Re: For VFT Lovers

Robert Beer (
Tue, 12 Sep 1995 13:53:12 -0700 (PDT)


I remember something on the very first VFT I had as a kid, back when
almost all the VFTs came off Northrop's land; there was something in the
info like: "It has been determined by cathode rays that the plants have
their origin on Venus" or some such thing. I had no idea what a cathode
ray was but I still knew it was bunk. :)

I have to hand it to him though; when I was in High school and was
visiting my grandmother in Charlotte, I took the Greyhound to Wilmington
to see carnivores in their native habitat for the first time. I had
absolutely no idea where to go from there, but I did call Northrop up for
info; he, astounded that someone would come all the way from Charlotte on
a bus just to see a pitcher plant, drove into town and carted me out to
their place. Came home with some huge S. leucophyllas which I killed in
a season. :/ (Yes, it was *entirely* my fault!)

On Tue, 12 Sep 1995 wrote:

> Hi Folks,
> Just wanted to pass on a little info about an articale that I saw in
> the
> Business Section of our newspaper. It seems that Jimmy Northop, a VFT
> grower in North Carolina, claims that the VFTs came about when space
> meteorites hit the earth and bounced backup(?) leaving behind the Fly
> Traps. Larry Mellichamp from UNC indicated that he does not support
> that theory...
> Oh, come on Larry, they are little green things, aren't they?
> Charles Brewer Virginia Beach,
> Va.