GREG SEPTON of Milwaukee Museum Greg suggested bringing the Arrogant Son Of a Bitch (ASOB) competition to the Guild in 1983. The ASOB competition was an informal bird challenge created in the USA by a small group dedicated to raising standards. The idea was for the entries of the chosen species to be judged by their creators as a group. Each piece was judged in turn by a show of hands, thumbs up or down until a winner was chosen. In the USA, all the other mounts were destroyed. Foremost amongst this group was Greg.
At the conference, the species was a teal and Greg acted as facilitator/MC but unlike the Americans. the losing mounts were not destroyed. The trophy was won by James Dickinson.
Greg also did further presentations on:
- Barry Berry's slideshow on his method of preparing fibre-glass casts of fish;
- Greg's own work on a family of peregrines from study skins that had spent 50 years in alcohol; and
- Greg's own slideshow depicting both live and mounted gamebirds.
Results List 1983
Best Professional Bird Trophy was awarded for the first time this year.
Best in Show
Water Rail - Peter Summers
Thornback Ray - H Potter
Wagstaffe Trophy (Best Case)
Professional Bird (Pair of Ducks)
Joint Winner: Teal by Derek Frampton
Joint Winner: Goldeneye by Peter Summers
Amateur Bird (Pair of Ducks)