I think it was Andy Warhol who was once quoted as saying that everyone gets fifteen minutes of fame sometime in his or her lifetime. Well, my fifteen minutes was boiled down to less than five, but I'll take it. Our local PBS station, WPSU, did a feature on the Xylarium recently, and after an hour or so of interviewing and shooting video, they produced this four minutes and fourteen seconds of a program. And while I think they missed a lot of the essential facts I shared with them, they showed what interested them, and that's what is important, after all.
How It All Began
“As well as a flourishing library, the school by 1909 had a wood collection containing specimens of nearly all of Pennsylvania’s native trees and large shrubs. For each species, cross sections and radial and tangential sections had been prepared to show the gross appearance of the wood. The next step was the preservation of samples in alcohol and glycerin so that sections suitable for microscopic examination could be cut. These latter sections were to be especially useful in the study of timber physics (wood technology)." E.H. Thomas, “A History of the Pennsylvania State Forestry School, 1903 – 1929.” p. 67