The year 1967 was spent preparing for Leg 1 of the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP). Because it was believed that graduate students, instead of professors, would staff the continuous expeditions, I joined Prof. Bramlette at Scripps Institution of Oceanography to prepare stratigraphic range and species photo catalogs and a set of stratigraphic reference slides to be used onboard ship in the Paleontology Lab. In fact, two coccolith shore labs were designated to provide consistent geologic age identifications between successive legs. Bill Hay and Steve Gartner constituted the East Coast lab, while Prof. Bramlette and I constituted the West Coast lab. In the end, high interest in the pioneering opportunity to study new parts of the deep-sea stratigraphic sequence actually led to more professors and fewer graduate students sailing on the Glomar Challenger.