As we approach the historic opening
of the new Chabot Space & Science Center, I want to pause
and reflect on the efforts to get us to this point. I am not just
talking about the last ten or so years (or, in the case of Terry
Galloway, 31 years!). I am talking about the grand history of
It would be interesting to show James Gilson and Anthony Chabot
the new Science Center. Besides the reaction to the technology
of today, I wonder what their reaction would be to what they started
117 years ago would it be amazement, a sense of accomplishment
and pride, and/or knowledge that their efforts have indeed changed
As I walk through the new Science Center, I cannot help but think
of all those who have made the new Chabot possible. It would take
several editions of The Refractor to begin to cover the contributions
that staff, Chabot Board, EAS members, and others have made over
the many, many years. I have heard people refer to the new Chabot
like childbirth. Carrying the child is both an exciting and anxious
period. Labor can be a difficult time (according to my wife!).
It is a special moment and miracle when child is born. And to
watch that child grow up can be both frustrating and wonderful.
Thats how I look at new Chabot. Its the third generation
of a very special place. It will not come into this world without
it faults, but we should all revel in the beauty and splendor
and enjoy it as we watch it grow and mature.
Kingsley Wightman (Left) and
Oakland City Councilman Dick Spees at the July 15 Dinner Meeting
of the Eastbay Astronomical Society. Kingsley led Chabot Observatory
from 1959 until 1991. Dick was the first Chairman of Chabot Observatory
and Science Center.
I want to close by telling you how
much I enjoyed last months EAS Annual Dinner at the new
Science Center. Many of you went out of your way to be so complimentary
about the new Chabot; my sincere appreciation to you for your
comments. And to see and revel in the moment with Kingsley Wightman
was indeed special.
So here we are, ready to officially open to the general public
on August 19, 2000.