first zonatus. He was one of the few who could raise zonatus in numbers
> I missed contacting him when he was alive as I did not have his
>I tried finally a few months before he died but it was too late.
> I wrote Brent and really pushed for a big piece on John. I think his
>example as a hobbyist is rare and inspiring. I wanted new people today to
>how one of the greats in the killifish world worked. We have lost too much
>the spirit and expertise in husbandry that the old guys practiced. John
>his day's rare killifish all over America and he raised enough so many
>share. He was the best.
> So be patient, something is coming. Ed Warner is the man who has been
>sadly overlooked after 30+ years of selling fish month in and month out. I
>understand how John was forgotten, but not Ed Warner.
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