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Musical ramblings from the manager

FTV: The Canal Era

     It would have made a great answer on Jeopardy.  For all we know, maybe it was:  “I will take MAP WORDS for $200, Alex.”  “An instrument used for measuring curved lines on a map.”  “Buzz – What is an ‘opisometer’, Alex”  “Correct!”  According to Merriam-Webster (defining words since 1828!), the pronunciation is rendered as ‘op-i-som-e-ter’  […]

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AstroCal – October 2022

       Let us start this month’s AstroCal with a lesser known object visible in the evening sky one hour after sunset.  The constellation it is found in is an easily recognized Sign of the Zodiac, Pisces, the Fish.  Pisces forms a rather large ‘V’ shape that is tilted somewhat to the right.  At the end […]

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FTV: Sure You Have!

       If you are old enough to remember Johnny Carson’s ‘Carnac the Magnificent’, you can skip the explanation.  Carson, decked out with his cape and oversized headgear as Carnac, would hold a sealed envelope to his forehead and predict the answer to the question posed on a slip of paper inside.  For example, Carnac would […]

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FTV: The Jimi Invasions

     A while back, we chronicled the life of Jimi Hendrix from his childhood in Seattle, Washington to the first meeting with his future manager and producer, Chas Chandler in New York City in 1966 (FTV:  Johnny Allen Hendrix  5-25-22 and Johnny Allen Hendrix – Part 2  6-1-22).  While musicians in the United States were just […]

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AstroCal – September 2022

AstroCal – September 2022        Before we get too deep into the fall observing highlights, let us give two thumbs up and a generous pat on the back to all of the intrepid photographers who have been posting auroral displays this summer.  There have been some spectacular displays of northern lights and we need to […]

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FTV: Rudy Sarzo

       The name might not be familiar, but I will lay odds that if you have seen any number of videos made by bands like Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, and Ozzy Osbourne’s Blizzard of Ozz in the 1980s, you have seen his face.  Having seen many of the aforementioned videos, I knew who Rudy Sarzo was […]

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From the Vaults: New World History

       Author Tony Horwitz got the idea to write about the history of the New World when he visited Plymouth, Massachusetts in the early ‘00s.  He ended up in Plymouth more by chance than by any deliberate plan.  He was taking a road trip and decided to pull off at that particular exit when the […]

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