HISTORICALPERSPECTIVESCopeia,2000(2), pp. 619–622HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES:CLARK HUBBSDEANA. HENDRICKSON ANDMARGARETM. STEWARTFig. 1.Cathy and Clark Hubbs on vacation in Dub-lin, Ireland, 1999.CLARK Hubbs was born 15 March 1921, inAnn Arbor, Michigan. His parents wereCarl Leavitt Hubbs, a noted ichthyologist, andLauraCorneliaClarkHubbs.Althoughhismother had both a BA and an MA in mathe-matics from Stanford University, she switched toichthyology and assisted her husband with hiscareer throughout her life. Hence, early on,Clark was ‘‘imprinted’’ on fishes. Clark’s parentswere the major influence on his professionalchoice.Clark lived in Ann Arbor through a BA de-gree in zoology at the University of Michigan in1942. He had two siblings, Frances, born in1919, and Earl, born in 1922. A third child, Mar-garet, born in 1924, died in infancy. Francesmarried the noted ichthyologist Robert RushMiller. Earl is a retired high school biologyteacher. Thus, the world of fishes was the worldthey knew and enjoyed. The three children hadthe run of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoologyand often created havoc with all kinds of prankswhile their parents concentrated on fishes.Fishes were the center of Hubbs family vaca-tions as well. Clark remembers many fun familyfield trips from 1928 to 1938. He also noted thathis interest was in part monetary from an earlyage because his father paid the children fortheir captures of new taxa during the fieldwork.‘‘The pay was five cents per species collected,one dollar for a new species or subspecies, andfive dollars for a new genus.’’Some trips were more exciting than others.There was the 1938 field trip with their parentsin Meadow Valley Wash, Nevada. The washbowlwas frozen when they woke up, but at 10:00AM,it was 86 F. Later, on the same trip, they campedin a city park in Las Vegas. The wind blew downa tree, which hit the family’s tent, narrowly miss-ing crushing them.In 1934, the family was in northwest Nevadawhere they collected an undescribed tui chubfrom a small puddle. It was the only specimenthey could find at this locality, and Clark recallshis father mentioning that they may have justcaused the extinction of that taxon. However,with only one individual, the future of that tax-on was bleak. This was his first recollection ofanything about endangered species or conser-vation. Luckily, they found hundreds of thesame taxon at the next locality upstream.Clark recalls another humorous story abouthis father. In 1922, the family was visiting hismother’s family in San Jose, California. Whilethere, David Starr Jordan, unaware they were inSan Jose, sent a telegram to Carl Hubbs in AnnArbor saying he would like to work with him onthe Japanese flatfishes. The telegram was for-warded to the grandparents’ house in San Jose,and, much to Jordan’s surprise, Carl appearedin his office ready to go to work three hoursafterthetelegramwassent,appearing asthough he had accomplished an impossible featof rapid travel for the time!