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FTV: The Rocket’s Red Glare

       Model Rocketry became our hobby when my brother and I witnessed one of our Norway Avenue neighbors launch a Centuri brand model rocket in the field across from our house.  We dove in feet first and spent five years poking holes in the sky before Ron graduated from college and left for a year […]

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FTV: The Himalayas

       As sometimes happens when searching for a title for one of these From the Vaults articles,  I am torn between telling readers too little or too much information from the get go.  Such was the case with the title of this particular title.  Truth be told, the whole title should be:  Everything I learned […]

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FTV: Volunteers of America

       While researching information about Woodstock, I hit upon a video of the Jefferson Airplane performing their song Volunteers.  Like any good earworm chorus, the ‘Volunteers of America’ got stuck in my head.  One thing led to another and the constant recycling of the lyric started touching off random memories connected with the word ‘volunteer’.  […]

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AstroCal – August 2021

       August means cooler evenings, a noticeable shortening of the daylight hours as we reach the midpoint between the Summer Solstice and Fall Equinox, and (hopefully) clear skies to provide some  prime sky watching conditions.  It is also the time of year when people eagerly anticipate the annual Perseid meteor shower.  The peak of this […]

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