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Monthly Meeting #927

Thursday, January 09, 2020, 8:00 PM
Phillips Auditorium
60 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA  
Monthly Meeting
Registration is not Required
ATMoB Business Meeting and Presentations by Sal LaRiccia and Glenn Chaple.

Our first speaker is Sal LaRiccia who will talk about his ATMoB Club photo history project and will give us an update.

Sal has been an amateur astronomer since he was 11 years old. In 1967 he entered his homebuilt 6-inch Newtonian reflector telescope in his high school science fair. He went on to the state science fair at MIT and met some life long friends (some still in ATMoB). He joined ATMoB in 1967 and attended Stellafane that same year. Sal was shop chairman from 1971-1973 when our Club shop was at the old Schwamb Mill in Arlington, MA. Most of Sal’s photography is not of objects in the sky but of the astronomers who study such objects.

Sal spent most his career as a Mechanical Engineer and a Quality Systems professional. He is currently retired. Sal resides in Somerville, MA with his wife Ellen. They have many children and grandchildren. They both work as church volunteers in addiction recovery programs. Sal also plays keyboards and is active in his church’s worship band.

Our second speaker will be Glenn Chaple who will provide and an update on the Astronomical League's Variable Star Observing

Glenn has been an avid amateur astronomer since the summer of 1963 when a high school friend showed him Saturn through his telescope. He received a BS degree in astronomy from the University of Massachusetts in 1969, and then worked for two years at the Alice G. Wallace Planetarium in Fitchburg, Mass. After that, he spent 30 years as a middle school science teacher in the Fitchburg and Groton-Dunstable school systems. He currently writes the monthly “Observing Basics” column for Astronomy Magazine and is a former esteemed ATMoB President of the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston and member of the American Association of Variable Star Observers. 

Please join us for a pre-meeting dinner discussion at House of Chang, 282 Concord Ave, Cambridge, MA at 6:00pm before the meeting.