FYI January 12, 2019

On This Day

 
 
1808 – The organizational meeting leading to the creation of the Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, is held in Edinburgh.
The Wernerian Natural History Society (12 January 1808 – 16 April 1858), commonly abbreviated as the Wernerian Society, was a learned society interested in the broad field of natural history, and saw papers presented on various topics such as mineralogy, plants, insects, and scholarly expeditions. The Society was an offshoot of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and from its beginnings it was a rather elite organization.

The Society was named after Abraham Gottlob Werner, a German geologist who was a creator of Neptunism, a theory of superposition based on a receding primordial ocean that had deposited all the rocks in the crust.[1] At this time all rocks, including basalt, and crystalline substances were thought by some to be precipitated from solution.[2]

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Born On This Day

 
 
1799 – Priscilla Susan Bury, British botanist (d. 1872)
Priscilla Susan Bury, born Falkner (12 January 1799 Liverpool – 8 March 1872 Croydon), was an English botanist and illustrator.

Daughter of a rich Liverpool merchant, she married on 4 March 1830 Edward Bury (1794-1858), a noted railway engineer. Working with amateur botanist William Roscoe (1753-1831), she published in 1831-1834 A Selection of Hexandrian Plants. She was not trained as a botanist or patronized as a professional artist. [1]The engraving was entrusted to the Londoner Robert Havell, engraver of the John James Audubon (1785-1851) plates. The book was carried out in aquatint and the 350 plant drawings painted in part by hand. The subscribers to this large folio numbered only 79, mostly from the Lancashire region, Audubon being one of them. The book was described as “one of the most effective colour-plate folios of its period” by Wilfrid Jasper Walter Blunt in his The Art of Botanical Illustration.[2]

Bury was also the author of illustrations for The Botanist of Benjamin Maund (1790-1863).[3]
The standard author abbreviation Bury is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name.[4]

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FYI

 
 

Jo Andres (May 21, 1954 – c. January 7, 2019) was an American filmmaker, choreographer and artist.

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Jo Andres

 
 
 
 
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Great comments!
By Jay B – Gimme All Your Lovin’: 1935 Ford 3-Window Coupe

Vance:
Without looking it up on YouTube or Google, all I remember is the hot women. Yeah, the car is cool, but those were the days of my youth. Everything worked and nothing hurt. I was burning the candle at both ends and had unlimited energy. Guitar licks and hot chicks, the eighties were it man. It was fun and I wouldn’t change a thing, and every girl’s crazy bout a sharp dressed man !

 
 


 
 

 
 

Recipes

 
 
By Elaine Lemm: Lancashire Black Peas and Vinegar Recipe Also Known as Parched Peas.