Letters

 

Loved the article by Andrea Kilmer Mann (The Coolest Gift Ever, May/June 2023). In fact, I met her on a Viking cruise to Scandinavia where we talked about this article.
— Shirley Boyd

 

Some of my fondest summer memories were in Roseland Park. Every summer my mother would take her four boys to Roseland for the day. It was definitely a highlight of the summer. The merry-go-round was one of our first stops. It is truly sad that Roseland is only a memory. Two days ago I rode another merry-go-round at Lakeside Park in Port Dalhousie, Ontario. It was built around 1903 and was restored. It still costs 5 cents for a ride. The same price as when it opened – highly recommended.

Thank you for the article and history – it’s much appreciated! (Remembering Roseland, Summer 2004 issue)
— Ken Hook

 

I was born in Corning, NY in 1941. As a precocious youth I was deeply interested in matters of physics, astronomy and cosmology. I grew up admiring the disk in Centerway Square. At some point I discovered a large illustrated volume describing in detail the casting of the two disks, along with a lot of information concerning the planning for the project by Corning Glass Works with the astronomers and I assume other people from Cal Tech. The volume discussed the difficulties of the casting process including the threat of the flood toward the end of the second disk’s cool down where the glass workers were apparently also wading in water in their desperate attempts to protect the precious glass. The volume also described the preparations for moving the final mirror by railroad and its journey to the location the mirror was ground and its journey up Palomar Mountain. It also described the engineering marvel that was the telescope and its ability to hold this, by now, 20-ton glass mirror and move it as needed to orient the mirror to the section of the sky the telescope was aimed at. And I marveled as all others have at the original glass blank after the Corning Glass Center was opened.

Thank you so much for bringing back all these wonderful memories for me now an 82-year-old senior citizen. (The World’s Largest Piece of Glass, Winter 2006 issue)
— Jonathan Grace

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