seattle mycophiles- shameless self-promotion here!

Berlstein berlstein at aol.com
Thu Dec 19 18:29:04 EST 1996


I will be giving a slide show athe the January 14th meeting of the Puget
sound Mycological society.  Here is the blurb I wrote for the newsletter. 
The meeting is at 7:30 pm at the center for urban horticulture (near U of
W).

Title- 
"Mushrooms you should know: Tales of beauty and power from the fungal
files." 
 
     Jim Berlstein has been an amateur mycologist for 25 years.  Although
he a BS 
degree in biology from Yale University, and an MS degree in aquaculture
from 
University of Washington, Jim has found that full-time employment
interferes 
with mushroom season to such a great extent that it cannot be tolerated. 
Jim 
currently makes a living tutoring high school students in all math and
science 
subjects, as well as SAT preparation.   
	Jim gave a talk at the 1994 Breitenbush mushroom conference on the

"urban psilocybes," which was well received by the old hippies who managed
to 
stay awake through it (Jim Trappe snored loudly in the front row). Jim
also wrote 
an article for Mushroom Magazine many years ago describing a time when he 
saved a cat from death by spraying hydrogen peroxide down it's throat,
after it 
had consumed a large amount of dried Amanita Muscaria mushrooms.   
	Jim has been photographing mushrooms for many years, and has 
assembled a large collection of slides, some of which are good.  A
conservative 
mushroom eater, Jim prefers to let you try the questionable species and
tell him 
about your symptoms, rather than to actually try them himself.   
	For better or worse, Jim owes his passion for mushrooms to his
father, 
George Berlstein, who lives in New York.  George cannot identify as many 
species Jim, yet ,somewhat paradoxically, is willing to eat a much larger
variety 
than his son is willing to eat.  Perhaps this is because he is older, and
so has less 
to lose, or perhaps it is because those poor east coast mycophiles have so
little to 
choose from that they must eat anything they find that is even remotely
edible.  
Come and see the glory of the pacific northwest catured in Jim's slides,
and pity 
the fools who live in New York! 


"Those who have nothing to say usually say it about spelling."
-Jim Berlstein, BFD



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