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Crystals, gems and myths uncovered at Resort at Squaw Creek

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OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif., and#8212; Squaw Valley Institute presents long-time Squaw Valley local and founding member of the Institute, Walter Nelson, for an enlightening and entertaining presentation titled, and#8220;Crystals, Gems and Myths,and#8221; at Resort at Squaw Creek Thursday, June 10 at 7p.m. A no-host bar opens at 6 p.m. for pre-event socializing.

Crystals are the key components in all modern electronic products. All precious gems are crystals. Nelson will discuss how crystals and gems are formed in the earth and in the lab. He will unveil their many uses and the myths surrounding diamonds and other gems. Chances are high that your cell phone or TV contains one.

In addition to sharing insights, Nelsonand#8217;s collection of crystals and gems will be on display including ruby, sapphire, amethyst, topaz, lithium niobate, diamond, fluorite, tanzanite and a spectacular new gem that he describes as and#8220;more diamond-like than diamond.and#8221; The current owner of the Blue Diamond necklace, worn by Kate Winslet in and#8220;Titanic,and#8221; will model this famous piece.

and#8220;Our North Tahoe / Reno community is home to a variety of extraordinary locals and weand#8217;re proud to celebrate the knowledge and work of Walter Nelson with this incredible and interesting event at the Resort at Squaw Creek on June 10. Expect to learn something new and make friends while admiring Nelsonand#8217;s unique and magnificent collection,and#8221; said Nicole Cheslock, Squaw Valley Instituteand#8217;s director. and#8220;You wonand#8217;t want to miss this educational and fun event and#8212; all for the same price as a standard movie ticket.and#8221;

Walter Nelson knows a lot about crystals, gems and myths. In fact, his entire career involved the research, development and manufacturing of crystals. He studied chemistry at the University of Massachusetts and after graduating from UMASS, Walter was employed for 10 years as a Research Engineer in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI). At SRI, he investigated rocket fuel ignition thresholds, invented a coating to protect rocket engine parts from propellant erosion, designed high temperature crystal growth furnaces and developed techniques for growth of silicon carbide, ruby and lithium niobate crystals. In 1967, Walter founded Crystal Technology Inc. (CTI) to develop and manufacture lithium niobate and laser crystals. He led the company as President and CEO for 25 years. CTI is the world-leading manufacturer of lithium niobate crystals and devices for communications and defense applications.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

6 p.m., no host bar; 7 p.m., program

Resort at Squaw Creek, 400 Squaw Creek Road, Olympic Valley, $10 donation requested. Free for students and children.

Advance ticket purchase online and by phone 581-4138. Tickets are also available at the door.

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