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Re: our dear friend Julius Boos

  • Subject: Re: our dear friend Julius Boos
  • From: <ju-bo@msn.com>
  • Date: Sat, 4 Jul 2009 13:34:20 +0000

Thanks, Brian, for your VERY kind words, they brought MANY emotions to the surface!
Yes, it was great meeting you back then, and thank goodness I never lost my passion for Aroids (plus a few other fields of research!)
I am feeling pretty good this AM after my first batch of chemo. last Thursday, so I send my best wishes and thanks to all my friends ''out there'', I hope to see some of you in Miami come next Sept. IAS show.

Love to ALL,


> Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 09:04:06 -0400
> From: pugturd@windstream.net
> To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
> Subject: [Aroid-l] our dear friend Julius Boos
> I thought I would share a bit about Julius that I know. When I first
> started collecting I was fairly young considering and I was also already
> a fanatic aroid collector. I was extremely hungry for knowledge. This
> was at a time when I could not tell a Philodendron from an Anthurium and
> I was also willing to take any Syngonium cutting anyone would share. I
> am sure many can relate to this very young stage of aroid collecting.
> I have a great interest for aquatic aroids and after reading a small
> post by Julius on an obscure message board he suddenly was on my hit
> list. This usually meant a lot of questions in radon emails and god
> forbid if I was able to get his phone number. Julius was particularly
> kind to my enthusiasm and encouraged me unlike anyone else. He sent me
> free seeds of Urospatha and a few other rare aquatic plants. Needless
> to say these were the first seeds I ever started myself though with
> Julius's instructions they were up and growing like weeds and are still
> growing for me to this day. I continued to trade emails with Julius and
> he had helped many times after this with odd questions and great humor.
> It was a pleasure to finally meet him in person at my first aroid show.
> He was with out a doubt nothing like what I had expected to see. I have
> somewhat of a good imagination and after a few conversations on the
> phone I had thought he would look similar to the 7up guy from the
> commercials. I had him figured him as a large dark Jamaican type with
> dreadlocks LOL. Never did I know he would look like an South American
> Santa Claus. He stood very tall and had a very kind look to his face
> small glasses and a beard his personality could barely contain him. I
> introduced myself and he instantly started to introduce me to everyone
> he knew. I could tell right away everyone knew Julius and everyone loved
> Julius. I personally met the glue that held so many collectors together.
> His stories of collected captivated me like nothing else, this man was
> on fire for aroids and he was right at home at the aroid show. I doubt
> he knows he made such and impression on me. I believe at the time I was
> 16 years old I distinctly remember him shake my hand and their was
> something in his hand. He whispered in my ear, this is a very very rare
> aroid CHuber don't let anyone know. Grow it out!
> Things like this makes Julius a legend in the hearts of aroiders. The
> sense of excitement the lust for knowledge and the ability captivate and
> awe. I have shadowed Julius at every aroid show sense and consider him a
> great and wonderful friend. Hearing this information puts a burden on my
> heart. I hope and pray good new is around the corner. Just knowing
> Julius is a blessing and I felt compelled to share my experience of
> Julius with the group.
> Julius I hope you get well soon I hope and pray for the best. God bless.
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