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About RalphQuinn

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    Classical Music, Science, Photography.
  1. Where were you in 1953?

    Bill, the venue is the Community & Senior Center, 2001 East Street, Woodland, where I spent four years presenting Shakespeare's plays and a year doing my world travel videos. The time is 1:00 p.m. We have a modern community facility that has several classrooms with video projection equipment and lots of sports and recreational amenities.
  2. Where were you in 1953?

    Since I've broached this subject, I thought you might like to know that I will be making a presentation of the 1953 event at our local community center in February. It will include a DVD of my photos (with appropriate music) plus the 2018 trip to Cephalonia to deliver them. I'll display an identical copy of the binder I delivered, show the earthquake portion of 'Captain Corelli,' and read from my personal memoir. After that I'll wake up the audience and send them home!
  3. A different angle on Westinghouse

    Just a reminder of a cutie who used the mike. If you want to hear her delivery (and my conversation with her), check out my 2017 Westinghouse entry a few pages back in the Federal and State forum.
  4. Chrysler Turbine Car Model Cameo

    My shiny orange & black Chrysler turbine model sits on a shelf just above my computer. I envy Jay Leno, who owns one of those babies. Maybe you've seen his video.
  5. What is this remnant?

    It could be eczema or psoriasis, the way the guy is scratching under his arm.
  6. Need Help From Former and Current PTU Members

    Good point. I'm like lots of others who haven't abandoned the Forums, but only post when the spirit moves me. Nevertheless, it is always exciting to see new photos like those collected by Bill Cotter and shared with the community.
  7. Let Hertz put YOU in the driver's seat!

    Looks like a cross between a Corvette and an Olds Toronado.
  8. An excellent picture. The relatively sparse visitors at this moment in time lets the eye roam casually from person to person as one takes in the beauty of the scene, an activity not easily available in a bustling crowd. This iconic view says so much about what the fair was all about.
  9. From today's perspective it is easy to view communications in the sixties as crude and expensive, but considering the imposing limitations and costly equipment mandated by the analog technology available at the time, I think the capabilities were worthy of the period. Picturephones required a lot of analog bandwidth, which was in short supply. During the sixties I was busily involved in the telephone company transition from vacuum tubes to transistors, from low bit-rate data communications to speedier modems and early disc hard drives. In fact, I was involved in beta testing of the first FM data transmission technology replacing the ancient DC pulses of the old teletypewriters. It was a fascinating to experience the birthing pains of a whole new way to communicate.
  10. For me it was a great opportunity to exercise my photography skills in a marvelous sensory landscape, and building an extensive and satisfying portfolio of memorabilia. It was also an escape from the eventual boredom of being in town for months on assignment with AT&T.
  11. Holiday wish

    Either that or an identical twin, comparing it to a shot I took.
  12. Undated view of the Chrysler lagoon

    Partially hidden are the Space Mantis and Carcupine. Out of sight underwater are a great white shark, sperm whale, wreckage of space ship USS Enterprise, and a torn copy of Mad Comics #13 with peanut butter stains.
  13. I may have mentioned that I spent almost a year at Treasure Island attending the Navy's electronic school in 1950. It was a superb educational opportunity. In 1953, if I extended my enlistment, I was offered a teaching position at my old school, but declined because I had had enough military in my career. Twenty-five years later I would return to the Bay Area. The old Administration Building was part of the environment, and some of the GGE statuary stilled survived.
  14. More Mystery Photos

    The chamber was, of course, designed to identify cosmic "rays," not ambient radiation. These are generally muons, created by highly energetic collisions between ions arriving from the sun, or outer space, and earthly atoms very high in the atmosphere. Although they exist for only a fraction of a second, Einstein's relativity shows that the newly created muons can actually reach the ground (space is dilated as well as time). Since the energy of photons from ambient sources are tiny compared to cosmic objects (which have mass as well as velocity), they couldn't activate the chamber. Otherwise there would be a constant roar of sparking rather than the intermittent snapping I observed. One might argue that power supply recharging time could account for the interval between sparking, but I rather expect that the scientific minds that constructed the chamber would want their baby to be as advertised. By the way, not all cosmic "rays" reach the ground, but if you brought the chamber along on a typical airline flight at 30,000 feet, you'd see why there is an elevated chance for cancer among pilots, flight attendants and frequent travelers.
  15. More Mystery Photos

    I dunno, but if by "ray" we mean sparking between the levels of the cosmic ray detector, my slide appears to show several, especially near the bottom of the unit, where there is less competition by the distorted lighted background that caused smears near the top. I recall making an effort to capture an actual event, which came frequently with sharp snapping sounds. My impression at the time was that the chamber designed for GM merely detected a cosmic ray by sparking in a random way, rather than revealing its exact path. Some of the multiple sparks from the same level might be just a feature of the detector's construction, or maybe rapid events that were faster than my camera shutter could differentiate. Sorry I can't be more specific.