It started quickly. Bob McFarlane and I had just formed the Eriogonum Society in 2009. We called Jim acknowledging that we knew he had a busy schedule, but would he consider being the “Godfather” of the fledgling society. There was not a bit of hesitation. He offered
his whole portfolio of images, the online key, and authored five extensive newsletter articles in quick succession which we posted on the Eriogonum Society website. We were on our way. Next we described to Jim how the organization operated, specifically focused on the annual meetings. Jim gave us a list of five sites he thought would be of worth. And so it was to be Reno for our inaugural meeting, based at the University of Nevada in Reno. Such was Jim’s operating procedure: full on.