Jones1rocks! Yes He Does!

When I first started my career, I had the unique opportunity of working at an environmental engineering firm. It was fascinating to hear the different departments talk about their day’s work – underground storage tank assessments, site remediation, air quality management and other earth-focused activities (many that simply went over my head). For me, however, the geologists were the coolest of the cool. They were like mathematically-charged detectives always putting together pieces of obscure “puzzles” using natural clues like rocks, minerals and soil. I miss those days, but got a chance to reminisce for a bit while writing this week’s Contributor Corner post. This week we’re visiting with Jones1rocks. Yes, he certainly does rock the wiki world – but in more ways than one. A great Contributor and Supervisor with over 100,000 contributions, Jones1rocks also knows a thing or two about geology. Let’s rock on and find out more…

What is your user name and the history behind it?

Jones1rocks; my inherited name and one of my greatest interests–seemed fitting!

What is your first name?

If I told you, I’d have to kill you.

What is your age?

I’m fifty-nine and still can’t believe it.

Would you care to tell us about your family?

I am married and have a daughter in college.

Do you have any pets?

No pets at this moment. Our cat, Fluffy, recently passed, and is sorely missed.

Where do you live, how long have you lived there and why do you like the area?

I am a native and current resident of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, the home of State Farm, Beer Nuts, and Steak n’ Shake restaurant.

Where did you grow up and do you have any special memories of your childhood?

I had a great childhood. I lived on a farm, had many pets (including a Charlois bull and a raccoon), and was able to explore the natural world on a daily basis.

What educational information would you like to share?

I received my bachelor’s degree in business from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.

What are your key areas of knowledge, interest or expertise?

Although I have received no formal education in geology, this is my main area of interest. When my daughter was looking for a 4-H project, she considered and pursued geology as a topic. I became hooked as well, and after reading many geology related books, doing Internet searches, and participating in geology field trips, I have become comfortable with my state of knowledge on the topic, while understanding that there is so much more I can learn.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

I have a fairly sizable mineral specimen collection; and, of course, hundreds of pounds of rocks which have been collected from near and far.

What do you like to do for recreation?

What else? Hike and look for rocks!

What are a few random facts about yourself?

I played college basketball, have shaken the hand of two presidents, and have an eclectic group of friends that include a judge, a nuclear physicist, and an 85-year-old goldsmith.

Do you have any special talents you’d like to share?

I’m pretty good at sarcasm.

What accomplishments are you proud of?

Raising a good-hearted kid!

What are your special goals or dreams?

To win the lottery! But I guess you have to play to win?

How would you describe yourself or personality?

I am very curious about the world.

What brought you to

A search engine referred the website when I submitted a question. It was all over when I found out there were questions about rocks.

What keeps you coming back to

I love sharing what knowledge I have, and have been able to learn so much more from other great contributors like Quirkyquantummechanic and SBDW1.

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