WOAS news and history

FTV: R.I.P. Lightsail 2

       On November 1 , 2022, an Earth orbiting probe ended its three and a half year mission with a firey plunge through the atmosphere.  Amazingly, the mission was slated to last a year, so the sponsoring organization, The Planetary Society, got a lot more bang for their buck.  Launched  on June 25, 2019, the […]

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FTV: Big in the U.K.

     When one thinks of bands from the United Kingdom, there are many that succeeded in conquering the American market.  The Who, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Pink Floyd, and a host of other bands became household names on this side of the pond.  As an avid reader of Classic Rock magazine, I am always fascinated […]

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AstroCal – April 2023

     Let us start the month with the elephant in the room, or should we say in the western sky? Venus remains the star of the show, so to speak, dominating the western sky.  After Venus and Jupiter had their very close encounter early in March, they began to drift apart  until Jupiter dropped out of […]

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FTV: Geological Ramblings

       The late Tom Hartzell and I were having a discussion about the Pacific Northwest in the lunchroom one day.  Tom mentioned he and his wife would be vacationing there in the near future, so I took the opportunity to ask him a little favor.  I said, “Well, if you happen to find an ashtray […]

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FTV: Equipment Blues

       It was interesting to read how the guitar / amplifier company EVH founded by the late Eddie Van Halen has evolved since its inception.  The roots of the venture go all the way back to 1990-1992 when the Peavey company began working with Eddie on a signature model amp (the EVH 5150).  The company […]

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FTV: ‘Toons – Vol. 1

       Cartoons have been one of my life-long obsessions.  I don’t mean ‘obsession’ as in ‘I collect them’, I just love reading them.  Since the first days I picked up the Marquette Mining Journal, my habit has been to start with the comic page.  In the past, I have mentioned that the MMJ comics were […]

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AstroCal – March 2023

       Mark your calendars if you are planning to celebrate the Vernal (or Spring) Equinox.  One of the two days of the year when all points on the globe receive 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness, this year’s event happens on March 20 at 5:24 p.m. EDT.  What happens at this precise […]

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FTV: Exit Peter Frampton

       There was an 18 month stretch beginning in 1976 when Peter Frampton could do no wrong.  He released the iconic Frampton Comes Alive album and was sky rocketed to heights his career had never known.  Frampton credits the emotional chemistry he had with Bob Mayo (keyboards and guitar), Stanly Sheldon (bass), and John Siomos […]

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