[meteorite-list] "Is there any religion that invites doubt, skepticism, or a freely inquiring mind?"
From: Michael Gilmer <meteoritemike_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2012 10:35:36 -0400
Hi Kevin and List,
I'm glad you enjoyed the article. Burnham was a complex man who, IMO,
was treated unfairly by a system that he had little influence with.
I'm not blaming anyone for how Burnham lived his final years, and I
have nothing but respect for Lowell, but things could have been
handled differently - Burnham deserved better.
The Celestial Handbooks are a lasting legacy that have withstood the
test of time. They are not just a valuable reference for amateur
astronomers - they are a poetic story of a love affair between a man
and the cosmos. Wherever Burnham is now, I hope there will always be
starlight on his path.
For those Listers who have never read Burnham's self-interview, please
take the time to do so. You will learn a few things about the man and
the world we live in.
And a different note, now that I know an opium agent is responsible
for the preliminary identification of Shergotty as a meteorite, my
curiosity is getting the best of me. I can't wait to read that story.
Best regards and clear skies,
-- ----------------------------------------------------------- Galactic Stone & Ironworks - MikeG Web: http://www.galactic-stone.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/galacticstone Twitter: http://twitter.com/GalacticStone RSS: http://www.galactic-stone.com/rss/126516 ----------------------------------------------------------- On 6/12/12, Kevin Kichinka <marsrox at gmail.com> wrote: > Team Meteorite: > > > It's a chilly, damp night here in south Central America. The rain is > pounding on my tin roof making for a happy rain forest. > > > Subscribers to 'Meteorite', and I hope that is everyone reading this, > may have already read part one in the May issue of my feature 'The > Rise of the Raj and the Fall of Shergotty'. It's the first-ever > published account of that 1865 fall. I'm honored to have been chosen > for the assignment. > > > Well, time is of the essence for me to complete the conclusion of the > feature for the Aug issue (don't worry Derek) and tonight I'm working > on 'Mr. Peppe's' bio. Subscriber's know that he was a British Gov't > employee in India working as a sub-opium agent. > > > Just as it was about to be discarded, Peppe ID'd Shergotty as a meteorite. > > > Then he went back to work the opium fields. > > > I find that interesting :>) > > > Oh, there's a lot more to this most excellent story but you'll have to > purchase the next issue to find out. Call now to subscribe, operators > are standing by. > > > But as crucial as this article is- I'll be burning the midnight oil > tonight sorting through google-scanned 19th century docs on Indian > farming practices- I'm momentarily diverted by a treasure gifted to me > by M-Lister Michael Gilmer. > > > Backstory - I offered here for sale this weekend the three-volume > "Burnham's Celestial Handbook". Lazy me, never read it. Michael wrote > me and shared his enthusiasm for the author. Copied me on a link from > the 'Village Voice'. It's an interview with the author. > > > I had no idea of the plus genius of Robert Burnham, perhaps you don't > either. > > > I wouldn't dream of wasting your time. > > > I invite one and all to pull up a beer, slip on some comfortable > Coltrane, and settle in for a sublime hour of logic and common sense > on matters of the heart, mind and soul set somewhere in the > multiverse. You'll LOL, you'll nod your head in agreement. Your brain > will visit places it hadn't gone before. Not off-topic, pallasites are > in play. > > > http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/06/robert_burnham_j.php > > > Kevin Kichinka > Santa Ana, Costa Rica > www.theartofcollectingmeteorites.com > ______________________________________________ > > Visit the Archives at > http://www.meteoritecentral.com/mailing-list-archives.html > Meteorite-list mailing list > Meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com > http://six.pairlist.net/mailman/listinfo/meteorite-list >Received on Tue 12 Jun 2012 10:35:36 AM PDT