Long before the days of my being inspired by names like Joe Meder, Sallie Dahmes, Dale Knobloch and so many others, I, as a young boy, met the legendary Anthony Scorza of East Rochester, NY. In taxidermy, he was IT. He taught me life lessons even as he was sometimes apprehensive about showing what was then known as trade secrets in taxidermy. In the late '60s and early '70s he was so well known. I couldnt thank this man enough for his friendship and guidance over the years. Always a proud promoter of his tanning, he would send me home with tips, if not directions. I later understood why. And I learned how to earn it, as he had. Anthony was in the military and one might say, he never really retired from it. In his later years, into his 90's, he began to tell some friends he was ready for his final orders. His Lord did indeed issue Anthony Scorza his final orders late last week. I think I lost a little part of me last week, too.