Jason Moore said on June 1, 2012 at 6:54 p.m. A very interesting article and one that brings together two subjects that fascinate me - geology (B.S. '84) and military history. I was fortunate enough whilst at the University to have Dr. McBride for a teacher. A nice and funny man. Great to see he's still at it! One thing I would mention (it has nothing to do with geology but with military history) - the turning point of WWII in Europe was the Battle of Stalingrad, not the invasion of Normandy. D-Day may have been the nail in the coffin, but Stalingrad was the coffin (and lid!).
Bill W said on June 1, 2012 at 2:25 p.m. I'm proud to acknowledge that Dr. McBride hired me! And it was fun for me to collect sand from various locations when I traveled to bring back for his collection. Once, a US Customs Officer asked me if the baggie full of sand was "dirt." Dr. McBride had warned me: no "dirt," just "sand," (I suppose Geologists can tell the difference); anyway, I looked him in the eye and said, "no dirt, just sand" and I was on my way through Customs. Dr. McBride was a great Chairman, a good friend to the Staff, and highly regarded Geologist. I count myself lucky to have worked with him.